Happy Day Tomorrow

I’m going shopping with my family for a baby shower tomorrow. I’m going to be a great grand mother around the end of November. It’s a girl! No, I haven’t started knitting yet. I know I’d better get moving soon, but first I want to see what colors my granddaughter has picked out.

It will be a fun trip. Shopping and lunch.

While out today, I saw an elderly woman who could hardly manage to walk, go into a store to shop, and later saw her painstakingly walking toward a restaurant. She was all alone. How sad. A part of me wanted to go and talk to her, ask her how she got there, who came with her, how would she get  home. Obviously the image of this woman stayed with me. I hope she will be all right. I pray for someone to look out for her.

It’s a shame she didn’t have a caregiver. It makes me sad to think about it. Caregivers are very special people. Even if you think they have had no choice but to take care of their loved ones; I salute each and every one of them.

Please support caregivers. Find someone in you own community and Adopt A Caregiver. Tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Visit my new website www.adoptacaregiver.org

Helene

Knitting And Doctor Appointments

I thought I was so smart today. We had a doctor’s appointment and I brought my knitting. But I forgot to bring a new ball of yarn. I had enough yarn to knit one row.  I seem to be committed to knitting right now, an easy way to do mindless things while watching tv. or when I’m too tired to think or do anything else.

I’m waiting impatiently to know whether or not my new greatgrandchild will be a boy or girl. Then I can start knitting for baby! July 6th is the ultra sound..busy first week in July, my birthday, her ultra sound, physicals for both of us, then a cysto treatment for me. That’s what you call an up and down week.

Have to take my granddaughter to the knitting store so she can pick out her colors. That will be fun.

I have decided to write a story by taking a person, place and thing and making a story out of it. One of my best short stories was done just this way. It’s on www.anthemauthors.com website.

A beautiful day today, sunny, warm nice.

Tomorrow is another day. Stay healthy, be greateful for being, and smile.

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

Keep love and kisses in you life. Helene

A Lazy Sunday

I couldn’t get on the internet last night from 10 p.m, till my neighbor came over this morning around 11 am. and he got it up and running. I’ve had three service calls in the last month about this, and it’s still not fixed. So I made myself a list of phone calls for tomorrow, and Cox Cable is first on the list.

Ironically, our tv’s weren’t working and my husband went next door to watch the football game.

So, what did I do all day? I did some knitting, which takes time, especially in the beginning. Rolling the wool into a ball, casting on lots of stitches, things like that. I am making myself a scarf with pockets, which means I am doing a pattern, which means I have to concentrate; and I’m making mysef a sweater, easy, don’t have to concentrate yet. Not until I get to the neck, easy. I like easy.

I wrote to a couple of caregivers when the computer was working; that always makes me feel good. Most of them are so happy to hear from me. (or anybody)

I’m asking my caregiver friends, what can we do to help? Please comment here, so when I speak to groups I can include your thoughts on the subject of Adopt A Caregiver.

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

Knitting And Other Hobbies

Knitters, quilters, artists, craftspeople, all have one thing in common. So much stuff! I’ve been cleaning out my office, and today I decided to go after my yarns and knitting projects.

I used to do lots of knitting back in the 70’s because my friend owned a knitting store, and everything fit me perfectly. Also, I handed her the back, two fronts, and two sleeves and she finished off the neckline and the edges, and whatever else had to be done. I can’t sew. I don’t want to sew, bu I like to knit.

Recently a knitting store opened near my house and I was estatic. More color, more yarns, more to do, like I don’t have enough to do. I’m 77 years old, and I’m always doing something. For me knitting, easy knitting, is relaxing.

It took me most of the entire day, to go through every bag of yarn, to rip out old stuff that I didn’t like, or wouldn’t fit and put it all away, neatly.

Since I spend most of my days doing something for or about Adopt A Caregiver, a lot of time reading other blogs, and of course checking my statistics often, when will I have time to knit? Well, I decided at night, while watching tv. with my husband Howard, when we watch a movie together, then I can knit for a couple of hours. That is why I like easy. I have three hats I want to make, a couple of shells for myself, and many other projects too numerous to name. Yet everyone I know who does a craft tells me the same things, they have stashes of stuff in rooms, closets, cabinets, so I know I’m not alone.

I wonder if caregivers could or would find some time to knit? It is relaxing. I have to ask my caregiver friends. Are you a caregiver, would you knit if you could find some spare time? I think writing and knitting are relaxing, and theraputic. We all need some therapy at times.

