How Many Pillows… ~ #whatif Prompt for 10.15.18

Maybe I am back this week with the brilliant #whatif prompts over at Karen’s “What If We All Cared?”. Please head over to find today’s prompt and other brilliant posts. Have fun:

“How many pillows does this woman need?” Pickles made a face that let milk go sour. Above him towered the creature he thought was heavenly until he let her into his home. The two-leggeds were enamoured by her and gave her all his favourite pillows to sleep on as she made out one was not enough for her. Now he slept on the floor and she got all the cuddles. He hissed dangerously in her direction and made his move…

photo credit: Ivva via Flickr. Description for visually impaired readers: Portrait of a ginger cat laying on a bed

Here are Karen’s suggestions on how to take part:

Feel free to respond in your favorite way whether it be a poem, short story, photo, video . . however you best relate to the prompt. Simply post your ideas, create a ping-back and use the hashtag #whatif.

Pickled What? ~ #whatif Prompt for 10.6.18

I have to admit that Karen’s prompts often cheer me up and make me laugh. This one certainly did. I am not quite sure I am up for it though. So I cheat today and just lead you onto the good old Buzzfeed that makes great videos when it comes to trying out stuff. In this case pickle 😉

video resource: Buzzfeed via YouTube

Find Karen’s #whatif prompt here and here suggestions on taking part are these:

Feel free to respond in your favorite way whether it be a poem, short story, photo, video . . however you best relate to the prompt. Simply post your ideas, create a ping-back and use the hashtag #whatif.

photo source: quotesgram description for visually impaired readers: Green Background with a white chef’s hat on top and two spoons crossed underneath. It then says: Keep calm and eat a pickle.

 

Fellow Bloggers writing about pickles:

My Yellow Apron: Instant Chilli Pickle

Diane Henders: Pickles, Peeves, and Daniel Craig.

 

 

And did you pray for him… ? WHATIFWEALLCARED #whatif Prompt for 10.5.18

Of course!!!!! 🙂

Andy & Bee on their wedding day

photo credit: Deborah Stebbings. Andy & Bee on their wedding day

This post answers Karen’s inspiring #whatif prompt for October 5th, 2018. Here are her suggestions on how to take part:

Feel free to respond in your favorite way whether it be a poem, short story, photo, video . . however you best relate to the prompt. Simply post your ideas, create a ping-back and use the hashtag #whatif.

Where I’d sleep if I was homeless . . #whatif Prompt for 10.4.18

I told you in yesterdays #whatif prompt post a little of my experience of homelessness so this question is not a hypothetical one for me.

Let’s answer it first: I am not sure where I would sleep if it happened again. But when it happened about 8 years ago I first stayed with a friend. But as my ex-partner were not able to deal adequately with his problems I knew he would try to track me down and I did not want to bring my friend into trouble. I also did not want to be a burden to her and her husband.

description for visually impaired readers: A meadow full of puppies and a lily. In white writing a poem saying: Silence isn’t golden, Silence is all shades of black. Silence isn’t golden, Silence is all shades of grey. Silence isn’t golden, Silence is all shades of red. Silence isn’t golden because it won’t protect when they come for you.

As it was summer I decided I took the tent and lived on a campsite until I would find a place to live. I also felt the deep need to be close to nature and close to mother earth. And I needed to be alone. If I’d had the chance to go into a shelter I would have done so but as I have no children there was no chance whatsoever.

Living in a tent with all your belongings in it brings certain problems with it. I was lucky because I could keep my job so I could keep my car and lock everything important in the car because of course, a tent does not have a door to lock so everybody can get in and get stuff.

One day I came home from work and my ex-partner sat in my tent trying to get me back. Even though he was not violent at that time it was terrifying. I was so angry. I got him in the car and took him home which was about 30  miles away. I think he walked all night to get to me. Crazy what people do when they are desperately lonely and not able to find a solution for their pain.

There was another man living on the campsite. I think he was an ex-soldier and homeless too who started to get an interest in me. I spent a couple of nights listening to the outside to make sure he is not coming in. I don’t think he was a danger either. Again just lonely but I did not want him close. The one night he tried my now-husband was with me so he got the message and the next day he was gone.

