Summer Update

Hey everyone, I thought it was about time I posted a quick update to let you know what’s going on with me and what’s coming at Tea and Cake for the Soul.

You may have noticed that there have been a lot of book posts lately so I wanted to explain that and reassure you that I haven’t dropped any of my other content. More topics will be coming soon.

Health

You may know that I’ve been suffering with coccydyniafor the last two years. It has had an enormous effect on my life because I can’t sit down for very long at all.  This has meant little travel and very few gigs, especially if it means going there and back in the same day or evening. And obviously, I can’t sit to type for very long either so I have to prioritise paid work and the blog comes second.

Anyway, it’s not all bad, I’m in the system and we seem to have found a medication that is helping both my physical and mental health for now. I’ve just had another cortisone injection into my coccyx and I’m waiting to see if that has any effect. Depending on the outcome, I might be referred to rheumatology for more tests or further treatments within orthopedics.

I don’t really want to focus too much on this but I hope it explains why I’m not writing about anything that requires me to spend long periods sitting.

New posts

Recipes, Travel, Eco & Christmas

I’ve got lots of lovely new recipes to publish, some travel and eco posts, and I even have blogs in draft format for Halloween and Christmas.  It’s just a case of working through it all as and when, but I still love to write and create content.

Music

Earlier in the year, I moved all the music content over to my other website UK Psychobilly Gig Guide as it made sense to keep it all in one place.  I’ve added new interviews and quizzes in the last couple of months and there are more in the pipeline. However, the interviews take numerous hours to edit, so I have put them on the back burner for now.

After reading lots of books about the 1980s’ mod and scooter scenes, I’m still toying with publishing my own “memoirs” but that’s also something for another day.

Book Reviews & Recommendations

I’ve decided that I’m going to publish my book reviews in a different format now. I’m playing catch up on that, hence the abundance of book posts. From now on you can expect to see collections of reviews rather than individual posts about one book. Once I’ve caught up it should be easier to update. You can find all the book collections HERE.

Ooh and I’ve set up a new Bookstagram account too. Please join me over there if prefer daily book recommendations and reviews.

views of London sky line bright blue sky
This was taken a year or more ago on a beautiful walk around Greenwich.

Lockdown

I can’t really sign off without mentioning lockdown. Wow, we are in some strange times, aren’t we? How have you all coped with it?

I must admit that once I had ascertained that my adult kids were ok, and my parents finally agreed to stay at home, I have found it ok. To be honest, I actually felt quite lucky to have been so isolated before due to my coccydynia because I didn’t find things that different.  Well, with the exception of the stressful once a week visit to the supermarket.

We got into a new routine and spent many hours going for long walks, reading, watching films, and chatting to friends and family by telephone. I loved seeing nature change week by week, and have discovered more joy from gardening. I’ve decorated half the house and I’m always happy cleaning.  I enjoyed having proper chats with friends rather than just giving each other a like on Facebook, and I actually enjoyed having my husband home more.

I liked that there was less noise, less pollution, and less waste. People seem to have been happier doing simple things. I have been able to focus on all the benefits rather than the negatives.

I made a conscious effort to stay away from social media and the news as much as possible. I find they drag me down, not just with Covid but with all the other terrible things that have been happening around the world. I have continued to use Instagram because I only post and follow accounts that post uplifting photos. I’ve loved seeing people’s art, walks and gardens and memories of travel.

Of course, it’s not just been a big relaxing holiday and I appreciate the severity of it all. I am so grateful to all the keyworkers in all occupations that have kept things going. I applaud all the parents that have been homeschooling, especially those trying to juggle working from home. And I feel for all those who have had additional struggles with physical and mental health.

I know we are not out of the woods by a long way, but I hope you’re all coping ok?
I will sign off for now (sorry, this has been much longer than I intended 😂).

I hope you’re enjoying the book recommendations, but if not rest assured a variety of content will hopefully resume soon.

Please head back to the homepage if you want to read some of my older posts from all the subjects that I cover here.

Take care and stay safe.

11 thoughts on “Summer Update

  1. Sorry to hear about the pain. Understandable that you have to put the paid work first. Most important is that you take care of yourself. Have a great weekend.

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  2. Really sorry to hear about your pain; sorry if I’ve completely misunderstood, but have you ever considered using a standing desk to help you with your writing work? Just a thought.
    Your upcoming blog content sounds really exciting! Looking forward to reading it. 🙂

    Gemma

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  3. It’s great there’s a new med that’s helping physically and mentally. Fingers crossed the cortisone jab works a little magic too. I’m glad you’re staying away from news and media to some degree, it just adds another layer of stress and negativity to deal with when constantly barbarised with it all. Take your time with the blog, Jo. Paid work is priority above the blog, but you and your health comes above all else. I know what it’s like not being able to sit for long periods, or anything above 5-10 minutes, and it can be incredibly infuriating and painful. Focus on you, we’ll all still be here no matter what you post or when you post it.
    Caz xx

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  4. It’s terrible you’re still dealing with such pain after two years, Jo. Reminds me of the two I spent begging a surgeon to address my unending back pain. I hope ortho has some good tricks to try on you. Eventually you’ll arrive at the right answer, but that’s little consolation in the moment, I know. I’m glad you’re surviving lockdown well, too. Nothing in my life has really changed either, but I get the issues others are having. It took me a lot longer than a few months to adjust! I hope for everyone’s sake that we get it under control soon. Xx

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    • I was in a bad way mentally with it a few months back, I just wanted to know what is causing the pain. But I am grateful that we have the NHS over here. Things take longer but it would have cost £1,000s so far if we had to pay for it. Hopefully, we will find answers before too long. We all just have to adjust to new normals in one way or another. Keep safe and wishing you the best health you can possibly have, I know you’ve suffered so much.

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  5. I do hope you find relief from your constant pain, it sounds like you are doing everything you can, hang in there and keep writing, I love your content!

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