Gratitude List (May 13, 2022) #TToT

Hi everyone! What a week, what a day it’s been. I really feel like writing, but my head is buzzing, so I thought for a bit of cheer and calm, I’d do a gratitude post. As usual, I’m joining in with Ten Things of Thankful. Here goes.

1. I am grateful my staff were able to get the staffing schedule figured out and actually without temp workers needing to step in. The reality was, the temping agency didn’t have anyone available, so the regular staff ended up overworking, but this was a huge positive for me as it meant no unfamiliar faces.

2. I am grateful that a new staff was finally hired to work here. She did come from another home that’s part of my care facility, so they might now have a staffing shortage, but oh well, that’s not my problem. Until this staff came here, a lot of potential staff were given a look around my home but decided eventually not to want to work here.

3. I am grateful for delicious home-cooked chicken and rice yesterday. I actually cooked it with my day activities staff.

4. I am grateful for the smile on one of my fellow clients’ faces when I offered him a serving of the chicken and rice too. He is the only one in my care home who can eat rice without choking, so the staff, when cooking, never cook rice. I’m so happy he was pleased.

5. I am grateful for Sadje’s comment on my last blog post. I thought WordPress was acting up, since I wasn’t getting any comments. It might still be, but at least someone is able and willing to comment.

6. I am grateful for a visit from my mother-in-law on Tuesday. I am grateful we had a good talk with my assigned home staff. After that, we went to Rijssen, a town about a 30-minute drive from Raalte, to go for a walk and have coffee.

7. I am grateful I was able to mostly stick to my healthier eating plan over the past week. The only exception was the sausage roll I ordered in Rijssen. It not only was unhealthy, but came out of the microwave or so it seemed, so it definitely didn’t score an eight out of ten on how much I wanted to eat it. That’s the rule my dietitian gave me for treats: if they don’t score an eight or above on how eager I am to eat them, I might consider skipping them.

8. I am grateful that I did lose 0.4kg when I stepped onto the scale today as compared to last week.

9. I am grateful my semi-orthopedic shoes arrived back from the orthopedic shoemaker. The last time I sent them back, I had a blister on my right heel after only ten minutes of walking on them. Now I haven’t walked longer than that at a time on the shoes, but so far, so good.

10. I am grateful I got an E-mail from the store I bought the headphones that stopped working after two weeks at, saying they’ll give me my money back. I don’t have it in my bank account yet, but they said it could take up to five business days.

11. I did order new headphones and am grateful they work so far. They are a fifth of the price of the non-working ones, but still I am hoping they keep working.

12. I am grateful for paracetamol. I had to take it several times this past week for toothache or headache, but thankfully it worked.

What are you grateful for?

19 thoughts on “Gratitude List (May 13, 2022) #TToT

  1. That’s a good list. The chicken sounds really good. WordPress is being strange, sometimes we can comment, sometimes we can’t, but it is not just your blog. I hope you enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you for letting me know about WordPress being strange. I was concerned that my posts were off-putting or something. The chicken was very tasty indeed. Thanks for stopping by.


  2. It’s always a joy to read your list.

    In Blogger, i can check to see if comments are sent to the spam folder. Could there be something similar with WordPress, and maybe you just need to go rescue your comments that are wrongly marked spam?

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    1. I don’t think so, but there did seem to be a lot of comments in my spam queue indeed (too many to check them all but the ones I could see were clearly spam). Thanks for commenting.


  3. I’m thankful to have found your blog. These kinds of posts are getting rare, and it is refreshing to read them! You are a great example of positive thinking and making the best of your situation too! Thanks, Astrid! ❤

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  4. It sounds like you have had a lot going on, it’s always good to find things to be grateful for.
    The chicken and rice sounds good. How lovely that you made a fellow client so happy with it.
    Well done with you healthy eating plan and the weight loss. x

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  5. Resolution of the staffing issue is undoubtedly a big relief.
    Funny you mention chicken and rice as that is what I prepared for dinner tonight. That was kind of you to offer some of yours to your fellow client. It’s all in the little things.
    Shoes! It’s so important to have good ones for walking. Glad you got yours back 🙂

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you did enjoy your chicken and rice as much as I and my fellow client enjoyed ours. As for the staffing issue, there’s a staff shortage here and I’m really hoping it gets sorted, but I doubt it, as there’s a general staff shortage in all of healthcare and specifically disability services.

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  6. I hope that your new shoes continue to feel comfortable. Wearing shoes that hurt one’s feet makes life miserable.
    Love your dietician’s rule for eating treats.
    Hopefully the staffing issues will work out the best for everyone.
    I hope you have a good week .

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting. Unfortunately, my shoes did start bothering me after walking a little longer. I hope the issue can be resolved though. I also hope the staff shortage will be solved soon. I doubt it though, as there’s a staffing shortage in all of healthcare and disability services in particular.


  7. Oh I really hate it when I decide to splurge on a meal or snack and it doesn’t live up to what I thought it was going to taste like; I’m learning to just not eat them when that happens but sometimes it’s hard not to feel guilty and eat it anyway. Good job on the weight loss; I’m always celebrating anytime the numbers on the scale go down and I can see my hard work paying off.

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    1. Thanks so much for the compliment on my weight loss! Yes, I’ll definitely try to remember what my dietitian said when talking about eating just because I can: I am not the garbage can. In other words, so what if something will be thrown away if I don’t eat it? If I don’t like it, it’s not my responsibility to save food from the garbage bin. (Of course, this is not taking into account the fact that a lot of food is wasted in developped countries and that’s a problem for the environment, but that can be solved in other ways than by us eating it just for the sake of it.)


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