Books and Birthdays!

Books and Birthdays!

Hey guys

This year for my birthday I decided to ask for something a little different, I asked for people to get me their favourite book.

Why? Because not only do I get to read cool books I may not have thought about before but also you get to know the person giving you the book a little better.

Maybe you didn’t know they like horror? Or maybe you were surprised that they like romcoms? It gives you a little insight to that person and helps you to get to know them better.

This was my book haul!

I got ‘The Glass Castle’ from my friend Lindsay, ‘The Railway Children’ from my friend Tilly and the rest from my friend Hannah who wanted to give me her favourites from several genres. I felt both spoilt and utterly blessed to have such lovely friends.

You like this idea? Here is a handy dandy graphic for you to use on any social media platform you wish.

Let me know what you get!

Take care!

Xx

Something to think about – Green Blood!

Something to think about – Green Blood!

Did you know there is a medical condition called Sulfhemoglobinemia that turns your blood green? I know!! It sounds like something from a good scifi book but its not, it’s an actual condition!

Generic Blood Samples

Can you imagine having your blood taken and the vial filling up with green blood? It would be both cool and scary! It’s actually a problem with hydrogen sulfide being absorbed into the gut causing issues with circulation and a blueish tinge to the skin, especially the lips (cyanosis). At least, this is what it is thought to be, there is no firm diagnosis as to why this occurs. But you will be pleased to know its incredibly rare.

So if you do happen to bleed green the chances are you are not an alien, you are just a little poorly and go and get yourself checked out……….then contact me, because I want to see it! Haha!

Take care!

xx

Journaling – Love or Loathe?

Journaling – Love or Loathe?

Hi Guys,

Journaling is a little bit like marmite, people either seem to love it or to hate it. I have a mixed relationship with journaling, I love it but I don’t do it very often. I’m easily distracted, like a dog when they see a squirrel or a magpie when they see something shiny. I’m full of good ideas though, and one of those ideas was to provide you with journal prompts that you can start on the first of every month, kind of like a journal-along-thing. Even if you loathe it, maybe try giving it a go and see if your opinions change, if they don’t then so be it, accept it and move on, no judgement here.

Journaling isn’t always about writing, for me being a word lover I love to write loads when I get going but I also like to doodle. I have seen some fantastic examples of both written and artistic journals on both Instagram and Pinterest. There is room for everyone here, no judgement is made for poor handwriting, spelling or crud doodling (looking at myself here). Just give it a go, what have you got to loose?

You don’t have to have a specific notebook for journaling, any one is fine (unless you need an excuse to buy a new journal, in which case, cool, I’ve got your back, go get that shiny new piece of stationery!). Personally I change my opinion depending on what mood I’m in, I have lined, dotted and plain journals. I’ve even written in some of them!!

Journal inspiration –

Doodle and Word Journal
Writing Journal

These prompts are designed so that you can use them to write about or also as a doodle challenge if you prefer. Or even as a mixed media journal, that would be fun! A friend of mine is awesome at junk journaling (Shout out to Ambear), I cant get the hang of it myself.

There is a lady on Instagram, you can find her here, and she creates the most beautiful journal pages, here are a couple of examples for you –

Stunning right? They don’t have to be aesthetically pleasing, its your journal, if you want to scribble on the pages and write ‘poo’ over and over that’s your choice, this is about YOU. Self-care and all that jazz!

To show you that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be fun I have chosen to handwrite these prompts. Have fun with them people!

Journal Prompts for May

Let me see what you create, find me on Instagram (@chickenbeeblog) and tag me or use the hashtag #CBJournalalong.

TTFN folks! Take care!

xx

Source: https://www.instagram.com/pepperandtwine/

Something to think about – Are you a mer-person?

Something to think about – Are you a mer-person?

Hey Guys,

Have you ever noticed on yourself or someone else there is sometimes a little hole in the top of the ear that looks almost like a pin prick? It turns out that 0.9% of people in England have this where as only 0.1% of people in America have this.

Tiny ear hole at the top of the ear
My Ear

I have it, its called Preauricular Sinus or Pit which is usually harmless (in some people it may need to be looked at as it can lead to infections, but the pit has to be reasonably sized in order to do this – I’m not medically trained so do not take my word for it!). The picture above is my left ear, the pit is super tiny, it got smaller as I got older, but I’ve always wondered what it was?

An evolutionary scientist dude called Neil Shubin thinks it’s a remnant of a time when we had gills. Yep. Gills. And although this theory is not scientifically tested I have decided to agree with him because that would make me A MERMAID!! I have a freakin left over gill. Mermaid.

How many other mer-people are out there? Give me a shout my fellow fish!

Anyway, it’s something to think about huh?!

Take care,

xx

Sources: https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/why-do-some-people-have-a-tiny-extra-hole-in-their-ear/ https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/327106#what-is-it

Wonderful Wednesday – Pawsome Beach Patrol

Wonderful Wednesday – Pawsome Beach Patrol

Good Morning and happy Earth day!

As we are celebrating the Earth today I thought I would bring you the story of Molly, who is saving the planet, one piece of plastic at a time.

Labradors are wonderful dogs, they are loyal companions, very trainable, full of love and have a slight kleptomaniac side. Molly’s owner Fliss Cater took full advantage of their tendencies and positively encouraged her 2 year old lab to collect random pieces of rubbish and bring them back to her.

A yellow labrador holding a piece of plastic at the beach
Another good Labrador enjoying the beach, not Molly.

Miss Cater taught Molly to retrieve pieces of plastic and other rubbish from their local beach in a bid to help stop the amount of rubbish discarded there being dragged away with the tide. And all Molly expects in return is to be told she is a good girl.

Molly can now be found on her local beach in England cleaning up after mucky humans, racing against the tide and having a blast while doing it.

Well done Fliss and thank you Molly (Who’s a good girl? Who’s a good girl? You are! Yes you are!) for cleaning up Britain’s beaches.

We could all take a leaf out of Molly’s book and be a little bit more conscientious with our rubbish. So this Earth Day, appreciate this lovely dog and maybe make a plan to clean up a beach near you, when we are not being grounded!

Take care!

xx

Source: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/labrador-helps-owner-collect-trash-from-beach/

Make a fondant Chicken

Make a fondant Chicken

Hey guys,

once again I have enlisted the help of Sarah and 13 from Judacia in the spotlight. This week we have busted out the fondant and made a chicken!

You will need:

  • Fondant (coloured or plain depending on whether you are using food dye or icing pens)
  • You can use tools if you wish but they are not compulsary

See pictures below to guide you and follow the written instructions. Good luck!

As you can see it’s a pretty straightforward little chicken that shouldn’t take you more than about 20 minutes or so.

  1. Grab your white fondant and make it into a ball, work it a little to ensure its soft and pliable.
  2. Using your yellow fondant make a beak and a small sausage shape, this will be made into feet later.
  3. Mould the body into a kind of thick half moon shape.
  4. Mould another white piece of fondant into a ball to make the head. You can gently push them together to make them stick, add a little dab of water onto it to help it stick if necessary.
  5. Use the red fondant to make a comb and wattle (Jagged bit on the head and below the beak) and carefully add them onto the chicken.
  6. The final step is putting the beak and feet on, not forgetting to add the eyes. Ta da! Your chicken is done!

Something simple you can do to occupy your mind or the kids during lockdown. I would love to see your chickens, feel free to drop pictures of them in the comments.

Take care all!

xx

Wonderful Wednesday – Notre Dame Bees

Wonderful Wednesday – Notre Dame Bees

Did you know that the Notre Dame in Paris had a thriving colony of bees before the tragic fire of April 2019? Me neither! But it did! This wonderful colony took up residence there in 2013 and were looked after by apiarist (posh name for bee keeper) Nicolas Géant.

A honey bee I made friends with

It’s been hailed a miracle that the bees survived the toxic smoke and flames of the building, as it turns out the flames didn’t reach them and carbon dioxide makes the bees really sleepy, so they were just basically super chilled during the whole thing! Phew!

In times of crisis European bees gorge themselves on honey and prepare for war, when something like this occurs where carbon dioxide is present they will all snuggle around their queen to protect her. It’s like a fairy tale!

Sibyle Moulin has been looking after them since they decided to stay in the sacristy roof, she reports that they are thriving in the blackened building and carrying on as if nothing happened. Go bees!

Told you bees were cool!!

xx

Sources: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47995604 and https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/31/they-survived-fire-and-lead-poisoning-so-what-happened-next-to-notre-dames-bees-aoe

Something To Think About – Am I dreaming?

Something To Think About – Am I dreaming?

Hey! I’m back for another edition of ‘something to think about’ and today it’s all about how to tell if you are dreaming. Do you ever have dreams that feel so real you aren’t sure of you’re asleep or if you’re awake? I am quite a vivid dreamer and sometimes catch myself wondering if I’m dreaming in my dreams, how weird is that?

Colourful Clocks

There is actually a couple of very easy ways to tell if you are dreaming, the first one is to look for a watch or a clock. In the land of dreams there is no such thing as time and therefore no such thing as clocks! If there is a distinct lack of clocks or watches then the chances are you’re dreaming.

Rainbow Hand

Not convinced, OK try this, in your sleep you may have too many fingers, try counting them. If you get to 11 or 12 the chances are you are asleep, unless you have 11 or 12 fingers in real life (which if you do, cool!). Your hands in dreams will always be wrong in some way, whether they are deformed, change while you are looking at them or have distinguishing marks you don’t remember, they will be different somehow. It is hypothesised that this is because the dream world is constantly changing as your mind wanders and it simply cannot catch up with building it as fast as you are thinking it.

