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Ahh! Summer at the lake!

And, now there are five!!

My sweet but crazy crew at Christmas!


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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: 47,712

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

Personal Information:
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 for stopping by and sprinkling bloglove on my post. blinging up my chart today
    44 days ago
    Thanks for the bloglove. You're right. Not the time to make changes. I think I will just keep on enjoying the blinged up art chart goals. I'll think about Other Goals some Other Time.
    45 days ago
    Thank you SO much for this kind bloglove you've been sending me.

    You know - once I reconciled myself to slow - I kind of began to like it. And I think losing S L O W L Y .... is how I have been able to maintain. I swear, had my progress been swift my regain would have been equally swift.

    Thanks again for being so kind to me.
    48 days ago
    Hugs to you and thank you for the bloglove. Digging out of that deep hole because it's too hard to climb out of it. That shovel changes the landscape but .... that's not necessarily bad.

    Truly - thank you
    50 days ago
    LOL! Never loved any job more! This retirement stuff is beyond joy. Thanks for stopping by. Hope your day was just as much fun.
    57 days ago
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