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!

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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 28/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 28/2019

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So I proudly join the TToT-community again. Let’s see what I can contribute this week:

  • On Monday I started working on my new project in OT after a lot of planning. Sawing the bottom of the tray was a lot of fun, and I like the result. I am more patient than I was last year, and I enjoy every little step.
  • On Tuesday, I continued painting in group OT. It made me feel very focused, and I liked that.
  • Later on Tuesday, my parents texted me that they safely arrived back home from their holiday, and that they had a good time. I am thankful for that.
  • On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday our friend came to us after work and helped us building our terrace. I am so thankful for his ongoing support.
  • On Wednesday, a container was set up, and I started filling it with everything that we had scraped from the terrace. It was a lot of work, but I did it, and this was a good feeling. I can’t carry heavy things, so I filled a little bucket and emptied it into the container a thousand times, but I pulled through. I am proud of myself, and this is a rare feeling.
  • On Thursday, we were just two clients in our relaxation group, so we could choose how we wanted to do it. This was nice.
  • On Saturday it was raining, so we didn’t work on the terrace. I went to our friend and helped her tidying up her garden after the rain stopped. I like helping her, and we had a great time.
  • The grave of our friend’s dog (the Rotti-granny) looks very good. The hard work paid off. We saw a bumblebee, and I said to my friend: “You always called your dog bumblebee, this must be a sign!” It made us smile.
  • On Sunday, I felt very tired. I was very thankful my husband took the dogs for a walk, so I could rest.
  • Talked to my parents on the phone Sunday, and they are well rested and in good spirits after their holiday. I always like talking to them and I am grateful they are in my life.

Feline Friday #55 | Friendly Fill-Ins

Feline Friday #55 | Friendly Fill-Ins

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

On Wednesday Jackie had her annual check up at the vet. She didn’t like it! First, my husband didn’t let her in the garden before he leaves for work. We had to keep her inside, we wouldn’t have been able to find her later in the day.

Later, she didn’t like going in the box, of course. But we were lucky, we didn’t have to wait long at the vet. The vet says she is getting old, but in good shape. After getting the usual shots we took her home and let her out – finally! She wasn’t seen for a few hours, and when she came back she wanted to snuggle like she does almost every evening. It seems she forgave us that we took her to the vet 🙂 But I am sure she also feels that we mean well. We hope she stays healthy and that we don’t have to see the vet until next year!

Friendly Fill-Ins

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

1. I am able to be really mean, but I won’t. Or at least I really try. I can’t control what happens to me, but I am responsible for what I do, and what I don’t do.
2. I won’t ever ride a horse again. If I fell (and this is always possible) I could really upset my back, and that is something I won’t risk.

3. The current chapter of my life would be titled “Viola bravely tries to master the Ups and Downs of life”.

4. I’ve been meaning to clean the house but haven’t yet. Household will have to wait until we finish repairing the terrace.
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Thankful Thursday #13

Thankful Thursday #13

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 very thankful that Jackie’s annual visit at the vet went smoothly. She gets old, of course, but she is in good health. We liked to hear this, the passing of our friend’s dog a week ago is still fresh on our minds. So far, Jackie enjoys her life with us, and we hope for much more time with her.

Helping hands

Helping hands

Last Thursday a friend texted me. She had to send off her dog to Rainbow Bridge a few hours ago, could I come over and help?

Her dog was old and ill, but it’s always hard when a furbaby leaves us. So I asked myself if I had enough energy left to help her. The answer was yes, and I went to her straight away.

Our friend was crying a lot, of course. During the next days I helped her to create a nice final resting place for her beloved furbaby. I was very mindful to do everything like she wanted it to be done. I am sure she would have been able to to all this without my help, she just needed somebody by her side.

Now everything is done, and I hope she will be able to calm down eventually. I am glad I could be there for her. So many people are helping me, I am glad I could give something back.

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 27/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 27/2019

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So I proudly join the TToT-community again. Let’s see what I can contribute this week:

  • On Monday I started a new project in my single OT-sessions, a wooden tray. We will see how it turns out, but I am looking forward to it and enjoyed the planning.
  • On Tuesday I painted in group OT. I haven’t been painting for a long time, and it was fun.
  • On Wednesday I enjoyed a quiet day and enjoyed walking the dogs. They are wonderful companions, I am thankful they found their way into my life.
  • My parents texted me that they safely arrived at their holiday destination and had a good journey. They so deserve this holiday, I am thankful it started well.
  • On Thursday I had a wonderful OT session and left feeling very refreshed. We tried something different, and it worked.
  • Later on Thursday, our friend texted me. She had to let her dog go over the Rainbow Bridge earlier that day 😦 She asked if I could come over and help? Of course I did. I get so much help, I am glad if I can give some of this back!
  • My hearing aid had to be repaired, and on Friday I was called and informed it got back. That’s good!
  • On Saturday my husband and I walked the dogs, went shopping and enjoyed eating out after that. It was a good time.
  • Later, our friend called me: Could I go shopping with her, she wanted to get flowers for her dog’s grave? Of course I did, and even though it was a sad occasion, we had fun as well and enjoyed being together.
  • On Sunday the local shelter had a charity event. I went were with Sam and Janet, and it was obvious Sam made great progress. He wasn’t at ease, but he stayed at my side and didn’t bark or tried to bite. I am so proud of our little man, and I am glad our training pays off.

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Feline Friday #54 | Friendly Fill-Ins

Feline Friday #54 | Friendly Fill-Ins

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

Jackie was born in this house and have lived here ever since. She has always been treated well, and she never was hungry. She was loved from day one.

She became a very confident, fiercely independent cat. She also tries to help when one of her humans is sad or ill. She shares her home generously with two dogs.

We like to think she is a happy cat.

She is our gold standard. She shows us how a carefree animal behaves, that never has had a hard life. We will always give cats and dogs from shelters a forever home, and Jackie shows us every day what we want to achieve for these furbabies.

Friendly Fill-Ins

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

1. I like my morning coffee with milk and no sugar.

2. When I was five years old, I had to have a hearing aid. I didn’t like it at all at this time. But technology has come a long way since then, and now I get along wonderfully with “Heary”, as I call it.
3. I spend the most time thinking about our furbabies.

4. Taking in an animal from a shelter is a risk worth taking.
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When love isn’t enough

When love isn’t enough

Yes, there are moments like these on the picture: Lots of snuggling and love. And the love goes both ways.

But there are also the moments where Sam makes a ruckus at the door, pulls on the leash, or barks loudly at everything on the street. This is when love alone doesn’t help.

We have been looking for a good dog trainer for quite some time. It’s not easy, because it has to be a match for Sam AND for us. I don’t approve some methods. I don’t want any violence. I need somebody who understands Sam and tells me how I can help him. One thing is sure: Sam doesn’t like these situations either, he is full of fear. I want to change my attitude, so Sam can change his behavior as well.

The big problem is, my energy level needs to be high enough to work with Sam. And I don’t know how long the good times will last. But this is something nobody knows, so I might as well start now. Maybe it’s no coincidence that our friend introduced me to a very nice dog trainer on Sunday. I can imagine working with her. Maybe the time is just right to tackle this problem 😀.