LINDAKAY228's SparkPeople Blog LINDAKAY228's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Love my new gym! I moved to north Texas, in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex (Arlington) over 3 years ago after I had a stroke. I came from a small town in southern New Mexico of 15,000 people. The whole county had 30,000. Now I'm over here where Arlington alone has 377,000 people. Big culture shock for me. And the weather can get so hot in the summer and fall, which seems to last forever. There are a lot of things I like here, but some I don't like. But for some reason I believe God has put me here. B... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:41:33 EST Memories Late last night I was watching one of those entertainment news shows on tv on Fox. I can't think of the name of it but it's like Extra on NBC. I had heard the news already but they had an interview with David Cassidy about his dementia. This makes me sad. He's 66 and I'll be 62 tomorrow. When the Partridge Family was on tv I had a huge crush on David Cassidy (like about a million other girls!) Course before that I had a crush on Ringo Starr from the Beatles LOL. But anyway watching him... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:18:04 EST Rescue animals I saw This is late, because I saw these animals at Christmas. I went to my son's house, 3 1/2 hours away usually. Took longer this time because of fog all the way. He has a new girlfriend, Heather, and she has 3 kids. He has 2 and he has custody of them. Heather is living with her mom at the moment but will be moving into a house she's buying after they close on Jan. 11th. I hadn't met her yet. We went to her family home, where her 2 brothers, their families, 2 grandparents, and the brother o... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 12:48:09 EST Reflections on the past 3 years This has been an up and down past few days for me. The bad and the good of the last 3 years have gone through my head. I'm going to start with the negative, and then end with the blessings I've experienced because I want to end on a positive note. This is not for pity, but just to process what's been going on inside my head the past few days, including today. <BR> <BR> It was just 3 years ago today that I got up early, before daylight, and went for a walk like I usually did. Then I went ... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:04:32 EST A better pic of Mija I tried Monday several times to post this and kept crashing my internet. Then other things stopped working on my computer and I got frustrated. But now I think I have it fixed so I'll try again. <BR> <BR> This is a better picture of Mija, and shows her long tail. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got such a kick out of her the last couple of days because all of a sudden she's learned to try to catch h... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 19:13:39 EST Learning to live with a cat I've always loved both cats and dogs, but have usually had dogs for my pets. My last dog was a yellow lab I had for 11 years, until I had a stroke 2 1/2 years ago and ended up in Texas instead of New Mexico and couldn't have her at my son's house, which I lived at for a while. After several months I got my own apartment in Arlington TX . It's a 2nd story apartment and I love it a lot. But a dog is no longer practical for me. For one thing, I have some difficulty walking and taking a dog ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 13:29:33 EST Our winter storm <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These are views from outside my apartment looking down at the ground. Looks pretty doesn't it? In New Mexico there were times I drove in snow like this. However, this isn't snow. It's sleet, which is ice. And it rained all day yesterday so underneath is solid ice also. Temp is about mid 20's and won't get out of 20's today. So thi... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:06:58 EST My Stepfather I don't know why my stepdad (who I always just called dad) has been on my mind a lot lately. The anniversary of his birthday isn't until late April and the anniversary of his passing was in November. It was also back in 1988 that he passed from this world to the next. But for whatever reason, I have been thinking of him. <BR> <BR> My birth dad, whom I also loved, was married to my mom until he passed away when I was 8 years old. He was a lot older than my mom and died of kidney complica... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 09:31:08 EST Veteran's Park in Arlington, TX I'm still working my way through exploring some of the parks and hiking trails around this area. Since Arlington alone has something like 77 parks this will take me a long time LOL. Some are bigger parks and some are small. Veteran's Park is especially dedicated to the Vietnam Veterans. It is pretty big for a park here, and has paved trails, two parking areas, and also has some hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. I think I read that this is only one of two Arlington parks that h... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:40:42 EST One Year Ago today part 2 Now for the good changes. My son told me when I got discharged they wanted me to go to their house to recover until I could eventually get my own place. They found an outpatient therapy center about 15 minutes from their house that they got me to Monday – Friday for 2 months until my insurance ran out of coverage for therapy. I went from 9 to noon and had an hour of physical therapy, and hour of speech or occupational therapy, depending on the day, and an hour of a couple of different comp... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:55:52 EST One year ago today Part I I woke up early this morning and was going to go back to sleep but the things that happened over the past year have been going through my mind. There are really rough times in this blog, but also good things which outweigh the rough so read both blogs to get to the positive and the whole picture. But to tell the story I have to tell it all. Besides, even if no one reads these it is therapeutic for me. <BR> <BR> One year ago today, October 31, 2013, I got up early and went for a walk for ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:41:13 EST Crystal Canyon Trail This is a walk I've done a lot of times, including this morning. But these pictures were taken last spring, when I was still deciding about moving to Arlington TX from my son's house in North Richland Hills. Both are part of the whole Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. My son's house is about 25 minutes away from Arlington. This park is about a mile or a little more from my house. It is a short .40 mile trail and most people (me included) do it at least a few times. It is used pretty frequent... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:10:47 EST Arbor Hills Park and nature preserve I'm going to try doing this again. A few weeks ago I was going to do a blog about a different nature preserve but couldn't get pictures to upload and gave up. <BR> I've been exploring some of the different areas in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. I live in Arlington of that metroplex. This place is in Plano, TX, which was about 45 minutes from me. I'd never been there before and found it on the web. It's a beautiful place with picnic areas, playground, paved trails, and also some unpave... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:01:50 EST Why do I do what I do? This blog has been going around in my head for a week or two. So why do I do what I do? I've thought about it. As many of you know, I was doing strength training, and cardio training to build myself up for the past few years until last Halloween. I was hiking and/or walking daily and increasing my mileage. I run in some 5k races, a couple of 10k races, and walked in a half marathon. I walked the 15.2 mile course for 4 years in the Bataan Death March Memorial on White Sands Missile range... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:12:52 EST A wonderful story of hope answered! Raudhatul Jannah was only 4 years old when a tsunami hit Indonesia and killed 230,000 people, many swept out into the Indian Ocean and presumed dead. That was 10 years ago. Her dad put her and her brother on a board together and they were swept out to sea. After being on the ocean. The article on the internet or the news story on the Today show didn't say how old her brother was or how much time passed before she was rescued. But the storm was still raging when a fisherman had to fight t... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 09:52:30 EST One last blog entry on trip - Earthquake Fault in Mammoth Lake I guess it's actually outside of Mammoth Lake but just a little bit. After we finished with Devils Postpile and hiking and were back in the SUV we went for a short visit to this earthquake fault we passed earlier on the bus on our way to where it took us. It was not on the bus route and we didn't have to ride to get in. It's actually in a section of the Inyo National Forest though, and very close to the highway. <BR> <BR> <img src=""... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:06:13 EST Devils Postpile and beyond - Day 5 of trip I intended to do this blog yesterday or the day before but always got sidetracked before I got around to looking for pics. So I'm going to do it now. This is the last blog I think of my vacation. The day after we drove back to southern CA, then the next day I packed and did laundry and then flew out very early the day after that back home. But this was a great hike, although hard and tiring for me. But so glad I did it anyway. <BR> <BR> We stayed the night before and the night of this tri... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 12:58:55 EST Yosemite Day 4 and Mono Lake On Day 4 of the trip we left the B & B for the last time. First we went back to a few places to check out preset tents and stuff so my friend could reserve one for early fall. Then we went up the top of the mountains, still in Yosemite, and started the drive toward Mammoth Lake on the other side of the Sierras where we would stay and then hike the next day. We didn't do much hiking up there, because time was short, but we did pass through some awesome areas, stopped and looked at a meadow... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 10:35:44 EST Yosemite - Day 3 Mirror Lake The guidebooks I looked as (because I had to pick the outing for that day) said this hike was about 4 miles around the lake. I think they were wrong!!! And I was dead tired when we got through! I think it was closer to 5 or 5 1/2 miles. The lake is shrinking and some grasses are growing in part of it. They said that originally it was called Mirror Lake because you could see a perfect reflection of the Half Dome in it when it was bigger. But it was still really nice and we took the path o... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:47:53 EST Yosemite - Day 2 The only problem with the bed & breakfast is that they served a delicious breakfast but from 8 to 9:30. We ate there and of course talked some, which meant we always got a late start. But still lots of time to get everything in. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much to everyone who posted and/or read my blog yesterday about what we saw there. I'm going to continue with another day or marvelous things we saw! On Day 2, we went first of all up a trail toward a the Vernal Fall on the Happy Isles trail. ... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:49:43 EST Yosemite National Park - Day 1 I am so far behind in my blogs because of traveling with my friend, coming back to TX, moving in to my own apartment, and getting internet. Before I left CA, I went with my friend and her husband to Yosemite National Park for 3 days, then stopped a little at the top on the way over the other side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Mammoth Lake, also in CA, for a day. Then we traveled back to her house on Sunday, I did laundry and packed on Monday, and left on Tuesday (not last Tuesday but t... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:55:01 EST Safari Park at San Diego Zoo On Wednesday we went to Escondido and went through the Safari Park, which is part of the San Diego Zoo although located a little further away. Since I'm confused on where everything is I won't go into more detail LOL. But it was great! Too much to take in during one day, at least for us. We got tired! But it was so interesting. <BR> <BR> One on the first things we just happened to run into when we entered the park was this beautiful big Eurasian Eagle Owl! I loved it! <BR> <BR> <img s... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 17:03:12 EST Guided trip in Orange County for pics and nature These chances come up very rarely, from what I'm told, and are usually full within a few minutes of posting. A couple of vehicles from the Irvine Ranch Conservancy are used and we are driven to different spots to take pics and sometimes hike short distances. It's a 13 miles trip and 4 hours is the time allowed for this. My friend Lynda managed to find this just as it got posted and there was room for 2 guests and 1 volunteer I think she said. She is a volunteer and me and her husband were... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 17:13:48 EST A few more beaches on our last day on Kaua'i On Wednesday (we left yesterday and flew a large part of the day) we walked some more of Ke Ala Hele Makalea Path. I thought the other part was beautiful but liked this area even more! I wish I had time and energy to walk to whole thing which is I think right now 11 miles or so long but plans are in place to make it longer. <BR> <BR> This was by the parking area along the road we started at. It wasn't a larger formal parking area, like some both direction, but it was beautiful and acce... Fri, 30 May 2014 16:29:15 EST Memorial Day activities First we had coffee (had to wake up) and then some breakfast at the condo. Lynda has a husband named Tom, who didn't come with us this trip. But they've both been here many times before and Tom has some earlier family buried on Kaua'i. Some of his ancestor's arrived here and did other things to establish the community in the 1800's and early 1900's up to not to long ago. He had an uncle both him and Lynda loved that lived on the island and was active in many things. When they didn't have... Tue, 27 May 2014 15:11:34 EST Saturday's Pictures, things to do I started to do this late last night and got too tired and lost the whole thing. Sometimes I forget day what we are even on because we've seen so much and also because of the time change here. Going back be will get home about midnight because we move ahead 3 hours just to CA. <BR> <BR> Before I do anything, I have to show you some chickens for the day ha ha. We are at a park called Nawiliwili Park in this picture and go to a little shopping center next to it where there are tons of wild... Mon, 26 May 2014 00:51:11 EST More sightseeing and some climbing in Hawaii Thanks so much to everyone that's read my blogs! I haven't had time to answer them all, and while I'm visit my friend may not get time! We leave next Thursday to go back to CA but there is still a lot she has planned for me between then and the 17th of June when I go back to CA. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a beautiful day. W visited some more little local tourist shops which I didn't get pictures of. There are tons of them here, and often you can find the same things for much cheaper at on... Fri, 23 May 2014 23:54:27 EST Sightseeing around Kaua'i Here's some pics from yesterday when we went sightseeing around the island yesterday. We also visited several small shops here, that did not come out that good. You can't drive entirely around the island, but you can hike/walk. There is an volcano to that we will visit before we leave. We are on the southern edge. From their tourist guide it says that this island is actually the oldest of the islands of Hawaii It is also the wettest place in the world with about 440 inches a year of rai... Thu, 22 May 2014 12:43:55 EST Ocean Pics from Balboa Island Balboa Island is part of the Newport Beach area and I have some pics from that area when I liked walking early in the morning along there. We also took a harbor tour around there one day and saw the rich homes Some belong to celebrities for vacation now and some in the past. Multi-million dollar homes in a large part because of the property they are on. Definitely not one of those we were in but I really liked the small one we were in. The land was bought by my friend's husband Tom's gra... Mon, 19 May 2014 17:05:05 EST My son Ryan's engagement! I have so many pictures of so many different places, and more to come, that I'll never get every event posted. <BR> <BR> Before I get into the island pictures, I have to say I'm so excited that my middle son (of 5 grown kids) Ryan is getting married again. It was just announced and I think they are shooting for April 25, 2015. Isaiah and Andrew are his kids and