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We Can Do It…but What Day Is It Anyway? (10.4.2020)

Hello out there, how are you doing? I hope you are coping well with all the changes that are facing us and if not feel hugged. In my last couple of posts, I’ve questioned if I should ask how we feel. Too many emotions going around for all of us, I guess. But on the other side, it might be essential to check in with ourselves so we can take action if we need help with our mental and emotional help.

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So what day is it anyway? Friday, I guess and Good Friday at that. I have to admit I utterly oversaw the fact Easter was coming up. We are not religious, so we often don’t particularly think about any holidays, but now that’s totally out of the window. So no chocolate Easter eggs for us. We will survive…

Yesterday morning when I was writing this post, I was rather tired even though I had a good night’s sleep. Waking up at half four, I was sufficiently motivated and happy, but after helping the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world making breakfast, seeing him off to work, playing a little, doing my exercises, caring for my dry skin and meditating deep tiredness set in. I assume it has to do with the fact that I am not going out much.

I try to keep track of my breathing as anxiety has slowly crept back in my life. Deep breathing also helps with side effects of the operation, so I feel I keep doing the right thing. On Wednesday, I have started to moisturize the areas around my scars with Lavender- and Frankincense oil in a carrier oil despite the advice of the doctor o just leave it alone. That seems to make a difference because my skin definitely feels softer. I also seem a little more confident in caring for myself in my more alternative ways. That’s an improvement even though I never felt too bothered about everything.

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Yesterday’s binge watching was “Wanted Down Under – Where Are They Now?” I have to admit it distracted me quite a bit from writing this post, but I hope it doesn’t show too much. While I didn’t have to help cooking on Wednesday, I decided to do so yesterday. I feel I need to start doing things to get myself back into the swing of things.

I don’t really follow a daily routine and often feel that is a bad thing. It certainly helps with getting stuff done but hey… maybe that’s just not who I am. So maybe I just practise self-acceptance and get on with it 🙂

Let’s remind ourselves why we are here:

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 Wednesday.

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So, I made you laugh. My job is done here 😉

Ah, no, not yet. Of course, I need to take care of your free time needs too 🙂 I researched free learning possibilities a couple of years ago and decided to share them for your convenience 🙂

MOOC-List is the search engine that lets you find the MOOC you are looking for. It lists all courses from the major providers of MOOC’s and has a handy “courses that start in the next 30 days” list to browse. It is convenient if you want to get an overview which providers offers what right now.

Open Culture: Doesn’t only let you find MOOC’s but also free Audio Books, Movies, Languages, Textbooks, eBooks. There is a list of different topics and the free offer connected which are mainly free iTunes videos so you would need an iTunes account for most its offer.

Open Learn by Open University: Open Learn is the free part of the Open University where you can have a sneak peek into its courses, but there are also full courses available. They offer so-called badge courses that allow you after taking part and passing all assessments to apply for a badge that you can display, for example, on LinkedIn to show your professional learning progress.

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Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

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.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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We Can Do It…but What Day Is It Anyway? (9.4.2020)

Hello out there dear people of the blogosphere, how are you doing? I have to admit I feel a bit strange asking this question almost daily. Do we want to focus on our feelings? Wouldn’t it be better to just ignore them and distract ourselves with activity? Well, my experience is that suppressed feelings come back and bite you in your behind one way or the other. You either get properly depressed or you get physical problems like headaches, stomach pains or colds. The age-old adage of body and mind being a union is very true.

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So what to do when you have enough of isolation or hearing about our slightly out of touch with reality politicians? If you have a good friend or patient partner allow yourself a good old moan via phone if need be. As long as you don’t keep moaning for the rest of your life it will clear your system. Or allow yourself to cry. Nothing wrong with crying alone or together. We are losing and have lost a lot even if no one close is affected by COVID-19. And grief is best expressed with crying. I have started to think that these feelings have developed for a reason so why not using them properly? But it’s also absolutely fine not to do either. Just get on with what works for you!

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Does all of this sound patronizing? I hope not because that’s not how it’s meant. I just try to make sense of all this commotion.

