Invitation to Bee’s virtual McMillan Coffee Morning in Memory of Johanna, Fritz & Tony on September 25th, 2020

Hello out there, how are you today? I hope life is treating you well and if it throws you a curve ball that you find all the support you need. My thoughts and prayers go out to you daily.

“So, what is Bee up to now?” you might ask. Well, I have been thinking about raising money for McMillan Cancer Support for many years. Whenever their adverts pop up on TV, I thought: “I should really do this…” but as we humans are I never bothered to actually do something.

video credit: McMillan via YouTube

This year, you can imagine things are a bit different. Firstly I am beating cancer now. Secondly, you can do a virtual coffee morning because of COVID. Well, I don’t know if that’s a new thing. It might have been possible all along. And thirdly McMillan is offering all the information I was given on cancer, the treatments I am receiving and have provided help over the phone. I believe, having cancer in the UK without McMillan would be a much harder journey.

This coffee morning is also in memory of my mum Johanna, my granddad Fritz and my step father-in-law Tony who all passed away because of cancer. May they rest in peace!

Family Portrait
Description for visually impaired readers: family foto from early 70โ€™s. Little Bee in a stroller on the right. Her mum above her sitting on a chair at an outside restaurant table. To the left her granny and parts of her granddad.

I would like to raise 200ยฃ

So, how does it work?

I have created a page at the McMillan Coffee Morning Page which you can access via this link. You will find a button that invites to accept an RSVP, and you’ll be able to donate in secure ways there. I will put this link up on the post at the 25th too. You can start contributing now, and I think it will stay up until January 2021.

But what I feel is much more important is to share a virtual cuppa and our favourite bicky, cake… recipes on the 25th. Also, I feel it is essential to share your memories of loved ones lost to cancer, your cancer healing story or anything that you feel needs to be shared to help us beat cancer.

But you do not need to and you do not need to have cancer or be affected by cancer either. It’s perfectly fine to just have a lovely day with lots of coffee, tea, cocoa and great recipes to share.

I will put up a linky so you can add your post at mine on the 25th. My post will go up at 8AM GMT and you can add your link at any time after that so everybody can come and join in.

Am looking forward to share a good cuppa with you for a good cause!



Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!



Museum in Samarkand Uzbekistan

Come Away With Me to Uzbekistan & Beating Cancer

Dear people of the blogosphere, please bear with me. Not sure I will be able to write more later in the week that is why I schedule this post (Thursday 10.9.20). I already made the playlists for today’s “Come Away with Me” so you have something to enjoy.

But I am very tired this time around and need a break besides some short messages for all you lovely and supportive people. You rock! Take care

And, of course, some music ๐Ÿ™‚

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, September 21th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we venture into Italy. Please find musicians from Italy on Spinditty: 15 of the Best Italian Alternative Rock Bands (with videos)

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. No matter if you have cancer or not! You missed the first week? Donโ€™t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the โ€œCome Away With Me 2020 FB pageโ€œ
  3. Tag your post either with โ€ Come Away With Me Musical Challengeโ€/ #CoAwWiMeMuChโ€ / โ€œCome Away with Me 2020 Musical Challengeโ€ o/โ€œCoAwWiMe2020MuChโ€ / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every โ€œCome Away With Me 2020 postโ€ I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
Come Away With Me 2020 Badge
Come Away With Me 2020 badge

Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Createsโ€ฆ on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

Affiliate link (you do not need to buy anything but if you do, I get referral rewards. Thanks)

WooCommerce
Quote by Edward Abbey

Wild & Wise

video credit: meditative mind via YouTube

Do you hear the call?
Wild & Wise.
Your heart.
Your gut.
Your inner voice.
She is there
for you
to find.

for visually impaired readers: image of Bee in garden. She wears a floppy brown felt hat and yellow top. She smiles.
image of stary night sky and shadows of trees and quote by M L King

Society of Esteem

September 2020
I posted this entry first in July 2011, and it somehow looks more possible now with the internet playing such a more significant part in our lives.

However, looking at the rise of the far-right and their connected insane politicians, I doubt we could get there any time soon.

July 2011
By accident, I found an interesting site. It is called “Society of Esteem – Sikantis” and shows a model of society where esteem is the main thing.

It is supposed to be a society without money, but wealth and owning things are still possible.

The possessions of others are esteemed and respected by everyone. Everyone can choose how to be able to own things and which profession and lifestyle they want to achieve.

Children can learn at their own pace and either in education agencies with other children or at home on their own. The computer and the internet is an integral part as it gives the members of this society the chance to stay in contact with everyone.

Teenagers and young people are esteemed for their strength and new ideas, while older adults are appreciated for their calmness and wisdom.

I like this idea very much, and that would be pretty much a form of society I want to live in, but I can not find any clues to how to achieve all this.

Well, but that is what I am really after. A new Vision which also explores how to achieve it. But maybe that is not possible. Perhaps there is just the dream, and if enough people dream it, it will happen and sort itself out.

๐Ÿ˜ฑ The Real Threat, Baby… โ˜ 

How are you, my dear readers? I hope you are well and ready to fight for your life!

This morning I saw a post by Greta Thunberg on Instagram, and I think she is right.

The biggest threat to our lives isn’t Trump, Brexit, Putin or this virus.

The biggest threat to our lives is the climate crisis, and neither the media nor our governments talk about it at the urgency it needs.

Nor does anyone do near enough to change the course of our extinction.

Maybe my approach so far was wrong. Perhaps it is time to raise the alarm bells daily, so we wake up and see what’s coming.

The real threat baby

Is known for years and decades

God, what have we done?

Find out more about the crisis and what you can do here.

Extinction Rebellion Demands

1. Tell the truth.

Governments must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.

2. Act now.

Governments must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

3. Beyond politics.

Governments must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizensโ€™ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock.

We can save this planet & ourselves!

Image of river landscape with quote about breast cancer by Molly Irivins

๐Ÿ’ƒ She’s Alive ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Good afternoon, dear people of the blogosphere๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ . How are you coping?

I have managed to get up and after 6 or 7 hours and a massive mug of coffee โ˜•, buckets full of water and camomille tea I even have some reasonable thought.

Or so I hopeโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜˜

I just wanted to let you know that I am ok. Well, of course beside the feeling of having had a truck rolling over me with boulders the size of Antarctica on it and a brain that travels from “I need to drink more water” to “Does THAT glass look like a slipper????” ๐Ÿคฃ

But hey, I’m alive even though I am not a man.

video source: BacFlag via YouTube

Don Fardon ~ I’m alive

via Genius.com

I’m alive!
And I’m seeing things mighty clear today, I’m alive
I’m alive!
And I’m sitting here yelling and doin my thing, I’m alive

And I’m real!
I can breathe and touch and sing and feel, I’m alive
I’m a man!
Who don’t care if my hair’s a bit long, I’m a man

Baby, baby, baby, baby, yeah, yeah!

I’m a man!
And I’m red and I’m yellow I’m black and I’m tan I’m a man

I’m alive!
Sitting here yelling and doing my thing, I’m alive
And I’m real!
I can breathe and touch and sing and feel, I’m alive

I’m alive!
And I’m doing my thing and singing my song, I’m alive
I’m a man
I’m red and I’m yellow I’m black and I’m tan, I’m a man

I’m alive!

Please stay a little longer and check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

Affiliate link (you do not need to buy anything but if you do, I get referral rewards. Thanks)

WooCommerce

Re-blog: Good People Doing Good Things โ€” Quietly by Jill Dennison

Hi, all you lovely people out there. I am too exhausted to write a post so please head over to Jill and be inspired by all the love & kindness that is still out there in this crazy, crazy world. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ

Yesterday, I thought my frame of mind was going to make it difficult to get in the mode to go in search of โ€˜good peopleโ€™ for this morningโ€™s post, but โ€ฆ I was wrong.  Once I got started, good people just began pouring onto my screen and I had to pick and choose just a [โ€ฆ]

Good People Doing Good Things โ€” Quietly

๐Ÿถ Had to share this… ๐Ÿค—

View this post on Instagram

๐ŸŒˆโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป As part of our weekend remembering Pirateโ€™s angel day.. we picked up a bunch of toys, which in the three videos you can see the boys loved sniffing through (can you find the carrots in the photo?), and we took them a senior dog sanctuary here in Missouri. Whispering Willows Senior Dog Sanctuary was one of the most remarkable places I have ever been to. The spirit there was everything and the founder spoke words like I feel in my heart. Their mission is to give senior dogs their last and final home, full of dignity and love, before their time comes to cross the rainbow bridge. Whispering Willows ( @whisperingwillows_sds ) has only been running as a sanctuary for about 3 years and what they have been able to do with the sanctuary in that time is absolutely extraordinary. They currently have about 67 dogs who are mainly hospice or senior dogs and has so far helped almost 300 babies on their final journey home, showing them profound love before their time comes. The only type of โ€œkennelโ€ area has little sections of what she calls suites where some of the more independent dogs sleep at night that are completely open on top and she plays white noise sounds and displays twinkling lights on the ceiling for them. The dogs that need 24 hour care stay in her home during the night and during the day all dogs are allowed to roam the home, small buildings, and entire 3 acre property which completely lights up at night anytime they would like as she has screens on all doors that allow them to move about anywhere as they please. Just from donations alone she has been able to staff about 17 people around the clock and that is incredible. Just as I never knew an old, unwanted dog would steal my heart.. I never knew a senior dog sanctuary would become one of my favorite places on earth! Iโ€™ll be sharing some more photos of their beautiful babies in a second post.. I know Pirate is happy to see places like this ๐ŸŒˆโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

A post shared by Pirate Marie ๐Ÿพ (@pirate_marie) on

Please visit them at their page

Whispering Willow Senior Dog Sanctuary

And if you life close by and could imagine to give an old dog a loving home please go for it. Thanks!

This post takes part in JoAnna’s “Good News Tuesday“. Please head over and find inspiring good news.

๐Ÿค— Happy to Announce ๐Ÿ˜

This morning Inposted, that I didn’t know yet if I could have the last chemo today.

๐Ÿค— I am happy to announce I had it it!

Hurray! ๐ŸŽ‰

Also happy to announce that my hair has started to grow back. Lovely little fluff on my head ๐Ÿ˜

Bee's re-growing hair
For sight-impaired readers: top of Bee’s head with little new growth of indistinguishable colour ๐Ÿคฃ. You can see her eyes, the green sofa, white wall, lamp and a photo behind.