If you live in a tent how do you keep your clothes tidy? You have not much space to hang anything up. You basically live out of a suitcase. Again I was lucky because I still had my job. So I was on a campsite and could use their facilities. Washing, ironing was possible and I got creative with hangers on the metal skeleton of the tent.

photo source: Quotesgram. Description for visually impaired readers: Pink background with white writing saying: “Persons who have been homeless carry within them a certain philosophy of life which makes them apprehensive about ownership” by Jerzy Kosinski

As I said yesterday I cannot fathom what it means for someone and especially a woman to live on the streets. The constant fear for your security does drive you crazy. I suspect I did not realise it so much then because living in that tent felt so much safer than living with my ex. But I really do not want to get back into that situation ever. In fact, I am now realising how fu….. scared I was then. It makes my whole body shake.

But taking a deep breath I realise that I am not in that place anymore. My husband and I have managed to create a safe place for both of us. He has his own experience of difficulties so our relationship is precious to us. We work on it daily. I am so lucky I met him.

Well, I leave the recount of my experience at this point. It is getting too difficult, to deal with my feelings. But again I ask you to not judge anyone whom you see rough sleeping. You know nothing of their story, their struggle and their pain.

This post answers to Karen’s #whatif prompt over at “What if we all cared?” and these are her suggestions to take part:

Feel free to respond in your favorite way whether it be a poem, short story, photo, video . . however you best relate to the prompt. Simply post your ideas, create a ping-back and use the hashtag #whatif.

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Fellow Bloggers writing about Homelessness:

OnTheLand: Homelessness

Anything is Possible: Good News Tuesday: Clean Energy, Rescue Team, and Employing Homeless Moms

Bugs in your tent ~ #whatif prompt 3.10.18

I used to live in a tent for about three months. To a certain extent, it was self-chosen after I left my ex-partner and could not get a place to live in directly. I had stayed for the first couple of days with a friend but I did not want to be a burden and it was summer so I thought it was ok. Also, my now husband had offered me to stay with him but it did not feel right to go from one man to another no matter how much I knew he is the one :-).

Andy & Bee on their wedding day

photo credit: Deborah Stebbings. Andy & Bee on their wedding day

I would not have gotten help from the council because I have no children and having experienced domestic violence was more a private problem then. Or so it felt. Not having a home to go to is a difficult experience. For me, it was just three months, I did not lose my job and I knew if all else fails I could go back to my friend or to my now husband. I can not fathom what it means for people who have to experience homelessness over several years and through winter.

A couple of years later, a homeless lady was sleeping in front of the supermarket I used to work in and one of my co-workers said something like: “Nowadays you don’t need to sleep on a bench!” I gave her a look and said: “You know its not that easy to get help when you lose your home. It happens easier than you think especially if you do not have friends or family to help you!” She pulled a face and turned away.

What does that have to do with bugs in a tent? Well, you have to deal with bugs a lot if you live in a tent or worse under a bridge. They just crawl everywhere. It’s not that bad if you go camping for a holiday and you know it’s over in a couple of days. But not knowing where to go to and not receiving any help makes it one thing that is rather humiliating.

Please, if you come along a homeless person do not judge. In today’s society, you might be the next in the blink of an eye. If you do not feel like giving to the person at least do not judge. You do not know what the person has gone through. You also do not know why the person is on the street and if the person can get help. It is such a complicated problem that is not mainly a personal one but one of societies that allows rich people to get richer and middle-class people to live in hostels for homeless people.

I start to think more and more that today’s problems in society are more a problem for wealth and power distribution. Humans and human right do not count. The only thing that counts is making money. That bugs me and not only in a tent!

Resources:

Crisis: About Homelessness

Shelter: What causes homelessness

 

 

photo source: Pinterest. Description for visually impaired readers. Drawing of a woman holding dish on the left. On the right it says: Never judge people who have little to nothing, as one day you may find yourself having nothing at all. Women’s era.

This post answers Karen’s incredible #whatif prompt for today. Find it here.

Her suggestions for taking part are as follows:

Feel free to respond in your favorite way whether it be a poem, short story, photo, video . . however you best relate to the prompt. Simply post your ideas, create a ping-back and use the hashtag #whatif.

Fellow bloggers taking part in #whatif:

Therapy Bits

 

Secret Fishing Spot ~ #whatif prompt 2.10.18

Wow, Karen definitely challenged me with this one: I do not like fishing and am stopping to eat fish even though I like it. But it looks to me like fish are eating too much of the plastic that we thoughtlessly let swim in the sea so I am put off a little.

But we know a spot which is sort of secret and there are fishermen around regularly: Trimmingham Beach where we walk the dog as often as we can.

Thinking about it: We actually sort of fish there. But for fossils and not for something to eat ;-). So here are some photos for today’s post. I have put a description for visually impaired readers underneath each picture. Each picture is from one month this year starting in February.

waves seen from just over the sand of the bach. Some stones on beach. Very light blue sky with clouds.

 

From bottom to top of picture: grass, sandy beach, brownish sea with white foam on waves, light blue nearly cloudless sky

Grey sea with white foam seen from up the cliff. To the right, you see a little of the beach and overhead is cloudy sky.

Our black greyhound Sherky looks along the beach on a sunny day. Sea to the right, wooden sea defence to the left and deep blue sky overhead with white clouds.

overgrown sand cliff behind beach and wooden sea defence. Light blue sky and little white clouds.

blueish grey sea over which a row of clouds stretches along the picture. Over all these a light blue sky

Wooden sea defence reaching into sea. Beach with stones around it as it is low tide. Sky over with clouds.

rocks in front of sea

My entry for #whatif prompt 2.10.18 over at Karen’s “What if we all cared”. Here are her suggestions on how to take part:

Feel free to respond in your favorite way whether it be a poem, short story, photo, video . . however you best relate to the prompt. Simply post your ideas, create a ping-back and use the hashtag #whatif.

Power of a hug ~ #whatif prompt 1.10.18

I think this a wonderful way to start the week!

So I invite you to a group hug:

Imagine all your blog friends in one great big group hug. The biggest hug ever…. 😉

 

sending virtual hug

photo taken from quotesgram

 

My entry for #whatif prompt 1.10.18 over at Karen’s “What if we all cared”. Here are her suggestions on how to take part:

Feel free to respond in your favorite way whether it be a poem, short story, photo, video . . however you best relate to the prompt. Simply post your ideas, create a ping-back and use the hashtag #whatif.

Top Five Favourite Movies ~ #whatif prompt 30.9.18

I am late. I know. But such is life 😉

clouds over sea

sky over sea

This is a tricky one. Only five? There are so many:

I start with one of my latest discoveries:

  1. This Beautiful Fantastic

A young woman who writes children’s books doesn’t like the great outdoors. Her neighbour is annoyed about her neglected garden and tells her landlord who sets an ultimatum: create the garden how it was in a month or you are out of a home.

I did not find the description particularly enticing however the characters are so quirky and the story as it unfolds so heartwarming it was the best that happened to me in September. Reminded me a little of Amelie.

2. Chocolat

Oh, I just love those quirky magical realism books and films. And I just could not resist chocolat. And no it’s not because of Johnny Depp. It’s the fact that there is a chocolate shop involved. So when the north wind comes along with a message or far away places don’t miss to listen 😉

Family is like chocolate. Mostly sweet with a few nuts

Quote in picture taken from WesternChicken: Family is like chocolate. Mostly sweet with a few nuts.

3. Enchanted April

This is one where I do love the book and the film. I’ve read the book by Elizabeth Arnim first and then was not too impressed by watching the film. But there was nothing else to watch so gave it a shot and it was so worth it: Stiff upper lip Londoners go on holiday at an Italian castle and get transformed.

Ah, well I sort out my “so many films so little blog posts” problem with staying with the same sort of film. I also have at least 5 favourite fantasy films as well as 5 favourite actions films but they need to wait.

