For over three years Lizzi Lewis at Considerings has been hosting the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop. She has done a great job. Thank you Lizzi.
Josie Two Shoes is now hosting the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop. Please click the link if you would like to read the posts others have shared for this past week.
|Ten Things of Thankful|
This past week the accumulation of rain turned many areas in this state into huge lakes and rivers. Some of those rivers hadn't even existed as streams before the rains came. I'm am thankful for the fact that we live on a hill, but not so much of a hill that we experience slides of earth that reposition our home or make it impossible for us to drive down our lane. The fact that the valley is covered with many country roads surrounding the farmlands is very helpful too, making it possible to take alternate routes on my way to visit my Mom in the nursing home, in case a road is flooded.
|Flooded road in Marion Co. Oregon. I turned left.|
The sunshine eventually dried up a large puddle which had developed on our property and with the warmer temperatures my husband and I even got outside and did a little pruning. He didn't let me overdo either, so I am not sore from too much exercise. That is good to remember for both of us.
We have a tail light on our car that is burned out, so one morning my husband said he would change it. When I checked youtube to see if there were any demonstrations on how to do that for our car, it seemed a little involved, plus it was pouring down rain that day, and we have no garage. Not wanting any added frustration for my hubby, I told him that I could just have the dealer take care of it when I was in town. Well to make a long story shorter, I will be taking the car in again on Monday. Two different guys could not get the bulb out! They didn't want to force it for fear of breaking the bulb, so on Monday they will have to take off the whole lighting fixture on the back of the car to be able to hopefully get the bulb out. Of course what wouldn't have probably cost very much, now will cost more, because it will take longer. I am so thankful I listened to that gut feeling that maybe it would be better to take the car to the dealer, and my husband didn't have to deal with a frustrating situation.
Most of us who have been blogging for a while, have discovered that blogs hold a wealth of information that bring enlightenment, humor, new possibilities of thinking, enjoyment, etc. This past week because of blogging, I heard a musical solo played on a euphonium. I was not familiar with this instrument and am so thankful for being able to hear the beautiful music a skilled musician can make on it.
The movie, Lion, had been highly recommended to me, so my husband and I went to see it this past week. We enjoyed it so much!
Have you ever said something and then wonder , "Where did that come from?" At the beginning of last week when I was at the nursing home, I spoke to the nurse to see how my Mom was doing with the transfers they were doing with her using the Arjo, a mechanical machine for transferring patients. The whole procedure was very unsettling to her. I asked the nurse if they ever gave her something to hold while they were doing it. At that point they had not been doing that. When I got home, I searched on the internet to see what if anything was done for patients, and in particular ones with dementia and Alzheimer's, who are very fearful when being transferred in this manner. After much searching I found one post that said that giving the patient something to hold helps the patient feel some stability. When I was at the nursing home the next time, I mentioned my discovery. I told them I was going to purchase a medium sized teddy bear for her to hold, but in the meantime, maybe having her hold a rolled up blanket might help. Yesterday, we gave her a teddy bear, and she loves it. That had been a concern, because I didn't know if she would think it was too childish, but she didn't, and she likes it. The other great news was that the staff told me that transferring her was much improved by having her hold a rolled up blanket. Yeah! Sometimes those thoughts that seemingly come into our minds are really there to help us as we live our lives her on earth. It is up to us to discern the thoughts we should heed.
Yesterday as my husband and I were visiting my Mom, there was a resident sitting at the table behind me. The woman had been dozing off. Suddenly I heard her saying, "Hey, can someone show me a little kindness?" When I turned around, she looked at me and said, "I just woke up. What are we doing?" I told her that we were just enjoying the sunshine outside, and I looked out the sliding glass doors to the patio. When I did that she looked outside, and made a comment about the sunny day. Often visitors at nursing homes are thought of as another staff member by the residents, especially those whose memories are impaired. If I see a need of resident that requires moving a patient, when perhaps the aides are busy helping other people, I will make sure that someone is aware of the need as soon as possible. I would want that kind of attention given to my Mom if I weren't there.
I'm pretty sure there are more than 10 things for which I am thankful. Hopefully I've mentioned that many here.
|Hang in there, spring is around the corner. . .|