Ten Things of Thankful, Week 26/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 26/2019



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

  • Tuesday I finished my part of our mosaic! After all these conflicting emotions I was very thankful this part is over. There are still some minor things we need to do – like grouting – but the hardest part is over.
  • I am thankful I persevered and didn’t quit working on the mosaic. Finishing something is a really good feeling and good for my ego.
  • On Wednesday I met with my father, and we had ice cream! A very good idea, and we both enjoyed it very much.
  • The weather was really hot last week. I am thankful my loved ones (two- and fourlegged) are ok.
  • Went to relaxation group on Thursday, despite the heat. It was a good session, and I am glad I went.
  • My therapist was on holiday, so my single OT session was on Friday, not Monday. I finished a basket another client in OT had begun. It was good to see the completed project.
  • On Saturday my husband and his friend worked on the terrace for another ten hours in the heat. They put on the insolation and sealed it. Like always, my husband’s friend was optimistic and improved our mood. There’s still a lot to do, but we like to have everything done thoroughly.
  • On Sunday I went with our friend to a summer party of a shelter that helps dogs that are declared dangerous here. Many humans followed the advice and let their furbabies at home, where they were safe from the heat. And that was a good thing.
  • I was very grateful I could watch a very heartwarming moment at the party. A female American Staffordshire (very dangerous!) went to a little girl (about seven years old) and gently nudged her. The mother said: “Oh well… I always tell her not to touch a dog first. But if the dog touches her first…” and just shrugged. The dog was so careful, and the little girl was full of love. These are the magic moments I like to watch between humans and animals.
  • My friend introduced me to a dog trainer, who will help us with our Sam. She put me at ease instantly, and gave me a good feeling. We will see how it turns out, but it was good first step.



19 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful, Week 26/2019

  1. Lots of great things, and i have known many “pit bull” Staffordshires that are so friendly they are silly. My #1 Son’s roommate has a Chihuahua and a Staffy, and the Staffy was smaller than the Chihuahua when he was adopted, so he thinks the Chihuahua is his pack leader. That big Staffy plays gently with the Chihuahua and does whatever the little dog wants him to do. He’s very friendly with everyone, really.

    Hope that mosaic gets put up where you can see it often and remember what a great job you did!

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    1. Exactly, it’s not the breed that makes a dog dangerous. It was so nice to see child and dog getting along so well, and the grown ups were very relaxed as well. That’s the way how these situations should be handled.
      Our therapist is trying to find a good place for our mosaic, it’s too pretty to not to be seen.


  2. a mosaic . is that with, like tiles?*
    Got to require a lot of patience, not something I’m always good at.
    The weather here (southern New England) is finally beginning to feel like summer. Can’t wait for the really hot weather. I like it as much as I hate the cold.
    The terrace project sounds like quite the under-taking. Should be fun once it’s completed.
    Have a good week.

    *not so knowledgeable about mosaics other than Roman tubs in ancient times

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    1. We are using glass instead of tiles, but yes, it’s the same idea. And we just worked on a 14×14 inch mosaic. I don’t know how they did it in the past!
      I hope we finish the terrace soon, I want to host a BBQ for my father on his birthday at the end of August. But we are optimistic about that!


  3. Completing projects is definitely a good feeling, as is making progress on other projects. Sounds like you had a very satisfying week in that regard.
    I’m glad you’ve found a dog trainer that is a good fit for you. 🙂

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  4. I agree that finishing a project brings a great deal of satisfaction and gives one the encouragement to try new things.
    I have been watching the news about the weather in other parts of the world. I’ll be glad when the temperatures drop from the extreme heat that many are experiencing.
    Hopefully the dog trainer is going to be just what you need for your dog.
    Wishing you a great week ahead.

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    1. Finishing one thing before starting another and not wasting energy on juggling several projects at the same time is something I still need to learn, but therapy helps.
      I hope everything turns out ok with the dog trainer, we will see!
      Have a wonderful week!


  5. I love all the positivity in this post, Viola! As one who often gets distracted and doesn’t complete things that I start or commit to, I know how great you felt to finish your part on that mosaic, and to complete the basket that someone else had abandoned.

    I do not envy your husband and his friend working in that heat, but it sounds like they are being cautious, and you will be so happy with the result that is done properly, which takes time.

    The party at the animal shelter sounded lovely and I smiled broadly at the “unsafe” dog who approached the little girl carefully with a greeting. Animals do learn to respond to kindness and can often sense the gentleness of a child’s intent. It is also wonderful that you maybe will have found the perfect person to assist you with training Sam. Your determination to improve his situation shows what a kind and determined heart you have. That tells me all I need to know about you! I hope this week has more goo things and blessings coming your way. XO

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    1. Thanks! I started the next project already, we will see how it turns out.
      Yes, it takes time to do things properly, but I am glad for every small step that gets done.
      I have seen many animals who were very friendly with children. As if they knew they were different than grown up humans.
      Sam is such a wonderful gentle soul behind all this chaos, he deserves every help we can get him.
      I hope your week turns out great! xx

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