In general, I have decided to rather write about more positive matters. There is enough sadness, stress and uncertainty out there I don’t need to add my portion to it. However, I also try to stay true to my experience and in recent days it has been one of sadness. I miss our walks at the beach. I feel for everyone who has lost someone to this virus and I am in absolute awe of anybody working as a health worker, carer, cleaner and other key workers.

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Yes, it’s Thursday so I try to provide my bit of clapping for the new heroes on our lives 😉

But how was my day so far? Well, I have to mention for newcomers that I schedule my posts for about 1 AM my time (GMT) for reasons unknown. I write these posts the day before in the morning, so we are talking Wednesday between 9 and 10 AM. My day seemed to start at 3 AM when I woke and needed some more painkillers. At first, I could not fall asleep again, so I used the time to send out my prayers and blessings to all of you. At 4.30 he clock went because the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world has to work early. As I can’t walk he dog, currently, he gets it in before he goes. I could, of course, stay in bed, but I feel that would be unfair as he does so much for me. The least I can do is make him a cup of coffee and say goodbye when he leaves.

Today I decided to get dressed. I’ve been a proper couch potato since I ook the dressings of my wounds because I was scared that any clothes besides my dressing gown would rub on the scars. The unwanted side effect was that I became less and less motivated to do anything. That had to stop. And guess what? Instead of directly heading for Farmville2, I wrote this post first. Result!

The tv is running while I write, and the back door is open. It’s rather warm already, and I like to hear the sparrows bicker 😉 . I don’t seem to get enough of housing programs like “Escape to the Country” and “Homes under the Hammer.” Thanks to Freeview, all of them are repeated continuously sp I won’t get bored anytime soon. I even had a short walk to the front of our property to check on our front flower bed.

image of steep flower bed in spring

Let’s remind ourselves why we are here:

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 Tuesday.

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So peeps, some of us have a little bit more time on our hands than usual. Why not use i for learning something new? I researched free learning possibilities a couple of years ago and decided to share them for your convenience 🙂

HowCast: HowCast is a collection of freely available videos to any topic conceivable. You can learn how to wax your surfboard, how to keep your relationship going, and how to fry your eggs on the sidewalk. Yes, there are the odd topics in there, but if you like learning things in a fun way, this is the right place for you.

IVersity: IVersity claims to be the first platform that offered MOOC in Europe. It offers both free and so-called pro courses which are professional development courses for training professionals in a business. You can access material for free, however, if you want a certificate you have to pay. There are also courses for credits available.

Khan Academy: The Khan Academy is a non-profit organisation with the mission “to provide a free, world class education for anyone, anywhere.” It not only aims to let learners learn but also to support parents and teachers to offer help to their children and students. Certainly good for any homeschooling parent.

Kindle ebooks: Now, of course, not all Kindle books are for free. Also, offering books for free is a bit controversial for authors who have to make a living from their writing. However, if you are interested in classic literature, poetry and philosophy, you can find an array of free ebooks there for self-study. And that can’t be bad?

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That is it for today. I hope you can be the rainbow in someones cloud, enjoy some quality time with someone close and learn something new. Take care of yourselves, wash your hands and stay strong despite everything 🙂

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Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

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.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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#SirChocolatestory – Sir Chocolate and the Valentine Toffee Cupid

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Writing to be Read

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My sons and I have been working hard to bring some of our free Sir Chocolate stories and “How to Make” videos to children who are at home due to COVID-19. Greg and I are recording audio versions of our free stories and posting them to our new YouTube channel with a link to the free PDF download of the illustrated story. We are also creating free animated videos of our recipes and step-by-step instructions on how to make some Easter creations. The PDF instructions are also available for free as a download on my children’s books and poetry, blog https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/.

This endeavor is part of Gregory and Michael’s outreach and community service project which has been put on hold while the schools are closed. We thought this was a nice way of keeping it going. It gives them an interest as they are helping me to…

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We Can Do It… but What Day Is It Anyway? Good News Edition (7.4.2020)

Hello out there, how are you doing? I very much hope you and yours are well and if not, know, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Slowly I get used to my recovery daily routine. I take naps which I don’t usually do, do my exercises three times a day and push myself to write my blog posts. No, it’s not because I feel depressed or anxious that I am not always motivated to write but because I enjoy reading, watching tv and being cared for by the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world.

Do you think that is selfish? Probably. But hey I need to get through this somehow 🙂 . Oh, I forgot my daily walk up the garden and managing pain and my stomach. Healing is busy business 😉

gif credit: Stephanie Shank via Giphy Four cute dogs showing self-care actions: maintain normal sleep schedule, eat as healthy as possible, keep moving, practice gratitude

Let’s remind ourselves why we are here:

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 Sunday.

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For our good news, we travel to Australia where the TV Channel 7 News Australia shows ten minutes of good news on their program. When I researched to find out if that is a daily thing on the TV channel, I found even more Australian TV channels doing that. Are good news an Australian thing? Please my Australian readers enlighten me 🙂

Sorry for the ad breaks in the video.

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This post takes part in “Good News Tuesday” inspired by JoAnna on “Anything Possible”. Please head over and find more fantastic and inspiring stories. Thanks!

Some of us might have more time on their hands than usual and might get bored. That is why I share some cool and mostly free resources for online learning that researched a couple of years ago. Todays are focussing on Business topics:

Brentwood Open Learning College: Brentwood Open Learning College offers one free course in PR. I suspect it is their way of getting you to keep learning with their paid classes, which cost between 300 & 1000 £ as far as I can see. Their topics range from accounting, management to vocational courses, and you even gain benefits like 10% off Amazon or Matalan purchases. The free course is free for life; they offer all the materials and even a free certificate at completion. As far as I can see, it covers the basics of Public Relations and is set at entry-level.

Facebook Blueprint: Facebook Online Marketing: Personally, I am not a fan of Facebook. However, if you want to gain exposure for your book, your online shop or anything else that needs to be known, it seems that you can’t do without the Book of Faces. No matter how you feel about this social network, it is worth knowing how to work it if you need their services. This is where Facebook Blueprint comes in: It offers free online courses for you to learn the ins and outs of advertising with Facebook. You can even get certified. However, I could not figure out if there is a fee involved.

David Parrish: David Parrish is a keynote speaker on business and has published two free online business and management courses for cultural and creative entrepreneurs. You can access it via the EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme which was created to help creatives in Eastern European countries. However, those two courses are open now world-wide and only last 30 min each. You can gain an online certificate after answering some questions. The lessons are offered both with video talks David Parrish recorded and reading paragraphs.

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So peeps that is it for today. The Long Cosmos and Farmville2 are calling to me. Also, I am still tired even though I had two naps today, so maybe I am off to bed soon. Oops. I schedule my posts for close to 1 AM my time, so hopefully, I am in bed anyway. 😉

Take good care of yourselves and your family and friends. Make sure to wash your hands, wear a mask, and do anything you can to stop his virus. And lets watch something funny to cheer ourselves up 🙂

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Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

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.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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We Can Do It but What Day Is It Anyway? Come Away With Me & Beating Cancer Edition (6.4.2020)

Hello out there in isolationsphere, how are you doing? I very much hope you and yours are well and safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to you daily, especially if you are a keyworker. You rock no matter where you work.

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It looks like I am not going back to any sort of work for quite some time. I had a call from the hospital on Friday (they do as few face to face appointments as possible for apparent reasons), letting me know that I am going to have both chemo- and radiotherapy. That catapults me into the vulnerable group of people who need to be shielded, which means once I start Chemo, I mustn’t be in contact with anyone shutting myself off even from my family.

That’s not really possible in our house because we only have one bathroom and I am not willing to sleep in another room than the best husband. We are not sure yet what it means for him but because of his operation he doesn’t feel he can care for me and work. Sigh. So another challenge awaits us. I’ll get another call soon from the oncologist then we’ll know more about the necessary protection measures and when it all starts.

But on the good side, the doctor said that the goal is full healing. That’s what we keep in mind 🙂

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So today I whisk you away to Mongolia. I have to admit I was rather overwhelmed by the huge musical tradition this country has. And it doesn’t seem to be shy to bring it into the modern world. I am not bothering you with much more information today because I just wouldn’t know where o start. Just enjoy The HU with “Wolf Totem” one of the more modern music groups. The english subtitles are shown on the video. If it doesn’t play here on the blog follow the link underneath.

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The HU on Wikipedia

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday 16th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit China. Find out about interesting musicians on the Last FM page for China.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
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So what have I been up to in the last couple of days? Not much to be honest. Taking the dressings off on Friday brought a whole new level of experience to me. I had so hoped any pain connected with my left arm would be because of the dressings. Bless my naivety!!!!

Of course, my body does what it’s supposed to do. Meaning healing the wounds, and without the support of the dressings, it all felt rather sore. No fever or seeping of unpleasant stuff though so my GP advised to keep it clean and dry and basically leave it alone. That’s what I did keeping to a routine of reading, watching TV and the occasional walk in the garden.

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Let’s remind ourselves why we are here:

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 Friday.

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I read that phrase:” If you look for the helpers, then you know there is hope” before and I think that is more important than ever. You might not believe in the Christian God, but I believe that counts for all of us! Have you come across any helpers who gave you hope?

Ok peeps, it’s a new week and you might get bored being cooped up at home so here some more links to (mostly) free online courses I have researched a couple of years ago:

Class Central: Class Central is a search engine for moocs. If you are not sure about which MOOC to take at which provider or which university Class Central is the place to go as you can read reviews and review courses if you sign up.

Cosmo Learning: Cosmo Learning says about itself: “Created with the goal to provide a free online school, CosmoLearning (CL) is a non-profit educational website committed to improving the quality of homeschooling, teaching and student excellence.” You can find anything to learn from science to languages with videos offered for free. Users are encouraged to donate to those who created the courses to keep the idea of moocs and open learning for all alive.

Coursera: Coursera offers a vast array of high-quality University courses. You can explore lectures and non-graded material for free. For 49$ per month, you can access all courses and get certificates too.

Digital Garage Google: If you are looking to learn digital skills and how to use many of Google’s tools and get the most out of them, you are right at Digital Garage. You are led through a set of courses, earn badges, and after an assessment, you can get a certificate from Google. Easy to understand and useful not only if you are a Google user.

edX: edX is maybe the most famous provider of free learning opportunities. Founded in 2012 by Havard University and MIT, it is both non-profit and open-source. Universities and colleges still govern edX. If offers courses from top universities some of which are credit eligible. They also offer professional certificates to bring your career further.

Futurelearn: Futurelearn is probably the British equivalent to edX. You can work for some degrees and also get professional certificates to further your career. Learning itself is for free. However, you pay for the degrees and certificates.

I mostly learn with Future Learn (my profile). They are userfriendly and have such a vast array. It’s total fun o learn with them.

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And one last thing 🙂

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity Boudicca Appeal

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 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 the 5th of March, we went again. We found out that my cancer needs an operation and probably radiotherapy. But I won’t know for sure until two weeks after the operation. 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 a lot. 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.

Happy Monday to you all despite everything. May you stay safe and healthy!

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Poem Collaboration!

Hey poetry-lovers, here is a cool April poetry project to participate in! Thanks Lucy for this wonderful idea. Please, leave comments on Lucy’s blog and not here. Thanks 🙋‍♀️🐝

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Hello everyone.

First of all, I want to thank each and everyone one of you for your participation on my blog—through each like, comment, reblog, and submission—it has not been unnoticed. I thank everyone for giving me the encouragement to keep writing and posting, along with helping me keep this blog alive. I thought I would have to put a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) note on it by now, but I’m beyond pleased with how far we’ve come since this blog was created.

