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Come Away With Me Musical Challenge and Beating Cancer

Hello dear readers, how are you? I hope life is treating you well, but if you have a challenge to face, that you always have someone at your side to have your back.

close-up of Bee with her Skipworth Zoomie mug in front of her face
close-up of Bee with her Skipworth Zoomie mug in front of her face

I am going to face a new challenge this year that changed my blogging plans for 2020. At the end of January, I told a little of what I had planned for my blogs. Shortly afterwards I was diagnosed with primary breast cancer.

On Thursday, I will find out how the doctors at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals have planned my treatment. I fear that I won’t have as much time or mind for blogging for some time, depending on what’s coming my way. So I am going to concentrate on this blog to share my journey to beat cancer. Thanks for your patience.

Introducing Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge

In December I started a musical journey around the world with my Music Monday posts. After “Love Is In Da Blog 2020” finished, I pondered how I am going to deal with my cancer journey. Do I want to blog? Do I want to share what’s coming? And how do I deal the best with the knowledge that the illness that took my mother now has caught up with me too?

I so enjoyed to share music with fellow bloggers and also to discover music from other countries than the UK and the United States in February. There are musical universes out there that we know nothing of and that are beautiful and exhilarating. I believe I need an exciting project to get me through my journey to beat cancer. So I invite you to take part in “Come Away With Me Musical Challenge” every Monday. Discover music from all countries of the world with me. You can find all the information and countries to discover music here on the “Come Away With Me Musical Challenge” page.

There will be information on what country to visit the next Monday and a link to find some music, bands, musicians from that country so you have something to start with after my Music Monday post.

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Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country Norway

So let’s start with today’s country Norway. Yes, it’s not that unknown musically. There is AHA and Aurora and many others but do we really hear a lot of music from this Scandinavian country? I checked out “Life In Norway’s” post “Famous Norwegians Bands” and discovered some that I did not realise were Norwegian like Kygo for example. But the one that I want to introduce you to is “Röyksopp“.

Norway has an arctic techno scene in Tromso where Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland the two members of Röyksopp come from. I guess the long dayless winter in the far north might be a good atmosphere to create funky 😉 techno music. From what I understand they are quite known in the world wide techno scene but that is not my usual pad so they are new to me.

According to Wikipedia Royksopp with the Norwegian ø is the name for a mushroom class known as puffballs. But they changed the ø for ö to make it their own. They formed in 1998 and brought out their first album in 2001. However, since then, they only created four more albums. According to their homepage, they feel much music today has no identity. It is their aim to establish their identity and experiment with many techno related music styles.

The song I chose is “What Else Is There” from their 2008 album “The Understanding”. They lyrics are rather mysterious and remind of fairy tales mixed with mining and war. You can find it here. But now enough said. Enjoy the song and if it does no play here on the blog follow the link underneath the video to it’s YouTube location.

Video credit: Royksopp via YouTube

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday 9th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit Sweden and you can find some of today’s interesting Swedish musicians here on the Last.FM page for Sweden.

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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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 5th, we go again to find out how they are treating me. While I am holding up well, it still puts a lot of pressure on my family and me. 

They say on their page they want to build:” An enhanced environment. Purport-built, spacious waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms. Counselling rooms for women with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Better experience for patients with fewer days of anxiety while patients wait for results.”

That would help 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.

Video Credit: Cancer Research UK via YouTube


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1 AM late night ramble!

1 AM!
Time for me
To let my lab out
For his nightly sniff
Around the garden
To see
Will he do his thing
And pee?
But all he wants to do
Is sniff, sniff
There must be some nice smells
On the grass
I am loving
The noises his little labby nose makes
As he sniffs the air
And grass beneath his feet
When I call his name
For him to come on and come inside
He ignores me
Too interested in his surroundings
Then all of a sudden
He is done
And he comes and stands by my side,
Looking at me
putting his nose in my hand
what a cute puppy!

😀
I love love my little lab! He’s sooo cute!
😀
Good night!
❤ ❤

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A little poetry for you!

Hi all you lovely bloggers of the blogosphere!
How are you on this Friday evening? How has it been for you? Fun? Not so fun? Did you enjoy the start of the weekend? I hope you are enjoying your weekend, and that todays been really awesome!

I haven’t written on Bee’s blog in a while, so here I am tonight!
😀
Bear with me, I’m exhausted, so this post could be a little scattered!

I thought I'd write a little about how tired I am! No sleep equals exhaustion!
😀 ❤

Beyound exhausted
sleep wont come
but I am
flagging
Even with my meds on bord
And a warm bed
I cant rest my head
Sleep evades me
I am frazzled
Tired and anxious
I just hope
With the right amount of self care
That I will finally lay down my head
Fall into slumber
And awake feeling refreshed
And rejuvenated

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2020 is here! yay!

Hi everyone, and a very happy new year! I hope your 2020 is starting off great!
Heres a little poem to start off this brand new year!

New year
New start
Goals, resolutions
Will we keep them?
Who knows
We’ll try to
All that matters
Is we tried
Happy 2020
Welcome it with open arms
and an open heart

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Thankful its Friday!

Hello hello hello to all you lovely people out there!
Hows your Friday been? Good? Bad? I hope not!

Happy Friday to you! I hope you’ll enjoy the weekend!

What are your weekend plans? Mine are to just relax! Might go see a friend but thats about it!

Anyway wanted to share a little poem about the weekend!

Weekends
are for relaxing
being lazy
not doing much of anything
enjoying your free time
having down time
relaxing on the sofa
with a mug of tea, or hot chocolate
with the tv on
or a good book
thats how my weekends are
and its how
yours should be too
do something chillaxing
this weekend!

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Carol Annes good night poem, sweet dreams, everyone!

Well its midnight here in the emerald aisle!
I’m off to bed, have therapy in the morning!
I had a really great evening, which included a prechristmas drink, a pink gin!
So I shall big you all good night, sweet dreams to you all!

As my head
Hits the pillow
My mind
Starts to slow
Sweet dreams ya’ll
Good night
Until tomorrow
When we’ll do it all again!

❤ ❤

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Carol annes poem of the day: Its storming outside

Hello Everyone
Hoping your all ok, and enjoying your Wednesday!

Weather here in Ireland is crappy, so I thought I’d write a little poem about it lol.

wind and rain
whipping up outside
glad I don’t
Have to be out in it
Staying indoors
Nice and cosy and warm
While outside
Winds howl
Rains falls
Making everything freeze
Footpaths get icy
Have to be careful
I don’t slip on them

Good Morning Writers! I know it’s early but some ideas for Christmas

September 2019

I know Christmas is still a little away but if you want to join in this idea from 2014 you might want to start now 🙂

December 2014 

How are you doing? How is your writing going? Are you scribbling along nicely or are you lagging behind? Maybe you need a creative break and do a little project to make a friend happy.

There is a tradition in Germany at Christmas time: Children get a little calendar with chocolates. You find one chocolate per day behind a little door with the number of the day on it and it starts on December 1st. Of course, German children get their presents in the afternoon or evening on the 24th so that is the number of chocolates available.

Creative families make their own. One example is to make little bags with the numbers of the day on them and fill them with goodies, which need not be chocolate. It can be a clementine, a rubber ducky or a ring. Any trinket that makes your child happy. All those bags are knotted on a string and hung up in the living room and the child can open one a day.

I used to do my own “writers” version when I first came to Great Britain but not for a child but for my grandmother, who missed me terribly. So I wrote her a postcard every day with a little message or story and send it to her via post one a day. She loved it and it made me happy to make her happy. Besides that: It gave me an awful lot of ideas for writing. I have also done an e-card version for friends, which was a little easier because you do not need to post in time and can schedule the sending.

No matter which you like to choose: it just gives your creativity a boost as you look around for little stories, finding trinkets and get creative in another way than your usual one. And it is great fun. So for this week I invite you to just go for it: find written or other trinkets to make someone happy but at the same time give your creativity a break and a boost.

Some ideas for Advent Calendars:

Create one for your page: Online Adventcalendar

Creative Life In Between: Easy DIY Advent Calendar

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Take five

dainty flowers
all in a row
so pretty
as I sit
Waiting for my dog
To finish his 5 minute run
around the garden
Dainty flowers
Smell so good
As I breathe
In their sweet aroma
Now it is time
To take 5
Go get a coffee
And then
Relax with my book

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My favourite dress

A prompt from bee which I got, and am going to write on today is, my favourite dress. So here is a little poem about that very thing!

light, and very summery
long and flowy
oh how I love it
cool breeze whips it
making it spread outwards
making me blush
because there are others around me
do they really need to see me flushed?
still though
Oh how I love that dress
Summer sun
Summer fun
Me in that long flowy dress
Happy as can be.