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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.

video source: BethandLaura Botton via YouTube

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? 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.

gif source: giphy animated boy coming through a front door pointing forward. White writing saying: you rock

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 🙂

video credit: BBC Travelshow via YouTube

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.

video credit: The HU via YouTube

The HU homepage

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.

video credit: Paloma Faith via YouTube

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.

video credit: Steven Murphy via YouTube

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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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.

video credit: WBKN27 via YouTube

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!

image of green leaves and quote by confucius

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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Come Away with Me to Kazakstan & Beating Cancer

Hello everybody, how are you? I very much hope you and yours are well. And if not know, that my thoughts and prayers go out to you.

This post will be a little shorter as I need a bit of a break. I have been writing longer posts last week to keep all our spirits up but my arm and breast is suffering for it so I am giving it some well deserved rest. I hope you enjoy the music and a little info about the artist anyway. Thanks for your understanding.

Our travel around the world has lead us to Kazakstan and the artist I have chosen is Rapper Jah Khalib who was born in Almaty in the 1990s. The little research I could do showed me that he was on tour in Canada so maybe some of my readers know him already. I have never heard of him but I like the song “Leila” very much.

So here with no further ado the video. There are English subtitles in the video.

Please follow the link underneath the video to it’s YouTube location if it doesn’t play here on the blog.

video credit: Jah Khalib via YouTube

To find out more about Khazakhstan please visit this video from the BBC Travel Show

video credit: BBC Travel Show via YouTube

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 Latvia. Find out about interesting musicians on the Last FM page for Mongolia.

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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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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We Can Do It But What Day Is It Anyway? Climate Edition 28.3.2020

Hello out there in the depths of the blogosphere and COVID-19-Isolation-more-or-less-sanity. Am I allowed to ask how you are? I hope you and yours are safe and keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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It is just after 12pm (27.3.20 I schedule my posts) here in the UK and I somehow have trouble getting into the swing of things. As I wrote yesterday writing with one hand is difficult for me. Typing with ten fingers is one of the few skills I learned in school that came in rather handy throughout my blogging life. But it looks to me like my inspiration rests in my left hand and that’s the one I can’t use for repetitive movements yet and yes, typing counts like that. Please bear with me: here migh be some T’s missing as i has a bi of a snag a he momen … meaning: there might be some T’s missing as it has a bit of a snag at the moment 🙂

Well, let’s start with a giggle to stop moaning and make the best of a bad time:

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But Bee, you might think, you posted this many a times before. I know, I know, I would answer but it cheers me up instantly and I need the cheer, you know. And you do too because you moan again. Remember: we stopped that! Maybe you share your instant cheer-ups with us instead? Yea, that’s better!

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 yesterday.

Image of flat landscape in back and hills in front with quote by Anne Frank
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As I schedule my posts for the middle of the night in the UK (don’t ask me why? I just like it that way!) I let you know about my Friday. I woke up at 5am and felt rather lucky. Currently, I try to balance my stomach tablets with my painkillers. I can’t take the painkillers within two hours of the stomach tablet. I also need to wait 30-60min until I am allowed to eat so the earlier I get up, the earlier I can eat and be out of pain. It’s not unbearable pain more like a slight niggle but I find that harder to deal with than proper pain. Never mind ;-).

By six, the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world was at my side to have his coffee and walk the dog at 7. Usually, I go with him, but for obvious reasons, I rather keep away at the moment. That’s my time, though, for practicing mindfulness meditation and sending out my blessings and prayers to all of you. I am so glad I can do that kneeling on the ground again because connecting with it calms me enormously. By the time the husband was back, I had done my exercises and got dressed and felt again like I had done a marathon. My poor body has to get accustomed to a lot of changes because of the loss of lymph nodes in my left arm.

That meant I could sit down, enjoy a cup of tea and having my breakfast prepared. Today I needed to rest my arm more than before as it hurt more. Looks like I did a little too much yesterday :-). But that didn’t stop me from checking in with friends and family via WhatsApp, check comments and read some blog posts. And I did my exercises 🙂

image of exercises after lymph node removal for breast cancer

And then I started this post 🙂

How are you, dear people? Are you still with me? Fancy a cuppa? I certainly need one (shuffles off to kitchen 😉 )

So, what else did I want to share with you? Oh, here your cuppa first 🙂

Ah, yes, “climate edition”. Usually, I introduce you to a climate connected topic on Saturdays. I am wondering a lot about why the necessary changes to stop the climate crisis aren’t supported as much as they are for the pandemic. Our Changing Climate had a look into it:

video credit: Our Changing Climate via YouTube

I can’t get rid of the feeling that this pandemic will change our lives forever. I do hope that being thrown out of our daily rituals gives us all the possibility to check our perceptions of how fast and how far we can change. Future generations will thank us if we are willing to do the right thing!

