Hello out there, please come in, have a seat and a mug of your favourite hot beverage. I know it is July and my dear husband lets me know that it is quite warm, but I am freezing. I also get hot flushes, but usually, I am freezing. I do hope that after chemotherapy, my body can balance its warmth better.
This blog is still in its experimental phase. It doesn't look to me like it has many readers. Not like "Bee Wordless" or "The Bee Writes...". So I'll keep it as a landing page/blog. Posting content double isn't good practice I gather. So I leave the poems at Carol Anne's blog. And I need to give myself a little time out. After all, chemotherapy does take its toll.
So what was happening over at "Bee Wordless" and "The Bee Writes...":
At "Bee Wordless" I shared some awesome photos from last year at Trimmingham beach. The Norfolk sky and the North Sea are just so amazing! "Norfolk Sky & Sea Defences"
And at "The Bee Writes..." I created a bi-lingual post with my thoughts about living in the UK from 2013 and how I feel today. "What a difference seven years make".
Have a lovely Day despite everything!
Hello everybody, new week, new luck... or so we hope. Let's rock and roll this week and make the best of all our challenges!!!
Today I shared a photo and quote by Galileo Galilei on "Bee Wordless". The quote is:
We cannot teach people anything;
we can only help them
to discover it within themselves.
Let's start the week pondering the truth behind it :-)
pondering the truth
or untruth of our life
find the oyster perl
Happy Monday to you all despite everything!
(I also publish these poems on Carol Anne's Therapy Bits)
Hello out there. How are you doing? I hope you and yours are safe and well. And if you have a challenge to face, know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
No, that is not just a platitude of mine. I send out a blessing for all my readers on all my blogs every day. It is my belief that I do not need to know you in person to be able to send supportive energy to you. And you do not need to be a believer in this sort of thing to benefit from it either. Doesn't it make you feel better just to know that someone thinks of you daily?
Speaking of challenges. I've set myself a couple to get through cancer treatment. In the last couple of weeks, I let you know what I am up on all my blogs. From next week onwards I will add some membership only posts on my page at "Buy Me A Coffee".
I am going to give you an insight into my blogging day and teach you every day English or German hence "Germlish". My mother tongue is German, but I also have a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I do not feel I fit into the "normal" English teaching jobs, so I decided to create my own way of teaching.
This is not for people who want to use their language skills for school or university. This course is for those who wish to use their language skills for everyday use to speak to their friends on social media, for example. It will give you the basics and ideas and suggestions on where to get more information about more language teaching from.
I am not quite sure how often, I will be able to do so depending on how my cancer treatment goes. My plan is to do a short daily post besides Sundays. Well, we'll see how that goes.
And otherwise what have I been up to?
Last week I got invited by Dough J Cooper to review the second book in his "Bump Time" series. I read the first book last year and was totally hooked. Even though I felt I had enough on my plate, I decided to read and review his second book too and am so glad that I did. I wanted to know how Diesel and Leilah's stories would progress. It was certainly worth the read. Find out what I thought about the book here on "The Bee Creates...". And you can find out here what else I have planned to read this year.
On "The Bee Writes..." I stepped back in time and published two book reviews from previous years. One was for Terry Brooks "The Morgawr". The other for Mahtem Shifferaw's poetry book "Fuchsia" which really impressed me. What genre's do you prefer to read?
I took some time to update the layout on "Bee Wordless" on Blogger. The grey background brings out the photos much better. And the first page shows pictures with the post titles which I think fits much better for a photoblog. I love it, and I hope you enjoy it too. This week I posted some photos from a trip to Switzerland in 2015. Please find the latest posts here.
That is it from me for this week.
Have a lovely and creative Thursday despite everything. I am looking forward to meeting you all!
Hello out there, how are you doing? I hope you and yours are well. I also hope you always have your favourite hot beverage to the rescue when life gets challenging. And a friend or family member too.
So what are we talking about at our "favourite hot beverage" time this week? Let's talk about blogging. Are you a blogger? Or do you read blogs?
