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Pat Blews

Pat Blews

  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsWhere are you from? Where have you lived before moving to Oak Hammock?

    Pat: I spent most of my life in Miami Florida, but I have lived in Haile Plantation since 2003.

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  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsWhat was your career?

    Pat: I was a schoolteacher of 3rd, 4rth and 5rth, and grades for about 22 years.

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  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsWhat is your biggest accomplishment (professionally or personally)?

    Pat: I would say that raising three children is my biggest accomplishment. In my more recent days, I have been hiking national parks. I think it has been about 12 now, but it’s hard to keep track. That is something that I loved doing; everyone asks me which one is my favorite but it’s so hard to choose. They are all beautiful, inspiring, and every one different.

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  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsWhat is your goal for retirement?

    Pat: My goal is to try to stay as fit as possible. I frequently go for walks and go to Gainesville Health and Fitness. I also want to just enjoy life and do all my gator things in Gainesville.

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  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsDo you have any hidden talents?

    Pat: I like to write. I am not a published writer but when I was visiting national parks, I was really interested in children’s literature. I would write children's books for my grandchildren with personalized characters to encourage them to visit the national parks.

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  • Animated Arrow for Questions What do you like to do in your spare time?

    Pat: I am a part of an organization called PEO International, which supports scholarships for women, and I support the Gatortown Gators Scholarship fund. I also always visit the football, basketball, and gymnastics sports events. I am planning to go to more season tickets to other sports as well, like baseball and softball. I also love to travel and visit my family near Atlanta.

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  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsWhat made you want to join the Oak Hammock community?

    Pat: My mother lived to be 98 and she belonged to a CCRC, where she went through independent, assistant and nursing care. As her caretaker, it made my life so much easier and I wanted to make it easy on my kids as I aged. I’ve known I was coming here to Oak Hammock since I lived in Miami and have been on the waitlist for years. When the time was right for me to come, I just knew. I am also crazy about the gators and love Gainesville and it just seemed to fit. The university town brings with it art, culture, sports, and good healthcare.

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  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsWhat is one thing people should know about Oak Hammock?

    Pat: This is a very welcoming campus that tries hard to make you feel welcome and get adjusted. The fact that they try to help you get acquainted and connected is a very big plus. Also, they offer so many different ways to entertain yourself here. If you can't find it at Oak Hammock,  you probably never will.

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