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Hello out there, how are you? I hope you and yours are well and safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to you daily, no matter where you are.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would let you know that this week was an interesting one for my family and me, but before we go into that I want to give two shoutouts:
This song is for all those who lost someone to COVID-19. I am utterly flabbergasted at the numbers not only in the UK. I feel overwhelmed and am so so sorry for your loss. It must be so difficult to grieve in these strange times. May you find solace and peace despite everything.
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If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would tell you that I think it is unfair to only clap for carers and doctors. What about cleaners, bus- and lorry drivers, shop- and farmworkers, policemen and women, firefighters, postmen and women and so many more who are out there daily to get us all going? That is why I dedicate this clap to all those, who are as much in danger than nurses and doctors, but are hardly ever mentioned.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would fill your cup and offer you some fruit, sandwiches and biscuits. We would sit for a little and chat about the weather and this and that until we end up talking about shopping.
It's difficult. No question about that. We would talk about how much we shopped online now and before. I would let you know that after four weeks I found a supermarket which had a delivery slot so at last, we could get some extra cheese and toilet paper. I assume the reason they had one was their high delivery fee. But what can you do?
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, you would ask why this week was different for us than the last. Surely it can't only be the shopping? I'd agree with you, and tell you about my visit to the hospital to find out about my further cancer treatment. It was spooky and strange. Hardly any patients in the waiting rooms and walking left in the halls. I wrote about it here: We Can Do It… but What Day Is It Anyway? Cancer Edition.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would offer you more fruit or biscuits and tell you that I'll start chemotherapy in two weeks. It means I have to shield because of the virus and we can't see our family, which is hard. I start crying when I overthink about it.
There is a reason why I started my " Come Away With Me" series to keep me occupied while dealing with the side effects. This week I took you to China: "We Can Do It…but What Day Is It Anyway? Come Away With Me Edition (13.4.2020)"
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, you might ask me if I am ok. I'd say "yes" as always, but to be honest that hospital appointment, the chemotherapy and hat virus are frightening me a little. I will get through all with deep breaths and Mindfulness. It is hard at the best of times but now? Let's not go there no matter my determination.
That is why I used some posts, which were scheduled for later or re-used old posts. I found it hard to concentrate. But I made sure to have a shoutout both for grieving families and keyworkers. On Tuesday we learned about edible bowls. We found solace in an orthodox chapel on Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, I talked about books and reading.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I'd let you know that I still struggle with tiredness. Also, my scars start hurting after sitting or standing too long, so I lay down regularly, which doesn't help the fatigue. I simply fall asleep. Other than that and my sadness about this virus disaster, I am fine.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would yawn to prove my point, and you might grin and say goodbye. I would ask you to stay safe and hope to see you soon.
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Hello out there in the vastness of isolationsphere. How are you doing? I hope you are finding lots of ideas to fight cabin fever and that you and yours are well. And if not know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would ask which hot beverage you wanted and offer you a cookie or two. We would sit down in the garden because in the more protected places it is warm enough to enjoy the outside.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would tell you this ending week started well for me: I was courageous enough to have my hair washed for the first time in ages and felt like a human being again. We probably could have done it earlier, but I am a little paranoid when it comes to my scars. I don't want them to get inflamed and give me trouble.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, you might or might not agree with me. But I would tell you that it doesn't matter now because I know its possible without problems.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would ask you if there is a place you wanted to visit after this pandemic is over. I would listen to your travel goals and then let you know I could imagine going to Mongolia. In fact, I did travel there virtually with my "Come Away With Me" post on Monday: "We Can Do It but What Day Is It Anyway? Come Away With Me & Beating Cancer Edition (6.4.2020). However, I do not fly any more because of the climate crisis so Mongolia will stay a virtual travel goal :-)
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, we would talk a little about the latest news. Do you think news channels are too negative? I sometimes think they are and I was amazed when I heard about an Australian channel which does good news also:"We Can Do It… but What Day Is It Anyway? Good News Edition (7.4.2020)"
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If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would steer the conversation to photography. I told you about a photo project I did many years ago: I took my favourite tea mug everywhere and took a picture of it. On Wednesday I shared some the photo's here: "West Runton With A Mug".
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would ask if you'd like a refill and more cookies. You might agree, and we would sip a little without a word. Then I would ask which post you liked the most this week. I would let you know I enjoyed sharing free learning possibilities this week. Some of them on Thursday: "We Can Do It...but What Day Is It Anyway? (9.4.2020)"
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would wonder if you'd realise it's Easter this weekend. I didn't and wrote a little about it here: We Can Do It...but What Day Is It Anyway (10.4.2020) and a day afterwards I reminded you that there is another crisis we need to deal with: "And Now To Something Different...#ClimateJusticeSaturday ~ 205 Ideas About What You Can Do To Avoid The Climate Crisis."
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If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would let you know that besides blogging I have been binge-watching TV programs this week. Mainly "Escape To the Country" and "Wanted Down Under ... Where Are They Now". I like these programs because they teach me about the countries and counties hey are about, and I love to see houses. "Strange" you might think and then let me know what you were watching.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would yawn. No, no not because you are boring but because I am still somewhat exhausted from healing from my operation. So we would part and wish each other a good new week and that we stay healthy. Happy Easter Sunday to you all despite everything.
Hello out there, how are you doing? I hope you and yours are well and if not that you receive all the support you need. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
I can't believe another week is over. It feels more like a lifetime. So many changes and so many lives lost. Let's raise our mugs of our favourite hot beverage and celebrate their lives. May they rest in peace despite everything.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would tell you:" because I am at home currently healing from my cancer operation, I am watching a lot of TV". I'd also tell you I can't help feeling sad seeing old programs of people travelling, meeting up in cafes or watching a film in the cinema. It feels a little like life will never get back to that. I hope though that this is only my feeling of being trapped in a bad dream rather than a prediction. We will find out eventually.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would offer you a piece of cake and then ask if you are a blogger. Oh, you are! Wonderful! Please let me know what you have been writing about. You are not? Don't worry because I would like to know which was the favourite blog post you read.
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My blogging week started with a short musical trip to Kazakhstan in Come Away with Me to Kazakstan & Beating Cancer. I feel it is more important than ever to concentrate on good news to keep our spirits up. That is why I let you know about a young German sports trainer in We Can Do It but What Day Is It Anyway? Good News Edition 31.3.2020 who gives free exercise lessons from the street to his neighbours on their balconies. Wednesday was just a short encouraging note that you rock in my Wordless Wednesday post.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would tell you on Thursday I wrote about a program I like to watch. It's called " Pilgrimage - The Way to Istanbul". Seven celebrities walk from Bulgaria to Turkey, discovering their own and each other's faiths. I find it inspiring to see how they think about faith which makes me question my own: What Day Is It Anyway? Thursday 2nd of April Edition. Since most of the world seems to be in lockdown, I try to bring something fun and something musical in my posts. On Friday in
What Day Is It Anyway? April 3rd YouTube Edition it was the Marsh family who made a hilarious COVID-19-Les-Miserables rendition. And of course, I could not have a week without highlighting a climate crisis topic: What Day Is It Anyway? Climate Edition (4.4.20)
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If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would ask you how you are spending your time. Are you a keyworker and have to venture out? If so you have my and my family's gratitude, and we hope people stay home o make your life easier and most of all, save lives. I would offer you another piece of cake and not talk so much about my troubles. They seem insignificant, considering what you are facing.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, you might be tired and wanted to go home. So I'd pack you another piece of cake and send you on your way with my blessings. I hope to see you soon and learn about your day :-)
And why am I writing about my day?
Linda over at “Life in Progress” has started the “What day is it anyway” blog event. She invites us all to share a little of our new daily routines, struggles and successes. She writes:
“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 Saturday.
Happy Sunday despite everyhing!!
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