The Quiet Before The Storm

I’m feeling the quiet and I must admit I like it. Seeing a lot of the kids and grandkids and I like that too.

But the new great grand daughter is due on 11/29. Will she be early. How should we handle Thanksgiving? Then comes the storm. And we are resting up for it. Can’t wait to hold this child in my arms. Already I’m smiling. A real bundle of joy! I have finished knitting her things, at least for now.

Waiting for my grandson and his wife to find out if they are having a boy or girl and their colors, and already I’m looking around for things to knit for this new baby. It’s so exciting.

Right now I’m knitting for me, and I want to get back to writing. Probably work on my memoirs. I’m going to do it in stages, and in anecdotes and actual stories that will stand on their own.

Be happy, do your thing and enjoy every day. No one knows what tomorrow brings. Make some magical memories and store them away for a rainy day.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Ninth Generation

Wow, I just realized that this new great grand daughter will be the ninth generation. One of my cousins once did a beginning family tree, and he sent me a copy. I looked it over and realized that if I wanted to I could go back nine generations. To me, that’s amazing. I’ve never done anything to do with family trees, but maybe someday I will. What a great background to leave for future generations.

Maybe it should go along with my memoirs. Stories and pictures of my grand parents. I knew all four of them.

There are so many things I want to write, and then I get lazy and don’t do any of it.

One thing I am doing, is getting back to exercising. I need it badly. My Fibromyalgia is bad.  My muscles are so tight. Starting again is pretty hard. I did about seven minutes today and it was hard and I was hurting. I know it will get better as I keep going, and I need to do that.

Don’t we all need some exercise? Knitting isn’t enough. I’m smiling.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

My Get Up And Go Has Gone

Tired, tough day, no. Just feeling blah. Everything is a struggle. Fibromyalgia is alive and well, and it is making me feel awful. I am hurting. Everywhere.

Tomorrow is another day. I’m looking forward to waking up and feeling great.

I’m going for a much needed haircut, and out to dinner with my daughter.

At least I’m knitting. Otherwise I’d probably be even more miserable.

Talk to you tomorrow.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Adopt A Caregiver.

Everyone Out Trick or Treating?

No one in my building has rung our bell..I am a little bit surprised. I hope all the kids are out having fun and staying safe.

Looks like I will be knitting for a while longer. I just found out that I will be a great grandmother again in May. My grandson and his wife are pregnant. Hooray. My knitting this time around will be better..I h ave to finish the baby blanket, so I can start another.

Now I have to get back to exercising. It’s been weeks since I could and now everything is an effort.

Remember, November is National Caregiver Month. Please take the time to support the caregiver.

Also support our troops.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Time To Catch Up

I have been neglecting things I should be doing, partly because of the stitches in my chest. Doctor said to do nothing, and I took her at her word.

So now, I am faced with the stuff I haven’t done, and I have to start exercising again, which I couldn’t do, catch up on paperwork, and get back up to speed on the computer.

I am still knitting up a storm, and I’m loving it, so am no going to stop that. In fact I’m off to the knitting store tomorrow, and will probably buy some more wool, to make something else for the new great grand daughter coming the end of November. It’s getting close now, and we are all vey excited. I think maybe another blanket. Can’t have too many blankets..I found something I really like so I’ll have a long project in the works.

Do what you love, take time to write your gratitude list, affirmations, and be the best you can be.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Sorry for the long wait. Computer problems. Hopefully they are fixed now.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend; I did. Well, the truth is I did practically nothing. Back and forth about the computer problems, did a lot of knitting.

Took care of my stitches from the skin cancer that was removed. Stitches come out on Thursday. Can’t wait. Not allowed to exercise, not that I was doing that much, but now I’m mostly just sitting around, not stretching anything.

I wasn’t sure this would be up and running so I didn’t write anything. Tomorrow, hopefully, will have more to talk about.

I am happy that I was able to get into this blog, but we still have some fixing to do on the website. Talk to you tomorrow.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Make Your Day

Make your day. How? Get yourself excited about something that is important to you. It doesn’t have to be a big thing. Little things can make exciting projects also.

For me it was going to the knitting store today and picking up the last of the baby things I knitted. A baby hat, sweater and leg warmers. It’s adorable. And I took some old wool and a knitting pattern and asked if it could be worked out. Yes, it could. That is something to do at night when I watch tv with my husband. The other thing I’m knitting on, a vest, takes concentration, so that will be done when ever I get a chance in my office. Or when I know no one will bother me.

