Gratitude List (May 6, 2023)

Hi everyone on this first Saturday of May. I’m joining Ten Things of Thankful (#TToT) for a gratitude post today. Here we go.

1. I am grateful for a trip to buy some new plants for in our care home garden last Saturday. One of the student staff had been planning on us having a vegetable garden here. While that’s not exactly gone to plan, we do have a few flower beds and some space for vegetables too. I loved helping pick out the first few flowers and plants.

2. I am thankful for new duvet covers. My husband last week told me he needed new ones for our bed in Lobith. Too bad twin bed duvet covers don’t come in cute colors, but those for my single bed do. I got one with rainbows on it and one with butterflies on it.

3. I am grateful for sleep. I have been able to sleep reasonably well over the past couple of days.

4. I am grateful for some success with physical therapy. The physical therapist came by on Wednesday to try to do some yoga exercises with me in order to help me loosen up my muscles. It was hard but rewarding. I am grateful my assigned staff said I can have a staff member with me during physical therapy even when it’s not during my allocated activity time.

5. I am grateful for nice weather on Thursday. We hit 20°C for the first time this year that day.

6. I am grateful for no thunderstorms that I was aware of yesterday. A lot of rain, hail and thunder had been predicted, but thankfully I was indoors when it rained and, insofar as we got any thunder at all, it was far enough away not to make me startle.

7. I am thankful for a lot of compliments on my skirt and shirt that I wore on Thursday. These aren’t really suited to the colder months (unless I find panties or leggings that will go with the skirt, but I only have black panties now). Most clients really liked my outfit. I bought both the skirt and shirt relatively recently.

8. I am grateful for ice cream. On Thursday, two staff took me and another resident to Deventer, the nearest city, to get ice cream. We originally intended to go to a place that’s supposedly really good, but couldn’t find a space to park near there, so decided to go to Talamini, an ice cream chain that’s good too. I had caramel and Kinder Bueno, a candy bar flavor, on a cone. Unfortunately, I did get the ice cream all over my skirt, shirt and into my hair.

9. I am grateful to have been supported by my assigned staff more than usual lately. She also makes it clear that it isn’t like she’d been avoiding me, but that, with all the chaos and crises among other clients and her being a regular employee here, it just isn’t always possible for her to support me regularly.

10. I am thankful I haven’t lost all hope yet. Sometimes, it feels like it, but I am glad I can still appreciate the little things in life.

16 thoughts on “Gratitude List (May 6, 2023)

  1. What a beautiful gratitude post, Astrid! I am always grateful when I get decent sleep and I am really, really grateful for ice cream! Your outfit is really pretty. I especially love your skirt. I can relate to your ice cream accident in these pretty pale blue clothes…I was wearing a light turquoise sweater the other day and my ponytail fell into some cheese sauce which then got all over my sweater. Ugh. Food can be such a messy business! But I sure am grateful for that as well!


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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who gets food on my clothes at times. I am blind and have mild cerebral palsy (a motor impairment due to having suffered a brain bleed when I was a baby), so I’m really clumsy. That being the case, I am all the more comforted knowing that a supposedly non-disabled person has this happen to her too.


  2. Grat#4 resonated with me, while I enjoy exercise with a purpose (say, mowing the lawn) I try to include some stretching to keep my range-of-motion which, in turn, makes the yardwork all the easier.
    We’re getting proper weather here (southern New England US) which for me is 70 degrees F or more.
    have a good week (lol yeah, what remains of it… running behind as I am on reading and commenting here at the TToT)

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    1. 70°F is indeed what I consider nice weather too, although even locally in the eastern Netherlands we haven’t reached that temperature yet (although we got close with 20°C), and the eastern part is usually warmer than the western part. We might get there tomorrow though, fingers crossed. Thank you for stopping by.


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