About US

We are Steve and Joy Poole. We met on a blind date back in 1985.  Steve was involved in the fence business (selling fence not fencing stolen property) and I was a high school business education teacher.  We married in 1986 and have “never had a dull moment”  as our friend Rich likes to tell us.

We have three grown daughters–Katy, Caroline and Lainey.  They are, of course, beautiful, intelligent, kind, and entertaining.  Just this year our oldest daughter, Katy got married.  We were very happy to welcome Matt into the family  We simply adore them.  We have two grand dogs Jack & Hobie. Two cats like to eat at our home–no one really owns a cat.  Their names are Oliver and Sookie.  We have two peacocks–one India Blue and one White.

We live on sixty acres where Steve can ride his tractor and fish in the pond.  He can feed the deer and watch the variety of ducks come to roost.  After selling the fence company several years ago he became a commercial developer.  He is an entrepreneur in every sense of the word.  He has a career that is difficult to explain but allows flexibility in his schedule.  Steve loves everything associated with boats, boating and water. He enjoys hunting during the winter season but rarely hunts in anymore and playing tennis with his buddies on Monday nights.

When Steve sold the fence business I returned to the classroom and taught math for six years, four of those in middle school.  Middle school students are my favorite age to teach because they are like colts learning to walk–uncoordinated and innocent.  I decided to put my teaching career on hold again when our younger daughters were in high school so that I could enjoy their last few years at home.   Now that the girls are all grown I enjoy reading, playing tennis, and cooking.  Experimenting with new recipes and using my friends and family as guinea pigs to taste my creations is one of my favorite forms of entertaining.  I dabble with calligraphy, writing & my latest hobby–crochet.

Our adventures on Meandering Joy combine Steve’s love of the water and boats with my desire to travel.  Steve likes the challenge and adventure of traveling by waterway while I like to explore the small villages and towns (even some of the larger ones) we pass through discovering the history and unique personality of each.   We both enjoy meeting new friends along the way.