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I was born and raised in "small town USA" - VERY small town - Enfield, Illinois, population 900. I graduated from Enfield High School in 1967, lived in St. Louis for a short time, and then moved to Indianapolis, Indiana.

I met hubby at work, RCA Magnetic Products. It definitely was NOT love at first site - we didn't get along at all. But here we are, 28 years later, still enjoying being together and actually coexisting rather peacefully. So much for first impressions

We were blessed with two wonderful sons. I'm a typical proud Mom here, but they have always been such a joy to us.

John is 27 now, and is a Financial Analyist for NCR in Dayton, Ohio. He lives in Oakwood with Oreo, my Granddog. He has dated some really nice girls, but the right one just hasn't come along yet. So for now, I have to make due with Oreo. I'm eager for grandchildren and give him a hard time about it, telling him that my clock is ticking, but he just laughs at me.

Ryan is 24, and a pharmacist in Olympia, Washington. He just moved there recently, and it was VERY difficult for Mom to see him go so far from home. He announced just last week not to expect any grandchildren from him for at least another 10 years, so I may as well just calm down and accept the fact that it isn't going to happen for a while.

I've worked on and off through the years as a secretary. Five years ago I developed bacterial meningitis, and was a pretty sick puppy for a few months. Fortunately I survived, unfortunately my feet didn't. It's been quite an experience, living with prosthetic legs, but I do very well these days. I'm very active - I shop, bicycle on my three-wheeler, garden - pretty much do what I did before. Except that now I have a good excuse when I don't want to do something.

I've taken to the Internet like a "duck to water." I absolutely love everything about the computer, and spend too many hours daily on it. We recently got a fiber optics line, so now I'm really cruising at a fast speed.

Hubby is the general manager of a large hotel here in Evansville. It's a really interesting job, and he always has wonderful stories to tell when he gets home.

I share my days with Munchie, my Yorkie, absolutely the "best little person with fur" in the whole world. I'm sure all you dog lovers out there will understand what I mean here - this dog is absolutely WONDERFUL. And what a good life she has - she is spoiled ROTTEN! There is never a day that goes by that she doesn't make me laugh.

I'm an avid reader and a great fan of Nora Roberts and LaVerle Spencer. Barbara Delinsky is a favorite, also. love to cook, but find myself lately "reading" far more recipes than I actually make. I belong to some really good message boards, and have found that "Foodies" are everywhere in cyberspace.

Life is pretty good for me as I enter my fifth decade. Hubby teases me by saying that I will be getting my AARP card in the mail soon. I am so lucky to have such loyal friends; Angi, Veronica, Jana, Debbie, Kate, Jean, Nisha, Kelly, and a few others that I'm sure are going to let me know I left off of this list. They have all been there for me during the bad times, and I am forever grateful.

Because I came so close to the edge, I have learned to enjoy each day and live in the moment. So can you - go outside, feel the wind on your face, hug your kids, give your pet a treat and smile. It's a great life!

Jan

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