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 ...
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!
-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
-be aware of nutrition and portion control -track my fitness every day -track my fruits/veggies -track my water intake
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!
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!
LOL. I know one thing, if we traded husbands, yours would be overjoyed to see you when we traded back. LOLLLLLLLLLLLL. I'm not the kindest cell mate in the world. I don't hesitate to speak up about things I don't like. Ian and Benny both point out that there was the pre-menopause me- nice, and the post menopause me - which is along the lines of Dirty Harry, "make my day".
You would be happy to get rid of Benny too. He's like having a permanent teenager. Ian is a hundred times neater than Benny is. Benny will watch me vacuum and then fix a sandwich directly ON THE COUNTER and when he is done he will shove the crumbs off into the floor. I have told him for years that it's nasty and the counter is contaminated and the floor is a mess, that he could use a paper plate or wipe the counter off and put the crumbs into the sink but, no change in 32 years. Trust me, he is completely untrainable, like the most stubborn dog you have ever encountered. I did manage to break him of leaving his clothes wrong-side-out by leaving them that way. He's so messy that he misplaces everything and then accuses ME of misplacing them. I usually have to find what he has lost and tell him if he would put things up he could find then. I point out to him that he misplaced it, like always, and that one of these days when I'm sick of being unjustly accused I'm going to have to kill him and he is like, "yeh, yeh, yeh, luv ya, luv ya, luv ya. " Nope, that won't work. You can't allow him to watch the news because he goes ballistic at every piece of bad news and it's all bad. He hogs the T.V. when he's home and hates everything but a few programs. They are so boring that they are like watching paint dry and they even put him to sleep in 5 minutes but when he wakes up 2 hours later and finds out you changed the channel he is livid. And he has a wild streak, like most men, where he sort of wants to torture someone or something. Siblings apparently do this with each other as a fun game when they are young but I'm an only child so that part of my genetic makeup is not developed. So when he feels the urge to be feline-like and jump me, pinch me, poke me, etc. and then laugh, I respond by pinching him back heartily and he whines that I'm too rough and I don't play fair. He will tell me that he was merely trying to playfully twist my finger and I am trying to break his and I will point out, "I'm not playing this game." Don't ever ask him what he wants to eat either unless you feel like spending 10 hours over a hot stove - he likes everything cooked from scratch in the least healthy way possible. He doesn't like to eat out, doesn't like take-out, doesn't like anything easy to make, doesn't like convenience foods, doesn't like "foreign food", doesn't like canned foods/frozen entrees, etc. He doesn't mind pizza if you make it from scratch. LOL. He also is a night owl and my doctor wants me to go to bed at 10 P.M. Benny doesn't like that so he expects the T.V. and lights in the bedroom to remain on even though he is not in the bedroom until later and even then he isn't ready to go to bed until midnight or later. He finally allowed me to mute the sound on the T.V. to keep me from, you guessed it, killing him. I think my doctor secretly wants to kill Benny too. LOL. My former doctor, who he had a crush on me, told me in numerous ways that he doesn't understand how Benny ended up with me. Benny explains this by telling everyone he married up. Apparently. I like stubborn unruly pets. Of course he does have his good points too and that's why I keep the filthy beast.