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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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 20/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 20/2019

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

  • On Monday I finished my OT project. The basket turned out fine. I worked on it for 10 hours, it was a lot of work.
  • I met with my pain doc on Monday. We decided to leave my medication as it is, and she was very pleased. I will see her again in August.
  • Tuesday I started group OT in a very bad mood, because making a mosaic isn’t my thing. But I made progress, so I felt better afterwards, and this was good.
  • I cleaned the tiles on our terrace. It was hard work, but I pulled through. It was a good feeling to have contributed to this project.
  • My husband was able to go ahead and took the clean tiles down, this was an important step.
  • On Thursday I met with my psychiatrist. We will leave medication as it is, and I was relieved to hear this. A change in medication can always be tricky.
  • Went to my monthly appointment at the podiatrist on Wednesday, and everything went well.
  • I will meet with a fellow patient I met last summer during my inpatient stay next Wednesday. She texted me and said she is really looking forward to it, and so am I!
  • A nice couple is interested in adopting the shelter dog we walk every Saturday. I hope everything goes well and Truman finally finds a wonderful forever home!
  • Saturday we ate out, so I didn’t have to cook. This was very nice and I hade a quiet Saturday.

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Feline Friday #47 | Friendly Fill-Ins

Feline Friday #47 | Friendly Fill-Ins

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

Jackie didn’t always live with dogs. In fact, she was ten years old when Janet joined us. We are very lucky Janet is such a gentle, loving dog, she always accepted the cats and never went after them. Sam mostly ignores Jackie and vice versa, but sometimes he gets envious and barks at her – Jackie doesn’t like that, of course. On the other hand they exchange head bumps as well, this looks very funny, because Sam is so much bigger. But for most of the time our furbabies get along very well. And one thing is certain: Jackie is the boss!

Friendly Fill-Ins

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

1. Drinking caffe latte is my highlight of the morning.

2. My favorite character on Big Bang Theory is nobody. I never watched the show, so I don’t know.
3. I could set a world record for being clumsy. I broke so many things in my life.
4. Rescuing former stray dogs is the craziest thing I’ve ever done. It means lots of work, but it is so rewarding as well!
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Getting my priorities straight

Getting my priorities straight

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Right now we are working on our terrace, so the basement doesn’t get wet. My husband suggested I clean the decking tiles with a high pressure cleaner before he takes them down. I liked the idea very much, because it gives me the oppurtunity to contribute to this project – with many things I can’t help because of my back.

Turned out it wasn’t as easy as I thought. Standing for a long time bent over is not very comfortable for my back. Soon I realized I would need many breaks and time, and that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with all the chores. This annoyed me, but I couldn’t help it.

Somehow I grudgingly accepted I can’t do everything, and my husband agreed as well. I will just do the basic chores and clean everything thoroughly next week. We want to finish working on the terrace as soon as possible, because we want to sit outside this summer after all!

As you can see in the picture above, cleaning the decking tiles was absolutely necessary. It was hard work, but it was fun as well. So it was absolutely worth to change plans and get my priorities straight.

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Feline Friday #46 | Friendly Fill-Ins

Feline Friday #46 | Friendly Fill-Ins

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

This is one of the cats living in the neighbourhood. There are quite a lot cats here, but no strays. And because of this pet friendly enviroment I am very sure I am not the only person who would help any stray cats.

We once had a cleaning lady from Serbia, were the streets are full of stray cats. She was very surprised that in Germany most cats are loved family members. I think, when the humans are poor and struggle to survive the animals also suffer. That’s why our local shelter tries to get animals from those countries to Germany, where they often find new forever homes. So, adopt don’t shop!

Friendly Fill-Ins

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

1. 1995 was a very good year. I finished my education, and I got married. It was a wonderful time.
2. There is nothing quite like a nap with a cat sleeping on my tummy.
3. If I had a talk show, I would want to interview Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny – together. The X Files was my favourite TV Show, and they were so wonderful together. 
4. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for my family, two- and four legged.
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I’d like…

I’d like…

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… to blog more often. It’s not that I have no ideas. I started several entries, but they were not good enough in my opinion. Someday I will hopefully edit, like and publish them.

Right now I am struggling to keep up with my daily chores and I am relieved when they are done. I am glad I still get some things done – it could be so much worse. I hope “so much worse” will not happen.

These slumps are probably normal, but it’s never easy for me to just accept them and go on. I very easily start to panic, because I know how bad things can get.

So I try to stay calm and avoid collateral damage. Lows aren’t pretty, but my mind knows they will be followed by better times. Now I just need to convince myself and feel like it.

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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 18/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 18/2019

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

  • Met with my best friend and had breakfast with her. We had two wonderful hours together just chatting about everything.
  • We had our friend and her dog over for a barbecue. Humans and dogs had a great time!
  • Visted another friend and her wonderful Rottweiler. It was such a nice afternoon full of warmth. Rottweiler are classified as dangerous dogs here, and you need a special permission to keep them. Well, all Frieda wants is cuddle 🙂
  • My husband found out the terrace is broken underneath the tiles, and this is the reason for the problem in the basement. Now we know what is going on and what to do.
  • I made an apple tie from scratch, and it tasted wonderful. I am so proud it was a success, because I am not very skilled where baking is concerned. But maybe I just need more practice.
  • I felt quite down and very tired last week. But I was able to get lots of rest and tried not to dwell on it too much. I hope next week gets better!
  • We rembered to give our furbabies the first tick and flea treatment of the year. Ticks are no fun, and I hope we made their life a little bit better. It’s supposed to last twelve weeks, so they should be safe for now.
  • We celebrated my husband’s vacation with having pancakes in a very cozy restaurant. The dogs where allowed to come in as well, and I was so proud of them: They calmly laid down under the table and had a nap while we were eating. This was not always so easy. This was not Janet’s and Sam’s fault, they just had to learn how to behave in these situation, and you surely don’t learn this on the streets or in a killing station.
  • Our drier broke, and we just had it for a few weeks. But the timing wasn’t too bad, because it happened in the warranty period. So I think we will figure something out.
  • I am so thankful for the many kind people in my life who help me to get through rough times. Don’t know where I would be without them.

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Feline Friday #45 | Friendly Fill-Ins

Feline Friday #45 | Friendly Fill-Ins

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Thought a lot about my heart cat Sammy this week, who left us for the Rainbow Bridge in September 2017. She was such a gentle, loving cat, who loved to sleep near the wood-burning stove like in the picture above. I am so sure my furry companions have a soul as well, and that they deserve to be treated with respect and love. Sammy may not be here anymore, but she left me the gift of her love, and I am allowed to keep this forever.

Friendly Fill-Ins

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

1. 13 years ago, I watched the many tourists who had come to my home town to see the soccer world championship. It was wonderful to see people from so many different countries getting along so well and having a good time.
2. By this time next year, I hope to be as healthy as I can be, body and mind.
3. One word that describes me is cautious. Life taught me things can change very quickly.
4. If my life were a book or movie, it would be in the dramedy genre. Tragic elements, but funny events as well. Nothing beats having a good laugh!
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