All of this is true unless of course you are able to do lucid dreaming, then you can scrap these ideas, there are no rules, you make the rules!

Have you tried these methods? Did they work? Let me know in the comments below.

Take care!

Jerra xx

Wonderful Wednesday – Goats!

Wonderful Wednesday – Goats!

The world is full of grim news, everywhere we go there are more acts of violence, or more abuse or a global pandemic (Covid-19, I’m looking at you!). But buried amongst this tragic news you can find positive news, which unfortunately is very often pushed aside in favour of more catastrophic headlines, to sell the most papers or get the most hits online. This makes me sad! A very dear friend of mine is 94 this month (shout out to Mavis) and she asked me to find her a newspaper that “isn’t full of terrible news” because she wants to “read something nice, something to smile about”. I searched for a physical newspaper and couldn’t find one to suit her needs so I decided to write and print off an article for her each week containing positive things I have found from across the globe. Some new, and some old, but all have one thing in common, they will put a smile on her, and hopefully your, faces.

Today my positive news post is all about goats! Goats are an often overlooked farm animal, they are cute, fluffy and get very attached to their owners if they spend a lot of time with them. Don’t get me wrong, goats can be narky little so and so’s but they can also be sweet and cuddly and gentle. I have been lucky enough to work with goats a few times over the years and have only been headbutted once and it was totally my fault, the goat was just doing what goats do. You often see them at animal parks rooting through your bags for snacks or stealing edible things from small children’s hands, they know how to work the crowd! They are often there due to their kind nature, they are naturally easy to get along with.

But have you heard of surfing goats? It’s not a natural phenomenon like fainting goats or tree climbing goats, but it’s still super awesome!

Back in 2011 a surf dude called Dana McGregor from Pismo Beach, California, adopted a nanny goat he named Goatee (cute right?) to help him keep his garden trim but he wasn’t expecting to form an unlikely bond with her. Pretty soon they were inseparable and being the surf dude that he is, Dana decided to take her surfing with him.

Surfing Goat picture from http://surfinggoats.com

She apparently took to it like, well like a goat to surfing I guess! He even modified a doggie life vest for her to help insure her safety. She seems to really enjoy being out on the water with him and she certainly pulls a crowd when she’s riding the waves. Dana hasn’t just stopped at Goatee being an attraction at the beach, he has really turned it into something positive. Goatee has two offspring, a billy goat called Pismo and a nanny goat called Grover who also surf, just like their Mum! Using the natural pulling power of this family of surfing goats he has created a small empire that helps people from all walks of life, for example he started a project in Mozambique for people to fund the buying of 17 goats to start a farm there, proving a much needed boost to their situation.

He’s also written a book called ‘The Surfing Goat, Goatee” which is very cute! Dana and the goats often make appearances and local schools, senior centres, birthday parties and the surfing school on Pismo beach. He has a summer camp for people with special need’s to learn how to surf, completely free! He calls them ‘beautifully-abled’ people, and as a disabled person myself I much prefer that term! You can find out all about Dana and his surfing goats here.

Sending big hugs out to the happiest family of surfing goats, Goatee, Pismo and Grover!

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

Jerra xx

Sources: https://backyardgoats.iamcountryside.com/kids-corner/californias-surfing-goats/ and http://surfinggoats.com/index.html

Moving Mice Craft

Moving Mice Craft

Hey guys,

I thought Mondays could be a mix of different posts, some craft things and some book/stationary reviews, among other cool posts. Sound good? Ok!

Magic Moving Mouse

This week I have tried to make moving mice, which is a great craft for children, especially at the moment, and requires very little materials.

You will need:

  • Paper (sturdy paper works best)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pens (Your choice in colour, I went for pink and black)
Ingredients to make a mouse!

Now we’ve gathered all the necessary bits and bobs together, we can start! Cut a thick strip of paper and fold it in half length ways (Pic 1) and then in half width ways (pic 2). Fold the piece of paper like you would a paper aeroplane (Pic 3).

Do the same with the other side, then open it back up (Top picture). Open it all the way back up and you will see this pattern (Bottom picture). This bit is complicated to explain so bare with me folks! You need to fold along the middle along with the sides of the diamond picture you can see in the bottom one, to create the large picture below. Then do the same the other side (Sorry, I know it’s complicated, I’ve explained it the best I can).

Once you’ve done that and it looks like the first picture below cut the top of it off, then make it into a little mouse face. You can make it look as cute as you like. I also added a little tail because it just felt right!

Now its the fun part, slot it into the piece of paper you folded and move your hands up and down and the mouse will move up the tracks and pop out the end! So cute!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little craft and understood my dodgy instructions?! If you have a go at this little mouse I would love to see your results.

Stay safe and stay home!

xxx