#WeekendCoffeeShare (December 18, 2021)

Hi everyone on this cloudy Saturday afternoon. It’s been a few weeks since I joined in with #WeekendCoffeeShare, so I thought I’d link up again. As I’m starting this post, I haven’t yet had my afternoon coffee. I’m going to take a break for that when I finish this paragraph, so if you’d like a cup yourself, I can get you one too. We have an assortment of cookies and may still have a few mini Mars candy bars left too. Let’s have a cup of coffee and let’s talk.

If we were having coffee, first I’d tell you I had a good talk with the behavior specialist on Monday. We discussed a few things, including my desire to be made aware of the contents of the paperwork that went to the authorities deciding on my one-on-one. Those visiting just for the Coffee Share won’t know this, but it got approved for two more years to come, yay! However, I’d still like to know what was said about me, just because it’s about me.

We also discussed my food issues, for which a referral has finally been made to the dietitian. I really hope the dietitian can help me get some clarity on what (not) to eat during the day, because currently every opportunity to eat is an opportunity for inner conflict and chaos. Finally, we discussed my wish for a physical day planner using Braille-labeled activity cards to choose from.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that the blindness agency came by on Thursday to lend us a Braille label writer and several pairs of colored NoIR filter glasses (special sunglasses for those with low vision). I will be trying out the sunglasses over the coming weeks and will be using the label writer to type up the aforementioned activity cards.

If we were having coffee, I’d moan about my adaptive footwear again. Shoe Guy finally decided my orthopedic shoes aren’t fitting and can’t be made fitting, so he’s going to make me new ones all over again. He finally brought back my new walking shoes, that my husband bought me a few months ago. Now though, my left arch support insole got a bump in it that I can’t get out of it. Bottom line: I still can’t walk comfortably! Ugh!

If we were having coffee, I’d end on a positive note by telling you about all the creative work I’ve been doing over the past couple of days. I made some lovely polymer clay charms on Thursday based on tutorials I saw on YouTube. Can you guess what the below charm is supposed to be? Facebook’s automatic alt text guessed it correctly!

I also made a Christmas tree and snowman out of polymer clay. This evening, I’m going to add both to a larger mixed media Christmas ornament. Lastly, I finally decided to save my scrap clay rather than throw it away. I made some randomly-colored beads out of it yesterday.

How have you been?

16 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare (December 18, 2021)

  1. Hi Astrid.

    Your world is always interesting; ups and downs, new challenges and unknowns, some adventures and some annoyances.
    I think sometimes we just need quiet, warmth, maybe a friend or family member nearby a decent meal and something sweet to top it off.

    I hope that shoe challenge finally gets fixed – that would make me nuts because I too like to walk and when my back was messed up, almost lost the ability to walk. Now, it’s something I don’t take for granted.

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Stop by if you’re ever looking for something fun to read as I’d love to share some of my stories with you for some of your own quiet times.

    Blessings.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. I really hope the shoe issue gets fixed soon indeed. Hope you’ll have a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s. We just entered another lockdown, but hopefully that way we’ll be one step ahead of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus rather than one step behind it as usual.

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    1. Yay, you got it right, it is a strawberry indeed! Polymer clay is a great medium to work with, both for its tactile properties and for its variety of colors, which despite being totally blind now I still do enjoy.

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  2. A strawberry! What a delicious way to create with clay. 🙂 Thank you for chatting with us around a cup of coffee (although I don’t drink coffee, I could substitute hot chocolate or something were we ever to meet in person!). The main thing would be the conversations we would have.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by. Yes, you could have something other than coffee, of course. Although I don’t know how to make hot chocolate, the coffee machine at the day center certainly dispenses it and it’s much better than that machine’s coffee, in fact. As for the polymer clay charm, I’m pretty happy with this one indeed and it was a fun and relatively quick one to craft.

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    1. Oh, thanks so very much for your kind words! I probably come across more resilient in my blog posts than I am in real life, so really I would say, don’t worry about feeling down in the dumps every now and again. I am weepy quite regularly too.

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  3. I loved the strawberry charm. You have such a talent for crafts! I hope the dietician is successful in working with you on food issues. My recent visits to the ND has me on a list of can and cannot eats. I don’t mind as most of the can eats are what I usually eat, but she took away all the good holiday sugary treats. Boo.

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    1. Thanks so much for your compliment on my charm. As for the dietitian and my food plan, there are a few things I’m not willing to give up at this point unless the dietitian gives me a really good alternative (like yoghurt with crunchy muesli for breakfast). That being said, my goal isn’t weight loss and, while I probably do have some food intolerances, I may be able to give up those foods if eliminating them makes me feel better. My very goal in seeing the dietitian is getting some clarity on healthy-for-me food choices and finding a food plan that works and that I and all my staff can stick to for me. I’m sorry your ND won’t allow you to eat any sugary treats, but am glad the foods you can still eat are foods you were already eating anyway.

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  4. Lovely to catch up with you.
    I understand you wanting to know what is written in the paperwork. Congrats on getting your one to one for another 2 years. That’s great news.
    The lable writer sounds like a great help and I hope the special sunglasses make a difference.
    That sounds frustrating about your shoes. I hope you get some that fit soon. x

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting. I am so glad my one-on-one got approved indeed. As for my shoes, the orthopedic shoemaker (aka Shoe Guy) and the orthopedic instrument maker, who makes my ankle foot orthosis (aka AFO Guy) have been trying to work out adaptive footwear for me for at least a year if not eighteen months. It gets really annoying indeed.

      I tried out the sunglasses today and think I’ve already picked a pair I like best, but I’ll try them out several more times. I already know the label writer, as I used to have one myself but somehow broke that one. Fingers crossed I won’t break this one too, LOL.

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