I Owe A Lot Of Thank You's

I owe so many people Thank You’s. Starting with my family, who helped find the apartment, helped us move, helped us unpack, put most everything away for us, you are priceess.

Those people in Las Vegas who so graciously stood by and helped in any way they could. Thank you to all of you.

To the people who did the art auction, Geno Munari and all his many wonderful helpful helpers, thank you.

Anthem Authors, there are no words to thank you for all you have done for me; the party, the gift, the wonderful sincere writings for me to remember all of you. Did you ever think I could forget you. AA will always be remembered on Tuesdays, no matter where I am I will be thinking of you. Thank you for being who you are!!!

Last to my beloved husband, who fought this move, loved his old house, his routine, his buddies, his walking routine, but knew I wanted to be back here with my family. He never stood in my way, never said a word, except to joke about it. I knew it was a joke. Thank you my love.

My daughter, her daughter, and I walked in the Spectrum Shopping Center, and I thought this time next year, maybe someone would say, “Look, four generations are together.”

So friends, be thankful for the little things, for all you do have, and what is to come.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Our New Apartment

We are here in Irvine, California in our new small apartment. It seems to suit us very well, and we like it. The best part is being so close to all the kids and grandkids. Mother’s Day was so special.

The hardest work is done, every box is unpacked, things are put away. Although, that’s not to say I won’t have to change where some things are, but I can do that later. My kids helped us so much that we finished everything by yesterday. We moved in on Thursday afternoon. I think it’s great.

It will take the better part of the month to get ourselves situated, know where everything is in the apartment and around the neighborhood. We are still shopping for small things like a vacuum cleaner, finding out who sells Diet Cream Soda, and finding a place for a shopping list, where to put the trash bags, little stuff..

As for Adopt A Caregiver, I’m anxious to get started again on this journey. I have to find out whom to contact, where to speak, get the local paper and see where to go. I will not give up on my idea, and I will keep plugging it on my blog every day. Please bear with me.

Other than hurting and being exhausted, we are doing just fine. I hope all my friends will come back and read my blog again. I’m missing everyone.

Anthem Authors gave me a farewell party. It was ..spectacular, in it’s love and sincerity and it’s generous gifts. Writing from some of our members for me to take and remind me what I am missing every Tuesday from 1-3. Just know guys, I will always miss you. Best of luck and most of all, keep writing. Love you all.

I will be writing every night again.

To my dear friend, Linda Abbit, I’m so sorry and sad to read that your Mom passed away. (www.tenderlovingeldercare.com)

I’m too tired to think, so I will be back tomorrow evening.

Give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Adopt A Caregiver, and tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Love and kisses Helene

Closet Packed

I did most of my closet today, my husband says the bedroom and the closet isn’t big enough, and he is probably right.

This weekend we will tackle the kitchen. That will take time, but it’s not hard.

Adopt A Caregiver is still high up on my list, I just can’t get to it right now. Sorry caregivers. Once I get settled, and I guess that will take at least a month, then I will get right on it again. In the meantime, please bear with me as I take you through my move.

I haven’t done any writing, and I don’t even know where anything is, so it’s not worth thinking about. I am too tired, too much going on at one time, and I can’t think straight. Thank you Fibromyalgia and Chronic
Fatigue. As tired as I am, I’m not sleeping enough.

Talk to you tomorrow. I didn’t get to AA today, I will have to go next week.

Having lunch with my dear friend from the Henderson Senior Center tomorrow, and am looking forward to it.

Give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Adopt A Caregiver and tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Closet, Paperwork, And AA

Busy day tomorrow, have to start working on packing up my closet. I have neglected paperwork for abot two weeks and have to do it, so I might as well get started on it tomorrow.

The good news is that I have Anthem Authors to go to in the afternoon. That will brighten my day.

Today we went to Costco for food, and then went to U Haul to get more boxes! There are boxes everywhere. But that is progress.

Thanks again to The Bloom Report for that terrific ad for my book, Behind The Mask. My secret journal shows what it’s like to stand in the caregivers shoes.

I’ve started thinking about Adopt A Caregiver again, and I have a whole new city and state to work in. Wow! I am so conscious of all caregivers, and all they go through each and every day, and I know there are caregivers in your community. It only takes a moment to send an email, become their friend, be a supporter. I want everyone to know what Adopt A Caregive is about. It’s so easy. Every community has caregivers, give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Home, Exhausted, Satisfied

We came home from California this afternoon, and we are tired. The drive wasn’t too bad, not much traffic and we made great time.

We actually accomplished so much in the five days we were there: we signed the lease for the apartment, we notified the utility companies, have a new phone number, and the most important thing of all we saw the entire famiy, or most of them.

