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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!

image of snowy landscape with quote by T Roosevelt about caring

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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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
photo credit: Brainyquote

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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Let's get the Milkman back with Good News Tuesday

Hello out there in the blogosphere. How are you? I hope life is treating you well and if not read a good news story here or at JoAnna’s 🙂

Quote by Antonio Banderas about recycling
Quote by BrainyQuotes

You know that recycling and being ecofriendly is a passion of mine. So I was quite excited to find a good news story about a business called Loop on the Good News Network. Apparently, they are delivering your everyday grocieries in re-usable containers. You clean them and send them back where the will be sterilised and then used again. Hence the milkman reference. Find out more about them here on the Good News Network.

video credit: Loop via YouTube

I think this is an absolutely brilliant idea, but does it work? Let’s find out via Jamie from “My Imperfect Zero Waste Life.”

video credit: My Imperfect Zero Waste Life on YouTube

I still think its a brilliant idea but there are drawbacks and I get the feeling you need to have some spare money to use this service. Never the less, its one way of becoming more eco-friendly.

products in a loop.

is that so eco-friendly?

who knows the answer?

Sorry for a rather short post today but as you can imagine I am a little pre-occupied with life outside the blogosphere :-).

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!

Happy Tuesday to you all despite everything!

ust 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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Some Cheer in these Dire Times with Good News Tuesday

Hello, dear readers of “The Bee Writes…”. I hope all of you are ok. I just want to let you know that you are in my prayers and thoughts.

Not sure how to start today’s post. Well, let’s say good news is more needed than ever. So I am going to share with you some video’s that made me smile and feel so much better on Saturday.

We usually watch BBC Breakfast in the morning. On Saturday they shared a Tik Tok video by Gloria Gaynor and one of a neighbourhood in Italy. Why?

Well, Gloria took her old hit “I will survive” to make a video about the importance of washing your hands and how best to do so:

video credit: Gloria Gaynor on YouTube

Many took the challenge up and posted their handwashing regime too 😉 :

video credit: Lifelong Medical Care via YouTube

But it looks like she is not the only one who took to music and dance for hygiene 🙂 because in Korea a dance routine became viral for handwashing:

video credit: Learn Korean with K-Pop songs via YouTube

It looks to me like music is a universal healer, and many take to it when the going gets tough. In a neighborhood in Sienna, people flocked together on their balconies to make their self-isolation bearable with making some traditional music. And it looks like it became a much loved past-time all over Italy because it even spread down towards Sicily:

video credit: The Guardian via YouTube

Isn’t that wonderful?

Now my dear friends, go, wash your hands, make some music and dance like no one’s watching because: We will survive!!!!!!

All I can add is:

video credit: Rihanna via YouTube

Sing and wash your hands

Survival can be joyful

listen to hopes melody

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!

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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Let’s Save Languages on Good News Tuesday

Hello out there dear readers. How is your week going? I hope you are well and if not that someone is around to support you. My good vibes come your way anyway!!!

It is Tuesday and that, of course, means “Good News Tuesday”. I am very grateful that I was able to learn English and French at school and later on Dutch at an adult learning school. My French and Dutch are nowhere near as good as my English. But knowing two languages gives me the chance to speak to people all over the world. It also means that I get support in my cancer journey from literally everywhere. Thanks folks! You rock!!!! 🙂

I always loved to learn languages and I was really surprised that there are many languages nowadays that are endangered. 7000 languages are spoken on this planet and around 500 are endangered. Imagine that you are one of the few who speaks your language. Or maybe you are in this situation?

I think losing a language is an awful thing and so did Daniel Bögre Udell. So he developed Wikitongue an online library for endangered languages. He employs many volunteers who record speakers of an endangered language for uploading on Wikitongue. You can find examples on their YouTube channel. Also find out more about their story on the Good News Network page: Hundreds of Endangered Languages Are Being Preserved Thanks to This Guy and His Army of Volunteers.

I know the new year is gone for some time and certainly the new year of 2019 but Wikitongues made a video of how to say “Happy New Year” in several languages for the “International Year of Indigenous Languages” in 2019 and I thought it would be fun to listen to it:

video credit: Wikitongues via YouTube

You can find out more about Wikitongue on their homepage. Support them on their Patreon Page. Or sign up for their Newsletter here.

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!

Limits of my world

defined by my humble words

hear the wind singing

Happy Tuesday to you all despite everything!

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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Good News Tuesday is back on “The Bee Writes…”

Hello, out there all you good people of the blogosphere. How are you doing? I hope you are well, and life is treating you well. And if you have a challenge to face, then know that my thoughts and prayers are with you!

It’s Tuesday, and I think we all need some good news with Coronavirus, Brexit and lots of other challenges around. So isn’t it good that JoAnna of “Anything is Possible” hosts “Good News Tuesday?” I think it is brilliant.

First of all, I want to say thank you to all who have been kind to me in the last couple of weeks and include me in their prayers, take part in my blog events or just think of me. Even though I do not know yet at what stage my breast cancer is I feel carried by a wave of positive energy from family, friends and even strangers. I think that is an enormous help to face whatever it is that’s coming my way.

That is why I looked for a good news story about helping and encouraging cancer patients, and I did not have to look long. Over in the United States, Gina Mulligan created the non-profit charity “Girls Love Mail” after she received hundreds of letters when she was fighting cancer. She said she realised that a supportive letter has the power to heal and I absolutely believe in this. (please follow the link underneath if the video does not play here on the blog)

Video Source: Girls Love Mail via YouTube

Yesterday, I let you know about the breast cancer care unit the hospital I attend is fundraising for. But I know that not everybody has money to give away but still wants to do something. So if you like to write a good old handwritten letter and help a woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer then check out Girls Love Mail and support them in any way you feel you can. And please remember: you rock no matter what you do!!!!!

Also, find out what the Good News Network wrote about Gina and “Girls Love Mail”. Thank you very much!

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!

Happy Tuesday to you all despite everything!

#GoodNewsTuesday: At long last, smallest Californian Native Tribe has land to call their own

Hello out there, how are you? I hope your Tuesday is rocking and rolling and that no negativity is bugging you. Let’s roll with some good news, shall we???

In December this post by the Good News Network got my attention: At long last, smallest Californian Native Tribe has land to call their own

According to the article, the tribe is so decimated that the Bureau of Indian Affairs denied them the status of a recognised tribe. However, other Californian organisations stepped in with funds to help them buy to them sacred land back so they now have a home once more.

If you do not know much about the Esselen people you are probably not the only one. I hadn’t heard of them until I read the article. Unfortunately, this good news apparently isn’t worth mentioning much elsewhere either because I did not find any video about it. But there are two great videos about the history and life of the Esselen people that help you understand more. Please enjoy and if the videos don’t play here on the blog visit the links underneath which lead you to their YouTube location.

video source: Mary Yung via YouTube
video credit: storiesbyalex via YouTube

This post takes part in “Good News Tuesday” inspired by JoAnna on “Anything Possible”. I found this story over at the Good News Network. Please head over to both and find more uplifting news.

Happy Tuesday to you all!!!!!

#GoodNewsTuesday ~ A Badass Cross Stitch Project

Hello dear people of the blogosphere, do you have good news to spread today? If so please do, do & do!!!!!!

I am not the crafting type. I know a little knitting and can manage to sew a button back on anything not too complicated but I know several of my blogging friends are into cross stitch and quilting. That is why this story tugged on my heartstrings.

Craftswoman and activists Shannon Downey aka Badass Cross Stitch goes to estate sales to pick up unfinished needlework which can finish and then donate to charity. That in itself is a wonderful thing to do but last year she came about a huge project that a retired nurse had started aged 99. It is a huge map of the United States and Downey said she just had to finish it to honor Rita Smith who had started it just before she passed away.

On her own, this would have been a huge undertaking so I reached out to her Instagram followers and brought together a group of craftspeople who were willing to do it with her. How wonderful is that? Please read the full story here on the Good News Network or watch this video. Please follow the link underneath the video if it doesn’t play here on this blog.

video credit: CBS EveningNews on YouTube

This post takes part in “Good News Tuesday” inspired by JoAnna on “Anything Possible”. Please head over to her and find more uplifting news.

Happy Tuesday to you all!!!!!

#GoodNewsTuesday: Beet Juice De-ices better than Salt! Cool!

Hello out there, how are you? I hope life is treating you well and if not my thoughts and prayers are with you. You will rise to the challenge and master it. I believe in you.

Is it snowy where you are? It doesn’t often snow where I am living but one good news story on the Good News Network made me say “WOW”. Apparently scientists figured a way of using chemicals derived from sugar beet and grape skins and even other vegetables and fruit to develop a de-icer for roads that are a lot better for the environment.

What really surprised me was that the videos I found about this story on YouTube are from around 2013. That is so cool. Here in the UK every year we are shown the mountains of salt that is used to de-ice roads and public spaces so it doesn’t look to me like they are up to date with their environmental credentials. Shame.

To find out more about this great way to de-ice road read this story on the Good News Networks: “Rather than polluting icy roadsides with salt, scientists use recycled bio waste from fruit

You can also find out more about it with the video from The Globe and Mail in Canada. Please follow the link underneath the video to it’s YouTube location if it doesn’t play here on the blog.

video credit: The Globe and Mail via YouTube

This post takes part in “Good News Tuesday” inspired by JoAnna on “Anything Possible”. I found this story over at the Good News Network. Please head over to both and find more uplifting news.

Happy Tuesday to you all!!!!!

Quote by Rebel Thriver: When writing the sory of your life, don' let anyone else hold the pen.

#GoodNewsTuesday: Playing Traditional Games Protects Your Thinking Skills As You Age, Says New 68-Year Study

Hello out there you lovely people of the blogosphere. How are you doing? I hope this last day of 2019 is treating you well and if not feel embraced by positive energy.

Yes, soon we’ll be a year older and maybe you have been wondering about your brain and memory. I’ll be 50 next year and my memory is certainly not the best anymore. So this article by the “Good News Network” made me very excited: Playing traditional board games and card games keep your brain active. How cool is that?

Apparently, the University in Edinburgh started a study in 1947 about how well people’s brains and memory work in later life. They took a memory test every three years and it turns out the “offline players” minds worked better. I am so excited and will be looking to join the local mental health organisation’s game club.

But find out more here. If the video doesn’t play here follow the link underneath to it’s YouTube location.

video credit: Boyd Digital on YouTube

This post takes part in “Good News Tuesday” inspired by JoAnna on “Anything Possible”. I found this story over at the Good News Network. Please head over to both and find more uplifting news.

Happy Tuesday to you all!!!!!