Hi there, all you lovely people. You rock! You can do it! And I appreciate you!
On Thursday, I asked on Twitter for a recipe for a bicky for me that does not include refined sugar. I am not eating any of it at the moment to not feed the cancer. This is the first time that I got an answer to one of my Twitter questions. I am absolutely humbled and chuffed.
for your help!
A German food blogger wrote back and sent me her recipe for Hais which are medieval travel energy balls with dates, breadcrumbs and other delicious things. I couldn't help myself and tried them out on Thursday and my goodness are they delicious. If you can read German, then please check out the recipe here.
I also got a recipe for a date puree with which I can experiment with my regular biscuit and cookie recipes. Interesting days ahead ;-) .
Looking for sweetness
The birdies bring such good news
The Horizon calls
Happy Saturday to you all despite everything!
Hello out there, how are you? I hope you are doing well and if not, feel positive energy coming your way.
Today is a busy day for me. Well, not busy as in "I am occupied the whole day" busy. I am expecting two phone appointments. One with my oncologist to find out how chemotherapy is going and how we go on from here. Also, if I can have the second cycle on Monday. The second is with the doctor who is responsible for radiotherapy. Yes, I am also going to have radiotherapy. It looks to me like they are throwing everything they have at me. Oh, what fun!!!!
And then the community nurse comes around to take my blood for chemotherapy on Monday. I have to get one every time I have chemo so that the doctor knows how my t-cells (immune system) does and if there is any obvious inflammation. I have just stopped taking a general antibiotic to make sure the inflammation I had before is gone for good. We hope. :-)
So for today, I go back to my haiku inspired poetry ;-)
Quivering air sits
Over the field
The car sits lonely
Happy Friday to you all despite everything!
Hello out there, all you lovely people. How are you doing? I hope you feel well and can take these strange times and these despicable politicians and their aids on the chin. I can't. I ranted and raved on my social media so I won't bother you with it here.
My strategy currently is YouTube, and it's "My Mix" playlist. I have been listening to a lot of music from all over the world. That makes my music list rather versatile, and it feels like I am travelling alongside it with my ears.
What about you? Do you listen to artists from other countries and languages?
to the world.
These foreign sounds
tell you about love,
heartache and the struggle
we are all facing daily.
We could meet at our passions
and at last, make a real difference.
Happy Wednesday to you all despite everything.
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Guten Tag liebe Leser (this means "Good Day dear readers") how are you doing today? I do hope you and yours are well. If not, remember, that you are embraced by my blessings.
The last couple of days have been good. I am not in pain even though the scars of the operation (I had my lymph nodes taken out under my left arm as well as two tumours out of my left breast in March ) are sometimes uncomfortable. The side-effects of the first chemotherapy session are fading, or I get used to taking care of them, so they are not a problem. Next week I have my second session, and my fears are growing again.
Strangely my biggest fear is to lose my hair which hasn't happened yet. My cousin who had cancer some years ago and underwent chemotherapy too said hers fell out after the third chemotherapy. So I still have some time to find out if I can get away with it. Probably not but hey ho, I will learn how to speak like a pirate and wear my scarfs with pride ;-) .
It will still be hard. There are challenges that test your strength and that one will be mine. And I somehow wonder why I am not so much bothered by the virus even though my husband has to work and my immune system is weakened.
How about you? What are you fearing the most at the moment?
Hairloss vs Virus
Hairloss my biggest fear, not the virus.
Feel silly in this pandemic,
but do I not have the right
to fear what I want to
on my healing?
Happy Tuesday to you all despite everything.
Hello out there and a happy Monday to you all despite everything. Are you reading non-fiction books? I used to read biographies as a teenager and books about Social work, Psychology and Medicine while studying social work. After that my interest lapsed.
I hid in fantasy, crime and sci-fi fiction besides a self-improvement book here and there. However, when I recently discovered audiobooks, I realised that listening to non-fiction books is very entertaining. I enjoyed listening to David Attenborough's "Life on Earth" and currently "Cosmic Quest" a BBC series about Astronomy. There is so much to learn and so little time :-)
in vastness out there
vice or strength?
Opinions are divided
now and then.
Thinking about it, it might be more interest in science rather than in general non-fiction. Never mind. :-)
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Hello out there, hang in there. It can't get worse. Or can it?????
I hope you and yours are well. All well in our corner of the world even though I suspect many tourists are flocking to the North Norfolk beaches. I wouldn't know. I shield at home and can only see a flicker of the sea from upstairs. But that's better than nothing in my books.
At the moment I feel rather experimental and try out other poetic forms than my preferred haiku inspired one. Today you'll get my first try at a nonet. Please check out this post here where I find the "new" poetic short forms.
Sitting at home shielding I wonder
about being too cautious and
all these people at the beach
People are different
they say in German
but the virus
does not care
Happy Sunday to you all despite everything!
Hello out there, dear readers! I am sending you sunny Saturday greetings. Hopefully, you can enjoy it despite everything.
It is windy here in North Norfolk and feels a little like autumn. Very, very strange. I am spending my day blogging, watching tv and doing some housework. My energy has gone back to nearly normal and I am extremely grateful that so far I got away with only minor side effect to chemotherapy.
I have to admit I am grateful for a lot of things: that my treatment keeps going despite the virus. That they found cancer early. That so many lovely people support me in many different ways. That we have a garden to potter in when I feel like it. Books. My blogs. You blog readers!!!!!
A couple of years ago I made it a habit to find a couple of things in the morning and in the evening that I am grateful for. It is a good habit because as a habit it keeps reminding you when you are down in the dumps that there is always something good in your life. I can only encourage you to take it up :-)
a simple habit
gives life a beautiful glow
that lasts in the dark
Just in case you wonder: this poetic form is called a Shadorma and is a Spanish syllabic poem form. I discovered it today because I wanted to edge away from my haiku inspired poetry. Find out more about it here.
Happy Saturday to you all despite everything.
Hello everybody, how are you? No, you don't want to think about how you feel? That is absolutely fine. It's a lot to take in at the moment. Feel embraced though because I know you can do it!
I am a little late today with my post. I spent the day checking out Latvian musicians for next weeks "Come Away With Me Challenge" and I discovered a couple of interesting music styles. Also, I had a long conversation online with my cousin who also had cancer. She gave me some good advice. And then somehow the day was over :-)
Wind blusters outside
Seeing the wisteria
Pondering my life
Happy Friday to you all despite everything!
Hello, out there all you lovely people. How are you? I hope you and yours are well.
This blog has been a little quiet in the last couple of days. As some of you might know, I have started chemotherapy last week Monday, and it took a lot of energy out of me. Thankfully, I do not suffer many side effects (yet), but I still needed a lot of rest and could not get myself to blogging.
So, instead of a summary of all last week's blogging, I try to share my experience in a little poem.
chemicals in me
healing or destroying me
watch the butterfly
Happy Thursday to you all despite everything.
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