Hello out there, dear readers, how are you faring? I very much hope you and yours are well. It seems ironic that these virtual tea-coffee-cocoa-parties have gone viral in these strange new times. In some respect, bloggers have an advantage, as they usually already have a virtual community which makes it easier not to feel alone, when having to stay at home.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, both of us might be wondering what day it is. You tend to lose track of the days when you have to stay home. Linda over at "Life in Progress" was so kind to create a blog event, that helps us share our experiences. It is called: "What Day Is It Anyway", and she invites us to keep in touch in the comments of her posts or create our own.
She writes about it:
Why I’m writing this post:
Because if you’re like me and stuck at home already, or if you’re going to be like me soon, the days of the week are going to be hell to keep track of. We have a wonderful community here on WordPress and all over the Internet as well, and I’m sure many people are feeling nervous and/or isolated. I want to make sure every one of us has somewhere to congregate and someone to talk to.
I want everyone to know that you can start discussions with each other in the comments, and if you’d like to write your own “What Day is it Anyway?” post, you can link to this one. Hashtag #WDIIA.
Let’s keep in touch!
And I can only encourage you to take her up on the offer ? . Here is her post from Friday.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would apologise for my attire. Getting dressed is still a little exhausting as I recover from my breast cancer operation. I can't wear a bra as it touches the wounds and hurts, so I keep to the dressing gown every two days. It doesn't feel right to do it every day as it makes me feel more depressed, but I can cut myself some slack in these strange days. If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would ask you if you can/have to stay at home. How do you deal with the dressing situation?
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would let you know that it feels strange that my operation was more than a week ago. I had my blog posts scheduled up to Thursday. That means they didn't fully reflect the latest changes in society. But I had the chance to adjust some via the Wordpress app on my phone. Only for Blogger and Weebly did I need to bring out the laptop.
My current problem is I am not supposed to do any repetitive movements with the affected arm. So instead of using ten fingers to type, I use one. It's cumbersome. But blogging and writing positive posts keeps me sane, so I keep exercising that right index finger.
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If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, you might ask what I was blogging about. "I am glad you ask" I would answer. I managed to keep my "Dear cancer, you are messing with the wrong bitch" project going. It's called "Come Away With Me" and visits all countries of this beautiful planet to find a musician that we haven't heard of yet. Find out more here and last week's post here.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would make sure your cup is re-filled, and you get a cookie or brownie. Or would you prefer some fruit? I basically cut out refined sugar from my food. It's substituted with honey, maple syrup or dates. Biscuits made with honey are just not the same, so I just go for fruit. On Tuesday's good news stories I introduced you to a company called Loop. They are offering grocery shopping in reusable containers. That sounded like a great idea, but Jamie from “My Imperfect Zero Waste Life.” reviewed them and found some niggles. They are still worth trying out. Find the post here.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would let you know that my " Wordless Wednesday post" was one of those I adjusted to the new situation. Thursday's though, I left as it was. That was the day I discovered Linda's "What Day Is It Anyway". My first post went up on Friday (We Can Do It But What Day Is It Anyway? (27.3.2020 just so you know)" and the second on Saturday (We Can Do It But What Day Is It Anyway? Climate Edition, 28.3.2020).
I want to keep everybody's mood up, so I add a motivational quote, something to laugh and some music. Oh, and some learning resources for free. Just in case you like to use your free time.
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If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would have to be a little rude and ask you to please go now. My arm and breast start hurting as I can't take all prescribed painkillers. My stomach can't bear the more powerful ones. So laying down regularly helps to relieve the pain. I hope you can bear with me. I am sure I'll be better next week.
So all that's left is to say good-bye and thanks for spending a little time with me. I appreciate it and hope to see you next weekend again. Stay safe, stay kind and leave some of your blog posts in the comments so I can visit you. Happy Sunday, despite everything!
One last hing before you go: Good deed of the week
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... I would be surprised you would come around with all the restrictions we have to deal with currently. Even better, that this post is a virtual meeting so I can kindly ask: How are you? I hope this new situation everywhere doesn't bother you too much and that you are wise to follow the governments and WHO's advice.
Is it a week since my last post? It feels like a lifetime...
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would invite you to sit down and grab a cuppa and a cookie or biscuit. Do you feel too, that we have lots of time to ponder life, the universe and everything as well as read more? Besides books, I am back to reading more blogs, and I am rather happy about that. It's been a while since I managed to do that.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would tell you that I had my cancer operation on Friday. But you would see that because I have a rather funny little bottle under my arm to have the fluids drain out from the wounds. Maybe you'd fuss about me, but you needn't. My husband would be so kind as to take care of our beverages and treats. But its kind of you to worry :-) .
I would tell you though that I had scheduled most of my posts for a week or so because I wasn't sure how much I could write. Then we would exchange our ways of dealing with this pandemic and staying at home. I would tell you that it feels rather fitting that I am making a musical journey around the world as we can't travel currently. How wonderful to do that online?
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would tell you that we travelled to Estonia last week. We found out a little about the country and met Tuulikki Bartowski. She is an Estonian accordion player who is rather creative with her instrument. Her song "Tempest in a Teacup" made me feel much better this week.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would ask you if you know "Filosopha's Word". That is a brilliant blog that you need to follow and read. Her funnies on Monday made my day ;-) .
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would invite you to JoAnna's "Good News Tuesday". That is an event where bloggers share good news. Mine were all musical this week: Gloria Gaynor washes her hands to "I will survive", Korean Pop singers do that too, and Italians sing from their balconies. And I hope no one stops the music.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would tell you that I don't feel like taking photos at the moment. So my Wordless Wednesday post comprised of old photos about flowers. They were a lovely break from all the scary news on TV and elsewhere. I also shared a beautiful song.
I would ask you if you have a song that gets you through hard times or if you like to take photos.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would let you know that I went back to old posts on Thursday and Friday. Thursday about wise words from Gandhi.
Yes, we have to deal with a pandemic, but that does not mean that the climate crisis goes away. I do feel that not flying so much for a while will be such a good thing for the environment, and I hope it might make people think a little more about their impact on this beautiful planet. So I shared a video about climate justice on Saturday.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would ask you what your favourite blog post was this week—both reading and writing it. Then I would hope you would share it with me.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, you would say: "Hey bee, you look a little tired!" and I would agree. You would be so kind as to go home, and we would agree to meet again next week. It's virtual so it won't hurt anyone ;-)
Happy Sunday to you all despite everything.
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Hello dear readers, how are you doing? I hope you can enjoy a calm Sunday and rest well. And if you have to work, I wish you a quiet shift.
I like to invite you to have a hot beverage with me. Maybe we could chat a little about how our week has been? Mine has been sort of quiet. For the first time in weeks, I did not have to go to the hospital or a check-up or GP. Work was a little stressful as we were inspected, but at least that's over now.
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So I used the time to do some blogging. My blogging project for the next three years is "Come Away With Me Musial Challenge" on "The Bee Writes...". On Mondays I'll lead you to a country in the world and we'll discover a musician from that country. This week we went to Sweden one of my favourite countries on this planet. I introduced you to the metal band "Meshuggah" and their song "Violent Sleep of Reason" and I also told you a little about my cancer journey.
Are you sitting comfortably? More hot beverage of your choice? Here you go! And with it I offer you some good news. I love languages and learning languages. Admittedly I wasn't aware that the humans on this planet have 7000 languages of which 500 are endangered. How sad is that? But fear not because Daniel Bögre Udell created Wikitongue to upload them for all to remember. You can find out more about the whole endeavour here in my Good News post.
If we were having a hot beverage I would tell you that I have enough of wind and rain. As much as I welcomed the rain by the end of last year (we nearly had a drought here in North Norfolk) we had more then enough in February. In fact, it was the wettest February on record in the UK. Unbelievable. Well, it was a little better for one day so I escaped to our front garden and replanted some new plants. The wind was back the next day but that did not stop me from taking a little a video which I shared for my not so Wordless Wednesday post.
If we were having a hot beverage I would ask you who your favourite author is. Hopefully you can tell me one or two I could discover later in the year. One of my favourite author's passed away five years ago and I told you a little about him here at "So much life, so little time". And then we would move on to our favourite artists. Do you have one? I do. It's Pablo Picasso as it happens and you can find an interesting documentary about him here on my Friday post.
If we were having a hot beverage, I would look outside and ponder life for a little while. But not so long for you to get uncomfortable. I'd look at you and ask: "What do you do about climate change?" and if you'd said: "Nothing!" I would invite you to read my "ClimateJusticeSaturday" post about Luisa Neubauer and be inspired to change that.
We would keep sipping our favourite hot beverages and chat about this and that and then it would be time for you to leave. I would thank you for stopping by and give you my blessings. May you have a wonderful new week!
Hello dear readers, how are you? I hope life is treating you well, but if you have a challenge to face, that you always have someone at your side to have your back.
I am going to face a new challenge this year that changed my blogging plans for 2020. In January, I told you a little of what I had planned for my blogs. I wanted to put this blog to good use too but was diagnosed with primary breast cancer just afterwards.
On Thursday, I will find out how the doctors at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals have planned my treatment. I fear that I won't have as much time or mind for blogging for some time, depending on what's coming my way. So I am going to concentrate on my Wordpress blog to share my journey.
I hope to be able to make a note here every day what I am blogging about on Wordpress so that you can be in the loop too. Please bear with me until I have beaten cancer. Thanks!
I would also like to encourage you to support the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity's Boudicca Appeal. They are fundraising 800 000£ to create a dedicated breast cancer unit. The hospital today sees almost double as many breast cancer patients than they did than five years ago. That is an enormous rise and puts a lot of pressure on the current facilities and staff.
For me, that meant so far five journeys to Norwich within a month. That is between 35 and 45 minutes travel each way and the worry, not knowing what comes. On Thursday 5th, we go again to find out how they are treating me. While I am holding up well, it still puts a lot of pressure on my family and me.
They say on their page they want to build:" An enhanced environment. Purport-built, spacious waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms. Counselling rooms for women with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Better experience for patients with fewer days of anxiety while patients wait for results."
That would help. According to the NHS, 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time. So it is essential to create better facilities for breast cancer care. The staff I have met so far are doing an excellent job. They are so caring, being extremely effective and supportive. They do deserve a better work environment.
So please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.
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Hello out there, dear readers, how are you? I hope life is treating you well and if not, feel hugged. This post should have gone up last week Thursday. However, I was trying out the Weebly App on my phone and it did not upload to post. I considered shortly to post it on another day but that did not feel right. So you'll learn about my 2020 reading list today.
I have a bit of a reading spree at the moment. Well, it’s more a reading and listening spree, to be honest. Last December I discovered the free audiobooks by the BBC Sounds app. Later on, I got a free month from Amazon prime which included a free month on Audible, and I am trying out an app called “Free Books” which offers audiobooks too.
Housework is so much more fun when you can enjoy a good book with it. That is the reason why I have already managed ten books of my 52 book Goodreads goal. At this rate, I am going to double my goal this year.
Many bloggers share their reading lists at the beginning of the year, which I used to find rather courageous. What if you can’t manage? It doesn’t matter, though, does it? Maybe you look stupid but that’s all.
So this year I am going to join the reading list publishing bloggers and am excited to find out if I’ll manage.
Goodreads Goal: 52 Books
Ten read/listened to so far
1. Bramblestars Storm – Erin Hunter
2. The Memory Tree – Linda Guillard
3. Secret of the lost Stones – Melissa Payne
4. Two hearts Unspoken – Tamara Ferguson
5. Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman
6. The Secret Commonwealth – Philip Pullman
7. Two Hearts Surrendered – Tamara Ferguson
8. Lords and Ladies – Terry Pratchett
9. The 39 Steps – John Buchan
10. Dark Matter – Michelle Paver
Planned to read/listen to in 2020:
11. The Kingdom of Copper - S. A. Chakraborty ( finished March 25th, 2020)
12. The Gods of Mars – Edgar Rice Boroughs (finished )March11th, 2020)
13. City of Brass ~ S.A. Chakraborty (finished March 15h, 2020)
14. The Door Through Space – Marion Zimmer-Bradley (finished 30th of January, 2020)
15. The Colours of Space – Marion Zimmer Bradley
16. Singing in the rain - Rachel Kelly (currently reading)
17. Mindfulness for health - Vidyamala Burch, Danny Penman (Currently reading)
18. The Planet Savers – Marion Zimmer-Bradley
19. The Reluctant Dragon – Kenneth Graham (Currently listening to)
20. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Wild
21. The Double-Decker Dead – EM Kaplan (finished 20th of January, 2020)
22. The Book of Dragons – E Nesbit
23. Faloons of Narabedla Marion Zimmer-Bradley
24. A Voyage to the Moon – Cyrano de Begerac
25. The House of Pomegranates – Oskar Wild
26. The Magicians Sire – Linda G Hill
27. A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula Le Guine
28. The Girl who lived twice – David Lagerkrantz
29. Bohemian Rhapsody – Lesley Anne Jones
30. The long Cosmos – Pratchett, Baxter (currently reading)
31. Something to Tell You – Lucy Diamond
32. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine- Gail Honeyman
33. Chocolat – Joanne Harris
34. Manifest your Desires – J. Hicks (Currently reading)
35. 365 Days with Self- discipline – Martin Meadows (Currently reading)
36. The Good Thieves Guide to Amsterdam – Chris Evan
37. Cicada Spring – Christian Salacar
38. The Persistence of Frost – Chris Kim
39. Moth – Daniel Arenson
40. Two Hearts Undone - Tamara Ferguson
41. Life Coaching for Dummies – Jeni Purdi (currently reading)
42. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
43. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
44. The Railway Children E Nesbit
45. Life on Earth – David Attenborough
46. Stillicide – Cynan Jones
47. Don’t let go – Michelle Lynn
48. Walking in this World – Julia Cameron
49. The Book of Lenity – Ian- Anthony finnimore
50. A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Boroughs (finished February 19th, 2020)
51. The Vine Witch - Luanne G. Smith ( finished February 10th, 2020)
52. Bread and Circusses – Patrick Breitlinger (currently reading)
Ah, I am so looking forward to the reading/listening this year. Do you have a reading list and would you publish it?
There won't be any posts here on "The Bee Creates..." until March. February is always dedicated to my blog event "Love Is In Da Blog" over at "The Bee Writes..." on Wordpress. It will be a musical event again this year which means I offer a prompt for you to find a love song and blog about it. You can then link back or leave a link in the comments to your post which gives other bloggers the chance to discover your blog. Feel free to take part. There will be a post on January 31st which explains everything over there. Find old posts and my call for prompts here.
Hello dear readers, how are you doing? I hope life is treating you well and you take your time for self-care.
You know what? We so often don't have time to read a big blogpost. But we still want to have a little heads up. A little motivation. And that is what I am offering you today. Well, it's Mrs Oprah Winfrey who does, not me.
So if you feel you don't have time for your self-care or it is selfish to care for yourself, then please listen to her advice.
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Hello, out there all you lovely people. How are you today? I hope life is treating you well and if not, feel the love coming your way. I send it to you!!!!
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would look at you and roll my eyes. No, not at you, of course, but at my scattered brain. Apparently, I wrote this post last year in August:
"Is it just or is anyone else out there trying to do a ton of stuff and can't get anywhere?
Well, I am sure I do get somewhere, but my scattered mind never seems to see the results just what I haven't managed to do. So today I am going to concentrate on what I have achieved, and not what I still need to do.
What about you? Do you only seem to see your to-do-list and not what's already ticket off? And does it bother you?"
This video might not fully fit my question but it's really entertaining.
And for the record the video credit is:
TEDx Talks via YouTube
I quite like the post and the video, however, never posted it. I just forgot everything about it. When I came back today to do some of my blogging here, I found it and just shook my head.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would make sure you have a fill-up and sit comfortably. Then I would tell you that I would like to use this space for some diary-style posts but am worried I am not keeping them up.
Over the last decade, I have started and stopped several blogs, and I feel like I am not capable of keeping things going. But then I would remember that I am determined to change my story. I am not quite sure where I got that idea from. Maybe from one of those motivational TED talks.
The thing is whenever I start worrying about anything, I am not able to do, I think to myself: That's my past story. I am now changing it and start something new. Yes, you are right, it doesn't always make the worry go away, but mostly it makes me concentrate on what I want to do not what I don't want to do.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would hope you told me: You can do it! And if you would, I would smile. Then I would ask if there is anything you struggle with. Maybe you would tell me, and I would listen. I'd offer you a brownie or cookie and ask some questions, so I really understand what your problem is. And when you would finish, I would lean back in my seat and let you know that I believe in you. We can do it!!!!
