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.

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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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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 26/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 26/2019

 

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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.

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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 25/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 25/2019

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

  • On Friday my husband went fishing until Saturday morning. It was a very successful fishing session, he caught six carps and was very happy. I am glad he had so much fun, he doesn’t have much time to go fishing at the moment. He had to work again today, and this was a good way to end the holidays.
  • While my husband was fishing, I cleaned my boots and put them away for the warm months. I surely don’t need them at the moment and wanted to do this for a few weeks. I am thankful I finally did it!
  • On Friday evening, I watched Bruce Springsteen’s broadway show. I enjoyed it so much, and my favorite songs were in it as well! It was such a good way to start the weekend.
  • On Saturday we had ice cream after walking the dogs in our favorite ice cream parlour. It was so good just to spend time together.
  • On Sunday, we went to a workshop to learn more about problematic dogs. I am thankful my friend let me drive with her, because I don’t have a car.
  • We had a great time and got along really well. That’s a good thing if you are sitting in a car together for four hours 🙂
  • I learned a lot and hope I can help our dog Sam better in the future. In my opinion, you don’t change the dog, you change yourself first and the dog reacts to that.
  • We met the head of our local shelter at the workshop. I am glad she wants to learn as well, because you are never finished when it comes to learning from animals.
  • Both trainers at the workshop brought their own dogs. It was very hot, and one of the dogs collapsed. But thankfully, she is on the mend now, it didn’t look too good for a few hours. But this taught me I have to be very careful with our furbabies in the heat.
  • We came home from the workshop about 10pm, but I had still had the energy in me to take care of my pack. I folded laundry, made bread and cooked. It was late when I finally went to bed, but caring for my loved ones always makes me feel good.

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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 24/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 24/2019

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

  • Monday was a banking holiday. It meant we had a quiet day, and we enjoyed it. The shops were closed and there was no traffic.
  • Tuesday I got a lot done in OT group and left very satisfied. No pressure, I just had fun doing it. That was nice for a change.
  • On Saturday we continued working on our terrace. I am so thankful my husband’s friend promised to help us in his free time.
  • I was very tired Saturday morning and decided to take a nap after breakfast. I am thankful I did, because it turned out to be a very long and tiring day!
  • My husband’s friend suggested we start early, and that was a good thing, because things got worse before they got better. So I am thankful he was prepared for everything!
  • When we started turning down the isolation, we found out everything was wet, even the concrete… Well, now we know where the problems with the basement are coming from. We were shocked, but my husband’s friend stayed optimistic and promised us we will solve this. I was so grateful for his good mood, it helped a lot.
  • I was able to help, and this always makes me feel good. I did nothing spectacular, collecting everything the boys turned down and bringing lunch, but I was part of it.
  • After scraping the old and useless isolation from the terrace, my husband and his friend finally could bring on the new isolation. That took a few hours, but the boys were very thorough and my husband’s friend promised us we will never have to deal with this again. Woohoo! What a relief, it was so good to hear this.
  • Our plan for Saturday was that my husband works on the terrace and that I walk the dogs with our friend and her dog. I had to cancel, but our friend was very understanding. I am thankful for that!
  • My husband’s friend promised us to come back in two weeks and help us again with the insulation. Hopefully we can take it from there, but I am thankful he helps us with the things we can’t do on our own. Our terrace is far from finished. but we are on our way!

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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 23/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 23/2019

So I proudly join the TToT-community again. It’s an anniversary, because TTOT turned six. Let’s see what I can contribute this week:

  • I am thankful for every host of the TTOT, past and present, that they make this blog hop possible. It surely takes a lot of time and dedication.
  • I found a new recipe for making carrots we both like. I didn’t know adding honey can make such a big difference.
  • Our cat Jackie was very cuddly this week. I enjoyed this very much, of course!
  • We had a few warm days, and I was able to wear a dress for the first time this year. It sure felt great!
  • On Monday I was very thankful for our trainee therapist. She really helped me with my current project (I took over weaving a basket another client started but didn’t finish).
  • On Tuesday I realized something very important about myself in therapy (I am often too hard on myself, and that doesn’t help at all).
  • On Wednesday enjoyed a therapy free and quiet day.
  • On Thursday we were just two patients in our relaxation group, so we enjoyed a session that was made just for us.
  • My husband started his holiday on Friday, and it’s always nice to have him around.
  • On Saturday I treated my husband to lunch in a greek fast food restaurant. We enjoyed it, and I didn’t have to cook – a big win-win!

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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 22/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 22/2019

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

  • Summer finally found us, so we had at least a sunny, warm weekend.
  • Thursday was a banking holiday and the shops were closed. My husband had to work, but I enjoyed the quiet day at home.
  • The most important thing I was thankful for was my birthday. I was born two months early, and back then the doctors weren’t sure I’d make it, but tadaa – here I am!
  • So many people on- and offline sent me well wishes. I am very thankful for that, this year started off very well.
  • I am thankful for all the support I get on- and offline. I wouldn’t be able to do this alone, and it’s a good thing I don’t have to!
  • On the evening of my birthday, we went to a nice restaurant (“we” meaning my parents, my husband and I. My parents in law are on holiday). I am thankful for these nice hours. It was a good way to celebrate my birthday.
  • My husband had a very stressful week and had to work full time on the banking holiday and on the weekend. I am grateful he got through that chaotic week ok.
  • Because my husband had to work, I had no car at the weekend and wasn’t able to drive to the shelter for our usual walk with our friend, her dog and Truman, the shelter dog on Saturday. But our friend came to our house with her dog and Truman, and we walked the dogs here. This was very kind of her.
  • After we walked our dogs, I took the bus and drove to the next town, where I went shopping and just enjoyed myself.
  • One of our dogs, Janet, was coughing a lot on Wednesday, and it really had me worried. But whatever it was, she was her old self on Thursday, so I could stop worrying.

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