A Poem by Helene Moore

We are old

We are cold

We squeak

We leak

We’re old you see

As you will one day be

Still young at heart

Sill making art

And so it seems

We still have dreams

 

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

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. www.adoptacaregiver.com 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

Something Different

I did something different today. I started to exercise! Not easy to push myself with Fibromyagia hurting all the time, but I figured better I should be moving my body, than sitting around all the time. In fact, I’m thinking of calling a personal trainer to make sure that I’m doing the right things the right way.

Our apartment overlooks the pool, and I hear the kids in the pool having a wonderful time. Many families are together enjoying this beautiful day.

I am waiting for the fourth generation to be born. Four generations of women! Or as my husband says, four pretty girls.. he’s still wearing his rose colored glasses and I love him for that.

I am more than half finished the baby blanket and I love the colors, grey, yellow, and white.

Tomorrow is back to errand day. I have some writing I need to get to, since I’m meeting a writing friend on Wednesday.

Support caregivers.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Looking Forward to Weekend

I’m looking forward to the week-end, but don’t know why. I’m always doing something. I can’t pass a bookstore with going in to buy something. And I just discovered I can’t go into a knitting store without buying something..

I had to go to the yarn store today. I make a mistake in my knitting, and I wasn’t sure how to fix it..of course I had to take out four rows, one stitch at a time. (129 stitches to a row) That took a while..

Yesterday I met my writing friend. I was a little bit early and I was already in the bookstore where we were meeting, so I wandered around. It’s not like I wasn’t in the bookstore already once this week. I ended up buying three books. I think it’s time for me to start going to the library.

As for the knitting, I’m loving it. I’m making a blanket for my future new great granddaughter, who is due on November 29th. And I’m making a baby sweater. I already made one, but I made it for a newborn, this sweater will be for a year old child.

It’s so exciting. Four generations of women. My husband says we need lots of pictures of that. Okay with me.

Makes me feel young. I love it.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Questions

Today I have been thinking about questions. Going back to write some of my memoirs, and the questions keep popping up. Why did this happen, why didn’t I ask my parents why they cared, why they reacted the way they did, and what were their lives like and their parents?

I’m writing a short story and met with a friend today, she asked questions, and the short story could go in three different directions. Why should it go this way and not the other way? Why was the reaction to the action right or wrong? Why, what if, why not, is it possible? So many questions, and surely there are more than one answer to all the questions.

It makes me think! It should make me want to know more. That’s what writing does. It sparks my imagination and make me think. I wish I could think of more questions to ask myself about my story, but it’s my story, so I will have to make do with what I have. With the help of my friend.

Think about your own questions, you must have some. Why did you turn this way, or walk down that road? What would your past have been if you have done something else? Is it too late to ask more questions?

Think and write down your grateful list for today.

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

From Serious To Silly

There is no much bad news around that I thought it was time for something silly.

I looked through my writing books and found something I wrote from a writing exercise. We had to pick a letter of the alphabet and just write using that letter as often as possible. From 50-100 words. I picked the letter S.

“Silly Sara sat smiling and singing side by side stamping sandwiches and silly putty. She simply sorted soft from solids, sliding them into selections of sugary and salty. Spreading them on the spiral table standing next to the sofa, the spicy ones to the side, she speculated a spree in stacks of stable eating, before they stagnated and spoiled.

The star staple stood starchy and statuesque until she wa in a state of starving. She stuffed the savory stew and sauce into the satiny bowl. She stood, smiling, satisfied; it was done.”

I hope this made you smile and even reach for a pencil. It’s a fun thing to do when you are bored. Or even if you are not.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

My Grateful List For Today

I am grateful for my husband whom I adore, for my family, friends, for my health such as it is at my age. I am grateful for my love of books, writing, journaling. Pictures, sunshine, friends, food, chocolate kisses, music and movies.

I am grateful that I will be a great grandmother the end of November, we are waiting for that little girl with great excitement.

I am grateful for my clean apartment, for my food, my love of eating, or being able to eat a special treat, doing something just for me, and I am grateful just to be me.

A red pen, colored paper, fast writing, 10 minute practice writing, notebooks, the computer, learing new things, commenting on other blogs, for these things that I’m able to do, I am grateful.

I am grateful that I write my husband a letter often to tell him how wonderful he is and how much I love him, I am grateful that he writes me love notes back..every day.It only takes little things to make me happy. I am blessed.

I love being able to give back and I hope you all will support caregivers like I do.]

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

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

A Good Day

I had a good day today. The eye doctor said my cataracts aren’t ready yet, but I do need new glasses. Fibromyalgia affects my eyes also, that is a fact that not everyone is aware of. Light, noise, the immune system, inflammation, all play a huge part for anyone with Fibromyalgia.

I connected with an old writing friend today, and that made me very happy. We are going to meet next week. We have missed each other, we used to meet every week and critique each other’s writing. Maybe we can start that up again.

All in all it was an easy day today. The drops in my eyes kept me home thinking my glasses were dirty. But now, my vision is fine.  Tomorrow is my husband’s turn with the eye doctor. I don’t think he will get off as lightly as I did. We will see.

In the meantime, my grateful list grows and I hope yours does also.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Writing Meeting

I went to a writing meet-up last night. I’m always impressed by the quality of the writing, and the imagination of writers. I can’t wait to find 2 or 3 people or even 1 person who lives near me and will brainstorm and mentor me as I write a novel.

The best part is of course the feedback, which was wonderful. They said to change the name of one character, too much like the other name, and to make one person more humerous. My book is filled with emotion, and adding a little humor is a great suggestion.

The other thing I relearned, is to keep going, don’t go back and rework chapter one forever and ever. Just write, keep writing until the end, then go back and use post it notes, highlighters, whatever works for you and higlight whatever you want. Could be the first word of each sentence, description, dialog, setting, looking for vivid verbs. I do keep a notebook of words I like and I use that notebook a lot.

I also have a Bits & Pieces notebook and I have quotes, small scenes, descriptions, words, advice, whatever I want to remember and I keep them in a folder. I add pictures, names of books I like anything to jog your memory or jumpstart your writing.

First lines jumpstart my writing, and I have about 550 of them finished. I love doing them.

Saw my doctor today. I have the lowest Vitamin D level he has seen, so I’m starting to take Vitamin D. I hope with all my heart it help with the fatigue. I want to do so much more in one day, but I can’t seem to keep up.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

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