7 days to another Milestone #ENDALZ

At “Across the Land” I have spent a lot of my time giving out the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline phone number. It’s been given out on cards, bracelets, media and word of mouth. Something, right at the beginning, convinced me that is where I could make a big impact, and that was, and still is, important.

I was able to begin “giving back” because my children were on their own and doing well. I’ve curtailed my activities from time to time because mom has needed my help, so I do what I can, when I can.

I began the “Across the Land” project because I believe it’s important to be a part of helping society with difficult situations. It’s good being able to do something that’s both impactful and interesting, and I will continue on, as I can.

Milestones are important to celebrate. Psychologist tell me it’s part of what keeps us human beings going. It works for me.

Jogging stroller – two of them

The stroller on the left, named Wilson, belongs to me. In 2013 he carried my supplies and equipment for 2,594 miles through parts of ten states. That workhorse is a Bob Revolution SE manufactured in 2012.

The stroller on the right belongs to the Barnes family. Recently it carried equipment and supplies for them as they marched from Key West, Florida to mom’s house, in Roberta Georgia. Their stroller is a Bob Revolution manufactured in 2010.

We replaced theirs with a little bit newer model, and they continued on to Blaine Washington.

I took the picture this afternoon.

Jogging strollers are a super way for parents to go out and run with their children.

I was out there about alzheimer’s disease and they were talking about diabetes on their trip. It’s ironic that being fit helps slow the progression of both.

Milestone – blog page views

The foundation was laid on March 17 2012, I actually started blogging. We’ve struggled through a dip or two, believe me. I received a surprise a few minutes ago while glancing at the page view count. Yep, today my blog has had a total of 275,000 page views.

From Kristie Leong M.D – body weight – pressure on joints

One extra pound of body weight increases the pressure placed on your hips by 6 pounds and on your knees by 3 pounds. No wonder #osteoarthritis is more common in people who are obese! Plus, fat cells produce #inflammatory cytokines, chemicals that boost pain & #inflammation.

Noah Barnes

and his dad Marched from Key West Florida to Blaine Washington, over 4,300 miles. They climbed in a Jeep that contained his mom, brother and sister, and rode to the Santa Monica Pier in Southern California, approximately 1,300 miles. Noah became part of the support group, among other things, and watched his dad pedal eastward, heading to Tybee Island Georgia, the Atlantic Ocean.

On their way, they stopped and spent time with mom and I. We all spoke of many things, had a meal together, they rested one night here, and headed east on the world famous Dixie Overland Highway, U.S.Highway 80.

At one point, during the visit, Noah noticed my wall map, with push pins in it, and he begin asking questions about the different colored pins, the states, the miles. He even called me a legend. Noah has Type 1 diabetes, yeah, you read it right, Type 1 diabetes. He had just finished Marching over 4,300 miles, he shared stroller pushing duties with his dad. Noah is a Legend and a Great Example.

This picture was taken almost a year ago when Noah and his family were heading to Blaine, Washington.

Facility visit – Ross Woods – Dalton Georgia

It was about 5 years ago that we were allowed to visit this facility in Dalton Georgia. It, I’m pretty sure, was full and it was impressive, to say the least. Being able to leave a family member or friend with trained folks is of great value.

Adult day care provides caregivers with much-needed respite, giving them a break to run errands, spend time with family or just get away from the stress of caregiving.

Quote – “It’s not the critic

who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.Teddy Roosevelt

I wanna be better than this . . . . .

I just realized I have not used Google very much to read about the opiod problem, child suicide or drive by shootings that kill school age children week in and week out, but I did an unbelievable amount about the school shootings. I want to do better than that. Why didn’t I Google about the other stuff?

for my friend Tyler . . . . .

fb_img_1479608638855.jpgOne morning I walked in the visitor center at Amicalola Falls State Park, and there he stood, Tyler Woody, the new guy. Charlotte introduced us, and we hit it off immediately.

Tyler was a Sgt. in the U.S. Army National Guard. He served as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan as a construction Engineer and received numerous decorations.

I thought of Tyler this morning.

  • Born    June 23, 1994
  • Died.    Nov    3,  2015

This post is in Memory of my friend. “Tyler, I miss seeing you and speaking with you.  Thank you for your service.”


kind words from my friend

I shared everything that folks did to make our awareness campaign successful, with Robert and Joanne, I shared how things seemed to fall into place. A lot of Awesome people worked hard. Noah’s March has been extremely successful, in my opinion. A lot of Awesome people worked hard there. The respect I have for the folks that did the work on our trip and the whole Noah’s March team can’t be measured.

I don’t know what else to say, but I feel so Grateful to Robert Barnes for his words. I’m posting this on my WordPress blog because I will look back on it years from now and remember, remember this family and what they have done. . . . Here is a screen shot of his post . . . . .

Once more, Thank you Robert, for your kind words.