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Ice cream at the lake! August 2019

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Grandma & Grandpa with our lake crew!!

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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: 63,643

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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    Sorry...Ginger is my "project" cat, extremely timid and shy. We inherited her back in December, and for the most part she has been hiding out under the futon in my craft room ever since...except for the one day I had to chase her out and corner her to get her to a vet, with pretty traumatic results for the both of us. I"ve been blogging about her on and off, pretty much since I got her.
    So to have her venture out into the open while I was actually sitting in the room was a BIG sign of progress, not something I was thinking was going to happen any time soon.

    3653 days ago
    The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. ~ Thomas Paine

    Together we will persevere! Thanks for taking the time to read my blog! emoticon emoticon

    3653 days ago
    You know, my mother just retired a few months ago, and the other day, when I asked her how it was going, she had the nerve to complain that she was bored!!! The thing is she has no hobbies, doesn't read, watch tv or use the computer, all of her friends are still working, and about the only thing she really likes to do is yardwork...which is kind of hard to do when your yard, for the past 5 months, has been buried under a foot or more of snow.
    I figure I'd spend the first 3 months trying to get to all those projects around the house that I've been meaning to get to for years. Plus never ending yardwork (I can lose a whole day out there when I get started, and yet never seem to put a dent in it) I'm not going to admit to how many UFO's and WIPs in my sewing/knitting/crafting baskets, never mind the fact that I'll probably end up volunteering just about anywhere they'll take me.
    Oh, and grandchildren, lol, let's not forget them!!!
    So timewise, I'm not so sure I'll be better off, lol. I'm already bad at making horrendously long to-do lists, I have a feeling that'll even get worse.
    3655 days ago
    "The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof." -- Barbara Kingsolver

    Thank you for reading my blog! Never Lose Hope! emoticon
    3655 days ago
    I did actually sit down one day and figure out where all that time went to that I used to spend carting kids around, volunteering at the schools, sitting at hockey tournaments, karate lessons, little league games and such. Some of it is because I do work full-time now with little flexibility in my schedule. A lot of it is because I need more sleep now than I did back then....4-5 hours was enough then, I could stay up half the night and do some of the things I wanted to do. The other part is that I just move slower than I used to now that the pressure is off.
    Now I just don't function well on anything less than 7...8 hours even better.
    3656 days ago