Gratitude List (September 16, 2022) #TToT

Hi everyone. Right now I’m very hyper because of some really great news I just received. I’ll get to that at the end of this gratitude list, so you’ll have to be patient (or skip ahead). As usual, I’m joining Ten Things of Thankful with this post. Here goes.

1. I am grateful for my improved physical fitness. My cardio fitness level according to my Apple Watch is still low, but it’s slowly creeping up. My heartrate recovery is within the “good” range though. Granted, the watch only measured it after brisk walks, since I can’t run.

2. I am grateful for eggs. The guy from the care home next door to ours who has chickens near the day center, lets me check for eggs during the weekends when he’s home with his family. On Saturday, I found one. Then today, he gave me one just because he wanted to.

3. I am grateful the orthopedic shoemaker finally gave in and is going to get me completely orthopedic shoes rather than the semi-orthopedic ones I had been struggling with for the past two years. The semi-orthopedic shoes kept giving me blisters even after he adjusted them many times. For the fully orthopedic shoes, the shoemaker’s coming to measure my feet and make an imprint or whatever in early October. From that point on, it may still take six months before I get the actual shoes, but oh well.

4. I am grateful the orthopedic shoemaker finished repairing one of my regular walking shoes. For those who don’t know, the fronts keep getting damaged within weeks due to my drop foot. Now the shoes are at the main institution, where normally only a transportation guy picks them up to bring them to Raalte once a week on Thursday. The staff here are trying to send someone out there to pick them up on Monday.

5. I am grateful I decided to buy an extra pair of walking shoes.

6. I am grateful for new clothes. I went shopping for them on Wednesday. I bought two jeans and a blouse.

7. I am grateful for iOS 16 and WatchOS 9. I decided to update on Wednesday after all. Both have a few bugs, but not that many that they cause serious problems. Particularly, I am grateful that, after all sound disappeared from my Apple Watch after the upgrade, a restart (with sighted assistance) solved the issue. I am also grateful not to have encountered the bug so far that causes VoiceOver to stop working after restarting your iPhone.

I am grateful for all the new features with WatchOS 9. I love sleep phases and heartrate recovery like I mentioned. I also love that the Translate app on iOS is now available in Dutch too.

8. I am grateful I am doing pretty well on the fitness challenge I participate in this week. I have consistently maintained a position in the upper mid range, around 25th out of 107 participants.

9. I am grateful for a great weight loss result today. I lost another 0.9kg. Last week, I’d lost the same amount. I’m now 66.5kg, which is pretty awesome considering when I came to the care facility I was almost 10kg heavier and I’ve lost over 5kg since starting my food plan in January. I do realize I need to make sure I’m not overdoing it with exercising or I’ll gain all the weight back once the weather’s not so good anymore and subsequently I’ll lose my motivation to walk.

10. I am grateful for some sunshine today. We had rain too, for which I’m also grateful, but I’m happy I could go for some walks outside in the sun.

11. And now on to the great news… I am grateful the main institution home I’m on the waiting list for has a room for me real soon. I will be orienting on Wednesday and the Monday after and, if then I decide I want to move there, moving date has been set for October 5! Remember it’s up to me and, if I don’t want to move there, no-one is kicking me out of here. This is all causing a whirlwind of emotions and thoughts. After all, the only other time I ever requested to move myself, I had to decide within the day of a place having been found and it was the worst decision I ever made. Thankfully, my husband is coming to the second orientation visit with me and my staff will come with me on both visits. Now I’m going to write out some questions I have for the home.

What are you grateful for?

22 thoughts on “Gratitude List (September 16, 2022) #TToT

    1. Thanks so very much! Yes, I’m really happy the shoe issue will (hopefully) finally be sorted for real. As for the prospective new home, I did get some answers to my questions already and these are making me feel quite positive, although there are some things I do still worry about.


  1. I love this! The news about the potential new home sounds fantastic. Just take your time, you will know if it’s right for you or not. So happy for you! Well done on the fitness side too, you are smashing it! I feel I am more motivated at this time of year. I go for early morning walks and the air is definitely getting colder. I feel it’s more invigorating on cold mornings as opposed to walking when it is blazing hot outside.
    Hope all goes well with the orientation visit. Sending lots of good luck!

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    1. Thanks so very much for your kind comment and the compliment on my fitness. I find that I’m usually more motivated during spring and summer (unless it’s above 30°C, of course). However, my Apple Watch is truly keeping me motivated too.


  2. Number 11!*

    …and the thing with the shoes. Doesn’t get more fundamental than to be able to walk without excessive discomfit.
    The decision to be made has got to be exciting. And it sounds like you are in a position to decide without undue pressure. And with another to reflect on and bounce things off of.
    Surely will be an interesting week ahead.

    *from the Book of Secret Rules (aka the Secret Book of Rules) that I enjoy so much here at the TToT: “… when there is an excellent and exceptional thing, it is proper to add one to the traditional list of Ten Thing… afterall what would be better than putting it at number 1? putting it at 11!” lol

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    1. LOL I figured the same about my #11, that it’d make a great bonus thankful. I am still not yet able to walk without discomfort, as the walking shoes, especially the new ones that haven’t had the front piece put on them by the orthopedic shoemaker, are still causing me to walk with a bad drop foot. Let’s hope the for-real orthopedic shoes, once they are actually created, will solve this once and for all.


    1. Thanks so much. The only issue with iOS 16 I’m having so far are the rogue apps in the app switcher. I might encounter other issues when I get to using the custom lock screen, but I haven’t tried that yet.


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