First things first…

First things first…

English is not my first language, so please be patient with me and forgive my mistakes. I love the english language and follow english blogs from all over the world, the purpose of this blog is to keep in touch with non-german bloggers. Constructive criticism and feedback are always welcome of course!

Thanks for stopping by,

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Feline Friday #85| Friendly Fill-Ins

Feline Friday #85| Friendly Fill-Ins

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It’s time for Feline Friday, hosted by Sandee from Comedy Plus!

Jackie had a really bad day this Wednesday. We knew something was wrong when she followed us everywhere, even in the bathroom. Later we saw she had thrown up, and this rarely happens. Usually she can eat everything.

When her mother was her age, she suddenly got a bad case of food intolerance, so we are worried this happens to Jackie as well.

But everything was alright the next day. We will watch her, of course, but maybe it was just a one time thing.

Friendly Fill-Ins

I again participate in the Friendly Fill-Ins, hosted by Four-LeggedFurballs and 15andmeowing. So here we go:

1. My favorite outdoor activity is walking with my husband and the dogs.
2. One positive aspect of social isolation is that I became aware of the fact how wonderful our family and friends are, and that I miss them very much. I hope I will never take them for granted again.
3. It’s fortunate that there still are so many nice things I can do, and that this social isolation thing won’t go on forever.
4. I have so many animal companions of my past memorized. I hope I will never forget them!
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Thankful Thursday #41

Thankful Thursday #41

Thankful Thursday Blog Hop

The Thankful Thursday Blog Hop is hosted by Brian from Brian’s Home. He encourages us to say what we are thankful for today.

Today my OT therapist called me. She knows I have video calls with our group therapist, and she offered me to have video calls with her as well. She encouraged me to get creative and start a new project, so we can talk about it and she can guide me through it during our calls.

I like this idea a lot. A new project will help me getting distracted from this Corona mess. And I always like talking to her, she often helps me see things in a different way.

So today I am thankful for my therapists, who try everything to help their clients through this difficult time and stay at our sides.

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Therapy 2.0

Therapy 2.0

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Because of the Corona-situation, group therapy has been cancelled until further notice. Our therapist offers single video calls to keep in touch. At first I didn’t feel comfortable with it, would I be able to get it right?

Turned out there was nothing to worry about. It’s quite simple, you just need a PC/notebook/tablet/smartphone with camera and microphone. I logged in and waited in a virtual waiting room until my therapist started the session.

Our therapist has lots of experience with video calls and was very confident and cool, and I just needed to follow his lead. Soon it was like we really were sitting in a room together.

He asked if I ever had buried my disere to have children in a symbolic way (no, I didn’t). He asked what the child’s name would have been (our favorite name for a girl was Amanda: Starts with an A like my husband’s name and is latin, like my name). We quickly came up with the idea to bury a pacifier chain with this name. I am not ready for this yet, but I like this, despite all the pain. My therapist encouraged me to wait until the time is right and not to rush it. But I can’t get this out of my head, and I am sure I will follow through with it.

The video call lasted 50 minutes, like a normal single therapy session. After that I had enough to think about. Wednesday afternoon we will have our next video call. This time I know what it will be like and will be more relaxed.

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Feline Friday #84| Friendly Fill-Ins

Feline Friday #84| Friendly Fill-Ins

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It’s time for Feline Friday, hosted by Sandee from Comedy Plus!

Sammy liked to lie on the back rest on the sofa. It always looked a little bit funny, like she was hugging the sofa 🙂 We spent so many evenings together on the couch. Sammy always gave us so much love, peace and calmness. After a stressful day at work it was exactly what I needed, and I will always be grateful for it.

Friendly Fill-Ins

I again participate in the Friendly Fill-Ins, hosted by Four-LeggedFurballs and 15andmeowing. So here we go:

1. Lately, I have done a lot of worrying about my loved ones. This Corona threat hangs over everything.
2. My jeans are my most worn clothes. I can wear sweaters or blouses, boots or pumps with them.
3. I can’t help but being angry about those crazy people who have Corona parties (I witnessed this myself). If a lockdown will be announced this weekend, I wouldn’t be surprised. 
4. When I meet a stranger, I am polite, but also a little bit shy. I need time to warm up to someone.
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Thankful Thursday #40

Thankful Thursday #40

Thankful Thursday Blog Hop

The Thankful Thursday Blog Hop is hosted by Brian from Brian’s Home. He encourages us to say what we are thankful for today.

Today I am still thankful for the meeting with my pain doc yesterday. Both of us agreed I am coping well with my back pain at the moment and may not really need them at the moment :-). I am still on pain medication, but I don’t need opiods right now, and I have a good quality of life.

When I was leaving I told her I am so thankful for her and her team, they helped me so much. I also thanked her and the receptionist that they are still there for us patients in this difficult time. Spreading thankfulness makes bearing this Corona situation much easier.

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Stockpiling light

Stockpiling light

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For a few weeks we were opposed to stockpiling. There’s enough for everyone, isn’t it?

Unfortunately some things are always already sold out after nine in the morning (yes, the famous toilet paper and non-perishable foods).

And after hearing the news this weekend, we weren’t sure how much public life will be restricted in the next weeks. So I found myself standing in a queue of people this morning in front of the local discounter. Everybody was very reasonable and bought only two packs of toilet paper (me too). I am sure there will be enough for everybody if everybody just buys what is needed for him/herself. I try to stick to that.

A few days before we realised we were low on antipyretics. Online the more expensive brands were still in stock, while generic ibuprofen was harder to get. I take metamizole for my back pain, which is also an antipyretic but can cause severe side effects as well. I wouldn’t give it to anybody else. So, we are prepared for quarantine or Corona infection. That’s the good thing.

But I have the uneasy feeling Corona is getting closer. Group therapy has been cancelled for two weeks, the gym is closed. My friend can’t visit her husband in the hospital, because a nurse got infected with Corona and there are no visitors allowed until further notice. She is working from home right now, because the wife of a colleague works in a doctor’s office where a patient has been tested positive. Another friend told us there are four confirmed Corona infections in her company. The employer of another friend allows working from home wherever possible (no Corona infections so far in this company). My sister-in-law works in a pharmacy, and of course we are worried for her. Our parents are at risk because of their age. This is just what is going on in our small bubble, and I am sure we are no exception.

So far I am worried, but not in panic. I hope it will stay this way. I know fear is a bad advisor, but sometimes this is easier said than done.

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Feline Friday #83| Friendly Fill-Ins

Feline Friday #83| Friendly Fill-Ins

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It’s time for Feline Friday, hosted by Sandee from Comedy Plus!

There is a lot of uncertainty going on here, and I cherish my morning snuggle sessions with Jackie even more now. It’s so grounding to concentrate on feeling her velvety fur under my hands and feel her purr (I don’t have my hearing aids in this early in the morning). She reminds me every morning that fear is not everything in life, and that I are more important things to do (feeding her, for instance!). But surely I am not the only one who feels this way around furbabies. They are so important for our wellbeing.

Friendly Fill-Ins

I again participate in the Friendly Fill-Ins, hosted by Four-LeggedFurballs and 15andmeowing. So here we go:

1. I know I am sick when I don’t want to eat. Things must be bad when I don’t care about food!

2. For St. Patrick’s Day, I won’t do something special. There are no St. Patrick’s Day festivities in this village, and we would have to drive into the next big town.

3. It’s been a long time since I have been swimming. We have a swimming pool nearby, but somehow I didn’t feel like it.

4. In order to grow, you have to push yourself sometimes and be brave.

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