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 “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!

Thanks Linda, your rock!

I can only encourage you to take her up on the offer 🙂 . 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:
http://www.blublu.org/

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

http://www.blublu.org/

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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We Can Do It …but What Day Is It Anyway? A little bit of everything version (21.4.2020)

Hello out there, how are you doing? Are you a little like me not wanting to know the answer? It feels so much easier not to ponder the feelings of grief, fear and anger that seem to go around a lot. But I think it is essential not to ignore them. That is why I ask you and myself anyway.

video credit: Swedish House Mafia via YouTube ~ This is a song that always gives me hope

So how are you? I am more anxious now that I have a date for the beginning of chemotherapy next Monday. The oncologist nurse suggested not to look too closely into side effects before treatment started, but I feel I need to prepare myself somehow.

From what I gather, feeling and being sick is one of the most experienced side effects. The doctor will prescribe tablets against it, but I will also work with mindful breathing and herbal teas. Supposedly ginger helps too. I will find out.

A friend in Germany has cancer too and goes through chemo at the moment. Hers are tablets though that can be taken at home, so she does not need to shield. I asked her if she has any advice for me. She was frank with me, which I appreciate, but she told me about some side effects I hadn’t heard yet: Losing teeth and incontinence. REALLY?! Well, really… Sigh!

She suggested to be gentle with my loved ones and myself; not to allow the illness to take over my life and to believe in full healing. That just increased my guess that my mental state is my most important weapon for the next steps of my journey. That is why I prepare next weeks posts and practice mindful breathing even more than usual. The more relaxed I am, the better I get through it, I assume.

image of a mug that looks like a fox on a stone slate table in front of a garden and houses
The small joys in lock down times

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!

Thanks Linda, your rock!

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

Sherky the black greyhound looking rather indignant
Sherky misses her second walks and meeting other dogs

But now to something different:
It’s Good News Tuesday so I can’t keep some good news from you:
What makes you happy? We probably all have different answers to this question, and it has been a topic for philosophical ponderings for centuries. However, in recent years science has found some baselines hat help, and the University of Berkeley offers its ” The Science of Happiness” course for free for the time being. What better way of using forced isolation to figure our happiness out?

Find the story here on the Good News Network.

video credit: Universiy of Berkeley and Edx via YouTube

I haven’t written a poem in two months. Sunday night when I couldn’t sleep I realised it. And I wanted to write one again. So I started this post and pondered: What could I verse about… but there is only emptiness in my poetic mind. I appologize and send you over to the Academy of American Poets which has a wonderful newsletter called “A Poem a Day”.

It’s what its called: They send you a poem a day and often challenge your ideas of what a poem should look like. You can discover creative upcoming poets as well as classics. It is a beautiful present in these dark times when many of us might get deeply speechless.

Video credit: Academy of American Poets via YouTube

Please head over to poets.org and find out more about this poem and sign up for their newsletter.

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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We Can Do It… but What Day Is It Anyway? Cancer Edition

Hello out there in isolation sphere, how are you holding up? I hope very much you can find hope in these dark times no matter what you are facing. And if it feels that you can’t go on, know that there is someone out there who sends you her blessings. Please hang in there. We need you!

I have to admit that I can bear the rising numbers of COVID-19 deaths in the UK and around the world less and less. Of course, I know I can’t do anything and that it is not my job to save everybody. But I see the human beings behind the numbers. I see the families left behind, griefing in such difficult circumstances and the doctors, nurses, carers… who have to deal with this enormous task too. That is why I am not hiding my sadness anymore, and I let the tears come when necessary. Maybe that is the only way through something like this.

Today I dedicate a song to all those who have lost someone (or a pet) may it be because of COVID-19 or any other reason. I am so so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

video credit: Maroon 5 via YouTube

And I also dedicate another song to all doctors, nurses, carers, cleaners, shopworkers, binmen and women, streetcleaners, farmworkers, policemen and women, firefighters, food producers, bus drivers, lorry drivers, teachers and all others who are out there working to keep our lives going. Thank you so much!

video credit: Pink via YouTube

I know since Wednesday how my cancer treatment will unfold. Well, the first steps at least. In two weeks 6 cycles of chemotherapy will start. I had hoped I could get tablets and take them at home, but that’s not possible in my case. So we will venture for four and a half months every three weeks to a hospital in the city. It’s about 45 minutes each way and slightly spooky in these COVID-19 times. When we went on Wednesday there were hardly any cars on the roads. We saw many vans and lorries, but it felt more like a Sunday on the streets and not like a school day Wednesday morning.