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, we would sit in silence for a while and watch the sky through the front room window. Maybe you'd ask what else I want to write about. I'd let you know that my family and I try to become more climate-friendly and have changed a lot of our habits over the last couple of years. I would let you know that self-care is still a big topic for me. You might remember that I started this blog with self-care ideas two years ago.
I also pondered to put my book reviews on here as The Bee Writes on Wordpress is more for music and climate topics in general. There is also Bee Wordless on Blogger, which is for photography and Bee Poetic & Writing on Tumblr is for poetry. I would ask you what you think of having this network of blogs over several blogging platforms. Do you think that's a good idea?
"It's getting late" you'd say and get up, "I think about it and tell you next time". "OK!" I'd answer and give you a hug before you'd get out of the door. "Take care" I'd call after you, and you'd turn and would give a wave. Smiling I'd close the door and would be looking forward to having our favourite hot beverage together next time.
Hello out there you lovely people of the blogosphere! How are you? I hope life is treating you well and if not that you have a mug of something nice beside you and someone to give you a big hug.
Ah, things are still developing. While I was exploring self-care topics in 2018 and coding at the beginning of 2019 now things have totally changed again. I have found a job in September so the blogging and creating had to be put on the back burner for a little while. Needed to get back into the swing of things of working outside of the home. In November my dear husband had an operation and he is still of work. So I need to give him a little more TLC than usual. He is fine I am happy to report but still needs a little more help than usual.
Self-Care and coding are still on my agenda but while being offline more than usual I realised that I do not want to miss sharing about poetry, music and photography too. I still try to figure out how to combine all of it. You can find my Wordless Wednesday post on "The Bee Writes... on Blogger" as the Wordless Wednesday posts I am visiting are mainly on Blogger blogs. I have a daily blogging schedule on "The Bee Writes... on Wordpress" and am working on idea's for the blog here. I am also writing poetry and about every day experiences on Carol Anne's "Therapy Bits" and about spirituality on Colleen's "Sisters of the Fey".
I am writing the irregular "The Bee Writes.../Creates" newsletter. You'll get the "FREE Mini-Guide to Self-Care - THREE Easy Daily Habits for Better Wellbeing" as a gift if you sign up. The newsletter includes news of my blogs, book reviews and self-care resources.
Wow, I did not realise how busy I am creating outside of my day job. But that is how I like it. Please stay tuned on how this creative journey unfolds.
Hope to see you on my blogs or the newsletter. Have a great day!
Hello everybody, how are you doing? I hope life is treating you well and if not that you find pockets of time for self-care. Self-care is even more important then.
Life is moving on in Bee-Land. After 1 1/2 years I have managed to get a job. Not quite sure when I will start but it's close by and a couple of hours so I can keep up with blogging and coding. Speaking of which...
Last week I managed to get the basic HTML done for the survey form. I still struggle to get an idea how to see the HTML (content of page) bits as blocks so I can add the CSS (how these blocks are styled) and create with it as I please. My idea was to get two columns in my form so I can ask both for "Bee Coding & SelfCaring" and for "The Bee Writes...".
I tried out CSS flexbox (adds rows and columns so you can create different parts in your page) but I get something wrong and it doesn't show up as two columns. The problem is that you have to be pretty exact in naming anything otherwise it doesn't work. Maybe I had most right but wrote "column" wrong? Hmmmmm....
I deleted everything I did and will start from the beginning tomorrow... hopefully. Another standstill here. That's frustrating and frustration isn't a good thing for my wellbeing. That is why I am going a little further in my self-care. Besides concentrating on my breath and being mindful I am going to add some extra meditation for tomorrow morning.
Do you struggle with a challenge? And what do you do to keep your wellbeing on track?
video credit: Meditative Mind via YouTube
This is a wonderful chant dedicated to the Indian God Ganesh who helps to remove all obstacles. This is what I am going to meditate about tomorrow.
In this sense
Happy Coding and Self-Caring!!!!!