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Welcome to my Spark page. I am 64 years old and a retired speciaI education teacher (non categorical preschool).
My husband and I have a 4 year old rescue beagle named Buster. He is a bundle of energy and makes us laugh. He has eerily similar traits that we saw in our last 2 rescue beagles. He's very sweet and lots of fun for us.
Our daughter, husband and her 3 children (my adorable grandchildren) live about 25 minutes from us. They also have an old rescue beagle. I am so fortunate to see them a lot. They are my sunshine!!
Our son is married to a great woman. They have his rescue beagle (see a pattern in our family?) and her two cats. They live about 25 minutes from us also (in the opposite direction!)
I joined Spark in December 2009 and, like everyone, life has thrown me some curves as well as blessed me in many ways! Although I struggle with consistency, my main struggle seems to always be with exercise. It seems I do fine for awhile and then I get off track. I always go back to the basics but it does get discouraging.
I'm trying to focus on being a healthy me with the energy to have fun with my family!

Member Since: 12/20/2009

Fitness Minutes: 42,199

My Goals:
-be aware of my diet and portion control
-maintain a consistent exercise routine (walking, yoga, ST)
-drink at least 3 glasses of water a day
-blog weekly

My Program:
-be aware of nutrition and portion control
-track my fitness every day
-track my fruits/veggies
-track my water intake

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I've been married to my wonderful husband for 42 years. We have 2 grown children. Our daughter is married with 3 children. I feel so blessed to have them close and spend lots of time with them. Our son and his wife are recently married and right now live about 10 minutes from us.I taught preschool special education for 23 years and retired about 5 years ago. Loving retirement and am always busy!

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I love to read!!! I belong to PaperbackSwap and love having access to so many books.
We are moving our pontoon to Smith Mountain Lake and hope to spend some weekends and at least one week each summer down there. We are able to spend lots of time with our kids and grandkids. I love spending time with my family!

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    Thanks a lot BETH, you are right our son is doing fine. He is a bachelor and he recently bought a house in Sheboygan, WISCONSIN. He told me he is buying a house, I told things about buying a house. I asked if what is the percentage rate, he said zero. I said zero Stephen how did you get zero and he said he paid cash! I asked him if it is an old house will you get some one in to do it. He said I have 4 bathrooms and three bedrooms and he sent a photo it has an half acre. I was blown away when he said cash but the zeros were there.
    He lives very close to work and he likes it that way. It is a big house for a bachelor. I am so ready to get to see it. DH is not wanting to go anywhere especially in the summer. We bought a new car so we have a great A/C but when he gets out of the car he wants to get back in.
    Our son has climate control in the house so I figure, we can drive there and DH can have a much bigger screen TV. DH has Macular Degeneration.
    I want to go to see the area but I will have to let go of the computer. I am ready for this. I will keep my good friends and not do very much. I have been on the community and I get way too many people.

    I have been taking GREAT care of the Beagle. I pamper him anyway and I have been taking him special dog treats and the tiny Chihuahua, I cannot give just one -both.

    Today he has been eating and the tail is wagging, he has allergies and we have so many trees. I have been washing his face and he looks so much better. At first he resisted and I think he likes it now. He sits when he sees his own wash cloths, we do not know how old he is but I love these dogs- that are not mine. !!!
    Thank you Beth, I appreciated advice. ((HUGS))

    Pat in Maine. I hope your family are doing just fine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    24 days ago
    Thank you SO much for the bloglove. The goofiest part about this grief thing is ... I CHOSE this path. I picked it knowing it was the right path. Whooee. sometimes I think I'm a nut.

    but I will make it to the other side and there will be a granddaughter to play with when I get there. I just had to spit out the sadness yesterday. Thank you for listening.
    27 days ago
    Thanks for your positive words. I really appreciate it. Have a great day.
    53 days ago
    Happy friday to you - may it be a dancing day
    57 days ago
    Hey there. Thanks for the bloglove. Best way I know to start a new season is happy dancing at goal.
    66 days ago
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