Another thing I got excited about this week was a writing project I’ve thought about for three weeks. How to get into the head of my character. He is dying, he is young, and he is male. I finally figured it out. In order to be in his head, I have to write in first person. Now all I have to do, is do it.

My granddaughter’s baby shower is this weekend, and that’s exciting.

I passed my California driver’s test and that too is exciting.

My exercise program is going well, and I’m excited about that also. It’s long overdue. I haven’t done any exercise for a long time. I used to swim for an hour and walk for an hour. I was much younger.

Now, I’m just happy to sit in my chair, to be around my family, to read, knit and write.

So, make yourself happy. Do something you love.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Making Mistakes

We all make mistakes. This week I’ve been full of them. Some of them have been frustrating, humiliating, and others I have learned that you can learn from your mistakes.

I failed the written driving test the first time around, and felt foolish and humiliated. I had to rip out several parts of the sweater I’m knitting, and that was frustrating. A lot of stitches to rip out and put back on the needles the correct way. Very time consuming, but I learned what I did wrong. At least I hope I did.

We all make mistakes, if we didn’t make mistakes, we aren’t making any decisions. And that’s a bad thing. In one day we make many decisions, about what to make for dinner, to get the paperwork off the desk, to make those phone calls we keep putting off and to cope with the day with a smile on our face.

A smile on our face shows we care, and that we can cope. A smile makes us feel good. So find something to smile about.

I am smiling, I have my first great grandchild’s baby shower on Saturday. It’s a girl. Four generations of women. This child also will have six, yes, six great grandparents! How wonderful.

Stand in someone else’s shoes, and then make the decision, what would you do? You certainly would understand them better. You will feel their pain, their emotions, and have some compassion for what they are going through.

Can’t find someone’s shoes to stand in? Read Behind The Mask by Helene Moore, a secret journal, written when she was a caregiver for her husband. Then seven years later, the diagnosis was changed. Yes, we were the lucky ones. So now it’s time to give back.

I started Adopt A Caregiver, see then help me spread my word, and plant the seeds for everyone to adopt a caregiver. They need a friend.

Keep love and kisses in your life Helene

Writing Is Addictive

I’ve always known that writing is addictive. The more you write, the more you want to write. Writing in a journal, writing a memoir, writing a story, writing out your goals, lists of things to do, becomes a habit when done every day. And you know what, your writing actually gets better.

My problem: I’ve exchanged writing for knitting. I’ve become addicted to knitting for the new great grandbaby coming the end of November. And then found a few things to knit for myself. Knitting at night with my husband and the tv. on is a good thing.

But, I found that I have missed my writing. And so I want to get back to it. Starting right now. I have missed writing in my journal, and I had started a short story, and only got the first few lines written, and my blog is suffering because I haven’t started my Adopt A Caregiver program here in California. Waiting for the legal issues to be finished. Soon…

In the meantime, I hope you will come back to read my blog because I love writing them. I also hope you look at the website. and help me plant the seeds. Yes, one person can make a difference. And this world needs a difference. Give something back.

Adopt A Caregiver in your neighborhood, and tell them your friend Helene sent you. Just send an email and tell them you’d like to be their friend. You’d like to understand what being a caregiver is and that you know it’s hard.

Read my secret journal, Behind The Mask, and see how this caregiver’s emotions on every page.

Keep love and kisses in you life. Helene

Blogging, Blessings, Being

If I can blog, or read, or knit, I feel blessed just to be me. The last couple of days, I’ve been lazy, a little tired, and I think the heat and humidity has gotten to me.

So, I’ve stayed home, caught up on some things I needed to do, like clean out part of my office, and I’ve done a lot of knitting for my great granddaughter to be. I’ve made dumb mistakes, couldn’t figure out why the baby blanket wasn’t working right, and I’ve ripped it out twice. Now I realize that I must have been turning the rows around, therefore the mistakes.

Tomorrow, we have things to do, errands to run, and my daughter is coming to dinner. Nice.

Maybe toward the end of the week, I’ll get back to the knitting store.

Take good care of yourself. Count your blessings, they are there, write out your grateful list and make some affirmations.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene