Quote by T. Pratchett on living

Beating Cancer While Blogging and some Good News

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. 

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).Β 

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 themΒ hereΒ 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 on my Weebly blog “The Bee Creates“.

Come Away With Me 2020 Badge
Come Away With Me 2020 badge

But the project I am most excited about is “Come Away With Me” here on my WordPress blog. 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.

I am not sure, if all these creative endeavours will get me through cancer treatment, but I feel it is definitely better than feeling sorry for myself. One thing I do not want to miss either in my blogging is JoAnna’s Good News Tuesday. That is why I am going to share a Good News Story for the end of this blog post.

I am looking for alternative ways to support my cancer treatment and this story made me think a lot:

video credit: eCancer via YouTube

This post takes part in β€œGood News Tuesday” inspired by JoAnna on β€œAnything Possible”. I found this story over at YouTube. Please head over to JoAnna and find more uplifting news.

So, I let you go to whatever is up at your agenda. Take care of yourselves and be kind not only to others but also to yourself. Happy Tuesday despite everything.

If We Were Having A Hot Beverage…

Hello out there, how are you? I hope you are well. Please stay safe and know you are in my prayers. πŸ•―

When I wrote today’s blogpost over at ” The Bee Creates” the Coronavirus epidemic was still far away.

Since then more and more countries are shutting down and I wonder which of the apocalyptic riders are called “Epidemic”. Should have read “Good Omens” more closely 😁 .

So I assume all of us are going to read more and that is why I made a summary of my posts from this week over there: ” If We Are Having A Hot Beverage…

The world is closing

Let’s share favourite blogposts

Remember blessings

So if you are not occupied with stockpiling toilettroll 😜 then let me know which is the post you enjoyed writing the most this week and I head over and read it.

Happy Sunday to you all despite everything πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ

Aside

Question of the day from Carol Anne

What brings you joy?

For me, its journaling, reading, playing with my dog Nitro, listening to music, blogging or writing, drinking tea, volunteering, and spending time with those I love.

What about you?

Aside

Thankful its Friday!

Hello hello hello to all you lovely people out there!
Hows your Friday been? Good? Bad? I hope not!

Happy Friday to you! I hope you’ll enjoy the weekend!

What are your weekend plans? Mine are to just relax! Might go see a friend but thats about it!

Anyway wanted to share a little poem about the weekend!

Weekends
are for relaxing
being lazy
not doing much of anything
enjoying your free time
having down time
relaxing on the sofa
with a mug of tea, or hot chocolate
with the tv on
or a good book
thats how my weekends are
and its how
yours should be too
do something chillaxing
this weekend!

close up of bee

Is she gone blogging mad?????

You might ask that if you use the WordPress reader for reading blogs and have seen at least 20 of my poetry posts going up yesterday.

I leave answering that question to you my dears but just explain that I am editing my old posts and put them up at the time they were originally posted. Well, some are going up at newer dates but either way you will see many of my posts on the reader for a while.

Please bear with me πŸ™‚

a blogging mad she

bringing timelines together

rain falling outside

May you have a wonderful day no matter what challenges today’s life puts upon your sanity πŸ™‚

Image of The Bee Creates homepage

Not wordless at all but rather warm…

Hello, dear people of the blogosphere. How are you doing? I hope life is treating you well and if not that you have someone to cuddle, a big bar of chocolate or a blog to let it all out. And if all else fails know, that I am thinking of you and send you good vibes!

Are you as warm as I am? Even though it is not as hot here at the North Sea Coast as it is in other parts of the country it is still testing my ability to cope.

The weather app on my phone tells me that we currently have 31c/87.8f which we had a lot last year too. But it was a dry heat then. I can live with that. But this morning we had some thunderstorms which makes it rather humid around here. Not that I complain. Well, I do but I also see some light at the end of the tunnel: At least I did not have to water the plants today.

Because of that, I am hiding behind the curtains of our lovely home with all windows open. Makes no difference believe you me, however, I still hope that whatever light breeze might come our way honours us with a visit LOL.

image of vintage curtains and window slightly open

Had trouble to get into gear this morning. The dog only got a short walk, then I had to bake bread and collapsed on the sofa after that. Allowed myself a little time to play FarmvilleCountry Escape (I consider that self-care the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice ) in the world considers it addiction… it’s all a question of interpretation, I guess πŸ˜‰ ) with two mugs of coffee. That triggered a “I can do it” response. So I started the laptop.

TherapyBits got another of my daily poems to read πŸ™‚ and I had a look at my Weebly page too. Unfortunately, I wasn’t particularly organised when I had to give up my beehalton.com domain. This blog was first supposed to just host some pictures for downloading for my “Love Is In Da Blog” series on the old “The Bee Writes…” blog. That is why “downloads” ended up in the link name here which of course sounds a little like a spam page. Ooops. I am saving up to get another domain (well I try to….) but until then I have to put up with it.

Doesn’t look good on profiles though, does it? So I went back to my Weebly page where I try to bring together all the projects I am currently doing.

Image of The Bee Creates homepage

That’s the page that goes on my profiles from now on. What do you think?

As you can see I have a blog there which I stopped writing in March but have resurrected today with an added bonus: It’s not only about self-care but also about coding. I feel a little lonely in my endeavours and while coding forums are fun I love to blog, so I am sharing my experiences there. Unfortunately, you can’t sign up for post notifications for Weebly. That’s not userfriendly, is it? And the RSS had its problems. Not sure it works now. Hmmm, will have to check that out tomorrow.

It means though, making people aware what I wrote is a little bit more complicated. I’ll figure something I am sure. If you want to check out my teeny weeny post from today over there please have a look here.

It’s now just after 3pm and I need to cook. Won’t be much because who is hunger in this kind of weather? But we do love our tatters (potatoes for all non-Lord-of-the-Rings Fans πŸ˜‰ ) so potatoes it is and some herb yoghurt and salad. That sounds like a plan, doesn’t it?

What about you? What occupied you today and do you have to deal with lots of heat too?

Image of harvested field, line of trees in back and cloudy sky

To cool you down a little here is a blast from the past from March 2015:

July 2019

I promised an autumn poem and must have forgotten. This is certainly another spring poem πŸ™‚

March 2015

image of three yellow daffodils with a wooden fence in background

blooming narcissus

~

still wrapped up

in multiple layers

~

in the nearby forest

Just in case you would like to explore some other bloggers, please check out these wonderful authors:

Kaspar Beaumont Author of β€œElvenjewel” a YA fantasy series

Lauren Xena Campbell Author and Blogger

And for my German-speaking readers:

Bodo Manstein Author

That’s it. Have fun with whatever you are currently occupied with and remember:

Love & Rage my friends Love & Rage

Β 

Good Morning Writers… To Blog or not to Blog and how much to Blog ~ That is the question!

This was first posted in July 2016

Good Morning Writers! How is your writing going? Have you started a blog or are you still just writing your novel?

I wrote the blog post which I put at the end of this post in September 2013. That was right at the beginning of my old blog ” The River is flowing…”. Funny to see that 2 1/2 years later I still am occupied with the same issues: How much can/do I want to write, how to blog effectively and how many blogs can I afford to write.

However, in the years in between, I seem to have let the idea of writing a novel go. Maybe blogging is my calling and maybe I can make a difference that way. It also feels that I have found my writing home with Β “A Spirit of Healing” and “Just Fooling Around With Bee”. However, when I wrote this post it was May and I was taking part in #frapalymoΒ (A German poetry project) and that always makes me long for my mother tongue. So this blog will see some bi-lingual posts in the future. Well, if you have a look into older posts you will find my bi-lingual posts from “Something Random Now and Then” which I have integrated in this blog in May :-). But now to what I’ve written in 2013:

Since Friday, I am occupied with figuring out how to organise the new blogging routine the best. For getting readers it works so well to have several blog posts a day but alas I only have 24 hours which are also filled with a day job, some sleep, housework and eating (I love to eat πŸ™‚ so you understand my dilemma lol).

My little knowledge of search engine optimisations also tells me to have the blog posts at the same time is a good thing and I still want to do “Something random now and then”. Plus I need to get some translations for “Please help Aurela” done. Indeed a full enough schedule for this week.

No wonder the inner artist child Morgaine gets a bit frustrated and has no will to write at all :-). I struggle as well to find a new routine to get everything in my day.



How do I get about it then?

For now, I have decided to do one blog post less in “Something random…” which was a hard decision but a necessary one. I like blog posts to be at the same time for some strange reason. So “The River is flowing….(The Bee Writes…)” posts will be at 10 am (morning pages), 6 pm (Story Time) and 2 am (Poem at night) while “Something random….” posts will be at 6 am (whatever comes to mind bi-lingual), 2 pm (photo of the day), and 10 pm (quote of the day).

Yesterday I Β made a list of ideas for this week to get it all going and then I hope it will kind of work by itself. So far it always has :-).

I agree with Julia Cameron that routines are deadly to any creativity because it sounds like being boring but I feel that creative habits which are a sort of routine are quite helpful to get the work done.

I have assigned our dining room table beside the window towards a magnificent old oak as my writing area. Sitting there somehow makes me write while when I am sitting on the sofa, I rather tend to go to Facebook and play. Which is a nice break now and then but if it gets too much it is not a good thing.
Also, a cup of tea and sometimes some music helps. For me writing in the early morning hours works the best. As my hubby is a baker he often has to work very early and I can get up with him and start my day creatively. Some minutes meditation to ground me energetically and some breakfast, later on, helps as well.

Insofar I have developed creative habits that help get on. But now it is time to take it more serious and take it that step further. Find my blockages, get over it and then write that novel :-).

I wonder what your creative habits are? Do you work at a certain time? Do you wear anything special or have a special place?

Julia Cameron encourages writing groups which work together democratically and support each other’s creative work. It would be nice if this blog could become a kind of international, online Artist’s Way group where we can help each other over the hurdles of creative life but also celebrate the successes we are bound to make.

July 2016

It didn’t happen that way. I didn’t create a writing community but throughout my blogging life I have found many friends all over the world who blog too and who have enriched my life enormously. Thanks!

A Straight Talk with Greta & Svante Thunberg

YouTube suggested this video to me for some time but I didn’t realise that Svante is Greta Thunberg’s father. I also didn’t realise how much her parents are with Greta in her quest and how much they changed their lifestyle to give their children a future.

I am also wondering if we as bloggers have a responsibility here to call things by their name and to start blogging for climate security. If mainstream media isn’t willing or able to talk about what is really important when it comes to the survival of our species and our civilisation shouldn’t we use our blogs to enable humanity to get educated and make the changes that need to be done?

What do you think?

video source: UPFSI via YouTube

Blick in die Vergangeheit: Bloggen in deutsch

April 2019

Ich habe diese Idee nicht wirklich verfolgt, weil es so lange dauert alle alten posts zu integrieren un die links zu korrigieren aber ich habe die Idee noch nicht fallen lassen

Februar 2018

So, da habe ich mich also entschlossen, wieder in meiner Muttersprache zu bloggen.

Ich bin mir noch nicht ganz sicher, wo mich das hinfuehren wird, da das gute alte Autocorrect ganz oft andere Ideen hat als ich.

Allerdings gebe ich zu, dass ich es auch total verwirre: Deutsch schreiben auf einem englischen Laptop und/oder Handy. Das kann ja nicht gut gehen.

Ich weiss auch nicht so genau, ob deutschsprachige Leser mich noch verstehen πŸ™„ ich habe es nie fuer nΓΆtig gehalten, mich mit der neuen Rechtschreibung auseinander zu setzen und ueber zehn Jahre zumeist in Englisch sprechen, denken und schreiben hat sicherlich seine Spuren hinterlassen.

Aber, was solls! Es wΓ€re doch eine Schande, wenn ich das Geschenk zweier Sprachen nicht nutzen wuerde.

Dann muss ich jetzt nur noch rausfinden, was meine deutschsprachigen interessiert. Irgendwelche Ideen????

Liebster Award from Gail

Looks like I take this week to catch up on all the challenges I was awarded this year. Yesterday I finished a story for Barbara’s “Tell a Story” challenge which was rather fun and today I follow Gail’s invitation for “The Liebster Award”. Thanks Gail, you rock!!!!

I have been awarded the “Liebster Award” before and am grateful that other bloggers feel my scribbling is worth mentioning πŸ˜‰ . . Let’s remind ourselves of the rules.

The rules:
Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award.
Answer 11 questions that the blogger gave you.
Give 11 random thoughts about yourself.
Nominate 11 other bloggers and notify them of their nomination.
Ask your nominees 11 questions.
β€œThis award is meant to encourage new bloggers. From The Global Aussie: β€œThe earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

Liebster Award Badge

Here are Gail’s questions:

Questions for the Nominees:

1. Who told you about God?
2. Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
3. How long’s it been since you used a landline?
4. What is your blog about?
5. How long have you had your blog?
6. What was your last post about?
7. Have you been baptized?
8. Do you have a favorite flower?
9. Is there something I could pray about for you?
10. What kind of books do you like to read?
11. What season is it for you where you live?

My answers:

1. Who told you about God?

That would have been my mother, I guess. She said a good night prayer with me from a very early age on. My parents weren’t religious in the sense that they went to church or were actively part of a religious community. However, they believed it was important to experience the main religion in our country. We said praise for our food and went to church at Christmas, for funerals and christenings. But I got rather involved in the protestant church in the village I grew up in and while I am not part of a church now and have my misgivings with some Christians I am very grateful for the protection Christianity and the church has given me as a youngster. I would not be alive without them and my godmother, grandmother and my friends.

2. Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

My goodness, it’s a long time since I thought or read a bible verse. WhenΒ  myΒ  mum passed away someone gave me a card with Isiah 66,13 on it: As a mother comforts her son, so I will comfort you!” The German translation is slightly different but it helped a lot. I guess this is the one πŸ™‚

3. How long’s it been since you used a landline?

I got a call on Monday evening

4. What is your blog about?

Now that is a very good question: life, poetry, my pet peeve Brexit, photography, music, enlightening YouTube videos, self-care, mental health… you take a pick πŸ˜‰

5. How long have you had your blog?

I started this one last year in April I think but I had several (nearly 20 LOL) before that. I started blogging back in 2009.

6. What was your last post about?

One of my poems called “Call me Sister”

7. Have you been baptized?

yes

8. Do you have a favorite flower?

Roses and Sunflowers

9. Is there something I could pray about for you?

I rather tell you that in private πŸ™‚ but thanks a lot you think of me.

10. What kind of books do you like to read?

Fantasy and Crime novels (and pretty much everything else too πŸ˜‰ )

11. What season is it for you where you live?

It is nearly spring. Hurray!

 

Ok, where are we now? 11 random facts about me. Oh dear,…

Bee’s Random Facts

  1. I love to experiment when cooking. My family isn’t always amused LOL
  2. I try to write a poem daily. It’s a great way to ground yourself
  3. I used to love Dachshunds but since we have our rescue greyhound my love belongs to them
  4. I love the sea
  5. I have psychic abilities
  6. I have just started to practice Qigong in the morning
  7. It is raining cats and dogs outside while I am writing this post
  8. I believe there is a greater power than us but no religion can gather all of its being. But I also believe that atheists have a point
  9. I stumbled into a manure pit as a child and had to walk all the way back through the village stinking like a pig πŸ˜‰
  10. I was born in a meteor crater
  11. I think you should now bugger off (sorry for my language) and answer your own questions πŸ˜‰

My Nominees

Again I won’t directly nominate anyone. Sorry, but most of my fellow bloggers don’t do awards or challenges. So if you like this award feel nominated and link back to this post. I surely will come and visit you!!!!

My Questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. Do you believe in a higher power?
  3. What was your most embarrassing experience?
  4. Did you have a music crush as a teenager?
  5. What is your favourite saying?
  6. Coffee or tea?
  7. How is the weather where you are?
  8. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
  9. Which character from a book, comic, a TV-series or film would you like to be?
  10. What are you eating at the moment πŸ˜‰ ?
  11. Please share a memory from when you were 11.

Thanks for stopping by and reading. And also thanks for taking part if you choose to do so.