I’m holding a collaboration open for all to create a group poem together. It is nota contest, but rather an event we can all do together during these dark times of the world. Perhaps, this could help promote positivity in the midst of it all. Perhaps, we can meet new writers here from this collaboration and discover different pieces of writing. In a way, it doesn’t…

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What Day Is It Anyway? Climate Edition (4.4.20)

Hello dear people of the blogosphere, how are you? I hope life is treating you well and if you are struggling know that you are in my prayers and thoughts.

I nearly didn’t write this post. As I wrote yesterday, I could take my dressings off. My hope was that the soreness I felt more and more for a couple of days would go with them. But it didn’t. It got worse. And I started to worry. And I just wanted to lay down and rest and forget about everything. And I decided to give my arm some rest. But then the breast care nurse called, and I asked her, and she said that’s how it is because the skin still has to heal around the wounds. Sounds logic, doesn’t it?

So I calmed down and decided to do a short post for today. What did I do with the rest of the day? Again I watched telly. And had lots of cups of tea. And I took the dog up the garden. And I played a little Farmville II. And that was that. I am rather tired now. But I still give you something to learn, something to smile about and something to listen to 🙂

video credit: Cambridge University via YouTube

I know it seems really hard to think about the climate crisis in this COVID-19 crisis. But the virus will pass while the climate crisis won’t unless we change our lifestyle effectively towards a zero-carbon emission lifestyle.

These last weeks have shown that we all can change our lifestyles drastically. So we’ll be able to the same for our environment.

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We do need something cute in these dire times. This video made me really happy and I thought I’d share it with you 🙂

And something else always makes me smile. It’s these wonderful people doing wonderful things despite everything.

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And as for the end of this post something to laugh about. If you, like me, were a teenage girl in the 80’s you might have liked “Come on Eileen”. I loved that song, but this couple made a hilarious COVID-19 version.

video source: Fourthestate Alliance via YouTube

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 Thursday.

image of yellow tulips and blue sky with quote by confucius

That is it for today. Keep reading and writing, my friends, keep smiling and keep being kind to yourselves and those around you. Remember: You rock!

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

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.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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What Day Is It Anyway? April 3rd YouTube Edition

Hello out there how is life rolling for you? Or isn’t it rolling? I lose track of everything because I don’t dare to watch any news throughout the day. So for all I know everything is already gone down the drain while I was binge waching “Escape to the Country”. Are you the same or is it just me?

A couple of days ago BBC Breakfast introduced us to the musical Marsh family who like many others have taken to singing to make isolation bearable:

video credit: the Marsh’s via Vevivo on YouTube

That made me laugh so hard I nearly split open my stitches. I do not recommend that :-).

So what day is it anyway? Oh, Friday! How strange how Friday for many of us lost its lustre. I think I said something similar last week. Sorry for the repetition. But maybe we make Friday fabulous again? Let’s dress up maybe? Or bake a cake? Or do some cool dancing?

video source: Samoa Media via YouTube

Now there are some moves. 😉

No, don’t worry I haven’t taken to dancing just yet. My highlight today will be to get rid of the dressings and hopefully the stitches have gone. They are supposedly dissolving ones but the way my left side heals has changed a teeny weeny bit so I am rather suspicious of how that will turn out.

It didn’t occur to me how much more careful I need to be in the future when it comes to scatches etc now that my lymph nodes have gone under my left arm. I am in mourning. Usually, I healed rather well especially when I used the help of essential oils. You want an example? The guys at the hospital let me know that my veins are rather weak. So they had to get the needles for the operation into three places on both sides of my hands until they found one that worked. The wounds on the right hand have healed already. The left looks rather sore if I forget to put tea tree on. Well, I will survive… hopefully 😉

video credit:https://youtu.be/uvqP5NRXf8g Gloria Gaynor via YouTube

Just in case you’ve forgotten rule number one in these strange times 😉

So, it’s just before one am in the UK and that’s usually the time I wake up to take my night time painkillers to get through the rest of the night. So I did last night but it somehow didn’t do the trick. I couldn’t fall asleep again and in turn, was rather uninspired to do anything yesterday. After the best husband left for work I decided to watch a film on the BBC iPlayer. I stumbled over “Filmstars Don’t Die In Liverpool” which I wanted to see for ages. All I can say is: It’s a brilliant film but maybe not a good choice when you are at the beginning of your cancer journey and want to cheer up :-(.

video source: Mark Kermode via YouTube

After that I went for the “Escape to the Countryside” binge watching including some self-care (tea tree on several scratches, exercises twice, walking the dog up the garde) and chores (dishes, peeling potatoes with one hand and feeding the dog). You think living wih a cat would be easier? I doubt that very much 🙂

video credit: Simon’s Cat via YouTube

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 Wednesday.

