#Poem on Friday ~ Take Life in Your Hands

Hello out there, how are you? I hope life is treating you well and if not that you have a mug or glass of your favourite beverage and lots of ice cream and chocolate. Yes, I know that is not the most healthy option to cheer oneself up but sometimes it is the only way… πŸ™‚

It’s Friday and my time to post a poem so let’s not talk the day away just go for it πŸ™‚

take life in your hands

choose what encourages you

see the sun rising

Happy Friday to you all despite everything πŸ™‚

#Poem on Friday: Bow in Gratitude

Happy Friday to you all. Let your day rock no matter the challenges. I believe you can manage anything thrown at you.

Sowing and planting

These hopes grow every day

Bow in gratitude

Just a short note to everybody. I could start chemotherapy on Monday. Thankfully, I am not bothered with many side-effects (yet) but am really really tired so everything is going on a slow burner.

Thank you so much for all your kind messages on social media and here in the comments. I appreciate them a lot and they help me keep up on everything. Yesterday I wrote a little about my experience on Carol Anne’s “Therapy Bits”: “Bee’s Poem of the Day: Breathe” Please pay her blog a visit. Thanks.

Happy Friday despite everything!

#Poem on Friday ~ Human Being

Hello out there, how are you? I hope you and yours are well and safe. Please take a moment and breathe and remember you rock. Might there be a hidden blessing in these difficult times? My blessings are with you.

Human Being

Human being not doing

Remember your roots

Remember peace

Remember harmony


Human being

Happy Friday to you all despite everything!

Poem on Friday: Cassandra is Calling ~ Bi-lingual

April 2020

She definitely screams and shouts now πŸ˜”

Sometime in 2012

…. maybe even louder now!

Cassandra is calling

Cassandra is calling
but Europa again
falls for the bull.There is no
new kingdom
awaiting her though!

Even lugubrious storm clouds
are fleeing
her countries!

There is no
hope for her
ancient cities!

But the
wise and brave
try anyhow!

There is no
care or reason
with the powerful!

Will they
listen to
her people?

Will they
listen and learn
or lose forever?

Cassandra is calling
calling and calling

but there is no
for her calls!

April 2020

Sie schreit jetzt definitiv so laut sie kann

Irgendwann in 2012

….. vielleicht jetzt sogar noch lauter!

Cassandra Ruft

Cassandra ruft
aber Europa ist wieder
dem Bullen verfallen!

Doch da wartet
kein neues Koenigreich
auf sie!

Sogar drohende
Sturmwolken entfliehen
ihren Laendern!

Da gibt es
keine Hoffnung mehr
fuer Ihre alten Staedte!

Aber die
Weisen und Mutigen
versuchen es trotzdem!

Da ist keine
Sorgfalt oder Verstand
mit den Maechtigen!

Werden sie
ihren Menschen

Werden sie
zuhoeren und lernen
oder fuer immer verlieren?

Cassandra ruft
und ruft und ruft!

Aber da gibt es
keinen Konsumenten
fuer ihre Rufe!

We Can Do It… but What Day Is It Anyway? (23.4.2020)

Hello dear readers, how are you doing? I hope you and yours are well physically and mentally. We are living in extraordinary times and will see incredible changes in the future. Rather scary stuff that. I also hope you can face these with optimism. No matter what is the case with you, my thoughts and prayers go for you and yours.

Let’s start with something positive, shall we? British artists are coming together to paint and draw NHS workers portraits to say thank you. What a wonderful way to immortalise these heroes:

video credit: sky news via youtube

It is Wednesday morning at 3am when I am writing this. I woke up at twelve to go to the toilet and take another painkiller. Then I went back to bed but couldn’t get back to sleep. Never mind. I felt the best way to get about this was to use the time for something I enjoy. So I got up; made a cup of tea, and played a little with the tv on. That is where I saw the report about the artists drawing portraits.

It’s strange how the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world and my sleeping patterns seem to have reversed. Usually, it is him staying up half of the night, and I am asleep. But he is working full time, still recovering from a severe operation and basically does all the housework now, and it takes its toll. I am in awe how he manages it all and deeply grateful for his love and support.

I don’t worry too much about not sleeping. I am basically bound to the house for the next four and a half months so I can write and read whenever it fits. Plus my sleeping pattern seems to be one night up one night sleeping. I can live with that.

Of course, I have a reason for being worried and not sleeping. I start chemotherapy on Monday, and in COVID-19 times nothing is straight forward. I need to have blood tests done before every session. Usually, I would just get an appointment with the surgery and go. I wasn’t sure though if they still do these. Luckily our surgery has a brilliant homepage. You can basically do everything online. So I asked and they told me they do, but they could also ask the community nurse to come around because I am now classed as vulnerable. At first, I wasn’t sure which I’d prefer but decided to ask for the services of the community nurses.

Image of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals

The hospital I am attending has lots of information as leaflets and online about their cancer treatments. Usually, they do an information evening in the radiology department and for chemotherapy but that’s not on right now. Also, chemotherapy is moved to a private hospital close by to keep vulnerable patients safe. The appointment letter I got told me though to go to my regular hospital. Confusing. So I called my oncology specialist nurse to find out. They are only in their office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and I didn’t expect a call back when I called on Tuesday. But a co-worker of theirs picked up the call and reassured me I had to go to the private hospital and they would call me closer to the appointment. I feel I can start working as a PA after all this with this much organising and finding information.

And then there is this little thing with shielding. I should hide in one room in the house once I start chemotherapy, not seeing the husband and only use bathroom and kitchen on my own. Our home is small. We have no en suits. I can’t fully shield and also start to realise how much close contact with my husband helps me to get through this. We cannot afford to both stay home as our employer wouldn’t pay him. ( Government advice is that family members can still work but need to stay away from the person who is shielding and as a groundskeeper, he can’t work from home.). We sill figure out how to deal with this. So what day is it anyway?????

image of blue purple mountain cornflower and dark green leaves

Linda over at β€œLife in Progress” has started the β€œWhat day is it anyway” blog event. She invites us all to share a little of our new daily routines, struggles and successes. She writes: β€œ

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 β€œWhat Day is it Anyway?” post, you can link to this one. Hashtag #WDIIA.

Let’s keep in touch!

Thanks Linda, your rock!

I can only encourage you to take her up on the offer πŸ™‚ . Here is a list of her #WDIIA posts.

Now to something different. A blast from the past

I posted this first in 2017 and it is still so cool:

YouTube Tuesday was a blog meme back in 2012 that I took part in. It has stopped or the blog has moved or whatever, the thing is I can’t find it anymore but I love the video’s I had posted then and so repost them and just take over the YouTube Tuesday meme. If you like it, feel free to share your own choice of video and link to this post so that I can visit yours. Have fun!

thanks for the video to via http://www.youtube.com

Find out more here:

A short film by Blu: an ambiguous animation painted on public walls.
Made in Buenos Aires and in Baden (fantoche)


music by Andrea Martignoni
assistant: Sibe

And that is it for today.

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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line of clouds over North Norfolk sea and beach

Blast from the Past: Eucalyptus Tree/ Eukalyptusbaum

Eucalyptus Tree

neighbour from southern continent

dancing and bending

waving and dreaming

throwing a trance

of simmering heat

over me



Nachbar von suedlichem Kontinent

tanzend und sich niederbeugend

winkend und traeumend

wirft eine Trance

simmernder Hitze

ueber mich

Quote of the Day ~ Artists ~ Pablo Picasso

Hello dear readers, how are you feeling today? I hope you are well but if you feel down rest assured, you are in my prayers.

Today I am sharing a quote by and a documentary about Pablo Picasso one of my favourite artists. I am not saying much more about it. Just enjoy:

Every child is an artist.

The challenge is to remain an artist

after you grow up”


Pablo Picasso”

Video Credit: Star Arts via YouTube

Can’t remember when

I first encountered your art

watch these spring faces

Happy Friday to you all! πŸ™‚

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 theirΒ Just Giving PageΒ 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.

photo of sunrise at Trimmingham Beach, UK, November 2019

Blast from the Past: Black Wings Stretched ~ #poem

Hi there dear readers. Lovely to have you here for a short post. I hope life gives you a break and you can enjoy a wonderful day!

It’s 1AM where I live when this post goes up. In about 8 hours I’ll see the doctor to find out what kind of cancer treatment will await me in the next view months.

I have scheduled a couple of “blast from the past” posts just in case I don’t feel like blogging. Please bear with me.

I’ll keep you updated as soon as I can. Thanks so much for your good thoughts and prayers. I appreciate it a lot πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ.

And for today a short poem from many moons ago 😁:

“Black wings stretched ~ Cormorant rests on windy beach ~ Couple holding hands


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!
❀ ❀


Horrid nightmares!

Hello all of you lovely bloggers!
Well its 2:15 AM here in ireland, and I am wide awake, since I had an awful nightmare, about someone chasing me to kill me! I hate nightmares!
But I don’t know anyone who likes them?
So now I am awake and will make a cup of tea after I let my dog out!
My dog wasn't even with me when I jumped out of bed! He was asleep in his own bed, normally he's on my bed, snuggled up beside me!
Love that boy to pieces!

Now that I am up, I don't know what to do with myself! Anyone got any suggestions?
Well I'll write a little about how I am feeling, I suppose!

night terror
really scary
scared me half to death
when I awake
I jump out of my skin
and hope
I don't have to do it all soon, again.

Good night all!