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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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 07/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 07/2019

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

  • Had a good talk with my psychiatrist on Monday. She said I should give my husband’s birthday party a go, and told me not to worry about it now, because nobody can tell how I will feel at this day. This calmed me down.
  • We agreed not to change my regular medications, but to try another stronger as-needed med for anxiety. I am very relieved there will be no big changes in my medication for now, because this can be hard.
  • She also said, that I feel bad now only means I will feel good again in the future. This really helps me to see bad times a different way!
  • I found a new recipe to make mashed potatoes, and we liked it a lot. It’s always nice to find alternatives.
  • Another week with chaos in my head *sigh*, but I again kept up with chores and appointments. If I am able to do so, I know things could be worse. That’s good.
  • On Friday I had an appointment with my therapist. Some very interesting questions came up, I have a lot to think about now. But it’s always good to see things from another angle. I am thankful for all the help I get from him.
  • Saturday it was warm enough to sit in the sun with our friend and her dog (Irmi slowly continues to get better). All of us – three dogs and as many humans) enjoyed it very much.
  • Speaking of pets: Our cat was able to have nice, long strolls outside again. Her mood improved so much, it was so nice to see.
  • Yesterday I met with a friend, and we drove to a seminar with a man who works with difficult dogs (he likes Rottweilers most). I am always looking out for ways to help our dog Sam, and I had some aha-moments. I am grateful for every puzzle piece we find!
  • We met many nice people yesterday who also gave dogs with problems a new home. It was nice to be a part of this.

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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 06/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 06/2019

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

  • My husband and I talked about his upcoming birthday party, and how we could make it as pleasant as possible for everybody. He likes to have his family around, on the other hand it is very difficult for me to be near his sister’s baby. But I think we found a compromise that works for both of us. I am glad we finally had this talk, because I thought this for a long time. It really cleared the air between us.
  • I talked about this with my mother (again), and said I wasn’t sure if I was up to hosting my husband’s birthday party. She said: “You both agreed to do this, now don’t make it worse by second guessing it and just give it a try. You’ll be fine!” I needed to hear this.
  • My OT therapist encouraged me to give my husband’s birthday party a try as well. She – like my mother – said I will rock this, and that I am stronger than I think. It’s so good to have so many people backing me up and helping me. Not everybody is so lucky.
  • I enjoyed working on my projects in OT this week (a mosaic in group OT, weaving a basket in single OT). And after all those talks about the upcoming party, I absolutely NEEDED our relaxation group on Thursday! It worked wonders.
  • Our friend’s dog, sweet little Irmi, was very sick and suffered from pancreatitis and gastritis. Finally, she seems to get better! I know from my own experience how hard it is to see your pet suffer.
  • Our fish tank does not only look nice – we found out that at least three of the shrimps are carrying eggs, and the snail population multiplied already… Well, we must do something right, and it’s good to see that the animals like their new home so much. We are responsible for their well-being, after all. And the plants are growing like crazy.
  • Even though it was a difficult week, I managed to keep up with my chores and walking the dogs. When I felt stressed, I took a shorter walk, but I managed to stick to my schedule. I am more resilient than I was last year, and I hope I never forget this.
  • I made my own bread, and we both enjoyed it so much. I am glad if I can make my husband happy, and I will keep this up if possible. It’s healthy to know what’s in your bread anyway.
  • The snow is finally gone, and I hope it stays this way. I also saw the first buds on our quince bush. Spring comes nearer, and I like it. This winter was exhausting.
  • I met with my father, and it was wonderful. We will meet on February 18th again to do my parents’ tax declaration. I like to help my parents, because they do so much for me.

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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 05/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 05/2019

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

  • My decluttering project went to the next level. I definitely am finished were my clothes are concerned, and now I just need to be mindful and not start collecting again. Next are my books – there are so many I will never read again. I am aware of the fact this can be hard as well, but I now it will make me feel better in the end.
  • My cold is almost gone, so I was able to start walking our dogs again. Janet enjoyed playing in the snow so much, Sam is calmer when he gets some excercise, and I can bild up stamina again.
  • It would have been easy for me just to give up and not start walking the dogs again, but I managed to get into it again. It’s the little things sometimes!
  • My husband suggested I bake some bread for him to have for breakfast at work. I managed to do so, and it tastes so good. I hope I will be able to keep this up!
  • At first I was sad when I learned I had to spend Saturday alone – usually we take a long walk with a friend, her dog and a dog from the shelter. But my husband went to a fishing trade fair, and our friend’s dog is ill. So I decided to walk the dogs, and then go shopping and spend the afternoon in town. And it was nice. I am glad I didn’t stay home sulking!
  • I started using the Thermomix my mother-in-law gave us. I am sure there still is a lot to learn, but I am thankful I found the energy to start learning.
  • We had some really nasty winter days with slippery roads. I am grateful nothing happened to our family and friends.
  • The weather changed, and I am very glad we get a pause from the winter, even if it is just for a few days.
  • The fish tank is now finished – my husband put in the last fish. It looks so nice, and it turned out to be a real eyecatcher. All the work really paid off, the change it made to the living room is incredible. We like to watch it, there is so much to see and so much life.
  • We are way into a new project in OT. I never made a mosaic before, but I like it and I am looking forward to spending the next sessions doing it.

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Ten Things of Thankful, Week 04/2019

Ten Things of Thankful, Week 04/2019

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

Wow, I can’t believe January is almost over. It has been a busy month with many emotions, that’s for sure.

  • Today we put up black foil at the backside of the fish tank. The effect is amazing, it adds depth. An added bonus is, that the cables are now hidden from sight as well. Again, we worked as a team, and this felt so good.
  • We still are not completely over this darn cold, but every day it bothers us a little less. I am grateful our bodies are able to fight this, it could be so much worse than a cold.
  • I am thankful that our rivers and reservoirs have almost completely recovered from the draught that lasted from April to November last year. December and January brought lots of water, so we are fine again for now.
  • My mother-in-law gave us her Thermomix machine yesterday. I am looking forward to learn how to cook with it (it’s quite different from the way I am used to), and I am hoping to find some new recipes as well.
  • When we visited my parents-in-law yesterday, they were so kind and understanding. They accept I still struggle to see the baby and even offered to host my husband’s birthday party next month. We will see, but I appreciate they try to help.
  • I am thankful my husband is also very considerate were my feelings are concerned. He said he will follow my lead where his birthday is concerned. I know how much he likes to be around his family, so this means a lot to me.
  • We decided we will have dinner in a chinese Restaurant on my husband’s birthday (it’s a Tuesday), just the two of us. I am looking forward to it. It helps me a lot when there are things in the future that make me happy.
  • My father and I arranged a meeting. These father-daughter talks mean so much to me – there were times we didn’t get along very well. It’s a good thing these times are over. Every time we agree to meet I am thankful.
  • I am glad this week was a quiet one with lots of time for resting. I really needed this.
  • Watched the first season of the irish TV series “The Fall” with the wonderful Gillian Anderson and enjoyed every moment of it!