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Woa, I really got a post together… ok, ok, I admit I cheated with tons of videos…but they entertained you, didn’t they? So there is only one thing left to ask you:

The hospital that is treating me for cancer is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

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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What Day Is It Anyway? Thursday 2nd of April Edition

Hello my friends, how are you today? I pray you and yours are well. I also pray that you find peace and calm in these troubling times.

I had started to send a daily short message to friends and family long before that virus pushed us into virtual meetings. Wednesday morning my god-mother who is in her 80’s send me this video (please be patient if you do not understand Italian. I don’t either):

video source: La Repubblica via YouTube

It overwhelmed me. I started to cry because of all that pain on this planet and the feeling of helplessness. We won’t be the same after this is over, and I fear that a lot of our liberties will be lost in the course of fighting COVID-19. But what are the alternatives? Let it rampage through our societies?

It was a good cry. I released all those fears and thought afterwards: After the horrors of WW2, a lot of good developments happened. I am a firm believer in the idea that what we focus on will come to pass. So I make it my passion to concentrate on good people and good things. They are out there in droves.

Jill over at “Filosofa’s Word” brought some extraordinary examples to our readers: Good People Doing Good Things — Kleenex Is Included . I am an ex-newspaper deliverer so I was rather touched by such humanity. And Lauren over at “A Gentlewoman and Scholar” has some great ideas to keep your kids entertained: “Community Spirit Without Contact” . And then there was the Bay View neighbourhood in Milwaukee. They truly went nuts for dinosaurs 🙂

video sourse: FB and Goodnewsnetwork

Are you feeling better? I certainly do 🙂

So how was my day so far (12.57 pm Wednesday) besides crying my heart out and looking for good news? Ooooops 12.57 pm? I need to take my tablets. But eat beforehand… gets up clumsily to walk to the kitchen and prepares a sandwich and an orange. Eats. Oh, I want to —pets a carrot salad for tonight. Lets machine grate carrots and prepares marinade. Oh, the dog needs feeding. Does that. Gets upstairs to look for the dog. Comes back down. Cleans dishes. Makes a cup of tea. Pets dog. Changes playlist on YouTube. Lets dog out. The dog comes back. Pets dog again. Puts wood on the fire. Oh, exercises! Does that. Sits down at last. Oh, a cup of ea is still in the kitchen… bugger…

You really want to know more about my day? Gets up and grabs cup of tea…

Bee's cup

Ok, I admit my day before this lunchtime activity wasn’t too busy. I watched “Pilgrimage – The Way to Istanbul“. That is a new series where several celebrities walk from Serbia to Istanbul. I watched the previous series where different personalities walked to Rome. I love this new series as one of the celebrities is Pauline McLynn who played Mrs Doyle in Father Ted, and another is a young Muslim broadcaster. It is so important, in my opinion, to show that young Muslim men who live their belief are not terrorists. Mim Shaikh the young broadcaster is so open to learning from other faiths but also acknowledges the problems his faith faces currently. It’s a very inspiring series.

Video credit: Hat Trick via YouTube

Then I had a lay down to rest my arm, made oatmilk and sarted this post 🙂

Let’s remind ourselves why we are here:

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 Tuesday.

video credit: Habibti Ensemble via YouTube

It’s nearly three and my poor arm needs some more rest. So I leave you with a couple of links, that I’ve collected but haven’t reviewed yet. But I trust you can make up your own mind 🙂

Spirituality

Islam

Seekers Guidance some courses are free some aren’t

Sufism

Sufi University: Free course

General Wisdom:

GnosticTeachings Free course

PEERS Free course

Christianity

Our Daily Bread

Happy Thursday to you all despite everything!