Chelsea is Heather's. I can't wait to meet them cause I haven't had the chance yet. They are about 3 1/2 hours from where I live... Sun, 18 May 2014 11:52:23 EST My trip around southern CA islands Being a gal from the mountain I can say before this trip I had been to the beach a handful of times alone an ocean. Once in Florida, along I was with a friend at a conference. We had a free day and went with her sister/brother in law cruising up and down. We stopped at Daytona Beach for about 15 minutes. We visited one little shop along there to buy something to take home. We ate at a Village Inn. I am not opposed to any of those but really wanted to do something on my own, like go to Di... Fri, 16 May 2014 10:54:33 EST My challenges and Roadblocks <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love this because it reminds me that even great people started out, or ended up at some point, in a place where everything seemed crazy and lost and they didn't know what to do. So many time recently I have felt like a basket case. So when I feel like that, where do I turn? I turn to food of course. I'm staying for a little while in my son's house, and there is high calorie things and they eat out a lot. I h... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:24:38 EST Psychological factor in weight loss This is a challenge for one of my teams that I almost forgot to do LOL. At least on a paper (computer). I've been working on it in real life though. <BR> <BR> The first part is where I am or where I've been very recently as far as my weight loss goes. I had gained a little bit at home with my daughters. Mainly eating too much junk they brought into the house there and feeling stressed out and wanting to get them out of my house. Very long story and I won't go into the whole thing. Howe... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 13:27:14 EST A lesson in grief I got this article from a friend of mine, Faithgirl91, who is grieving the loss of her beloved family member and pet Missy who went suddenly downhill and had to be put to sleep recently. I understand so much of what she is going through from my own past experiences (lots including a miscarriage at 3 months with everyone including my pastor telling me I didn’t need to grieve someone I’d never even seen!) and also from experiences of people I’ve known personally and through work. There are ma... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 18:12:41 EST 45 days since my stoke Well, it’s so hard to believe that it’s been that many days! I’ve been at my oldest son, Anthony, and his wife Traci’s house since Dec. 3rd in Fort Worth Texas. I have no plans to go back to New Mexico at the moment, although what I’m still going to do when I recover remains a mystery. My oldest son wants me to stay here, or in the area. My middle son is only about 3 hours away I in Oklahoma and wants me here or there or somewhere closer than southern New Mexico. My youngest son and my t... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 09:55:13 EST I get out of hospital today! Today is December 3rd and I get out of the inpatient hospital in a few hours. It’s almost 6:30 am now. Vision is still kind of messed up and right side kind of weak and this is slow typing but I’m making some progress. This hospital is in Dallas, about 40 minutes from my son’s home in Fort Worth which is better than what I had for visiting when I was in Phoenix to get medically stabilized. At his house I will do a day program to help me regain more skills which is about 10 minutes from ... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 11:49:50 EST I’ve got blue socks! Yeah! I know most don’t know what that means so I’ll tell you. In the inpatient facility I’m in right now, yellow socks means there is an alarm around your bed and you can’t get up without a staff person with you. That could be nurses, aids, physical/occupational/speech/recreational therapists or other. I had those till yesterday afternoon. Believe me, you haven’t lived until someone follows you to the bathroom! Blue socks mean you can’t go in the hall by yourself or take a shower by yourself,... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 17:02:33 EST Surviving Family Crisis The past week has been really really hard. Both my daughters and their kids live with me. One of the kids is my 14 year old granddaughter. A week ago she tried to commit suicide by taking a lot of Tylenol. She spent the night in the hospital, to make sure her Tylenol levels were controlled (Tylenol can cause severe liver damage) then was transferred to an inpatient adolescent behavioral health treatment center. The closest one to us is about 2 1/2 hours from our house. It's been so hard... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:52:48 EST Yesterday's Hike I hadn't been hiking in a little bit. Seems like something always comes up or I get lazy when I could. And this is the best time of year for hiking around here, when the weather has cooled and the rains have stopped. <BR> <BR> I wasn't sure how much I could hike, because I had done a 6 1/2 mile walk in town earlier, up and down hills. I had already done the equivalent of 40 floors according to my fitbit. But the bug bit me to go out anyway. Usually I can only do one or the other. I hea... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:11:02 EST Inspiring others <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love this that I found today! Are you inspiring others? And most of all want to thank all my friends here who inspire me! You are all successes! Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:24:37 EST Find your "Why" I was watching the start of the new season of the Biggest Loser and something one of the trainers said when talking to one of the contestants has stuck with me. They said to find your "why" and the "how" will follow. It made me think of the fact that sometimes we concentrate so much on how we should do things that we forget the true reasons of why we want to accomplish a goal. To do it (and this could apply to anything, not just weight loss) for someone else, or because you've always been ... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:39:46 EST Walk to end bullying I have 3 grandkids in the same elementary school, and yesterday morning one of them asks me if I was going to go walk with them yesterday afternoon. Of course no one had thought to let me know earlier. The whole school (it's a small school) does walks like this for different purposes a couple of times a year. They are just a couple of blocks from our downtown area (which is not a large area either LOL) and they walk from the school down town a ways and then back up to the school. The whol... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 08:23:43 EST Walk for the Heroes report I'm late getting to this, but a week ago yesterday, and the night before, I took part in the Walk for the Heroes I had blogged about before the event. It was a 37 miles walk, from one community to another, and it started at 11 pm. So we walked through the night and into the day. We were encouraged to walk as far or as little as we could. No pressure to have to finish the whole 37 miles and no Did Not Finish status no matter when you dropped out, or if you finished it all. There were abou... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 15:41:57 EST Walk for the Heroes I am really excited and moved to be taking part in an event to remember the heroes of 9/11 and afterward. It's been happening here for a few years and started with one man, then grew to 4, then grew a little more. This year it has been publicized a lot and when I first heard about it a few months ago I knew I had to be a part of it. Because 9/11 is on a weekday it was decided to hold it on 9/13. It starts at 11 pm and we will walk <BR> <BR> <BR> From the Facebook page <BR> ____________... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:19:54 EST Struggling I have been under so much stress lately, and it's affecting my eating a lot. It's late afternoon and evenings that I struggle. One of my downfalls is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Why is that such a comfort food? I don't eat just one of them either. Or peanut butter and jelly on tortilla. Anyway, I've got to stop this. <BR> I've had two daughters and their kids living with me for a long time. Younger one has a lot of health issues, including fibromyalgia and seizures. The older ... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 07:30:16 EST Hiking on Sandia Peak with 4 grandkids As I promised, I'm going to share pictures from our hiking around up on the tops of Sandia Peak, just outside Albuquerque in the Sandia Mountains. It's so beautiful up there, and the elevation at the crest, where we parked (huge parking area. $3 to park and well worth it. It's located in the Cibola National Forest. <BR> <BR> Here is the parking area. There are a lot of towers up there for signals for various things. The sign by where you pay says the electronic locks for cars may not wo... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 09:26:06 EST Last weekend trip with Grandkids - FUN!!! I've been so busy or so tired that I haven't gotten around to posting this. But I work for a major insurance company who has a contract with New Mexico to handle the Medicaid for the elderly and disabled. I do service coordination for some in nursing homes and for some in their own(or family) homes who receive some in home services, like paid caregivers. The company has people working all over the state, many from home like me. We are also divided into regions in groups we call teams. T... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:20:58 EST Walking in the rain I have been working hard lately at getting at least a few miles in early every morning. If I don't do it then, often I don't get a chance. I also sneak short walks in during the day. For instance, I work from home and every hour or two I'll go for a 10 or 15 minute walk around some blocks around my house. It's easier now that it has been in the 80's instead of close to 100 like June was. And sometimes because of our rains now it's either overcast or there is a nice cool breeze. I'm so e... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 08:53:29 EST A nice little hike Sunday 7-21-13 Yesterday morning I went out really early and walked 4 miles in town. The weather s very unpredictable and I didn't know whether I would be able to go hiking or not. Sometimes it's cloudy, sometimes it's raining lightly, sometimes it's hot, sometimes thunder and lightning and no rain, and sometimes a really heavy downpour, like late at night on Saturday night. So I went out to get some exercise while I knew I could (5:30 am, not light enough to go hit the trails LOL). I knew I wasn't goin... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:44:47 EST Raw food meal 1 As part of the Season of the Beast challenge I am part of on my Sunny Gals team we are supposed to eat 3 raw food meals this week and post a blog about our raw meals. I love to eat raw veggies. Most of the veggies I eat are raw, including a lot of things people ordinarily cook. I do eat some cooked veggies but most of them I prefer raw. (however potatoes are not one thing I want to eat raw that much. Usually if I eat potatoes, it's sweet potatoes baked and put some Laughing Cow cheese o... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 12:35:03 EST