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

Moving And Memories

As I clean out drawers, files, pictures, the art files, I am flooded with memories. I made myself a promise this morning, after the move, and we get ourselves situated and into our new routine, I have to start writing again.

My projects are many and varied, and I am not getting any younger. I have my Reflections of Me, which is either an autobiography, or a memoir, my short stories, my book called Love and Kisses about the art collection, and something I call First Lines. I have over five hundred of them. I’d like to put them into an      E Book. Of course, I have to learn how to do that first.

Adopt A Caregiver, will still be first on my list. I have a whole new city and state to choose from. I will be glad to speak to communities, groups, national organizations, churches, synagogues, caregiver groups, anyone who will listen. Every community has caregivers, and we must help support them in their time of need. I promise to do that every chance I get.

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

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Memoir Workshop

Our Anthem Authors Memoir Workshop was today, and I think it went over well. We did a good job, and hopefully those who came to listen will join our Anthem Authors and continue to learn.

This workshop will be up on our  www.anthenmauthors.com    website as soon as possible. Keep looking for it. I think those of you thinking about writing your memoirs will find it interesting. We had so much more information, but time was not available. Possibly we will continue to do this again in the future.

As you read last night, we are moving to an apartment in Irvine, California, probably mid May. We are so excited, but not looking forward to all the work involved. I think I will be spending my time clearing out stuff we cannot take to a small apartment, and actually packing.

Adopt A Caregiver is still my main priority, but it will have to be put on hold for the next few months. I will continue to write on my blog and keep you posted.

They are coming tomorrow to look at my computer, my internet and email go out much too often. We have replaced everything inside, now they will have to do something outside.

I have to go back to work for a little while, so talk to you tomorrow.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Home Again

Wow, we are home. In the five days we have been gone, we have managed to do a lot of different things.

Like, go to my granddaughter’s surprise birthday party. And that was great. Special!

We spent days looking at places to rent/buy in Orange County and on Friday afternoon, we rented an apartment. We do make decisions. We will probably move the middle of May or the beginning of June.  So much to do now. Go through the house and get rid of stuff, since we are downsizing quite a bit. Actually, a bit more than half.   Clean out drawers, cabinets, kitchen stuff, and closets. We did that once, now I see that we have to do it again.

And then, there is the matter of my office. What a lot of work that will be. My granddaughter and her husband are coming here late Thursday night, and Friday and Saturday and part of Sunday, we will all be working in my office. At least I will have help.

So friend, I am very tired, and have to unpack and get rid of the 100 or so emails that I won’t read, and have to get ready for our Anthem Authors Memoir Workshop tomorrow. I will have to work on that tomorrow morning.

I will talk to you tomorrow.

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

Love and kisses Helene

www.AnthemAuthors.com

Our Anthem Authors website has just been updated  and there are some really good stories to read there. Please give us a try, and let me know how you liked it, and if I should keep you informed when it is updated. Our Memoir Workshop will be on the website too, sometime after our presentation on Mach 17th,

Tomorrow, the Henderson Senior Center will be coming to pick up the things I packed for them, and now my husband will be able to put his car back into the garage. Whew…Thank you guys, it’s quite a load. Hope you can use most of it, and sell what you can and make some money.

Working on paperwork again today, not my favorite thing to do. But I have to do it because it’s my office and no one can help me decide what to keep and what to throw away…

We sure picked an awful time to decide to move back to California…but I hope we can make it. I really miss the kids. And the grandkids.

I still want you to notice if there is a new caregiver 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

Yesterday's Post

Sorry guys, I goofed. I had no idea when I copied and pasted my writing from Word that I would get all that gobbly-gook…I’m very sorry, and it won’t happen again.

Some hard things got taken care of today. The Salvation Army is coming tomorrow to pick up a load of things that we can’t use anymore. I finally got rid of some clothes, things I’ll never wear; things that don’t fit. So they are gone too. and that is a good thing. I still have the rest of my closet to do..maybe a little bit tomorrow.

But more importantly I still have the collection to take care of. Moving is such fun…

The best part of my day came late this afternoon when I decided I had done enough and my Fibromyalgia said quit now. So I did.

I found a whole briefcase full of letters from all my children when they were in camp, when I was working and they wrote me letters, and letters (and report cards that were my hubands) from my husband when he was traveling in Japan and Hong Kong. That was such fun and brought back so many memories. I’m glad I’m a pack rat. Now I can give those letters to my grandchildren and they can read about their parents when they were youngstes.!

Tomorrow is AA day. (Anthem Authors) and I will be acting as President, since our President has an appointment. I had four years of being President. (I founded Anthem Authors in February, 2000) I love this group. Go to www.anthemauthors.com and read some of our stories. Our website is just beginning, so bear with us as we grow and more stories go online

Tomorrow I will share something I received today from a friend, and I am determined to make Adopt A Caregiver a household word. I don’t care how long it takes, to me it’s more important 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

Moving? Hopefully

What a time to say I’m moving. But if all goes well, we will go back to California to be with our kids and our grandchildren. It’s time. I miss them, we both do. And I think they miss us too.