We decided I would only go into the hospital, and the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world did grocery shopping close by and then waited in the car. I was apprehensive about the state of one of my scars so the breast care nurse asked me to come in before the oncologist appointment. The breast care nurses are in another part of the NNUH than the cancer treatment area. It’s the surgical outpatients I had to go to. I’ve been there many times before, and it was always heaving with people. This time I was greeted by a young nurse who apologized she had to ask me if I had shown any signs of COVID-19, took my temperature, and gave me some sanitiser to put on my hands. I had donned some gloves but no facemask. She said though I should sanitise the gloves too. Before I went in, I had put some lavender oil on my scarf, and I was holding it up every five minutes to inhale it. Calming anxiety in any way I can 🙂

image of NNUH and car park

The waiting area that usually is full with at least 50 patients and family or friends was nearly empty. There were only three or four other patients besides me and two receptionists. It was utterly utterly unreal. I thought of all those films about pandemics in which the hospital floors were covered with patients everywhere and nearly laughed. Of course, it makes more sense to keep people apart to avoid any spread. The breast care nurse came along and lead me along a hallway always adhering to social distancing while still trying to have a calming conversation. On the floors of the corridors in the whole hospital where lines taped asking everybody to keep to the left for social distancing. It felt very strange but at the same time reassuring that the hospital took these measures.

By the time we entered the examination room, I was a little shaking and needed to keep sniffing my good old lavender. The nurse was a different one than my usual. She explained something came up, so she had to step in which was fine by me. I explained my problem while she stood at the other end of the room as she wasn’t wearing a mask yet. That changed when she examined my scars. She put on a mask as well as a plastic apron but again mainly had a look from further away. She apologised for having to wear the gear but I didn’t mind anyway. Better safe than sorry is my motto and I said so too. She had a little feel, but to my relief, she said all is well and it is healing wonderfully. The feeling of having a metal pipe under my arm is normal and part of the healing of the lymph nodes that were taken out. My light rash is an aftermath of having to wear the dressings for such a long time.

video credit: ABC News via YouTube

That was such a relief. I have started to become somewhat paranoid about any light redness in that area, and now I am much calmer about it. Unfortunately, some nerves had to be damaged with the operation, which also causes some swelling and a loss of feeling. But if I can manage to not use it for any heavy lifting, that should sort itself out soon. Before I left, I let the nurse know that I appreciated her time/work and asked to say hello to my usual nurse from me. We both got a little emotional at that point, which shows under how much strain everybody working in the NHS is currenlty.

My anxiety rose again because I had to get to the other end of the hospital, where I haven’t been yet. It felt still so strange to keep to the left and basically avoiding everybody. I made it in the end, but my anxiety was rather high by then despite the lavender. The oncology area had closed doors, and for the life of me, I could not figure out how to open that darn door. After about five minutes, one of the nurses inside took pity on me and opened the door, but I felt rather stupid. You are now supposed to wait in the car, call a number, and they call you back when you can come in but this, of course, didn’t apply to me because I was already here and I was about 30 minutes early. They told the doctor I was supposed to see, gave me a mask to wear and asked me to sit down. Again a nearly empty waiting room. Most of the seats had taped crosses on telling us to sit down according to social distancing.

My mind though was still on my way from one end of the hospital to the other. I had to go along some of the operation wards. Some of them had huge green signs on telling everybody that there were suspected COVID cases. Others, however, had yellow signs saying that there were confirmed cases. I wanted to take a deep breath when I went along but then thought better of it just in case.

gif source: GIPHY~ a white angry bird, that looks rather panicked ries to take a deep breath

Then my mind wandered to my further treatment. I already knew I had to go through chemo and radiotherapy but I didn’t know in which form I would get it and how long it would take. All while one of the nurses told the others her whole life story rather loudly. 🙂 . Wearing the mask felt extraordinarily strange. I suddenly started to become cross-eyed and when I had my glasses on they steamed up. Oops. My admiration for any medical or care staff using these on a daily basis went up at least ten notches. How can they bear it?

Eventually, another nurse came to get me this time already wearing a mask, gloves and apron. Again an apology for their appearances. I now wonder if that’s more for their benefit than the patients. It must be so difficult to work under these circumstances. My doctor introduced himself and asked how much I was aware of what the operation entailed and which treatment I was expecting. He also asked how I became aware of something not being ok. So I told him I had trouble with my lymph nodes since 2017 but was told by the radiologist at my mammogram appointment in that year no to worry. That made my doctor look rather concerned. He asked about my bone scan, which was clear as well as the CT, so I think I am a rather lucky girl.

He also asked about my family history, and he looked again rather concerned when I told him about my mother’s breast cancer as well as all the other cancer cases in my family. He asked me if I was ever offered a DNA test. Uhm no… at this point I started to wonder if he was from a private hospital because I had never seen any NHS doctor being too concerned about my cancer family history. But on the other hand, it made me trust him instantly, which is a good thing considering the journey I have ahead of me.

So he went ahead explaining that I would have six cycles of chemo but would have to come to the hospital for it. It won’t be at the NNUH, though, but at a private hospital close by. In the UK all hospitals, no matter if private or not are currently working together to enable the health service to deal with COVID. As chemo patients are more susceptible to it ,they keep us somewhere else for safety. He explained side effects, which I am aware of anyway, and we discussed for a little while when to start, but I said the earlier ,the better. That virus won’t go anytime soon, so I better get on with it and get it done and dusted. We settled for a start in two weeks.

I signed the consent form and he examined the breast and scars. Same opinion as to the breast care nurse: all heals well. After that, he left me in the care of the specialist nurse to figure out the ins and outs of having chemo.

These nurses are so well trained and care so much, even in these difficult circumstances. It is such a tremendous help to have someone like this around when your life is going to be turned upside down. And that it will. I won’t go into any more detail of the treatment. I think you were already very patient with me and my story. She first asked me if there is anything that I am worried about. Well, obviously the whole virus sh.. but what I expect will bother me the most is losing my hair. She explained that because of the virus no free wigs are offered at the moment which doesn’t bother me too much because I already decided that I am going to work with scarves. I am sure I wrote about this already. If you are observant, you might have seen that I added “future pirate” on my profile. Yes, in secret I am already practising my “errs” and “arrrs” that I can play the part fully when I don the scarves 😉

She was so kind as to explain that I could have something called “scalp cooling”. Yes, it is exactly what it says: You get a cap on your head that cools your scalp down to friggin 4C/39.4F. YUCK! No way, Jose!!!! If it comes to it I will wear my bald head with pride and have a “Talk Like a Pirate Day” every day until I am done with Chemo!!!! In fact, I might even shave off my hair before I start Chemo because that way, it’s my decision and not that of cancer treatment.

gif source: Giphy ~ Captain Jack Sparrow saying:” Don’t do anything stupid”

We talked about a couple of things more, but I won’t bother you with the details. I hope this report of my day at the hospital hasn’t bored you to death, but I feel I needed to tell this story because it happened in such strange times. When I left, I let her know how much we appreciate her work and that I feel this country has let their health workers down severely. Also, I wish I could do more. She also became rather emotional and me too. I pray they all stay safe.

I also needed to write this report for my own sake. It seems when I blog about my experiences, I can transform my fear and anger into determination to get through this as well as I can. Yesterday was a bad evening ( I am writing this on Thursday). Everything brought tears to my eyes. Anxiety was creeping up my spine like a too well-known snake. But throughout this morning many of my family and friends had kind, caring and supporting words for me and I am incredibly grateful for all their help. I wouldn’t feel I could do this without all of you 🙂

This song is dedicated to all of you who are so kind to me. You rock!!!!

video credi: Hozier via YouTube

Why am I writing about my cancer day at the hospital?

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!

Thanks Linda, your rock!

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

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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image of hot spring and quote by Bertrand Russel

We Can Do It… but What Day Is It Anyway? Blast from the Past Bookreview Edition (16.4.2020)

Hello out there, how are you doing? I very much hope you can keep your spirits up and that you are safe. Please know, you are all in my thoughts and prayers daily. I care for people, but as I can’t do anything practical at the moment, this is the closest I feel I can do to make a difference. Hopefully, it gives you some hope and the feeling of being appreciated.


gif source: Giphy ~ this is a lit tealight

This candle is dedicated to all those who have passed because of COVID-19 and for the families, they leave behind.

I am so so sorry for your loss!

And now to something related but different:

gif source: Giphy ~ two rows of Peanuts figures clapping on red chairs

And a HUGE “Thank You” to all keyworkers from nurses over cleaners to bus drivers out there who risk their lives daily to keep ours going!


I don’t know about you, but for me, the enormity of this virus’s impact is slowly sinking in. Every morning I wake up and think and feel: Oh my, so so much sorrow and pain!” and I want to cry. At the same timeendeavors I am amazed how many wonderful people are out there and how many creative endeavours are brought to life to get us through. But I just can’t shake this feeling of grief. I don’t think I should either. I suspect this is part of the process of going through something traumatic and big like this.

But that doesn’t mean I put the duvet over my head and hide. I keep going with what I can. Every day I can use my arm a little more. I can read and blog and am grateful for my family, friends, food and the roof over our head. And I think expressing my feelings here is an excellent way to work my way through. It feels hard though, to stay positive and motivated and hopeful. But maybe that is why I blog: To give myself a structure for looking for something good and positive.

image of hot spring and quote by Bertrand Russel
picture credit: Brainyquote

Many of us have a little more time to read. That is why I thought I re-publish a post from 2012 about a wonderful poetry book I read:

This entry was first posted in January 2012:
The Best British Poetry 2011The Best British Poetry 2011

by Roddy Lumsden

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well this is a first: I have never reviewed a poetry book and will have to find my way into it.

The Best British Poetry 2011 is a “subjective” compilation of actual British poetry as the editor Roddy Lumsden writes in the introduction. The poetry is mainly taken from magazines like “Poetry London“, “Poetry Review” and “Edinburgh Review“. Some of the poets have been published before some have not.

Even with knowing about the subjectiveness of the book I have been disappointed. There was no poem that stuck in my head or inspired me in any way. There are good poems in there I am sure but I guess I am a terrible old-fashioned poetry reader and have trouble with poems that do not make obvious sense. I prefer poems that tell a story or show a picture. This might have to do with the fact though that English is not my mother tongue and I might not instantly understand all the underlying meanings of images and expressions used.

I am still glad to have read it as it shows the wide variety of today’s poets in Britain. There are poets from British as well as foreign backgrounds who have a different view on life and express it in different ways. There are poets who write only in English as well as those who use dialect as well as foreign expressions. The creativity is evident even though it does not resonate with me.

Ian Duhig‘s Jericho Shandy is one example.

What I like about the book is that there is an appendix with information about each author as well as about the poems.

It is definitely worth reading!

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This is the German translation of the review:

Dieser Beitrag wurde zum erstenmal im Januar 2012 veroeffentlicht:

Tja dies ist meine erste Besprechung eines Gedichtbandes und ich muss mich hier erst einfinden.
The Best British Poetry 2011 ist eine “subjektive” Sammlung von aktueller britischer Lyrik wie der Editor Roddy Lumsden in seiner Einleitung schreibt. Die Gedichte wurden zumeist von Magazinen wie “Poetry London”, “Poetry Review” und “Edinburgh Review”. Einige der Dichter wurden bereits veroeffentlicht manche noch nicht.

Obowohl ich ueber die Subjektivitaet des Bandes wusste, war ich enttaeuscht. Da gab es kein Gedicht, das mir sofort im Gedaechtnis geblieben ist oder mich inspiriert hat. Es gibt darin gute Gedichte, da bin ich mir sicher aber ich denke, ich bin eine hoffnungslos altmodische Gedichteleserin und komme nicht wirklich mit Gedichten klar, die nicht gleich Sinn machen. Ich bevorzuge Gedichte, die eine Geschichte erzaehlen oder ein Bild malen. Das mag aber damit zu tun haben, dass Englisch nicht meine Muttersprache ist, und sich mir viele der genutzten Bilder und Ausdruecke nicht gleich erschliessen.

Trotzdem bin ich froh, den Band gelesen zu haben, weil er die riesige Vielfalt heutiger britischer Lyrik aufzeigt. Da gibt es Gedichte von britisch geborenen Dichtern wie auch von Einwanderern, die jeweils eine andere Sicht des Lebens haben und dies auch in unterschiedlichen Weisen ausdruecken. Da gibt es Dichter, die nur in Englisch schreiben aber auch solche, die Dialekte wie Welsch oder auslaendische Ausdruecke nutzen. Die Kreativitaet wird sehr deutlich obwohl sie mir nicht sehr nahe ist.

Ian Duhig’s Jericho Shandy ist ein Beispiel davon:

Was ich am Buch wirklich mag ist der Anhang, der eine kurze Information zum Dichter und dem Gedicht gibt.

Es ist es wirklich wert, gelesen zu werden!

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And last but not least let’s look at something positive and funny:

video credit: IndiaTimes via YouTube

Some people seem to think that posts with not so much unique content are not worth reading. But I need these positive video’s to keep my mood and my hope up and I feel I need to share it with you too. Only together we can get through this.

Many of us are stuck inside and probably feel like getting out and rampage a supermarket for sweets. But let’s be reminded what the results of such actions are 🙂

video source: Movieclips via YouTube

That is it for today. I wish you a creative Thursday to you all despite everything!

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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image of mountains and sky at dusk or dawn and quote by Aldous Huxley

We Can Do It…but What Day Is It Anyway? Come Away With Me Edition (13.4.2020)

Hello out there, how are you? I hope I’ll find you in a good mood on this Easter Monday despite everything. But if life and this virus have given you, a lousy blow, know a candle is lit for you, and you are in my thoughts and prayers.

gif source: Giphy. Gif of a lit candle

I have to admit I totally missed Easter. Suddenly the chocolate Easter egg adverts appeared on the telly, and I thought: “What its Easter already?” Apparently, it is, but we just skipped it. What about you? Are you in the mood for Easter?

Well, it’s come away with me Monday, and today we travel to China. “But Bee, the virus….” you might gasp. Yes, my dear readers China. A huge country and age-old culture. They healed prolifically while we still sat on trees, so lets let go of our prejudices and learn something about the country:

(the presenter eats a couple of things Westerners would never eat. Please do not watch this video if you feel strongly about eating dogs and innards)

video credit: Travelshow via YouTube

I have to admit that I think a lot about the future of travel at the moment. Will we ever be able to travel as we used to? Will we ever be able to gather in bigger groups or will there always be one or the other illness, that will prevent that? A terrifying thought. As we can’t travel at the moment and many of us never have the chance to go to China anyway I’ll share another China video with you:

Ok, I have to admit I didn’t do my research particularly well when I chose today’s artist. Miriam Yeung is from Hong Kong and not from mainland China. So you could accuse me of cheating. I hope hough you forgive me because she trained as a nurse and sings both in Cantonese and Mandarin. These languages are pretty Chinese in my books.

From what I read, she is quite a superstar, and acts/writes too. Apple music writes about her:

About Miriam Yeung

Hong Kong-based singer and actress Miriam Yeung quickly became one of Cantopop’s biggest superstars after rising to fame on television. Born on February 3, 1974, she worked as a registered nurse at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Hong Kong prior to finishing third at the 1995 New Talent Singing Awards. Her impressive performance in the television singing competition led to a recording contract. Yeung made her recording debut in 1996 and proceeded to release new music annually, scoring numerous hits over the years. Her success as a singer led to acting roles, particularly in comedies. ~ Jason Birchmeier

I had a look around but could not find out much more, so here is her song “Courage”. You find the translation of the lyrics after the video.

video source: Miriam Eason via YouTube

Courage

verse1

I’m not afraid of nothing.

I’m not afraid of death.

But before a romantic hot kiss,

no matter how dangerous and steep the cliff is,

I’ll take it as level ground because of you. 

It doesn’t take reasons to love you.

I only hope that I can catch you with my intuition and instinct.

Once I think of my darling you,

the strength that I have never had

is suddenly injected into my arms from which my power is straining. 

chorus

Others never approve of it,

nor the rules allow it,

but I still fall with all my love

and don’t even feel the pain

when I’m wounded.

If I chase after a dream forever,

even the most passionate ones

are not so courageou as I am for you.

However red the red lights are along the way,

I’ll allow no one to stand on my way because I’ll look like a rushing battalion.

I’m not a sweetheart,

and I only have this bit of courage. 

verse2

I hope to be cherished and loved too,

but I’m willing to protect you as if I were a hero.

Even if you don’t give me medals,

I’ll still stick to it and ward off attacks for you with a proud smile. 

chorus bridge

I’d fall but I’d be on my feet again

just like a roly-poly.

I have clearly missed the target,

but I’ll try my best to redeem it. 

Others never approve of it, nor the rules allow it,

but I still fall with all my love

and don’t even feel the pain

when I’m wounded.

If I chase after a dream forever,

even the most passionate ones

are not so courageous as I am for you.

However red the red lights are along the way,

I’ll allow no one to stand on my way because

I’ll look like a rushing battalion.

Even if I don’t have any backup,

I still have this bit of courage. 

Every person that wants

to be loved loves in a courageous way.

https://lyricstranslate.com/en/%E5%8B%87-courage.html

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Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday April 26th, 2020

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

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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I am writing this post on Friday, so I can rest my arm for a couple of days. My plans are to read blog posts and books and watch as much tv as I can bear. Maybe I do a trial of that new Disney Channel. By now (Friday at 12.36 pm) I haven’t heard from the oncologist yet, so I don’t know if I have to go on Wednesday or if it will be a phone appointment. Cancer treatment is stressful at normal times, but in times of COVID-19, I find it rather terrifying. For now, I try not to think of it and deal with it when we come to it. But I assume it will be quite an adventure. I hoped I would get around chemo- and radiotherapy but am not given that relief. So I prepare myself for losing my hair which will be quite hard. I love my hair and I do not care for wigs. I’ve already decided I would work with scarves and hats. I love scarves and we have tons of them so I should be able to make myself look in a way that I can bear. I might start talking like a pirate 🙂

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Keeping the blogging up will definitely help too and I hope the treatment doesn’t make feel too sick so I won’t be able to write. We’ll know more soon…

Why am I writing about my day and life?

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!

Thanks Linda, your rock!

I can only encourage you to take her up on the offer 🙂 . Here is her post from Thursday.

And for all those who still have to go to work…. 😉

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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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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 health.

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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 to 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? (9.4.2020)

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

gif source: Giphy ~ a blue anymated figure wih a whie jumper on leans head back and cries

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

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

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

gif source: Giphy ~ Six penguines sitting on light blue chairs are clapping

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

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

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

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

image of steep flower bed in spring

Let’s remind ourselves why we are here:

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

Why I’m writing this post:

Because if you’re like me and stuck at home already, or if you’re going to be like me soon, the days of the week are going to be hell to keep track of. We have a wonderful community here on WordPress and all over the Internet as well, and I’m sure many people are feeling nervous and/or isolated. I want to make sure every one of us has somewhere to congregate and someone to talk to.

I want everyone to know that you can start discussions with each other in the comments, and if you’d like to write your own “What Day is it Anyway?” post, you can link to this one. Hashtag #WDIIA.

Let’s keep in touch!

And I can only encourage you to take her up on the offer 🙂 . Here is her post from Tuesday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

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

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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 🙂

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

image of stary night sky and shadows of trees and quote by M L King

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? 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.

Image of Mountain landscape with quote By Francis of Assisi
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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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