To all my caregiver friends, hang in there, I’m working on Adopt A Caregiver as much as I can, and one day, hopefully, my vision will be a reality. Every caregiver will have a friend, someone to talk to, to vent to, and to share their day with them.

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 Exciting Day

My day today was full and exciting.  First thing this morning, I spoke to a large group of people from Senior Resources. They work with seniors in every capacity. It was a pleasure talking to them about my Adopt A Caregiver program. They listened with their full attention, they liked what I had to say, and they said at some point they would all try to adopt a caregiver. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Bless all of you. I’m sure that we will meet again!

Also scheduled was a luncheon in my community and I won one of the raffle tickets. I never win. But this was something I really liked. A knitting basket, filled with wool, needles, a couple of knitting magazines, and a gift certificate. I’ve been complaining that I have no time to knit. But it’s time to start again, by knitting scarves for kids in an at -risk school, which is something our knitting club does.

Out to dinner with friends. And home to watch the debate. No matter whose side you are on, I hope you all watched the debate. We are all Americans. We protect our freedom.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Bits And Pieces of Life

Small bits and pieces make up a life, or a day. It’s what you do, what you dream, what you don’t do.

The stitches came out of my finger yesterday, and now I can type on the computer. Felt good to do simple things, like wash my two hands. Couldn’t do that for two weeks. A strange feeling. Tomorrow I’m going to the knitting club at our center, but am not sure I can knit. But I will try.

A blog reader sent me a beautiful email; about how lonely and difficult being a caregiver is. She also said although the times were difficult, she would not change the lessons learned from this experience. Neither will I.

It taught me to be compassionate for those less fortunate than we were and how to live in the moment of every day. To be grateful for the sunshine, the laughter, the flowers and trees, and most of all for our family who were always there when we needed them. Love and kisses and strength and faith got us through those awful times.

I wish someone would ask me, “What do you see for the future?”

My answer would have to be, “I wish someday there would be no need for caregivers. I hope that people all over would listen to their hearts and give something back. I wish everyone would adopt a caregiver.” That would be my answer.

Fibromyalgia is alive and well in my body today, yet I felt the need to write.

This is the bits and pieces of my life today; with random thoughts, wishes, and dreams.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Write and let me know your bits and pieces.

Read Behind The Mask and know what it feels like to be a caregiver.

 

I Adopted A Caregiver

Behind The Mask, my secret journal, reminded me of the purpose of my book. I want everyone to adopt a caregiver. (My book is available from me or from Amazon.com.It shows what a new caregiver is feeling and going through.)

So I did just that. Someone I know who is a caregiver is in need of a friend. I emailed her and told her I would write her and that I could listen. I know what she is going through and how hard it is to smile, how much extra work it is being a caregiver. How patience gets exhausted quickly when you don’t get enough rest.

I just listened. Someone close by was a caregiver and I want to help. So I wrote to her and asked her permission to adopt her.

She was thrilled to hear from me, and said she needed a friend. So here I am doing what I’m supposed to do.

Adopt a caregiver is easy. Someone in your neighorhood, your church, synagogue, your club is a caregiver. She needs your support and your friendship. It only takes a few minutes to email someone.

Giving back this way is easy. Try it.

I also finished my knitting project for breast cancer. And I’m still knitting scarves for kids in schools in poor neighborhoods. It feels good.

Want a First Line for writing? “His bald head and droopy eyelids stood out like a child’s colorful drawing.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene”

Back from California

I’m back home after spending Mother’s Day weekend in California with my children and grandchildren. We had a very special time, seeing everyone, enjoying family dinners, one of which my granddaughter Allison did on Mother’s Day.

I have to finish my knitting project for breast cancer by Saturday. I am just going to make it.

My writing has slowed down, since I am busy with Behind The Mask and adopt a caregiver. I am starting to contact people about speaking engagements, something I’ve never done before.

Behind The Mask is now on Amazon, or available from me.

Hopefully next time I will have a review written for my book and I promise to share it with you here on my blog.

I am also in the process of of making my website and blog easier to use, and I hope you all will take advantage of that.

Talk to you soon, and will keep you posted on what is happening here in my life.

My topics for speaking will be Behind The Mask and adopt a caregiver. I’ll keep you posted on that too.

Come back soon.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene