Gratitude List (January 21, 2023) #TToT

Hi everyone. I’m once again (or still) struggling a lot. Each time I think I see a glimmer of hope, it gets crushed one way or another and the bottom line is that I’m probably stuck in this dark pit for a while still. For this reason, I thought I’d do a gratitude post once again in order to remind myself there are still positives out there. As usual, I’m joining in with Ten Things of Thankful (#TToT).

1. I am grateful for Apfelstrüdel. This is, or so I believe, a German type of baked goods with apple and cinnamon. Last Sunday, my husband and I went to have lunch at La Place, a type of restaurant, and their Apfelstrüdel was on sale. Even though it’s sweet, I decided to have it as my main part of the meal.

2. I am grateful for a trip to Action, a discount store, with my husband on Sunday. I bought cleaning wipes, toothpaste and crocheting supplies.

3. I am grateful my assigned staff is back at work after being on vacation for a couple of weeks.

4. I am grateful for another visit from my mother-in-law on Tuesday. It was good.

5. I am grateful for apples, bananas and blueberries. We didn’t have fruit during most of the week, so on Sunday, I bought apples and bananas when at Aldi with my husband. Then on Tuesday, I bought blueberries. I am grateful that, on Tuesday, my mother-in-law reminded me to buy my own peeling knife. You see, the care home’s kitchen is being reconstructed, so all kitchen supplies are in boxes. Had I not bought the peeling knife, my staff wouldn’t have been able to peel and cut my apples.

6. I am grateful for sleep. Over the past week, most days, I got at least reasonably good sleep.

7. I am grateful my cold, which I’ve had all week, seems to be getting a little better. At least I’m not sneezing like crazy anymore.

8. I am grateful my husband ordered new walking shoes for me, to be delivered to my in-laws today. He isn’t coming by for a visit tomorrow because of my cold symptoms, but will bring them along next week.

9. I am grateful a staff helped me manage the chain stitch of crocheting today. I already had some practice with it before, but it was always hit and miss. I am hoping to learn some more stitches someday once I get confident working with this one.

10. I am grateful for a long walk this afternoon. I am also grateful that, despite having limited energy this morning, I was able to have a relatively good time for most of the day.

What are you grateful for?

14 thoughts on “Gratitude List (January 21, 2023) #TToT

  1. I’m sorry things are still looking so bleak for you. This must be insanely frustrating since it’s been for so long now, and it’s awful when you get some glimmer of hope after a time of hopelessness just for it to be taken away. I’m glad though that there are still some things that you are enjoying. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much. Some people say that the reason the situation is so bad here is the care crisis here in the Netherlands (and other countries). However, the reason I’m struggling has little to do with staff shortages. I am not asking for more care, after all. Rather, it’s due to the fact that this home is about as unstructured as can be, for which staff blame the client population. My old home suffered from the care crisis too and yet the staff weren’t running around like chickens with their heads cut off like they are here.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m happy I found some positives indeed. Crocheting is proving very difficult, but I might eventually get better at it.


  2. I think having dessert as your main meal is fun to do sometimes! And we have Aldi in the US and it’s my favorite grocery store! Their fruit is always delicious!

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    1. Truthfully, Aldi’s fruit isn’t that good here in the Netherlands. Lidl’s is much better, even better than some of the non-discounter supermarkets’. I agree about dessert for lunch though.


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