Focus, Feelings, Fulfillment

Focus on your feelings and bring fulfillment to your life. I believe that can be done. Focus on doing something good for someone today, then focus on doing something for yourself.. That is fulfilling.

I talked to a friend from back East today, that was a nice focus.

We are having dinner tonight with our daughter and granddaughter, and hopefully her husband, if he isn’t working. That is most fulfilling.

My grateful list overflows with little things. Sunshine, connecting with an old friend, writing a note, seeing my orchid plant doing so well on my desk, writing one page today for a story, doing some errands with my husband.

Today is my husband’s birthday and we have spent the day together. I love it, now is is older than me. The weather is gorgeous, we are feeling okay, and life is what it is.

Have a wonderful day tomorrow, and try to focus on your feelings. Do something wonderful for someone and then for yourself.

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

Family

Today my husband had cataract surgery. An older lady, much older was there with three members of her family. And again, I was reminded of that poor lady that was all alone that I wrote about the other day. Having family around is a blessing, and I love it.

Tomorrow we are going to dinner with our daughter and granddaughter who is carrying our first great grand child. How exciting is that?

It’s been a long day, my other granddaughter came over for dinner, and we found out that my husband has a computer virus. That took a couple of hours to figure out. In the meantime, he isn’t going to be using his computer, so I told him he could use mine tomorrow.

Help support caregivers.

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

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Taking A Weekend Off

I’m taking the weekend off. Recharge, renew, regroup. I hope. Maybe I need a break. I know I have no energy, my eyes hurt, I’m tired and all I’m doing is eating. I need a break.

My grateful list remains full though. Family is close, we are loving living here and next week I will be talking to my first contacts for Adopt A Caregiver. That makes me smile.

So I’m wishing everyone a healthy happy uneventful weekend and I will talk to you next week.

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

Keep love and kisses in your life.  Helene

Short Week

This will be a short week for us. Both my husband and I have an eye doctor appointment, one on Monday, the other on Tuesday. My husband has physical therapy twice this week for balance problems and we are going away for the weekend.

My eye doctor appointment is tomorrow.

It’s been a great family weekend. I love it.

I am thankful for this opportunity to be so close to my children and grandchildren.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Moore First Lines

As I have said before, I like doing First Lines, so I never have to face a blank page.

Here are a few more of my First Lines:

“Every time a writer puts his thoughts on paper, it’s a new beginning.

You robbed your mother of her greatest joy!

The bond between families is like elastic, it expands and contracts (during crisis) as needed.

The camera catches every flaw and this time was no different.

How can you hear, when you are so busy interrupting?

The evening shadows danced across the wall as she cringed in fear beside the bed, never taking her eyes off the gun pointed at her face.”

I hope some of you who like to write will start a short story using one of my first sentences.

It’s family time for me this week. Seeing all the family on Saturday, my birthday, and seeing each part of the family one day at a time. It’s such fun.  So no, they’re  not tired of us yet.

Please take a moment to look at my new website:

www.adoptacaregiver.org

My blog will be the same on both.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Catching Up

I’m catching up. Shopping to day; Costco, Borders, and Whole Foods. Tomorrow the lawyer, next week doctor appointments.

But, today I found some new websites and they are wonderful. I forgot to write down the names, but come back tomorrow and I will name them.

I’m feeling pretty good, getting things done, papers filed. Now it’s back to writing. I started a book several years ago, and I put it away, thinking I wasn’t ready to write it yet. One of the reasons I stopped, my heroine is too angry. So I think I will have to let the readers know why she is so angry, and then I can start the story. It means giving the reader a lot of information about the heroine at the very beginning, but I think it might be necessary. Otherwise, she won’t be likable.

I am so blessed to be back with my family. My grateful list just grows and grows and grows. As long as we keep our health, we will be fine.

Happiness is in the moment. This moment. The fact that I’m sitting here blogging makes me happy.

Write your memories, keep them close to your heart. Let your families know who you are, who you really are on the inside. Include your self in writing your Memoir.

Give something back. Do a kindness every day. Tell someone something nice. Pick up the phone and call an old friend. Skip the jokes, and write something on the email.

Adopt A Caregiver. Give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Tell them your friend Helene Moore sent you. Don’t know how a new caregiver feels, read my book, Behind The Mask.

Keep love and kisses in you life. Helene

www.adoptacaregiver.org is now up and running

Writing Workshop

I attended an all day workshop given by Barbara deMarco-Barrett today at UCI. She wrote, Pen On Fire, which is a great book for writing practices that work. I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Lots of writing, creativity, and fun.

Went to dinner at my daughter’s house and came home early. Tomorrow going to granddaughter’s and husband’s house for an early dinner.

And so my time goes. To the family, reading, knitting and hopefully, I will get some writing in too.

Talk to you tomorrow.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Happy Anniversary

Today is our 57th Anniversary! And we are still smiling. Our life together has been an extraordinary one, something I take pride in. We taught the example to our children by living the example. I am so happy to report that my children and grandchildren have learned much from our example.

We moved back to California because of family and we are basking in the love of family around us. Good times and bad times call for family. We will always be there for each other.

Today’s grateful list includes my special card, the sun came out, we shopped, we had lunch with our daughter, I went to the bookstore (one of my favorite things to do)  I am reading Lisa See’s new book, Shanghai Girls, and it’s very well written, and interesting. I do recommend this book.

If I didn’t read so much, I’d get more writing done, but it’s okay. I’m giving myself pemission.

Be good to yourself, take a day to just enjoy being you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Getting Older

Hard to admit, I am getting older. Does this sound familiar? I write everything down, sometimes I can’t find those little pieces of paper where I have jotted down notes or phone numbers.

I bring a list to the grocery store, usually buying other things as well. Takes a long time to put it all away. I date everything. My kids used to come and open the fridge and smell everything before they put it into their mouths.

Getting older isn’t for sissies. The gold in the golden years goes to the doctors. All the cliches are true.

So, what is it like for the caregiver. Someone who is hassled, harried, scared, alone, feeling abandened, exhausted, not knowing what the next day will bring, except more heartaches.

That’s why I say all the time: 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

My Grateful list for today: The sun came out, late, but it came out, I took a nap this afternoon, I did a lot of paperwork, and laid the work out for tomorrow. I watched a movie this afternoon with my husband. I feel better in the evenings than I do in the mornings, and that is something new, but I’m grateful that I feel goo some part of the day. I am grateful to be here with my husband and my family. I feel blessed, don’t you?

Another Wonderful Family Day

I do hope the family doesn’t get tired of us. I really enjoy being with them.

We need to be home for the delivery of some chairs and lamps we ordered, and after that we need to go to Costco.

In the meantime, I’m trying to catch up as well as do some R&R. The R&R is working out just fine, the catching up is proving to be much harder.

I’m looking for groups to talk to in Orange County, I’m ready to speak out about Adopt A Caregiver. It’s the gift that lasts forever, and costs nothing. Just an email to a caregiver in your community, to show support and become a friend.

If you don’t know what it’s like to stand in a new caregiver’s shoes, my book Behind The Mask will explain it all. It was my secret journal written when we were given the sudden diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, and we had to keep it a secret. Find out why in my book.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene