Ten Things of Thankful, Week 15/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 15/2019

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

  • I was in a lot of pain last week, maybe because of the cold weather. But I got through it somehow, and the important things got done.
  • Monday my OT therapist was joined by a trainee, a young man. It was very interesting what he had to say. I agreed to have my next single OT appointment with him, because my therapist has a day off on Monday.
  • Tuesday I felt very tired and everything felt heavy. But the dogs took good care of me. They always make me smile.
  • Because Tuesday was so hard, I was very glad to have a quiet Wednesday. It was what I needed.
  • Thursday I had my monthly appointment with my podiatrist. She really cares about her patients, and the staff always tries to make everybody feel well.
  • Got a problem sorted out with my health insurance company. The question was if they continue to pay for my TENS unit, or if I have to get a new one. Turns out I can keep my current one. It took me a few days to get through to the right person, and I feel much better now.
  • Had my quaterly blood test done on Friday morning as well. I struggle with self care sometimes, so it’s a good thing this is done. I will get the results this week.
  • Had an appointment with my therapist on Friday. It was our second to last therapy session. We started in 2015, and we got a lot out of the way. I now feel ready to fly solo again, and this is good. We will keep in touch though and meet every three months.
  • Picked up a prescription from my pain doctor. I am grateful this went quick and didn’t take a lot of time.
  • Because the week was very tiring I was extremely relieved when I was finished with my chores on Friday. I pulled through, and that’s all what counts in the end.

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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 14/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 14/2019

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

  • It was a hard week, I felt very tired and down. But everything got done, and this is a good thing.
  • Had a short chat with our neighbour. I could see she wasn’t feeling well, and I wanted to cheer her up a little bit. Seeing her smile was wonderful.
  • The window cleaners came on Thursday and did their part of spring cleaning. I am very thankful for the help, that we can afford it and that this is the only help I need at the moment.
  • I arranged a meeting with my father the following Wednesday, and I am very thankful that is feeling well enough again.
  • I mailed the wastemanagement company, we have some bulk garbage that has to be registered seperately. One more thing that will make our house tidier. The company replied quickly, they will dispose the bulk garbage on Tuesday.
  • Speaking of decluttering, I decluttered a little part of my room. Sometimes it is baby steps.
  • The dog from our friend that suffered from pancreatitis and gastritis is well again, but now the dog from our other friend suffered from severe pain due to arthritis. It looked very bad for a few days, she couldn’t even walk. But now she is better again. I am very thankful for that.
  • My best friend and I agreed that a meeting is overdue. So we will have breakfast in the week after easter. I am looking forward to it!
  • Sunday I tried to walk with a group of former shelter dogs and their owners. But it was too much, and I went home early. I am thankful I was mindful and cut the walk short – otherwise I would pay the price tomorrow.
  • Saturday we took a walk at a place we had never been before. It was nice to see something new. And once more we decided we have found the right place to live fourteen years ago.

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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 13/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 13/2019

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

  • Talked to my mother and we agreed to meet on Easter Monday to have coffee. I offered to make some of my famous yogurt for them, and she was delighted. Making them happy makes me happy as well, so it’s a deal.
  • My parents had a wonderful time in Spain, but after they came home my father got very sick from something he ate on the plane on their flight back. It took some time, but he feels better now.
  • Friday evening my husband and I had our monthly date in a local restaurant. It was nice, and I decided I will have my birthday dinner there and reserved a table (the location where I would have liked to celebrate is closed on Tuesdays, so I had to find someting else… check!).
  • We planned what need to be done in our garden, and came up with a long list. But planning made me feel optimistic.
  • Yesterday my husband invited a friend from the local fishing community, and they made baits (boilies, to be exact). I managed to get up early and made a cake for them (nothing special, I used a cake mix. But I wanted our guest to feel welcome, and it worked).
  • Having people visiting at short notice is so much easier now than last year for example, because I keep up with the chores quite well at the moment. This is such a good feeling.
  • While my husband and his fishing pal made baits, it loaded the dogs in the car and took a walk with our friend, her dog and a dog from the shelter. We had some very relaxed girlie time, and the dogs loved being out in the nice spring weather.
  • One of our dogs, Janet, has very thick fur and enjoys being brushed during shedding season. I took a moment to brush her thoroughly, and it was a wonderful intimate moment for both of us. It’s very rare our other dog, Sam, is quiet, but we were lucky.
  • It was the second week in March when I had all three OT-appointments in a week. Having more time on my hands was nice, but I enjoyed working on my mental health this week.
  • I was able to go outside without a coat! It was a great feeling. Spring has come to stay, or so I hope.

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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 12/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 12/2019

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  • It was another quiet week, and I enjoyed this very much.
  • Because I had time on my hands, I did grocery shopping in different stores than usual. This was a nice change.
  • I had fun making yogurt and bread without being in a hurry. Homemade things add to the cozy atmosphere at our home.
  • Our relaxation group was cancelled on Thursday. First I felt sad, but then I enjoyed having more time with my husband.
  • My parents returned from their holiday in Spain in a very good mood. It’s great that they had such a wonderful time.
  • My mother in law invited us all (her children and their spouses) for Easter. I told her not to count me in, because I don’t know if I am going to be up to it. It felt good to be honest and not to postpone this argument for later.
  • It’s my tenth depri-vary. Of course I am sad that this war inside my head has been going on for such a long time now. On the other hand I am still alive, and I have a great safety net. This is something to be grateful for.
  • My decluttering project went on in the kitchen, I sorted out everything that might have gone bad. This was overdue, and now there is so much more space again in the cupboards.
  • Yesterday my husband took Janet fishing, while I had a long, leisurely walk with our other dog, Sam. We both enjoyed it, and it was good to be able to concentrate on just one dog.
  • The cherry tree in our garden is in full bloom now. It’s so wonderful to watch. Once more winter had to surrender to spring. It never ceases to amaze me!

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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 11/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 11/2019

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

  • This week was quiet and peaceful, just what I needed. My energy levels got up, and I felt really good most of the time.
  • Because of this, I got more things done. Our fridge hasn’t been cleaned for months, but now it sparkles again.
  • We got a new dryer. It works wonderfully, and I got used to it immediately!
  • Our washer and dryer are in a utility room in the basement. This room was pure chaos. I am not finished, but after cleaning and rearranging for two hours, it looks so much better.
  • Cleaning the utility room helped me to realize how much better I am now, compared to the two years before. When I was really bad, we had to hire someone to clean our house once a week. Now I am mostly able to do this myself, and this makes me feel proud. I finally put away the things our cleaning lady used, and I hope they will stay there for good.
  • On Sunday, my husband and his brother went fishing early in the morning. I woke up later, realized I had really nothing to do, had a wonderful long breakfast and went out with our dogs. On this walk I noticed all the little signs spring is really coming. It was wonderful.
  • After they finished fishing, my husband and his brother came to our house. They were in a good mood, because they caught some trouts. We all sat in the living room and talked for two hours. It was very relaxing.
  • My parents left for a two week vacation to Andalusia (Spain). So far they are having a great time, and I am so happy for them.
  • Went to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned and checked. Everything is alright, and that’s a very good thing.
  • Bought some daffodils for our living room. They are so bright, they light up the whole room. Like tulips, they are a very welcome sign for spring.

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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 10/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 10/2019

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

  • After the stressful last weeks I was able to relax. This was what I really needed, and I am thankful I was able to do so.
  • Even though I needed to relax, I managed to keep up with the chores. I didn’t get lost in depression, and I consider this a big win.
  • Yesterday evening we had a power outage, due to storm. We enjoyed three hours without TV and light, sitting in warm and cozy candlelight (even the fish survived, because my husband had a battery operated pump ready).
  • On Saturday, we had the first ice cream of the year in our favourite ice cream parlour. It was delicious!
  • Our clothes dryer broke down. The good thing is, we can afford a new one. It will be delievered on Saturday, and I am looking forward to it.
  • I am getting the hang of making yoghurt. At the first try, three yoghurts were alright and creamy, and three were liquid. At the second try, all six turned out ok.
  • Bonus points: My husband wanted to make vanilla yoghurt that is not so sweet like that from the store. We tried and found a formula he likes. Yeah, success!
  • While watching the series “Reign”, that is set at the scottish court when Maria Stuart lived, I blurted out: “Is there any character in this show who didn’t kill, betray or lie?” We had a good laugh about this. Watching it is still so much fun!
  • I was finally able to get my new night guard. Self care is sometimes hard for me, because I care for everyone else. So I am glad I did this.
  • I bought tulips for the first time this year. They always have been a symbol of spring for me. Seeing them in our living room warms my heart and is a promise spring will come!

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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 09/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 09/2019

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

  • My husband was able to celebrate another birthday. I am very grateful for that and for the long years we were allowed to spend together.
  • He wants to buy a new, stronger lamp for the fish tank as a birthday gift for himself, and I was able to contribute to that. This makes me happy as well.
  • The dreaded birthday party of my husband is over. I will post about it later, but for now I feel very relieved.
  • I am proud that our house was clean, tidy and prepared for the party, and I didn’t need to feel ashamed. One thing less to worry about.
  • My mother and my mother-in-law helped me a lot and brought things to eat to the party. This made things so much easier for me.
  • Everybody told us how pretty the newly decorated fish tanks is. It’s a good thing all the time (and money) pays off.
  • My cousin (the daughter of my uncle who died before Christmas) told us her mother had decided to get two little kittens. Nothing can replace her husband, but I am sure these two little bundles of joy will bring her love and some distraction.
  • We found a series on N*tflix we both enjoy, “Reign”. It is set in Scotland and portrays the life of Mary Stuart (mostly fiction, I’d say). I did some research and found out we will be able to see all four seasons. We are now into season two, and I blurted out “It’s a pity that we know the end!” Of course Mary dies in the end, and Elizabeth becomes Queen of England. We had a good laugh about this.
  • I decided not to go to OT this week. I need time to calm down now after all this stress, and there are so many things to think about. I am glad I know my limits.
  • The days have become so much longer that we can take walks with the dogs in the sun again after my husband comes home from work. We both enjoy this so much.

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