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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