I do both, but I am also currently beating breast cancer. For all those who don't know me yet: In January, my doctors diagnosed me with cancer. I spent February and most of March at appointments to find out how bad and where it came from because it was "unsuspected" as they said. It turned out to be breast cancer (two tumours, one of which was the primary one).
At the end of March, I was lucky to have an operation in which they took out both tumours, and my lymph nodes as five of them were affected. The fear is that the cancer has spread to other parts even though the hospital hasn't found any other tumours yet. I should have started chemotherapy last week but could not because I developed an infection. I got antibiotics and see the doctors on Monday the 4th of May to find out if I can start or not.
For a couple of months now, I am figuring out how I can beat cancer besides the treatment I get from the hospital. I assume that I have better chances if I do not give cancer too much attention, and do something I love to keep me occupied. And I love blogging. So I do it as much as I can.
You can see it on my "Bee Wordless" Blogger blog: Originally, I "just" wanted to do "Wordless Wednesday" posts. However, one of my missions is to spread some kindness, and one of my passions is photography. I try to take a daily photo and share it with family and friends on WhatsApp with a little message that I think of them. This habit made me think; I could do that on one of my blogs too. So I did, and you can find the latest here.
Another one of my passions is poetry. In 2014 and 2015, I did a project to write a poem a day, and it somehow became a habit later on. I share some of them on a fellow bloggers blog (find them here on Carol Anne's "Therapy Bits"), and they are popular. Which made me think: "Why shouldn't I spread the joy further?" Again, so I did. Now, I am not superwoman and can write daily poetry posts on two blogs. That is why I re-purpose some here on "The Bee Creates..."
But the project I am most excited about is "Come Away With Me" on my Wordpress blog "The Bee Writes...". Over the years I have taken part in several music blog projects from "Song Lyric Sunday" to "Love Is In Da Blog". While most bloggers shared the music they've always liked, I became bored and wanted to discover music from other countries. YouTube had suggested some exciting Scandinavian artists to me, which made me wonder what sort of music other countries are listening. So I started to blog about them last December on "Music Monday". Later on, I re-named it "Come Away With Me Musical Challenge". For the next couple of years, I am going to write about a musician from a different country every Monday. I'll also share some video's to get an idea about the country we visit. You can even take part with your blog if you like.
The reason why I am also on "Buy Me A Coffee" is: I would like to fund my expenses for blogging. I use Grammarly because my mother tongue is German, not English. The premium subscription is 139$ per year. I have a premium subscription for Wordpress which includes the domain for 84£ per year. Weebly is on a Connect plan which comes to 5£ per month and includes the domain. I have also invested in Iubenda security for Weebly and MissingLettr for better social media coverage which comes to 9£ per month for each of them. All this comes to 471£ per year, which is hard to fund via a part-time job.
Your support means the world to me, and I offer to write about a topic you choose in turn if you are not a blogger. If you are a blogger and support me, you can choose between the topic for a blog post or a blogpost and shout-outs about your blog.
Am looking forward to seeing you around. Happy Thursday to you all despite everything.
Hello out there in the vastness of isolationsphere. How are you doing? I hope you are finding lots of ideas to fight cabin fever and that you and yours are well. And if not know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would ask which hot beverage you wanted and offer you a cookie or two. We would sit down in the garden because in the more protected places it is warm enough to enjoy the outside.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would tell you this ending week started well for me: I was courageous enough to have my hair washed for the first time in ages and felt like a human being again. We probably could have done it earlier, but I am a little paranoid when it comes to my scars. I don't want them to get inflamed and give me trouble.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, you might or might not agree with me. But I would tell you that it doesn't matter now because I know its possible without problems.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would ask you if there is a place you wanted to visit after this pandemic is over. I would listen to your travel goals and then let you know I could imagine going to Mongolia. In fact, I did travel there virtually with my "Come Away With Me" post on Monday: "We Can Do It but What Day Is It Anyway? Come Away With Me & Beating Cancer Edition (6.4.2020). However, I do not fly any more because of the climate crisis so Mongolia will stay a virtual travel goal :-)
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, we would talk a little about the latest news. Do you think news channels are too negative? I sometimes think they are and I was amazed when I heard about an Australian channel which does good news also:"We Can Do It… but What Day Is It Anyway? Good News Edition (7.4.2020)"
video credit: 7News Australia via YouTube
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would steer the conversation to photography. I told you about a photo project I did many years ago: I took my favourite tea mug everywhere and took a picture of it. On Wednesday I shared some the photo's here: "West Runton With A Mug".
