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 Divine Comedy – Dante
12. The Gods of Mars – Edgar Rice Boroughs
13. The Man Who Ended War – Hollis Godfrey
14. The Door Through Space – Marion Zimmer-Bradley
15. The Colours of Space – Marion Zimmer Bradley
16. When I heard the learned Astronomer – Walt Whitman
17. The Machine Stops – E M Foster
18. The Planet Savers – Marion Zimmer-Bradley
19. The Reluctant Dragon – Kenneth Graham
20. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Wild
21. The Double-Decker Dead – EM Kaplan
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
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
35. 365 Days with Self- discipline – Martin Meadows
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. Singing in the rain – Rachel Kelly
41. Life Coaching for Dummies – Jeni Purdi
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. Paradise lost – John Milton
51. Leviathan – Thomas Hobbes
52. Bread and Circusses – Patrick Breitlinger
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!!!!!
Hello my dears, how are you doing? I hope life is treating you well and if not - Give yourself a hug and a pad on the shoulder! You are doing great!
I feel I have been rather busy this week. Several posts for three different blogs even though life has thrown me some curveballs. No, don't worry, nothing bad has happened. It's just life that I try to improve and myself too. That's what I was writing about in two posts on "Bee Coding & SelfCaring":
Turning Around Negative Thinking Patterns
On Building a Survey Form and other Learning Curves.
Carol Anne had encouraged me in an email with my poetry writing. She said, that she loves it when I post a poem on her blog, and so I tried to up the game and write one a day. You can find my posts here after my bio on TherapyBits.
Blogging for Carol Anne and my other blog took its toll though on "The Bee Writes...". Nothing came to mind when I sat down to share life, the universe and everything, and so I just re-posted some of my old posts:
Blast from the Past: #288 of #365 A Prompt A Day For Bee ~ Hope That Will Never Die ~ a #poem
Of Young Women, Radicalisation and the Western World
Blast from the Past: #290 of #365 A Prompt A Day For Bee ~ Transformation ~ a #poem.
But there is something new and exciting happening in the blogosphere. Cyranny from Cyranny's Cove has started a wonderful blog event called "The Kindhearted Challenge" which encourages us to spread some kindness all over the place. She will give us a monthly challenge to get some ideas of random kindness.
Please check it out here.
So, that was my blogging week. But how was yours? Could you blog as much as you wanted? Did blogging overtake your life? Or don't you give a damn about writing and just read blogs?
Let's sit down with our favourite beverage and share our weeks! See you around...
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Hello my dear readers, how are you doing? Is the weekend near or are you working in the next couple of days? No matter how your days are going, I hope life is treating you well!
All is fine in Bee Coding & SelfCaring land ;-). After a week or so, I managed to get back to the Free Code Camp Survey Form Challenge and was surprised how easy it went today.
I am nowhere near any finishing line, but at least I was able to write most of the HTML for the form. I plan to create a form that gives feedback both for the "The Bee Creates" page and the "The Bee Writes..." blog. I wanted to use the CSS Flexbox to create two columns and use one for this page and the other for "The Bee Writes...". Thinking about it now, it doesn't feel quite right. It should be for both blogs and not for the page and one blog. Hmm... I am going to change that.
The other problem I have, if I want to use this is form, is: I need to create a database to collect the data and I have no clue how to do that. Last week I had a look into free database offers. There are quite a lot. It needed me a while to figure out that I need to connect the questions of the form with a data block in the database. A steep learning curve. Not quite sure if I can manage.
I decided though to do the form first, and then figuring out how to use a database. That sounds like a plan, doesn't it? After all, I want to finish the Free Code Camp course first and then use the stuff.
I am still worried that my code is rather rubbish, but what do I expect? I am starting from zero knowledge, so I assume I am doing ok. Would be nice to find a mentor who could give me some pointers. I had a look into other threads, where people asked for feedback, in the Free Code Camp forum but half of the time I didn't understand anything of the answers. That didn't encourage me to ask. But I will have to eventually. I'll keep you updated.
Are you a lady around 50 starting to code? If so, please let me know your approach.
In this sense happy weekend and happy coding/selfcaring
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Hello dear bloggers and blog readers, how are you doing? I hope your thinking isn't stuck in negative patterns and if it is: I'll send you good vibes along.
I have been a little quiet on this blog. We had my husband's children around and I did some soul searching concerning my last post. Remember? I wrote about the narratives that we tell ourselves.
Mine is still "I can't" and "I won't" but this blog post seems to have started a re-think process. And while I was mainly offline tending to family and life, I was watching my automatic thoughts and pondering what I need to do to create a positive change here.
But I suspect sometimes you don't have to do anything. You just have to recognise what you think and then let it go. The new grows by itself. Isn't that reassuring?
As for coding news: there aren't any. Haven't taken any time to concentrate on the form I am working on for the last week. I guess I got a little scared of my courage to try and learn to code at my age and with a charity. But I guess I get there eventually. So how do you deal with negative thinking patterns? Do you have a trick up your sleeve how to turn it around?
Have a lovely midweek & happy coding and self-caring.
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Hello dear people of the blogoverse. How are you doing?
I hope life is treating you kindly and if not rest assured my thoughts and prayers are with you.
We all have stories we carry with us. We also all have a story to tell but do we do so? Do we tell our truths?
My truth at the moment is that I want to do. I want to code, sort the garden, write blogposts but there is this force that holds me back. I can't explain it in any other way. It's like invisible ropes holding me back from moving forward. I used to have this feeling every single day of my life. It was awful. Since I left my job and had time to heal it doesn't happen every day. I have times when everything just flows and I can be very productive. But those other days come too and I experience them more intensely because they are not the norm anymore.
Then the narrative starts. The negative narrative that tells me "I can't do things", "I am not made for this life" and "I am too tired, too exhausted, too whatever..."! For so many years I work on changing that narrative. I work with postive affirmations that obviously have brought some change. But I feel I should be further ahead. I shouldn't have these days when I can't get into the rythm and create that life that I want to create, learn the things I want to learn and just simply live.
At the same time I think this expecting of myself being further ahead and having to "do" all the time isn't right. We need down time and this need for down time might not always come on days that suit todays society. I do believe that we all have our own cycles of being productive. And I wish I could just accept mine as it is because I think I would get further ahead with everything if I'd do.
Noone has shown us how to, haven't they? We are shown to earn money, be there for others and be busy but not how to care for ourselves and calm down. It is so sad. My experience is to fight against those invisible robes doesn't work. It makes it worse. No matter how inconvenient it is and how far behind I am with a project I have to listen to this voice and use the time to stand still and ponder who I am and who I want to be. Maybe accepting these cycles are a part of self-care. Do you feel the same?
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May you have a restful day if you need it and may you be in your truth!