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Please help in the fight against breast cancer:

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

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.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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We Can Do It but What Day Is It Anyway? Good News Edition 31.3.2020

Hello out there in quarantinesphere. How are you doing? I hope you cope well and can find something positive in all this uncertainty! And if you can’t, know you are in my thoughts and prayers!

gif source: giphy . Gif of Betty from “Golden Girls” wih white writing saying:”I feel better now”

After my left arm and shoulder complained a lot on Sunday, I decided to give myself a little break. Yesterday’s post was a little shorter and less motivational but after playing Farmville2 for about 24 hours 😉 (I’m joking, I’m joking) I am back on track.

As you know, I schedule my posts for the middle of the UK night for reasons unknown to me. So I share yesterday’s experiences even though I think for my US readers it is still today (Monday). Do I ramble? Probably. Please forgive me, but I am pumped full of paracetamol and had a nap, and napping isn’t complementary to my cognition. My left hand desperately tries to type, but I don’t let it. Not supposed to do repetitive movements yet.

Gosh, stop it Bee, you told us already.

gif source: giphy. Gif of animated Puss in Boots and white writing saying ” forgiveness please”

It’s gone quite cold in North Norfolk UK. I haven’t been out in the garden for a couple of days but have to say I miss it. My days are dominated by taking tablets doing exercises, reading, playing, and writing. That’s not so bad, isn’t it? I am wondering though how much my operation (lymph node clearance) has impacted my immune system and how much I need to worry about that darn virus.

I don’t want to worry about that though. As far as I understand the government advice I only fall into a vulnerable category if I start chemo- or radiotherapy. I wont know about further treatment until the 9th though. So I just don’t worry, keep away from people and read, write and play my days away.

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 yesterday.

Ok, enough of the worries lets get to the good news. My home country of Germany is pretty shut down too but there are caring individuals who keep each other’s spirits up. One of them is Pato Cervantes a sports trainer who keeps his neighbourhood entertained with a daily workout:

video source: Ruptly via YouTube

When I saw this young man’s smiling face and passion for sharing his exercise regime, I instantly cheered up. He just made my day and I hope he gives you a smile too.

And what about you? Do you have a good news story that made your day? Please let us know in the comments because shared joy is double joy. Thanks! And while we are sharing: what about a funny video, gif or photo that could cheer us up? Here is an example 🙂

video source: Speaking animals on YouTube

This post takes part in “Good News Tuesday” inspired by JoAnna on “Anything Possible”. Please head over and find more wonderful and inspiring stories. Thanks!

Some of us might have more time on their hands than usual and might get bored. That is why I share some cool and mostly free resources for online learning that researched a couple of years ago. Todays are:

BBC Academy: Are you looking for a first-class education in journalism and broadcasting? Then have a look at the BBC Academy. Its page is grouped into different topics like “BBC News Skills” or “Drama Career Skills”. Click on those, and you find vast collections of articles and videos freely available. No sign-up needed but no certificates possible either. This is no-frills learning on a high level.

Canvas Network: Canvas is a platform that offers a collection of courses from different providers. It is one of the bigger networks usually mentioned in articles about MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses), and you need to sign up to access courses.

Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative (OLI): The Open Learning Initiative a grand-funded organization and offers courses to anyone who wants to learn. They are connected with Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, and some of their classes are part of the research of the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center. Sessions are free for single learners. Courses used in a classroom environment sometimes ask for a fee. There are, however, no certificates or credits available.

Happy learning!

And while we can’ travel at the moment, let some music take us away:

video credit: Loreena McKennit via Youtube

Ok, my dear readers. That’s it for today. The Long Cosmos and Farmville2 are calling, and I can’t resist another cup of tea.

Happy Tuesday to you all despite everything. Stay calm, kind and worry-free. This too, shall pass!

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Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me for cancer is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

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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