Another thing we accomplished, we bought all the furniture we need for the new apartment, and arranged delivery before we arrive since my daughter said she would pick up the keys for us and be there when they brought the furniture in and set it all up. Now that is a good feeling.

Now we have to finish packing, and do the things around this hose that we need to do before we move. It’s just all time consuming and back breaking, other then that it’s fine.

And our life goes on, still doctor appointments, haircuts, lunch to say goodbye to dear friends.

One of our neighbors is giving a block party to say goodbye to us and our next door neighbors who are moving to Georgia.

Anthem Authors is also throwing a party for me. I’m smiling…I will surey miss everyone in AA. I am so proud of that club and all it’s members! Cheers to you guys, all of you.

Keep your spirits up, and keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Adopt A Caregiver and tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Time Is Flying Now

All of a sudden time is starting to fly by. Our neighbor took the boxes out of my office and put them into the garage. Whew, that was a job, and I’m so glad to be rid of the boxes, now I can move around my office again. Even though there isn’t anything in here, excep what I’ll need for the next 5 wees or so.

We decided to go to California on Wednesday, so don’t expect to hear from me until we get home on Sunday night.

I’m hoping tomorrow I’ll find some time to sit down and write something for Anthem Authors. It might be my last Tuesday with them, and I owe them a huge thank you for making Anthem Authors the success it is today. I love that group, as writers and as people. They are helpful, dependable, thoughtful, and just genuinely nice people. I will probably cry when I read whatever I write, but I’m sure they will understand. I started this group in 2/2009, hoping someone beside me would show up. Two others showed up, and now we have grown into this wonderful group. I salute them, and I will surely miss them.

More thanks to The Bloom Report, thanks Phil.

Please support the caregivers in your community. Give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Adopt A Caregiver and tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Too Tired To Write

I’ve got a story I want to write down for my Memoirs, and I can’t seem to sit still long enough to do anything about it, because I’m too tired.

The good news is that my office is now about 75 % packed up. I didn’t think I’d get this much done this quickly, and now by the weekend it should be all finished. Except for the things I’ll need between now and May 10th.

My closet is done, except for my summer clothes, the winter ones are already packed up. The shelves are done, so that too should be done by the weekend.

Maybe by the time I go to Anthem Authors on Tuesday I’ll have my story ready.

We have all the change of address things to do, and the services to turn on and a new phone number, but my husband will take care of that for us. Thank you Honey.

I hope I will have more interesting things to talk about soon.

In the meantime, don’t forget to give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Adopt A Caregiver and tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Missed AA Today

I missed going to Anthem Authors today, I thought I’d be able to manage it, but it didn’t happen. Oh well, there is next week. I haven’t written anything to read anyway, so it can wait a week. I am going to miss everyone at Anthem Authors, and will continue to be in touch and look at their website often.

Now, I am finally free to pack up everything in the house, except what we will need for the next 35-40 days. I’m hoping we will be finished packing by the 17th of April. It is exhausting work, but I think we can manage it.

There are so many things left to do, change of address, packing, thinking about what to take, what to leave here, and decisions galore.  One at a time, one day at a time.

I’m grateful that we are able to manage it ourselves so far.

Adopt A Caregiver, give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in you life. Helene

Getting Something Done

Finally, I feel like we are making some progress with our move. I’m still going through my office, but am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We are having an art auction on May 2, 2009, and if you like I will keep you posted as it will be seen on the internet.

It is a lot of work, and I am working hard, but I think it’s more under control now. I have another load of things for the Henderson Senior Center. Things like wool, needles, pencils, paper, notebooks and some craft items. I’m sure they can use them all.

Went to AA today, (Anthem Authors) always fun, since our stories are so varied. I will continue to monitor ther website even after I leave. Anthem Authors is my baby, I started it in February of 2000 because I wanted to learn how to write. I am so proud of them and what we have all accomplished and learned over the years. I will write a farewell speech and probably cry, but I will do it anyway.

Now it’s back to cleaning out the storage in my office. My new office will be less than half the size. So I have to be careful what I pack to take with me.

In the meantime, remember to Adopt A Caregiver in your community. We must help support the caregivers. They are there, right in your own neighborhood. Tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Have To Pack

As usual I left my packing for the last minute. We are leaving for California in the morning, and not coming back until Monday afternoon.

I have no idea if I will have the time or strength to write, or even if I’ll know how to do it from a different city. I hope I can do it, even if I don’t write every night.

Our Memoir Workshop rehearsal went well today.  It is next Tuesday at 1pm. We will get it up on the www.anthemauthors.com website as soon as possible.

I saw an ad this morning from our local police department about protecting yourself from con artists. This applies to caregivers as well as seniors. Never give out pesonal information to anyone, keep your doors locked, your alarm on if you have one. Trust your instincts, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Pay attention in your neighborhood. Watch out for each other.

And give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Adopt A Caregiver and tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene