Thanks for visiting. This site will no longer be updated.

Please visit my new site.

You can find new writing, new photos at


Monday, July 20, 2009

Little Helen, 1918-2009

I won't be around tangobabyland for a while as I'll be down in San Jose helping my parents with whatever it is they need help with now. I just wanted to let you know so you wouldn't worry, because I know you're the sorts of people that would worry.

What can you say? I'm always terrible with these sorts of things so I sure as hell don't know what to say either. I know you're all sending good thoughts my way and I thank you for that, even if I'm not in a place physically or mentally to reply to you right now.

So, for me... go out and hug someone you love and celebrate something, anything-- and yeah, live. I'll catch you later.



Relyn July 20, 2009 at 8:00 PM  

No words, sweet girl. I have no words. Just sending you love. Lots and lots of love. Acres of love.

Yoli July 20, 2009 at 8:04 PM  

Ah sweetheart, just sending you my love and hugs.

Just Jules July 20, 2009 at 10:18 PM  

It is the ones left behind that suffer. take your time....

namastenancy July 20, 2009 at 11:42 PM  

Dear Heart - my condolences. She was much loved and she will be much missed. Get back to us when you can. You know that we are all sending our love to surround you in this difficult time.
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo n

Anonymous July 21, 2009 at 12:46 AM  

Thinking of you x x

a painter July 21, 2009 at 2:29 AM  

So sorry. My condolences to you and your family. My own grandmother, (whom I am named after) was also Helen and lived a very long life. It is hard when these grand people go. Mine has been gone a long time and I miss her dearly. You will miss Little Helen, but you will hold her memory in your heart forever. Sending you a hug. Thank you for letting us know.

msHedgehog July 21, 2009 at 3:18 AM  

I love that you chose that picture of her. We always have that little person somewhere inside.

paris parfait July 21, 2009 at 3:31 AM  

So terribly sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family. xo

A Little Gnocchi July 21, 2009 at 5:05 AM  

Wishing you and yours peace and strength and lots of good memories

Madeleine July 21, 2009 at 5:18 AM  

Take your time, we will be here.

My thoughts are with you

Cynthia July 21, 2009 at 5:25 AM  

Sending you love and support. May this time bring some meaning and deeper connection in your life. <3

Dani July 21, 2009 at 5:42 AM  

thinking of you.

Christina July 21, 2009 at 5:55 AM  

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

smith kaich jones July 21, 2009 at 6:19 AM  

Sending you love. Know that I am here - that we are here. And I will hug someone today - someone I normally don't. Take care.


Andi July 21, 2009 at 7:37 AM  

My thoughts are with you.

Rachel July 21, 2009 at 8:00 AM  

Sorry to hear about Little Helen. Take care of yourself and your family.

Char July 21, 2009 at 8:23 AM  

xo honey xo

thinking of you

Mari July 21, 2009 at 9:05 AM  

I am sending thoughts your way. Sweet dreams, little Helen.

Bossy Betty July 21, 2009 at 12:20 PM  

So sorry for your loss....

Kelly Kilmer July 21, 2009 at 12:26 PM  

Oh, Julie, I'm so very deeply and truly sorry for your great loss...
Sending big hugs and lots of love.

Baglady July 21, 2009 at 2:31 PM  

Hugs xox

We'll be waiting for you. Come back when you're good and ready.

kath July 21, 2009 at 4:21 PM  

Margie and I are so sorry for your loss ... be gentle with yourself and let the support of friends and family help you through this difficult time.

Margie and Kath

Marilyn Miller July 21, 2009 at 5:25 PM  

<3 Sending you love to soften the sadness. Treasure the memories.

whimseycreations July 21, 2009 at 7:11 PM  

Big hugs and thanks for sharing such a charming picture.

margie July 23, 2009 at 7:35 AM  

i am so sorry for your loss.

charmedwishes July 24, 2009 at 4:44 PM  

hello, i like your blog, its so cool. please do visit my blog too, charmedwishes18.blogspot.com thanks!

iasa July 26, 2009 at 2:59 PM  

Here's to Little Helen, the grandmother in all of us.

Thinking of you and your family.

Anonymous July 28, 2009 at 4:55 PM  

Love the old photograph.

Camels & Chocolate August 1, 2009 at 6:40 AM  

I'm so sorry. I lost my own Little Helen almost a year before you lost yours: July 17, 2008. While she was 86, she also raised me and it was one of the saddest events of my life. Glad you guys were also able to remember the happy.