The little guy is expanding his horizons

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I had the pleasure of watching a little friend of mine, on a video, as he is teaching himself to walk. It wasn’t to long ago that he was giving it all he had to crawl from one spot to another, reaching for stuff. Next he was cruising while holding on to the couch, same reason, reaching for stuff. Now, he’s pushing his walker, reaching for stuff. I am proud of his try and his achievements. He seems to me, very determined.

It occurs to me that his determination came from his parents.

Alzheimer’s disease and Down Syndrome?

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My first recollection of hearing the two phrases side by side was during a visit to the Anschutz Medical Campus, in Aurora, Colorado in 2015. Some nice folks had obtained permission for me to visit with Huntington Potter, PhD., the Director of the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

I won’t try to elaborate here, but will post this to put a bug in your ear, if you’re interested, in why many neuroscientists seem to speak of some kind of connection. Here is a link to the NIH website.

Here is a link to the Alzheimer’s Association

Here is a link to where I met Mr. Potter.

January 2019 trip pictures

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Changing my mindset

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I’ve noticed over the years a quote will be brought to my attention, and the words, how they are perceived by me, feel like something that may have a profound affect on my life, and excitement is felt.

A short time later the feeling is gone and maybe the search is on for another quote, without even realizing it.

Maybe 365 quotes later, my mindset hasn’t changed at all, my frustration level may have though.

I have no desire to experience the ups and downs that come with constantly looking for a mantra because I don’t realize my life is a work in progress. It takes time to change. I give myself permission to be human.

The quote below is slowly having an affect on me, and at this point in time, these are the most important set of words I know. My mindset feels stronger!

“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

3 years as a caregiver

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On January 24, 2016, my life changed. At the time mom was 87 and her husband was 88 years old, and they needed help. 93% of my time since that day has been spent here. Relatives that live close have given me breaks, thus the 7%.

The decision to assume the responsibility came easy, the job has been both rewarding and painful for me.

I’m proud of my decision to do the work and proud of my attitude most of the time, but not all of it. The attitude that will pass my level of acceptance is coming.

Mom and I walk together often.

Flagstaff photos taken in 2013

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a quote from Jennifer Hyman

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I think that life is difficult. People have challenges. Family members get sick, people get older, you don’t always get the job or the promotion that you want. You have conflicts in your life. And really, life is about your resilience and your ability to go through your life and all of the ups and downs with a positive attitude.Jennifer Hyman

thank you Casey Kasem


I don’t know what Casey Kasem meant by this, but I realized today, what it means to me.

Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

For me it means to make sure the responsibilities I created or accepted are handled, but when I can, get out there and do some stuff!

the anatomy of my time in 2018

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There are 8760 hours in a year, 365 days

Here is a rough, for me, estimate for 2018.

  • 2920 hours sleeping
  • 912 eating
  • 900 for mom
  • 1056 walking
  • 900 household chores
  • 730 on social media
  • 520 on trips west
  • 730 for Netflix, reading and other forms of exercise besides walking.

8668 hours in this guesstimate. That leaves 92 hours for the year to do other stuff and that converts to about 15 minutes a day.

So, if I want to consider another task or two to put in the mix, it will take some decisions.

Should I not sleep so much? Maybe not eat as often? Ignore mom some?

This is approximate and put together quickly, but may show some of the things that need considering, if I want to do more stuff.

Begins with the one step

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Some folks say planning to do something is the first step. For me, taking the first step is physical.

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