Ten Things of Thankful, Week 47/2018

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 47/2018

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

1.) Another week in which I managed to keep up my new routine. I am thankful I could keep my self destructive impulses at bay.

2.) It was a busy and hard week, but I managed to keep my appointments and got everything done. It’s nice to have a tidy home to come home to in the evening when you are tired.

3.) We started to clean the fish tank in our living room. It annoyed me that I try my best to keep everything tidy, and that the fish tank looks so bad. We are not finished yet, but we are getting there.

4.) Cleaning the fish tank together with my husband made me feel good. I missed working with him, it reminds me of happy times in the past before depression hit. Maybe we can get a little bit of this spirit back.

5.) Talked to my pain doctor, and she said I did everything right (she was referring to quitting opiates and walking without the walker). She also pointed out that the pain I am dealing with at the moment may be due to the fact that I still have to adjust to my more active lifestyle now, and that I have to become stronger. Muscles atrophy very quickly, and rebuilding them can take months. She said I should just keep on doing what I am doing.

6.) We helped preparing the barn at the shelter for a charity event. It felt good to be able to help.

7.) At the charity event, we bought a very nice Advent arrangement. We are now almost set for Christmas time, I just have to decorate a few more things.

8.) The smell of fresh Advent arrangements always helps me to get into a festive pre-Christmas mood. We don’t have a Christmas tree, because we are afraid our pets would climb into it or destroy it, but arrangements are a must!

9.) I picked up my decluttering project again and threw away some more things. I am in no hurry, but I will continue when I have the time. It’s painful to let things go, but it’s good to have everything in order.

10.) We found nice dog beds for our living room. This looks far more nicer than the blankets, but our dogs are very picky (in fact, Sam decided he wanted to have this dog bed by jumping on it in the store, and we followed his lead – our pets trained us very well. At least it was not expensive, and we have to admit Sam has good taste).

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23 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful, Week 47/2018

    1. My first response somehow wasn’t posted 🤔. Yes, Sam is very clever, and he gets another dog bed for the living room today. It sure does look nicer than the blankets and it’s so much easier to clean.

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  1. Excellent. Another week under your belt. Keep racking them up!
    Decluttering for me is an ongoing project. You hit the nail on the head – it’s very difficult sometimes to let go of things but for sure the resulting organization does feel very good.
    Our pets do train us, don’t they? lol

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  2. Viola, that part about Sam choosing his dog bed made me laugh! I’m glad to hear you are making progress. I know from my own pain levels – I have chronic pain from nerves and inflammation – that it worsens when I physically do more. I need to declutter more…I started earlier and do bits at a time, so I can manage it. Decorating for Christmas is nice, isn’t it 🙂 Love and ((HUGS)) my friend, xo

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    1. Believe me, we still laugh about the way Sam choose his dog bed – it was so funny, he just jumped in it 😁.
      Exactly, planning ahead and doing things in your own pace is the best strategy to get things done!
      Love and hugs!

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  3. I am trying to declutter, too. It’s a stop and go process as I sometimes get overwhelmed or hesitant.
    Sharing time, whether with your dogs or your husband (or both) is a pleasant feeling. Good luck with the shelter event. And I hope that next week is even better!

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  4. I love coming home to a tidy house. The effort spent to keep things picked up/decluttered really does pay off! (That’s not to say I’m perfect in that regard–it’s an on-going project!)

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    1. Sadly, cleaning and decluttering is a never ending affair. But as you say, it’s absolutely worth it. Now, when everything mostly is in order, I ask myself how I could live in the chaos before.

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  5. I also trained my Granny and Grandpaw real good. We animals must have a nose for it…MOL 😀 Thank you so much for coming to my Pawty, Viola. Hope you had a lot of fun, just like me 😀 Extra Pawkisses for a wonderful day🐾😽💞

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  6. I’m so glad you’re working together with your husband again and that it makes you feel good. I’m also happy about the way you take your pain doc’s advice. I would easily put too much pressure on myself and as a consequence give up way too easily. You do an amazing job staying active.

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  7. The smell of pine and fir during the holidays certainly lift my spirits. I haven’t started decorating yet, but plan to begin this week.
    Dealing with flare ups of pain or ongoing pain is challenging. Finding the right ways to address the pain and knowing when and how to make needed changes can also be a continuing learning experience. I wish you well in your attempts to keep everything under control, especially during the busier than usual holiday season.
    It is always nice to be able to work with others in attempts to bring joy into the lives of those in need.

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