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The Chamber of Commerce

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A coincidence

Last year at the John Deere company, outside of Scottsboro,  Alabama, I stopped and took a picture of Wilson next to a John Deere tractor. The lady in this picture, was inside working, and saw me. She started following me on Facebook, without me knowing it. Today she’s saw me and she stopped. This is a picture of Samantha and Garrett.

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I asked her if she would mind if I had a picture taken of me with Garrett. She did not mind and here is the picture of me and Garrett. What an awesome little man.

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Thanks to the Hampton Inn.

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The Hampton Inn

I appreciate these people, helping me raise awareness, for the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Stopped by AT&T to say hi.

My service is with AT & T. We talked about my trip last year with the HTC One and then about the Samsung Galaxy s5, that I’m using this year. I gave him the website address and we talked about alzheimer’s.

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An awesome quote and picture

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”

Erma Bombeck

This picture came from the internet. It sure is beautiful to me.

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My mom knows

Last year, on my trip across America, I kept it a secret, about the number of times, I slept in my tent, and where I slept. I did this, thinking it would alleviate worry, for my mom. Here is a brief summary of some of the places I spent the night.

On the backside of cemeteries, behind little telephone maintenance buildings, beside the road, in small abandoned farmhouses, in nice people’s yards, in back of churches, in the woods.

What is amazing to me now, is to realize, what an honor, and an adventure, to be able to be put in these circumstances. It is called living.

It’s a good feeling, to think like a victor, and not a victim. I know my brother, and he loved life and he loved his family, and he would love to be here to have opportunities to solve.

I finally learned, and very recently , that real happiness, for me, has never came from being loved, it has came from giving love. Two different words, one is love and the other is control. I think I wanted people to love me, even though I was trying to control their lives. That didn’t work for me.

Talking to caregivers, that have lost their assets and their health has been a valuable experience for me. Some of them are so very strong. They just keep on and on and on. I have learned what I do, doesn’t really compare, to what they are doing. Mine really is fun, and I do not think what they do, is fun.

Caregivers, yep caregivers!!

Woody Gap, Georgia -Suches

A few years ago, my son in law and his dad, and I drove to Woody Gap. We were there to go backpacking and spend one night near the Appalachian Trail. We had decided to do this, partially because it was going to be pretty cold. The elevation there is around 3500 feet, I think. The temperature dropped to 7 degrees, the wind was gusting tween 40 and 60 knots. It snowed a little bit that night. Is was pretty neat being there, with Todd, and Pete. I think we all enjoyed it very much. We have all three, done things like this many times.

I was lucky enough to be in the Great Smoky Mountains, in below zero weather, a few times.  the winds can get pretty high at 5000 feet.  I had the pleasure of hiking through the Smokies, mostly at night, by myself, during the winter. It was a very enjoyable time for me.

December 18, 2014 blog post

Started off the day, meeting an awesome young man at Cracker Barrel. He is very inspiring to me. I don’t want to talk about him, except to say, he never let his disability stop him from doing anything.

Talked with a lady who was a caregiver, for someone with dementia. I never had to do that with my dad. My brother and his wife did it. She taught me some things about caregiving.

I had conversations, with 3 Alzheimers Association staff members today.

I went a few miles today and I enjoyed it. I am staying pretty strong.

This was a good day.

I am trying to help in the fight against alzheimer’s disease. I am raising awareness. That matters.

Another Subway picture

This is Logan.

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This is the picture he took of me. That’s right.

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