4. Babette’s Feast

I actually was not aware that the film was based on a story by Karen Blixen. Babette is a chef. She had to flee France and ends up in a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere in Denmark and of course, her food transforms the little Danish village. But then she wins the lottery… So beautiful!

And last but not least another charming but a little crazy film:

5. Antonia’s Line

Antonia returns to the town of her birth with her daughter. I can’t really remember why she came back but I assume she had to leave because the girl was born out of wedlock. She establishes a matriarchal community with so many lost characters that you could call it a home for the restless ;-). What I loved about the film is that it touches so many difficult subjects from feminism over religion to violence. There were hard bits in the film that I could not watch but if you’ve seen an angel statue in a graveyard hitting the pastor you just can’t resist 😉

As I said: There are too many favourite films of mine but I tried to stay with this sort of film and maybe I give you some new ideas. They are all worth watching.


Fellow blogger taking part in #whatif:

Therapy Bits: #whatif prompt 30.9.18

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This is my entry for yesterday’s #whatif prompt from the lovely Karen over at “What if we all cared?”.  And these are her suggestions on how to take part:

Feel free to respond in your favourite way whether it be a poem, short story, photo, video . . however, you best relate to the prompt. Simply post your ideas, create a ping-back and use the hashtag #whatif.

My Bucket List ~ #whatif Prompt for 9.29.18

Could anyone explain to me why it is called a bucket list? How do you connect buckets and lists? Did they use to engrave lists on buckets? Or were buckets usually listed? Or is this another connotation that my English as a Second Language brain doesn’t get?

Never mind 😉

Here we go:

  • be compassionate daily
  • create daily
  • love daily
  • walk daily
  • send out blessing daily
  • let go daily
  • be grateful daily
  • be mindful daily
  • and
  • meditate daily

photo resource: I Am Fearless Soul. Description for visually impaired readers: Cloudy sky. The sky is red at bottom of the image and changes via yellow towards grey at the top. There is part of the sun on the bottom right side. The writing says: “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Fearless Soul|Itunes, Spotify, Googleplay.

 

This post is an  answer to Karen’s
#whatif Prompt for 9.29.18

And her suggestions to take part are:

“Feel free to respond in your favorite way whether it be a poem, short story, photo, video . . however you best relate to the prompt. Simply post your ideas, create a ping-back and use the hashtag #whatif.”

 

Fellow bloggers taking part in #whatif

Light Motifs II: Me? Weird?

 

 

 

 

three orange nasturtium flowers in front of dark green nasturtium leaves

Weird Things to Eat ~ #whatif Prompt for 9.28.18

Really Karen 😉 ? Weird Things to Eat 🙂 ?

Not sure I can follow that one. Firstly, I love to watch travel programs and this post would become much too long if I talk about all the weird things you could eat while travelling. Secondly, what is considered weird and what isn’t depends.

It depends on your life. I used to love eating sausages. I am from Germany, what can I say ;-). But then I delivered newspapers to a farm which as it happened sent off pigs for slaughtering every couple of months. Believe me, if you ever heard the sound of a pig being forced into a lorry to be transported for slaughtering you never touch a piece of pork or a sausage again. They know. They know exactly what is going to happen and they tell you. The screams are gutwrenching. It still haunts my dreams.

It also depends on where you come from. Many people in India believe that cows are sacred. They would never touch a piece of beef. Here I assume it is one of the most favourite meats. There are countries where their people don’t worry about eating insects, snakes or even snails but would you? I would if I’d be starving. But until then I keep with fruit, veg and bread 😉 .

It also depends on your personal taste and on age, I guess. There are things I would have considered weird for eating when I was younger: beetroot, celery and cheese for one. I am not sure if my change in taste has something to do with eating mainly vegetarian for nearly 10 years or if it is my age. But my tastes certainly have changed in that area.

And last but not least I have to mention cooking programs. Well, not the everyday cooking programs of course. But those of the travelling and the crazy kind. Rick Stein, for example, found a couple of strange things to eat in Denmark and Heston Blumenthal has a weird way of combining science and food. I am not sure I would touch either 😉