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Photo album I created for younger son's 50th Birthday

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Out on a walk with Judith.

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My 89th birthday has now come and gone; I have lost a lot of weight since my DH passed at the end of May 2013, and I do not need to lose any more.

1. I was born in the small town of Ashburton, in Mid-Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand. Went to same school as my mother, and my grandmother before her, and our own children later. Married there in 1948 and went to Christchurch in 1960, then away to a small town in North Island, then moved over here to Australia,..Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
2. I have two daughters, Lesley age 67, Judith 64, two sons Paul 66 and Chris 60, six grandsons, three grand-daughters, ranging from 42 down to 32 and four great-grandchildren - 1 girl in 2004, 1 boy in 2007, a girl Dec. 2013, and another in January 2015
3. I collect ornamental owls, and small jugs.
4. I am definitely a Christian; I am Presbyterian, (most of my forbears were Scots).
5. My birthday is March 3, 1928.
6. I always worked in offices, first at a Lawyers, last in Insurance, rose to Gen Mgr's Secretary. I think I would be called a P.A. today. After marriage I did not work, and was always there for the children returning from school with warm soups and scones in winter, and cool drinks etc. in summer. Did part time work again when they were all out working themselves.
7. I had been married to my husband, Les, for 64 years.
Sadly, he passed away on 29th May, 2013, just a few months short of our 65th wedding anniversary.
8. I have been into genealogy for many years, have put out a book on my father's family. I love my computer and spend way too much time sitting here !! But it was a tremendous help in the Family History project.
9. I have enjoyed many different handcrafts over the years, but arthritic hands have put a stop to much of it now. Now my one main hobby is Scrapbooking which I am passionate about.
10. I am an avid reader, and have been all my life. As a young girl I was confined to the house every winter with bronchitis and asthma, (in those days one was coddled somewhat...I think it would be different now) and formed the habit of reading and became a definite bookworm . Only surgery has been two varicose vein operations, and one gall stone/ gall bladder laparoscopy.
11. I now have been diagnosed with Lupus, and movement is becoming more difficult - but I try to look on the bright side, I have a wonderful family, and lots of really good friends.

Member Since: 4/30/2006

Fitness Minutes: 0

My Goals:
I just want to be able to keep moving, and keep positive in my outlook. I do not want to be a "sad-sack".

My Program:
Cannot walk very well, have a wheelie walker (Wanda), but even so, cannot get out and about as much as I would like.

Personal Information:
Living in Australia, have been here 19 years, coming from N.Z. The cold weather there aggravated my arthritis, this warmer climate suits me better.

Have four grown children, 9 grandchildren and one adorable 16 year old g. g. daughter. Now a little 9 year old g.g.son in NZ - have only met him a few times. Plus gorgeous little Alexia born Dec.20, 2013. Now there is Lily (in N.Z.)

Other Information:
I attend a "Companions" Club on Monday mornings, and a "Seniors" Club on Thursday mornings.
As well, three friends and I play "Bolivia" each Friday afternoon, we have a ton of fun, and eagerly look forward to our games each week taking turns at hostessing..
Update: One very dear friend passed away 22nd August, our card playing group seems broken up now, but have taken up "Hand & Foot" with another group now, which might help.
Update: Alas, cannot get out to either of the aforementioned clubs, and even card playing is a thing of the past now.

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