video source: Intr0naut via YouTube

We have heard a lot about supporting self-employed people here in the UK since yesterday. That seems to be a rather big issue, and challenge and my thoughts go out to you who are affected. I have no answers to your challenges, but if you have some mind space, why no use the time and learn something about accounting? Last year I reviewed a page that teaches it for free for a download I had planned but never made. This is what I wrote:

Accounting coach: More and more of us find work in the so-called gig industry and work freelance. Not all of us can afford an accountant to sort out our finances. That is where Accounting Coach comes into. It offers training in accounting from basics to more sophisticated approaches for free. However, if you want to gain a certificate and do all the tests you need to sign up for the Pro and Pro Plus accounts. Pro is a one time fee of 49$ and Pro Plus is a one time fee of 99$.

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Ok peeps, I am done here. My limit of one hand typing is absolutely reached no matter how much more I love to entertain you and keep you company. Just a couple more things:

Today’s act of kindness:

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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? (27.3.2020 just so you know!!!!!)

Hello dear readers, how are you doing? Maybe I shouldn’ ask this question at the moment? I still try to get my head around how life has changed since I had my operation and I suspect I am not the only one who thinks “reality” has become even more surreal than it was anyway.

However, my spiritual habits haven’t changed. I still send out my blessings to all of you daily. So if you feel like everything gets too much, know that someone thinks of you and believes you can do it!

image of small waerfalls with quote by Seneca
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When I saw this quote, I immediately thought: “Now isn’t that true!”. All this panic buying that is going on all over the so-called “first” world societies is utterly driven by fear and not by reality. There is enough food. People just buy faster than any shop can fill up the shelves. And at the same time, food waste must have doubled because there is only so much you can eat no matter how much you hoard. What unnecessary waste that could have fed a nurse or cleaner who will help you when you get ill.

But enough of the moaning. We won’t do it if we concentrate on covidiots. Not that I have any answers but I strongly feel that motivating posts are more needed than ever. So I decided to step out of my cancer-induced reading spree and send you some encouragement, ideas and a giggle that might brighten your day.

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Can you remember what day it is? Yes, it’s really Friday but I can’t get rid of the feeling that in quarantine countries that day has lost its valour. “We ARE home! Please let us out!” you might cry in desperation. Sorry, my dears, I can’t give that but guess what? There is a blog event for that 😉

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.

Yesterday, was the first day where I felt I could walk around a little and do something. It’s nearly a week that my operation was done ( lymph node clearance and removal of Tumor) and up to Wednesday, I was riddled with a drain and a bottle. The drain sat at the back under my left arm, which made sleeping a little tricky. At first, it didn’t bother me that much because I was still full of painkillers from the hospital. But on Monday my stomach had enough of all the chemicals it wasn’t used to so it put on a full-on revolt. After talking to my GP, I went on stomach tablets and left the more potent painkillers out. Paracetamol must do it. My stomach is now ok, but I am a little more in pain, and I felt the drain more. Luckily, it stopped draining by Tuesday, and the community nurse came along on Wednesday to take it out. What a relief. 🙂

I am posting this post at half twelve in the morning, so I can’t say much about today yet 😉 . Yesterday though I had for the first time some mind to start doing stuff. Yes, I am supposed to do stuff. No moving the furniture or writing for hours (typing with one hand is rather cumbersome I can tell you 🙂 ) but making a cup of tea and walking up the garden is absolutely fine. And that’s what I did. I even took to ripping out some dried up sweet peas so I could guide the new ones where I wanted them.

image of wooden trellis and sweet pea shoots growing along

Then I went inside and wrote this post. That’s currently enough to make me feel like I climbed Mount Everest 😉 . But don’t worry I’ll make it because I’m teaching myself to always look on the bright side of life.

video credit: Monty Python via YouTube

But humour aside what do you do all day at home? I assume if you have children or pets, it won’t be a problem to fill your time, but if you are alone? What about learning something new? Last year I had started a new download for my newsletter, which was called “101 Learning Possibilities for (mostly) free” and collected lots of links to pages where you can learn things for free. Some of them are entirely free, some have upgrades for their courses, and some just ask for a fee for proving you took part. In the next few days I’ll share some of them with you, and maybe you find something you always wanted to learn, and now you have the time to do it:

Academic Earth: The US site Academic Earth was launched in 2009 with the idea, that everybody deserves a high quality education. They started with college courses from first-class universities which are offered in video lists and broadened it to University courses. As far as I can see you cannot gain a degree with them or get a certificate, however, you can gain insight into many topics on University level and keep up-to-date in your field for free. The good thing here is that you do not need to sign up: Just choose your topic and start watching. Acadoceo: Acadoceo offers a vast range of free articles from improving study abilities to advice for startups. They also have an academy that you need to sign up for. However, there are only three courses available one of which is “How to start a WordPress Blog”. This topic is available widely for free on the internet so I feel its not yet necessary to sign up here.

Alison: Alison is one of the oldest free online learning organisations. They offer courses on topics from healthcare to lifestyle, and if you finish your course with an assessment score of 80%, you can become an Alison Graduate. There are certificates that you can purchase to add to your CV. Unfortunately, they fund themselves via advertising, which can be a little annoying. However, if you have 50£ to spare you can have it ad-free. It’s an easy way to learn in your own time, and the learners’ dashboard shows your stats which can be very motivating.

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So peeps I am done here. Mount Everest is climbed, and I deserve to wander off to the long earth or simply to a cup of tea.

Take care of yourselves, be kind and don’t give up because we can do it!

video credit: Radio Free Europe via YouTube

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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Come Away with Me to Belarus & Beating Cancer

Hello everybody, I hope you are well. Please stay safe and adher to your governments advice on COVID-19 pandemic.

I know we are in difficult times and I feel that our virtual travels can be a healthy distraction. So let’s head to Belarus and to a band called Iowa. I could not find out much but it looks like the band cares about the environment.

Image of green hills with quote by Mother Theresa
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Google Translate explains the text underneath today’s video like this:

This video is an environmental manifesto, the result of Katie IOWA’s thoughts on one of her most important topics – relationships with the world around her.

“The song“ Lighthouses ”literally fell on us in the midst of the struggle for Lake Baikal. My subscriber asked me to sign a petition to close the Baikal plant, which inspired me to write a song about people I believe in! About people who highlight problems, make decisions, take responsibility and do everything to fix the problem here and now! ”, Katya recalls.

Do not tell anyone, but imagine reality as it is. Share your ideas and find like-minded people. The IOWA Lighthouses video presented what the world of endless unreasonable consumption might turn out to be in the near future.
Director Vladimir Besedin, who previously worked on the video “Beats the Beat,” suggested making a video where the characters from the world they invented fall into the real world. Blindfold as a symbol of pink glasses through which a child and adults look at the world. And what happens if this bandage is removed.
To recreate the atmosphere of the global apocalypse, scenery of the ecological disaster was built in the pavilion of the Lenfilm film studio.
For three days, IOWA participants, along with decorator Xenia Target, collected plastic bottles and cans from friends and acquaintances, and when this was not enough, they bought another 80 kilograms of garbage. All the waste after shooting the clip was again sorted and handed over for recycling. But this video is just the beginning of a long journey.
IOWA has already joined the Greenpeace initiative to ban the use of disposable plastic at the legislative level.

If anyone knows more about them feel free to let us know 🙂

Please follow the link underneath to videos if it doesn’t play here on the blog

video credit: Iowa via YouTube

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 Khazakhstan. Find out about interesting musicians on the Last FM page for Khazakhstan.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. https://www.facebook.com/ComeAwayWithMe2020/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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Belarus is a country in the East of Europe bordered by Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and the Ukraine. It is a landlocked country and used to be part of the Sovjet Union. It was, in fact, a founding country of the Sovjet Union. Before that it has been conquered by several countries over several centuries.

It’s capital is Minsk and its leader Lukashenko is known for his totalitarian leadership. Belarus is considered the last dictatorship in Europe and also the last country in Europe that has the death penalty. The official language is Belarusian Russian and recognized minority languages are Polish Ukrainian & Yiddish. That really surprised me. I wasn’t aware that Yiddish is accepted as language anywhere. We live and learn, don’t we? And the last facts about Belarus that I offer you is their population: 83.7% Belarusians[1],8.3% Russians, 3.1% Poles, 1.7% Ukrainians & 3.2% Other.

So to introduce you a little more to the country two more videos 🙂

Video credit: Eurodestination via YouTube

video credit: Cool Vision via YouTube

And now for something different 😉

My update on my cancer journey is a short one. As my operation was scheduled for last Friday, I scheduled my posts for a week ahead so I have time to recover. Last week I mentioned that I only have to stay if complications happen so I am happy to recover at home. But I’ll let you know more as soon as I can write again.

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.

No more videos for today but if you like to find out about symptoms of breast cancer have a look at the earlier “Come Away With Me Challenge” posts.

Come away with me

Sometimes we need to escape

cuckoos are calling

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

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