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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: 41,628

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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    Hey there! Thank you for the bloglove. I'm running a little behind on my comments but I sure appreciate the one you left me.
    132 days ago
    Well one to have all the family. We have too few times we can get together and still just one son and DIL from Las Vegas -now Maine still at our home and I love it that way. I think DH is really liking it talking to his son and granddaughter. Out DIL has a job and she is doing much better with the house full. Pat in Maine. We are the ones who are lucky to go with family.
    Thanks for still keeping in touch. ((((HUGS )))) Pat in Maine.
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    142 days ago
    Thank you for the bloglove. it is nice to be seeing clearly once again. And it's important to remember that I am going to find whatever I am looking for. Best look for good things.
    148 days ago
    Thanks BETH, that is a great idea. I never use ice. My three front teeth were knocked out from a boys head. He was running away from an orchard raid. He crashed and I swallowed three teeth. He had a fractured skull. He got the sympathy and my mother sat in the road and cried. Imagine till I was 16 no-one would do anything for me. The girls went dancing and I stayed home. Lost teeth at 5 years old but I passed the scholarships to Grammar school. That is the highest school to go to at that time in UK.

    I checked out the NIH and they said fluids so I often have a cup of tea and tracked it. I even track soup as water and calories. Take care BETH, I hope you have fabulous. Thanksgiving, (((HUGS))) Pat in Maine. emoticon
    154 days ago
    You always leave the nicest comments. It's great to be back on Spark! I've missed everyone and was really feeling down about not staying connected-- especially with all the great support.

    You're awesome!

    171 days ago
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