Tee-hee happiness

Tee-hee happiness

As I have aged I have discovered how important it is to walk my talk. My words mean nothing if I don’t live them. My life has been driven by my words, converted from my thoughts that, admittedly, have changed throughout these years.

And so on this Valentine’s Day, the one following nine long years of caregiving where I have truly learned the meaning of ‘love,’ I consciously, on purpose, walked my talk, and followed the motto that is on every page in this site, that is the theme of my life.

Do something each day to make others smile and your heart sing!

In keeping with the story I wrote yesterday, Little Love Letters, today I created little heart messages, printed them and cut them out. I took thirty with me to the grocery and pharmacy on our bi-weekly outing we have been limited to during the COVID pandemic.

I put some on shelves, others on top of canned goods, and cookie packages. I placed the four inch paper heart into grocery carts where no one was around at the moment. I gave them to the pharmacist team, to the cashier and assistant who bagged my few things. In the parking lot I slipped one into the pocket of the boy pushing the carts back into the store. I put one in the hand of the young man monitoring how many customers had gone in and out of the store, another practice resulting from distancing requirements during the coronavirus period.

It was interesting to observe those who did see me. Suspicion was evident on their faces. After all, I was wearing the protocol-required COVID mask, plus a winter coat with a scarf wrapped up around my neck. I did not know most of the recipients and they certainly did not know me. One pushed my hand away, another looked at the paper first and began not to take it, although she did in the end. One saw the heart on their egg carton and looked around to see where it came from. One thanked me. Two women put them in their pocket ‘to take home’ to their family.

I, on the other hand, felt rather giddy. I felt what my sister called ‘tee-hee happiness’ doing something so much fun. “A flashmob of one” she called me. I did not sign the hearts. I just cautiously watched others turn a glum face into a smile. THAT felt really good! It made my Valentine’s Day much more special than any I could remember. I will probably do something similar another day…another holiday, another excuse to make people smile.

It was fun. I encourage you to find a way to do something that gives you “tee-hee” happiness.

Do something each day to make others smile and your heart sing!


“Tee-hee happiness” (C) 2021 Judith Allen Shone


Press Release

Press Release

Oakville Author Shares Her Caregiver Journey with Video for Alzheimer’s Society Hamilton Halton

in Virtual Interview with Alzheimer Society Hamilton Halton
and Produced by Halton Hills Public Library

Oakville Beaver
Friday, January 29, 2021

To promote Alzheimer’s Awareness Month this January, the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton Halton, together with the Halton Hills Public Library in Georgetown, Ontario, conducted a virtual interview with Oakville resident, caregiver and author, Judith Allen Shone, to bring the many aspects of dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s and the role of caregiving, into the limelight.

This resulting YouTube video, A Conversation for Caregivers: with Judy Shone,  created for the public to get a sense of the life of a spouse-caregiver and her loved one with several diagnosis.

Shone, author of two books about her world of caregiving, “Is There Any Ice Cream?” (2019) and “Did You Hide the Cookies?” (2020), shared personal experiences in response to questions asked by moderator, Danielle Arbour, Public Education Coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton.

Did You Hide the Cookies?” is the second book about Shone’s journey caring for one with Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, (also known as mixed dementia) as well as anxiety and COPD. Robby Henes, a caregiver for her mother, explains on the cover of the book, “…Judith shows us what a deep well of compassion looks like and what is demanded of that compassion and love when you are a caregiver. She walks you through her personal minefield of helping someone with a disease that cannot be pinned down…”


See ACTUAL STORY as appeared in Oakville Beaver and InHalton.


Over 500,000 Canadians are living with some form of dementia. The intention of this video is to enable those living in the caregiving realm to get a glimpse into what it might be like from one who has lived nearly nine years caring for her loved one. The video also reassures caregivers that, during their journey, the services from their local Alzheimer Society can be a lifeline. Free education, counselling, programs, fitness and support groups are offered online, over the phone and safely in person if needed. Producers of this video, the Halton Hills Public Library, have taken a leadership position in reminding us how much on the forefront of education our libraries can be, especially when encouraging caregivers.

The two books make up the Accepting the Gift of Caregiving series. Find both books at the Halton Hills Public Library, or libraries in Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, or ask the library in your area to order it. Both books can be ordered from local bookstores as well as online at Amazon or similar booksellers.

Information about the books can be found online at www.caregiver-books.com, and www.CaregiverAlzheimerStory.com. Shone also hosts a caregiving blog, Accepting the Gift of Caregiving, where she shares ongoing experiences, caregiver tips, educational resources, and related activities. In addition, former, as well as current, caregiver-guest authors share their stories. Visit her blog at: www.AcceptingTheGiftOfCaregiving.com

Social media connections:
Twitter: @CaregiverStory
Facebook: JudithAllenShone-author
LinkedIn: Judith Allen Shone
Instagram: caregiverstory
Goodreads: Judith Allen Shone

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 Contacts:
Alzheimer Society
Call your local Alzheimer Society for support
At Home online
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Halton Hills Public Library
Georgetown, Ontario
Phone: 905-873-2681
Website: www.hhpl.on.ca
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Press Release (c) 2021 Judith Allen Shone