June 2020 Update!

Well hello there, and welcome back to the blog — Yes I disappeared for what? 3 weeks, or thereabouts?

To be truthful with you, I ran out of ideas. Running a blog on a regular basis can be difficult, especially when you throw in a full time job into the mix, as well as a global pandemic that makes life a little different than normal!

My last post was of my dresser makeover, and after that the ideas, they just stopped flowing. I had so many ideas for the month of May, and I did most of the things I made on my list, but when it came to making my list for June, I literally sat staring at the page in my notebook designated for blog post ideas. I got two blog post ideas, one was this one you’re reading right now (I know, great right? 🙄), and the. other was something to do with my new iPad, how I’m using it, my favourite apps, etc, but this isn’t a tech blog, and I don’t know if you guys would be interested in something like that— let me know! After that, my ideas ran dry…

June isn’t usually a busy month for me on a normal basis, but throw in a pandemic into the mix, and June is just pure dud. Apart from going to work, I’ve been drawing and practicing on my iPad with Procreate, making art for some friends and family, as well as getting a commission to make a logo for an up and coming local business. I’m very much all about keeping my art stuff separate to this blog, but if you’d like to read about my art stuff here, again, let me know, and maybe I’ll make a blog post every now and again with some updates as to what I’m working on and anything else art related I might be doing!

July is just around the corner, and Ireland is slowly starting to return to some ‘normality’ if it can be called that. July is also the month for “Plastic-Free July” which is where more awareness is made about how much plastic we use, and how we can replace/use less plastic! Last year I made a series of blog posts on the topic and I’d love to revisit it again this year, so if you’ve any ideas let me know, or have any questions about how to use less plastic leave comment with your question.

As usual, you can follow me on social media to keep up with all my antics—my Instagram handle is @dean.kealy and I post there a lot more frequently than I do here, so make sure you are following me there if you want more me! 🙂

Until then, I’ll see you next week soon! 😉

The Corona Chronicles: Isolation

The infamous virus seems to have taken over everything in the media these days… it really seems there’s nothing else being spoken about– I haven’t heard a weather forecast in about 2 weeks!

I popped in here on the blog for the first time in about 2 months there on Tuesday to wish you all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, even though it was one of the strangest St. Patrick’s Day Ireland has ever had as all the pubs and clubs were shut, so we weren’t able to celebrate it to the usual extent in which we always do.

I read an article from the local paper, The Meath Chronicle earlier, and it really summed up what it’s like in my town at the minute–and will probably sound very similar to what’s going on where you are in the world too…

We’ve all been told to social distance and to self isolate, keep children at home, and for those with underlying issues to stay indoors too. It really is a difficult time, as we all have to basically rewrite who we are as social butterfly’s as become hermits. There are some who will thrive, who’ve been basically doing this their entire lives but there are others who will struggle, myself and my friends included, as we try not gather in large groups, whether it be to watch some sports or meet your local writer’s group, pop down to the local cafe with our pals and have our fortnightly coffee and a catch-up, no going out on a Friday/Saturday night, to help after a stressful work week, which is also no longer an issue for the majority.

In all that gloominess though, there has been a surge in outside activities–going for walks on the beach, the park, hiking–just remember to keep your social distance and for goodness sake keep away from the playgrounds!

I’ve noticed that even though we’ve to keep our distance, this virus has really brought everyone together as a community. The internet and other media is full of people trying to keep each other’s spirits alive amidst the dark days. Hashtags are a plenty, creativity is at an all time high, and our spirits are slowly but surely being lifted.

Some bit of good news before I pop off, pollution would appear to be dropping, which is great. The only good thing to come from this virus, (if you can call it a good thing) is that because so many places have shut, that the production levels have dropped, meaning that pollution has dropped too! Click here to read more about it!

That’s all I have for now. I know a lot of people are bored with this damn virus keeping everyone cooped up, so I’m going to try and pop in here a bit more and keep you guys entertained in some form or other. My fingers have been itching all week since my last post to get typing again, so if there’s any topics or anything you’d like to hear my opinion on, feel free to let me know and I’ll see what I can do! 🙂

 

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s been a while since I last checked in with you wonderful folks… I stopped blogging for a few weeks to do some painting, and then when I stopped painting, I forgot to come back to blogging, but alas, here I am! Why now? Because the world is starting to spin into an even darker hole of negativity, especially with this whole virus that shall not be named here on this blog came about!

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, normally a big celebration here in Ireland, but we’re all stuck indoors because the whole world is currently diseased and the only way to get rid of it is to stop all social activities, which is primarily what St. Patrick’s Day is about–but this year it’s a very different state of affairs, as we all wallow in our houses dooming and glooming…

So here are a few of my favourite things that I have been looking at/watching/listening to, to help cheer you up this St. Patrick’s Day, especially if your self-isolating:

MUSIC/YOUTUBE:

Hobo Johnson — I found Hobo Johnson randomly one day on YouTube, and really like his style, it’s hard to describe–one of those you just gotta check him out for yourself, but I feel like he’s one of those you’ll either love him or hate him types…

Lizzo — who doesn’t love a little Lizzo, right? Ever since I heard her song Truth Hurts on a movie on Netflix, I’ve really liked her music, and just the other day I stumbled across her NPR Tiny Desk recording, which is basically a 15 min. video of her 3 most popular songs. It’s a really good recording and I definitely recommend if you’re looking for something to hype you a bit.

Becki & Chris — these two are some of my favourite YouTuber’s at the minute and they recently created a 6 part docu-style series on their channel called Cold Island, where they packed their bags and their camera gear and flew in a helicopter across Cold Island. They also do home renovation videos, tutorials and vlogs on their channel and I definitely recommend them if you’re looking for some creative inspiration!

TV SHOWS:

If you’re looking for some good, light-hearted TV series to watch, I recommend the following: (all are on Netflix btw)

Or for something a bit more serious, I recommend: (also on Netflix)

MOVIES:

There are lots of great movies out there at the minute, and I know it can be hard sometimes to actually just pick one, so here are some of my recommendations: (which can all be found on Netflix)

 

…and that’s all I’ve got for you for now! Hope you make the most of your St. Patrick’s Day, and hopefully I’ll see you all soon! 😉