I am still working in my office. And I will be working in here for weeks….I needed a break, so I started to clear out my closet. Didn’t finish that either, but that will only take a couple of hours. My office, on the other hand, will take forever. Why? Because we have an art collection, and I am going through and cataloging and making sure I have all the papers, etc. and then there is the filing to do. I’ll keep you posted. Some of it is a lot of fun. Great memories.

There is a time in life when priorities change, not sure priorities is the right word, but I feel like that part of my life as much as I loved it, is over. We will downsize and not have room for this collection, nor will our kids and grandkids. And I am on another journey now anyway.

Adopt A Caregiver is my priority now. I’m not spending as much time as I’d like because I am working in the house, but as soon as possible I will be back full force. And I’ll be able to start over in another city. Remember, one door closes, another opens. It’s my way of giving back. I am so grateful that my husband’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease was changed. But I stood in a caregivers shoes for seven long hard years, and I know what it’s all about.

You have to stand in someone’s shoes before you can make judgments. Caregivers need your support. Give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. My book Behind The Mask is available on this website for those of you who would like to know what it’s like to stand in a new caregivers shoes.

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

Moving Memories

As I go through my office and work on our art collection, I am reminded of so many striking memories. When I lived in California there was an article written about our collection and one day we came home and there was a package on our doorstep. Someone had read the article and left us an original painting that he had done. A priceless gift.

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

Gifts are precious and I am so thankful for so many of mine.

My children and grandchildren have been incredible. I can’t thank them enough for all they are doing for us. It’s nice to be loved and to be wanted. I know they all want us back in California, and we are working on that. But there is a lot here for me to do in my office right now. Cataloging art, going through files and files, getting ready. I will keep you posted. This will be a two month job I think.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Moving Woes

Spending days going through my office, and wishing I wasn’t such a pack rat, but I am, and now I have to deal with it.

I’ve spent seveal days updating my files, never mind, throwing out papers. Funny, isn’t it? Not really. It’s a lot of work, and today, I think I finally made a dent in it, meaning I’m close to finishing this part of it.

Then, there are the pictures, the journals, my writing, books, recipes, office supplies…I keep telling myself, I have about four to six months before this move. And then I answer myself, saying it will take me that long to go through everything in my office.

I should take a break, and do my closet. That should be much easier, and faster to do. After all if something doesn’t fit, why should I keep it. I also have some dressy clothes from the 80’s, where am I going to wear them. I hate getting dressed up. The there are the things I hardly ever wear, what’s the sense in keeping them. Let someone else have a chance to wear them. I’m giving a lot of things to the Henderson Senior Center, they’ve been so wonderful to me and my new journey with Adopt A Caregiver. I just hope they find the room to store it all.

I’m finishing up my old journey, a themetic art collection. That is what is taking me so long in my office.

We had a realitor in today about our house, how depressing! We are in the worst market in the United States. Oh well, again, we aren’t putting the house up yet. My husband said it took him ten years to make me clean out my office, so even if we don’t move, it will be cleaned and cleared out.  (Which means, I’ll just start over collecting things.)

I am tired. I am grateful for so many things. Our weather is getting warmer, I have a good attitude, even when my Fibromyalgia is bad due to doing all the things around the house. Bending and lifting is not easy for me. But it needs to be done, so I’m doing it.

I’d love to hear from you, and I promise I will answer. So take care my friends.

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

Homework

Yes, I have Anthem Authors Homework that should have been done last week. Now it’s due tomorrow, and I can’t let my team down.

We are preparing for our Memoir Workshop on March 17th. I hope we will be able to put this workshop up on our Anthem Authors new website.

Moving back to California. So much to do to clear out 10 years of stuff from a 3,000 square foot house. And I’m the packrat in the family. Guess I will have to change.

But looking at everything is fascinating! I have letters from my children from 40 and 45 years ago and I want to read each and every one because they are still so precious to me.

Also I have drawings fromn my grandchildren and I had so much fun reading their letters and drawings to us. We always knew we were special grandparents and this confirms it.

My new grandson in law has been calling the bank about a property nearby, and the woman at the bank finally asked why this was so important to him. His reply: “My wife’s mother lives about two blocks from us, and we want Gram and Pop Pop near us too.” The woman was stunned. and said something like, your wife’s mother lives two blocks from you and now you want your wife’s grandparents to move that close too. You must be one exceptional man. You are Rick!

Have to do my homework now, it was due a week ago. Tomorrow morning we have someone coming to look at the house so I won’t have time to do it tomorrow.

Talk to you tomorrow night.

Keep love and kisses in your life.

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