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would ask if you'd like a refill and more cookies. You might agree, and we would sip a little without a word. Then I would ask which post you liked the most this week. I would let you know I enjoyed sharing free learning possibilities this week. Some of them on Thursday: "We Can Do It...but What Day Is It Anyway? (9.4.2020)"
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would wonder if you'd realise it's Easter this weekend. I didn't and wrote a little about it here: We Can Do It...but What Day Is It Anyway (10.4.2020) and a day afterwards I reminded you that there is another crisis we need to deal with: "And Now To Something Different...#ClimateJusticeSaturday ~ 205 Ideas About What You Can Do To Avoid The Climate Crisis."
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If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would let you know that besides blogging I have been binge-watching TV programs this week. Mainly "Escape To the Country" and "Wanted Down Under ... Where Are They Now". I like these programs because they teach me about the countries and counties hey are about, and I love to see houses. "Strange" you might think and then let me know what you were watching.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would yawn. No, no not because you are boring but because I am still somewhat exhausted from healing from my operation. So we would part and wish each other a good new week and that we stay healthy. Happy Easter Sunday to you all despite everything.
Hello out there, dear readers, how are you faring? I very much hope you and yours are well. It seems ironic that these virtual tea-coffee-cocoa-parties have gone viral in these strange new times. In some respect, bloggers have an advantage, as they usually already have a virtual community which makes it easier not to feel alone, when having to stay at home.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, both of us might be wondering what day it is. You tend to lose track of the days when you have to stay home. Linda over at "Life in Progress" was so kind to create a blog event, that helps us share our experiences. It is called: "What Day Is It Anyway", and she invites us to keep in touch in the comments of her posts or create our own.
She writes about it:
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.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would apologise for my attire. Getting dressed is still a little exhausting as I recover from my breast cancer operation. I can't wear a bra as it touches the wounds and hurts, so I keep to the dressing gown every two days. It doesn't feel right to do it every day as it makes me feel more depressed, but I can cut myself some slack in these strange days. If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would ask you if you can/have to stay at home. How do you deal with the dressing situation?
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would let you know that it feels strange that my operation was more than a week ago. I had my blog posts scheduled up to Thursday. That means they didn't fully reflect the latest changes in society. But I had the chance to adjust some via the Wordpress app on my phone. Only for Blogger and Weebly did I need to bring out the laptop.
My current problem is I am not supposed to do any repetitive movements with the affected arm. So instead of using ten fingers to type, I use one. It's cumbersome. But blogging and writing positive posts keeps me sane, so I keep exercising that right index finger.
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If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, you might ask what I was blogging about. "I am glad you ask" I would answer. I managed to keep my "Dear cancer, you are messing with the wrong bitch" project going. It's called "Come Away With Me" and visits all countries of this beautiful planet to find a musician that we haven't heard of yet. Find out more here and last week's post here.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would make sure your cup is re-filled, and you get a cookie or brownie. Or would you prefer some fruit? I basically cut out refined sugar from my food. It's substituted with honey, maple syrup or dates. Biscuits made with honey are just not the same, so I just go for fruit. On Tuesday's good news stories I introduced you to a company called Loop. They are offering grocery shopping in reusable containers. That sounded like a great idea, but Jamie from “My Imperfect Zero Waste Life.” reviewed them and found some niggles. They are still worth trying out. Find the post here.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would let you know that my " Wordless Wednesday post" was one of those I adjusted to the new situation. Thursday's though, I left as it was. That was the day I discovered Linda's "What Day Is It Anyway". My first post went up on Friday (We Can Do It But What Day Is It Anyway? (27.3.2020 just so you know)" and the second on Saturday (We Can Do It But What Day Is It Anyway? Climate Edition, 28.3.2020).
I want to keep everybody's mood up, so I add a motivational quote, something to laugh and some music. Oh, and some learning resources for free. Just in case you like to use your free time.
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If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would have to be a little rude and ask you to please go now. My arm and breast start hurting as I can't take all prescribed painkillers. My stomach can't bear the more powerful ones. So laying down regularly helps to relieve the pain. I hope you can bear with me. I am sure I'll be better next week.
So all that's left is to say good-bye and thanks for spending a little time with me. I appreciate it and hope to see you next weekend again. Stay safe, stay kind and leave some of your blog posts in the comments so I can visit you. Happy Sunday, despite everything!
One last hing before you go: Good deed of the week
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... I would be surprised you would come around with all the restrictions we have to deal with currently. Even better, that this post is a virtual meeting so I can kindly ask: How are you? I hope this new situation everywhere doesn't bother you too much and that you are wise to follow the governments and WHO's advice.
Is it a week since my last post? It feels like a lifetime...
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would invite you to sit down and grab a cuppa and a cookie or biscuit. Do you feel too, that we have lots of time to ponder life, the universe and everything as well as read more? Besides books, I am back to reading more blogs, and I am rather happy about that. It's been a while since I managed to do that.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would tell you that I had my cancer operation on Friday. But you would see that because I have a rather funny little bottle under my arm to have the fluids drain out from the wounds. Maybe you'd fuss about me, but you needn't. My husband would be so kind as to take care of our beverages and treats. But its kind of you to worry :-) .
I would tell you though that I had scheduled most of my posts for a week or so because I wasn't sure how much I could write. Then we would exchange our ways of dealing with this pandemic and staying at home. I would tell you that it feels rather fitting that I am making a musical journey around the world as we can't travel currently. How wonderful to do that online?
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would tell you that we travelled to Estonia last week. We found out a little about the country and met Tuulikki Bartowski. She is an Estonian accordion player who is rather creative with her instrument. Her song "Tempest in a Teacup" made me feel much better this week.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would ask you if you know "Filosopha's Word". That is a brilliant blog that you need to follow and read. Her funnies on Monday made my day ;-) .
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would invite you to JoAnna's "Good News Tuesday". That is an event where bloggers share good news. Mine were all musical this week: Gloria Gaynor washes her hands to "I will survive", Korean Pop singers do that too, and Italians sing from their balconies. And I hope no one stops the music.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would tell you that I don't feel like taking photos at the moment. So my Wordless Wednesday post comprised of old photos about flowers. They were a lovely break from all the scary news on TV and elsewhere. I also shared a beautiful song.
I would ask you if you have a song that gets you through hard times or if you like to take photos.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would let you know that I went back to old posts on Thursday and Friday. Thursday about wise words from Gandhi.
Yes, we have to deal with a pandemic, but that does not mean that the climate crisis goes away. I do feel that not flying so much for a while will be such a good thing for the environment, and I hope it might make people think a little more about their impact on this beautiful planet. So I shared a video about climate justice on Saturday.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would ask you what your favourite blog post was this week—both reading and writing it. Then I would hope you would share it with me.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, you would say: "Hey bee, you look a little tired!" and I would agree. You would be so kind as to go home, and we would agree to meet again next week. It's virtual so it won't hurt anyone ;-)
Happy Sunday to you all despite everything.
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Hello dear readers, how are you doing? I hope you can enjoy a calm Sunday and rest well. And if you have to work, I wish you a quiet shift.
I like to invite you to have a hot beverage with me. Maybe we could chat a little about how our week has been? Mine has been sort of quiet. For the first time in weeks, I did not have to go to the hospital or a check-up or GP. Work was a little stressful as we were inspected, but at least that's over now.
photo credit: Brainyquote
So I used the time to do some blogging. My blogging project for the next three years is "Come Away With Me Musial Challenge" on "The Bee Writes...". On Mondays I'll lead you to a country in the world and we'll discover a musician from that country. This week we went to Sweden one of my favourite countries on this planet. I introduced you to the metal band "Meshuggah" and their song "Violent Sleep of Reason" and I also told you a little about my cancer journey.
Are you sitting comfortably? More hot beverage of your choice? Here you go! And with it I offer you some good news. I love languages and learning languages. Admittedly I wasn't aware that the humans on this planet have 7000 languages of which 500 are endangered. How sad is that? But fear not because Daniel Bögre Udell created Wikitongue to upload them for all to remember. You can find out more about the whole endeavour here in my Good News post.
If we were having a hot beverage I would tell you that I have enough of wind and rain. As much as I welcomed the rain by the end of last year (we nearly had a drought here in North Norfolk) we had more then enough in February. In fact, it was the wettest February on record in the UK. Unbelievable. Well, it was a little better for one day so I escaped to our front garden and replanted some new plants. The wind was back the next day but that did not stop me from taking a little a video which I shared for my not so Wordless Wednesday post.
If we were having a hot beverage I would ask you who your favourite author is. Hopefully you can tell me one or two I could discover later in the year. One of my favourite author's passed away five years ago and I told you a little about him here at "So much life, so little time". And then we would move on to our favourite artists. Do you have one? I do. It's Pablo Picasso as it happens and you can find an interesting documentary about him here on my Friday post.
If we were having a hot beverage, I would look outside and ponder life for a little while. But not so long for you to get uncomfortable. I'd look at you and ask: "What do you do about climate change?" and if you'd said: "Nothing!" I would invite you to read my "ClimateJusticeSaturday" post about Luisa Neubauer and be inspired to change that.
We would keep sipping our favourite hot beverages and chat about this and that and then it would be time for you to leave. I would thank you for stopping by and give you my blessings. May you have a wonderful new week!
Hello, out there all you lovely people. How are you today? I hope life is treating you well and if not, feel the love coming your way. I send it to you!!!!
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would look at you and roll my eyes. No, not at you, of course, but at my scattered brain. Apparently, I wrote this post last year in August:
"Is it just or is anyone else out there trying to do a ton of stuff and can't get anywhere?
Well, I am sure I do get somewhere, but my scattered mind never seems to see the results just what I haven't managed to do. So today I am going to concentrate on what I have achieved, and not what I still need to do.
What about you? Do you only seem to see your to-do-list and not what's already ticket off? And does it bother you?"
This video might not fully fit my question but it's really entertaining.
And for the record the video credit is:
TEDx Talks via YouTube
I quite like the post and the video, however, never posted it. I just forgot everything about it. When I came back today to do some of my blogging here, I found it and just shook my head.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would make sure you have a fill-up and sit comfortably. Then I would tell you that I would like to use this space for some diary-style posts but am worried I am not keeping them up.
Over the last decade, I have started and stopped several blogs, and I feel like I am not capable of keeping things going. But then I would remember that I am determined to change my story. I am not quite sure where I got that idea from. Maybe from one of those motivational TED talks.
The thing is whenever I start worrying about anything, I am not able to do, I think to myself: That's my past story. I am now changing it and start something new. Yes, you are right, it doesn't always make the worry go away, but mostly it makes me concentrate on what I want to do not what I don't want to do.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would hope you told me: You can do it! And if you would, I would smile. Then I would ask if there is anything you struggle with. Maybe you would tell me, and I would listen. I'd offer you a brownie or cookie and ask some questions, so I really understand what your problem is. And when you would finish, I would lean back in my seat and let you know that I believe in you. We can do it!!!!
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, we would sit in silence for a while and watch the sky through the front room window. Maybe you'd ask what else I want to write about. I'd let you know that my family and I try to become more climate-friendly and have changed a lot of our habits over the last couple of years. I would let you know that self-care is still a big topic for me. You might remember that I started this blog with self-care ideas two years ago.
I also pondered to put my book reviews on here as The Bee Writes on Wordpress is more for music and climate topics in general. There is also Bee Wordless on Blogger, which is for photography and Bee Poetic & Writing on Tumblr is for poetry. I would ask you what you think of having this network of blogs over several blogging platforms. Do you think that's a good idea?
"It's getting late" you'd say and get up, "I think about it and tell you next time". "OK!" I'd answer and give you a hug before you'd get out of the door. "Take care" I'd call after you, and you'd turn and would give a wave. Smiling I'd close the door and would be looking forward to having our favourite hot beverage together next time.
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