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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: 61,344

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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    Oh No! I'm SO sorry about the concussion. are you still feeling repercussions?

    AS for exercise - these days the number 1 goal for me is to prevent falls and injuries. All sorts of things I just don't do anymore because ... neck, or shoulder - lower back. Just .. nope. not gonna try.

    Congratulations, though on dropping those inches. That's a sweet side effect of exercise - but the real reason is to be able to keep on moving. as you say - protect your body and stay injury free.
    3 days ago
    Thanks, hon. I think we'll have a lovely time - it's so casual it's almost NOT a party - more a gathering.
    5 days ago
    Thank you sweetie, for the bloglove. When Sept. and early Oct. were so dry I wondered if we'd have any autumn at all - boy am I glad we got rain. Blessing on you today and every day, hon.
    10 days ago
    Thanks darlin'. for the bloglove and for being such a good cheerleader
    13 days ago
    Thanks, sugar. It's nice to feel inspired again. I'd been pretty stodgy all spring and summer. Let us hope this vigor hangs around a while. And thanks for the bloglove
    18 days ago
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