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Welcome to Carin's Gratitude webspace, a blog I write with a  focus on gratefulness, self-improvement through personal motivation, productivity, education, professional nursing, family life, volunteering, and health. I share my experiences and observations from books I have read, the meetings I have attended, my employment, therapy, volunteer work, tips from my productivity coach, and family life.

I record my podcasts here.

About Me

Hello.  My name is Carin Diaz.

I work 36 hours a week (sometimes more) as a nurse for sixteen years now and am currently taking care of critically ill patients in the adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU). I parent a miniature poodle, a boxer mix, and two young adult children

I started this blog to write about gratitude, relieve stress, and share my little joys in life. I do not have all the answers but I write to share my observations as I experienced what it is like to:
  • live with cancer (I am a breast cancer survivor for eight years now)
  • face the struggle to stay fit 
  • parent challenging teens as a suddenly-single parent [I . . . am still alive and so are my (now) young adults]
  • face life with anxiety and depression 
  • work the stressful job of a nurse (I still love my job as a staff nurse for sixteen years)
  • put on a smile each day as life goes on
More About Me

I am from generation X, who formerly lived in the Philippines and California.

I am back in school to advance my degree in nursing.

I try to update this blog at least monthly.

As this is my personal blog, I mention my loved ones a lot.  Paul poses as my soul mate here and in real life too.  I live with my favorite only son, my favorite only daughter, my playful boxer Velvet, and my killer miniature poodle, Snowball.
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Thanks for reading.

Carin Diaz

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A Bright Week

Hello, hello. It's been a busy, pleasant week. I have many things to be grateful for.
My indoor planter has arrived. I am so ready with my grow lights and makeshift trellis. Next week, I hope I receive my seedlings. This is my first indoor vegetable gardening with a promise of 36 plants! I will grow lettuce, tomatoes, kales, cucumbers, and other veggies with this. Wish me luck.

Paul and I have not dined out in a restaurant for months. We love hotpot so we're doing it on our own. We also have not done any camping. Here is our version of "eating out" with makeshift "campfire and have the benefit of real bathrooms, electric power, and fresh seafood (from the grocery store). Some of the vegetables are from my gardening. And we could drink as much wine as we want last night as we were not driving. We enjoyed this eating out 2020 style. We will do it again.
I helped put together a simple send off to my co-nurse at work. She worked in our hospital for 38 years. She was an…

Happy Independence Day, USA

Happy Independence Day, USA. We have no official fireworks celebration this year due to physical distancing. I am thankful, just the same, living in this country, with its wealth and freedom. Of course, no country is perfect. The USA still has a lot of promise, and I want to contribute to its fulfillment and the peaceful fix, however small.
Here's my gratitude list.
Toddler, Josiah, and Alayna are sporting their red and blue outfit on the 4th of July. For them, it's another day of play, enjoying the outdoors. I continue to enjoy my patio garden, small and manageable for me. I haven't bought a bouquet of flowers for weeks. I am thankful for the bees and butterflies in my new home. I didn't know that these insects play an active role in pollinating. Maybe I will have pumpkins this year and not just pumpkin flowers.My vegetable scraps are growing tall, at least, a centimeter a day. The picture is a 5-day old picture with goldfish in the bottom-feeding the plants continuously …

No More Pain

It is not too easy to focus on gratitude but we are trying. We are grateful for the ten loving years our miniature poodle, Snowball gave us.His pain from a deadly attack of a loose Pitbull ended. He is now pain-free.We are grateful for animal control staff assistance.We are grateful for the pictures reminding us of many years of happiness with a loving dog who loved daily walks up to his last day.We are grateful that none of us humans were physically hurt.

Switching gears, I am grateful for my grandchildren who plays with me outdoors, snow or sunshine.I am grateful for takeouts, and in a way, I help the restaurants still have a little business.I am grateful for reusable personal protective equipment at work to use in isolation rooms in the hospital.I am happy to report that over 180 COVID-19 patients were discharged out of my hospital since March. Some are even publicized in the news happy and back with their families.