The Finishing Touches

We are making great progress. Today, they delivered our chairs for the living room and my husband’s office. My chair came in damaged, so I will have to wait a week or two for that. Delivery of the closet organizers will be Saturday at 8 a.m. Originally, they said to would take up to 4 weeks, and it’s only been one week, so that’s great. That is the last thing we ordered, and once the closets are done, we are finished. I think the apartment looks terrific and we are very happy here. We have established our routine, a little different that it was in Henderson, NV, but a good routine for us now.

I’m doing more walking. It’s that or stay at home. It’s a little bit of a walk to get to the car from the apartment, and that’s a good thing for me.

I made some doctor appointments already and tomorrow I will call several old friends. It’s time to reconnect and do some social things.

Next step, my Adopt A Caregiver web page.

Remember, there are people in your community that are new caregivers. Support them, send them an email, become their friend. Encourage them to talk or write about their situation. 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

Walls, Walls, Walls

That’s what I told Robin Leach when I wrote to Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Something like everyone knows that real estate is location, location, location, but for the Moore’s it’s walls, walls, walls. And then I went on to tell him about our kissing collection of art.

Well, now that we are selling the art at auction on May 2, 2009 I’m faced with an irony. For 50 years I’ve lived with white walls, so that the art could pop off the walls.

Now, we are moving to an apartment, and I will continue to have white walls. Life has funny turns. Especially since I love color.

The move is moving along nicely. We are well on our way. Howard has packed up most of his clothes and his office. Me, I’ve been working on the art collection — seems like forever. But now I will be able to concentrate on starting to pack my own things.

I would like to be in California for Mother’s Day. That would be my best present.

In the meantime, I have not forgotten my caregiver friends. I mean to keep in touch with them even after I move away. They will always be in my heart. I have made so many wonderful friends; true friends here, and I will miss all of them. You all know who you are!

Take a moment, and think about someone in your community who is a caregiver. Send them an email. Adopt A Caregiver and tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Give Yourself A Break

There isn’t much good news out there. So give yourself a break. Light a candle, have a cup of tea, be grateful for the day and the sunshine (if it’s there) write down some things you are grateful for, especially the little things.

We are working hard around our house, going through files, books, all kinds of stuff so we can move back to California. Didn’t we pick a great time to do this?

My husband’s car is in the garage. We have areas for trash, Goodwill, garage sale, and the Henderson Senior Center since they are kind enough to take books, pens, paper, all manners of odds and ends. I told them they will probably need a bigger center. I hope it helps them, even if they have a garage sale They are the hardest working people helping people I know. I salute you guys.

In my office, I have done about 25%. I still have drawers, file cabinets, pictures, junky things that I like and will have to get rid of. I keep telling myself, the move will take months, maybe a year or two with the economy the way it is and getting worse every day.

And then I give myself a break, and tell myself I will have more time for Adopt A Caregiver and for my writing. I have many writing projects to finish. My memoirs, short stories, First Lines, and ideas for two books, maybe three.

I will keep in touch with my friends, old and new. I will treat myself gently. And I will get my office cleaned out and better managed in the future. (Ha Ha)

I am grateful for everything I have. I feel blessed and I am going to be so happy to be back with my family.

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

Keep love and kisses in you life. Helene

To All The Caregivers I Adopted

Hello to all. I’m sorry that I’ve been too under the weather to keep in touch. I have missed talking to all of you. I am feeling better now, and will try to do better. Sometimes we bite off more than we can chew, and get too far behind to catch up.

I hope my little silly poem made you smile yesterday. It made me smile, so I put it up here. I hardly ever write poetry, and yet I have about six or seven that I think are pretty good.

It seems I am getting back to writing more and that’s good. I have neglected it for a long time.

This is the end of the eighth week of Chronic Fatigue, the result of a shot. No more shots for me.

I hope to find more time to write to you, my friends, I really do miss you all.

Adopt A Caregiver is going well. Thanks to all of you who are spreading my word out there. Word of mouth is so potent, it works so well. Only when something is very very bad, or very very good, do people talk about it. You only hear about the wonderful new restaurant that opened, or the worst place in the world. You don’t hear about the in between things. I consider Adopt A Caregiver, very very good, so please do talk about it.

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

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

"Nancy Where Are You?"

My friend ‘Nancy’, not her real name; I changed it in my book, Behind The Mask, has changed jobs and states, and I don’t know how to get in touch with her. So ‘Nancy’ if you are reading this, send me your new email address. I miss talking to you.

Doors are opening, word of mouth is spreading and Adopt A Caregiver is becoming more of a reality than a distant vision.

The future of every community can change how caregivers are treated. Every community has caregivers, be they from Alzheimer’s Disease stroke, heart attack, or MS. We hear things, we know people and we can help. All it takes is an email, a phone call, be a friend, listen, learn, help.

I read something the other day that said something like, being angry is wasting time on life. Angry doesn’t help. Depression doesn’t help. We have to learn to help ourselves. We have to cope, we have to be there. And it’s hard to do it alone. We all need support of families, and friends.  My support system was a secret journal that I wrote on my computer. No one knew about it. I think it saved my sanity.

Thank you to all those who are helping. Lisa, Linda, Sue, Gary, Steve, and so many others, too many to name. You know who you are. Thank you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene