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I'm a member of the 75-79 age group and was happily married to my second husband, Don for 28 years, until December 24, 2018, when he died of a massive heart infection. I’m learning to cope with my new life and try to find comfort in happier times. I’m the mother of five, step-mother of 5, grandmother of 9 living grand children, one deceased grandson who was killed in a car accident on December 26, 2016. I also have 14 step- grandchildren, one great grand daughter and 22 step great grands. I was also the sister and legal guardian for my mentally handicapped brother, who I was extremely close to. Sadly, he passed away on Christmas Day, 2015. As you can see, I have had 3 major losses right around Christmas in the last 3 years?
My "history" is that I was a certified exercise instructor at my Y for 15 years from 1970 -1985. When I tapered off teaching the classes and became the recreational director of my local senior center, I went from a very active job to a sedate one. That's when I started putting on weight. I've continued over the years to do strength training. In my more active years, I was also a runner, who did road races frequently. Those were the good old days! Because of increasing problems with arthritis, my long runs have turned into short walks and I had a total knee replacement on July 26, 2018. Over the years, my weight has gradually gone up about 20 LBS. I'm post-menopausal and HUNGRY all the time I still work out with weights 2 times a week. When I’m in Florida for the winter I try to go walking, 5 days a week. From December until May, I teach a low impact aerobics class twice a week.
My husband was retired from the Navy, after 24 years of service. After retirement he became is an avid cyclist, putting in 100-150 miles a week on his bike, up to a few months before he died. He has many medals and trophies for his efforts and I continue to be very proud of him.

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  • v MILLER-S
    Grace, I'm so glad to hear your good news from today!!! Thanks for letting me know. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    25 days ago
  • v BONNIESS47
    Thank you so much, Grace, for the Sunshine Goodie. I'm feeling much better this week. Don't know what was affecting me so much last week but probably the confines of the Convid-19 pandemic and all the protesters in DC. Seeing everyone around me in masks gives me a very strange feeling. Sometimes I have to tell Harry we have to leave immediately when we are in a store and all I can see are people in masks (even when I also have one on). And people trying to "keep their distance" from me makes me feel as though "I'm infected" even though I'm not. I just want to go home and cry. I do have some claustrophobia issues so maybe that's part of it. I don't know. Maryland has opened Phase II of opening up businesses and activities so maybe things will get better soon. I hope so.

    Have a Safe and Great Trip back to CT. Love you.

    Bonnie emoticon
    56 days ago
    Thanks for the Spark goodie
    58 days ago
    Thanks for visiting my blog. We’ve never had more than one cat at a time before. It should be interesting! Have a nice weekend.
    60 days ago
  • v MILLER-S
    Grace, thanks for posting on my Spark page about my doctor's appointment! emoticon
    Have a good evening!! emoticon emoticon
    61 days ago
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