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A path I enjoy on our MN summer vacation island.




July 2008 on family "out East" trip.






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I'm ready to lose some pounds and start looking good. I've been sorta trying for a number of years but this year I mean it - and plan to make it work. This is a start...

June 2008 10 things about me...


1. I was born and raised in Minnesota. We lived here year around until we retired and the kids were out of college. Then we sold our big family home and bought land in Culebra, PR and built a home to live in for winters. We still live in MN summers in a small cabin on an island which we own. Our PR adventure got more involved but I'll not discuss that in this short note.

2. I have five children. Deb 48, Tim 47, Sue 46, Bob 44 and Jo 40. Four grandchildren and one great grand son.

3. Butch built a hobby greenhouse for me which I enjoyed for about 20 years before we sold our family home. I have been involved with Hobby Greenhouse Association ever since. I've been on the board and corresponding in 'robins' for over 20 years and have written a column in their quarterly magazine for 17 years - all volunteer work.

4. I am a Catholic.

5. My birthday is October 31, 1936.

6. For 26 years I worked two days a week in a family owned motel bar and restaurant which we sold in 1989. When we moved to PR, DH and I bought a 3-unit guesthouse which I am still owner and manager. Presently I take all calls and reservations and work 2 - 5 hours a day.

7. I have been married to my husband, Butch (Robert or Bob but he likes Butch) , for 49 years. Our 50th anniversary will be Aug. 29. My health is good. I've had many non threatening surgeries the most serious were two knee replacements more than 15 years ago and a carotid artery surgery.

8. Major hobbies are traveling, genealogy and gardening. The last 5 years we've taken road trips in the USA for 3 - 6 weeks in spring and fall. I've alway been an avid swimmer. My first job was teaching swimming. When we started traveling to the Caribbean I started scuba diving and we did a lot of bareboat sailing.

9. My favorite volunteer work was Master Gardener. I retired from it when we moved twice a year to and from PR.

10. This year we have our guesthouse for sale. When it sells we probably will buy a home in a warm state for winter living.




Member Since: 1/28/2007

Fitness Minutes: 31,003

My Goals:
To lose 10% of my weight bye end of the year. This will put me into the 140's. It is a challenge of 3# a month and should be doable for me.

To do this I'll eat healthy, bike and walk...


My Program:
I never had a weight problem until my knees detoriated when I was about 50 yrs. Inactivity started the weight gain which I didn't acknowledge until it dawned on me that that was me in the photos and I had to do something about it.

I was a dietitian in a hospital after college so I thought I knew - I didn't! I had to relearn and Sparks is teaching me now.



Personal Information:
I have lived in St. Paul, MN or a suburb for 60 years. When the kids went to college (and the dog died) we sold our home and moved to Culebra Island, PR for winters and spend summers in our Minnesota cabin. We started 3 businesses in PR, Recently have sold 2 and the 3rd is for sale. We will then move to another warm climate - probably SW FL.


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I had a Hobby Greenhouse for 20+ years and write a quarterly column for their magazine. I'm a retired Master Gardener, but keep updated on their activities. Recently I have started building my Family Tree and hope to expand on that hobby. I also love to read.
I worked in a family owned motel, bar and restaurnat for 30 years. In PR we boutght a guesthouse so still am involved in the wonderful business of tending to my guests.
Married 49 years. Have 5 kids and 4 grandkids.




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  • v DTBTSSANDFLUFFY
    well little lady.. it IS GOOD TO SEE YOU .. missing you .. while you are galavanting all around the country.. or are you at one of your homes.??
    2209 days ago
  • v SHEILAS6
    Jackie, Thank you for joining DANCING WITH THE SPARKS Challenge!

    Yippee!
    2326 days ago
  • v LUVTOLOSE
    Just stopped by your page and found it very interesting. I loved your pics and hearing about what you are doing now. Blessings to you and yours. Sue
    2400 days ago
  • v JOJO2348
    Merry Christmas Jackie -Like you and Callie - Life has been in the fast lane with the busy-ness of Christmas and all the holiday gatherings and so forth. . . .but like you the friendships we have made over tSparks are too valuable to lose. Wishing you a blessed hoidays and Merry Christams to you and yours. Jojo emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2447 days ago
  • v SHEILAS6
    I miss you, and wish you could find time to chat on the Walk Chat. It was a quiet thread, till we got Ralph....lol, but now it is just so much fun. Try to get back if you can.

    Thanks for noticing I reached my goal.......think I will lower it, and do this all again!!

    xox
    2459 days ago
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