#WeekendCoffeeShare (June 4, 2022)

Hi everyone on this warm but windy Saturday afternoon. It’s been a while since I joined #WeekendCoffeeShare, so I thought I’d participate once again. I’ve just had my afternoon coffee, but the other clients are still having theirs, so grab a cuppa if you want. I also have a delicious loose-leaf herbal tea that I swapped with my assigned staff for the lemon and mint flavored green tea that came in a box I’d acquired back in February when I had COVID. After all, back then the staff had taken the entire box to my room and only then realized that because of the risk of contamination, she couldn’t take it back to the kitchen. It contained four varieties of green tea: plain, lemon, orange and mint. I like plain and sometimes orange only, so now that I trust the box isn’t laden with viruses anymore, I gave the other two varieties to my staff. Anyway, the herbal tea contains cinnamon, lavender and I don’t know what else, but it’s truly lovely. Let’s have a drink and let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this week was rather intense emotionally. On Monday, we welcomed a new resident to my care home. She’s quiet and doesn’t seem to need a lot of care, but the fact that she can walk independently and yet does have a profound intellectual disability, does create some of its own risks.

The door to the home now needs to be locked for her safety. She can’t work keys, so the key remains in the lock during the day for me to open it. (At night, it’s been out for years already for my safety.) This does create some inner turmoil in me, both because of the lack of clarity (either the door is locked or it is not, in my mind) and because of my feelings about the presumption of competence for me. I mean, I am an elopement risk too and some recent events in which I’ve been quite a possible danger to myself while running away, do make me feel weird. On the other hand, I really don’t want to go back to my time on the locked psych unit.

If we were having coffee, I would also share that, on Wednesday, my assigned home staff captured one of my child alters on video while playing with one of the new resident’s sensory toys. She later asked my permission to forward the video to the other staff and the behavior specialist. I at first said yes, then felt a little anxious but eventually decided to give my permission after all.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I did finish all the presents for my sister and nieces on time for my visit to the family tomorrow. Besides the earrings I created for my sister and the mobile for little Wolke (that’s the baby’s name), I created a polymer clay bear for Janneke, my older niece.

Deciding when exactly we wanted to visit, was a bit of a hassle, since I’d forgotten my sister and her children of course need to sleep during the afternoon and I had more or less filled in for my husband that a morning visit wouldn’t be possible because of the long drive. Finally though, we agreed that we’d be at my sister’s by 11AM tomorrow and have lunch there. My husband insisted on picking me up here in Raalte tomorrow. Now that I think of it, I realize that it makes perfect sense, since he, unlike me, is a morning person. Oh well.

If we were having coffee, I would share that I went clothes shopping this morning with my staff. I bought three pants and two shirts and immediately wanted to put most of my old pants in a bag for the charity shop, because they’re way too wide. I didn’t in the end though, because I want to give it some more thought.

If we were having coffee, lastly I’d report that I’m now under 69kg, yay! I have now lost exactly 3kg since starting my healthier living journey back in January. Of course, that’s not much, but it’s better to go slow and keep losing than to go fast and then gain all the weight back because you’re tired of the healthy lifestyle after a while.

How have you been?

18 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare (June 4, 2022)

    1. Thanks for the compliment on the bear. As for healthier living, yes, some days it’s hard. I try not to be too strict on myself, because being very strict will just lead to me giving up altogether.

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  1. Your tea sounds so good.
    It does sound like a frustrating situation about the home door being locked.
    I hope you have a lovely time with your sister. I am glad you got all the presents done in time.
    Well done with your healthy living. It sounds like you are doing great x

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. Yes, the situation with the door is quite unsettling indeed. I am happy to report my sister and older niece were both happy with their presents and I’m sure little Wolke will love her mobile when she sees it too.

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  2. Hi Astrid,
    Welcome back. You were missed.
    I don’t recall the last time you mentioned anything about your alters and actually wondered a while back if that was still an issue for you.
    I know you know how strange that all sounds to someone who has not experienced it first hand, but I appreciate learning by some of the bits and pieces that you’ve shared over the few years that I’ve known you.
    On-going blessings.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by. I’m glad I was able to educate you a little further. Yes, I will likely always have alters to some degree, though they might become more or less active over time.

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  3. The clay bear is really cute! I tried making a mobile for my kid when I was pregnant. I was on a crafting kick when I was pregnant because of the pandemic. After I gave birth, I fell out of crafting unfortunately.

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    1. Aw, thanks for the compliment on my bear! That’s so awesome that you tried to make a mobile for your child when you were pregnant. Too bad you stopped crafting after the baby was born.

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