An Afternoon of Tea and Cake is a regular feature where I chat to other bloggers, musicians, authors, artists, etc, to find out their thoughts and experiences on all the subjects that I cover on my blog. Today we meet up with Pamela Jessen from There Is Always Hope.
Let’s get the important stuff out the way first. What is your favourite brand of tea and how do you take it?
I love David’s Tea here in Canada and a delightful fruit blend they have called Caribbean Crush. I drink it straight, no cream or sugar.
Yes, I recently posted my recipe for Cherry Vanilla Cake. You can use other berries in place of the cherries without making any changes to the recipe.
If you could have a celebrity afternoon tea, who would you invite?
Oh, I would love to have Tea & Cake with Tom Hiddleston. I’m hoping we could put on some music and dance afterwards!!
What do you do to soothe or lift your soul?
I enjoy listening to classical music as well as relaxing meditation music with the running water and sounds of nature. It’s so soothing and just makes me feel so much better when I’m stressed or tense or having a hard day physically. I live with Chronic Pain from 14 separate health conditons including Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Osteoarthritis, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Type 2 Diabetes and Bipolar Disorder, so my days can be pretty rough sometimes. I stay positive but on the really tough days, I need that meditation music to help me get through.
Do you like crafts, upcycling or DIY?
I’m not especially crafty, but I have been doing a lot of bead work lately, creating hanging beads for decoration for the fences on my front and back patios. Here is a photo of one of the pieces I recently created – it’s just a hanging from one of the beams. The second photo has cardboard behind it so you can see the actual beads but the beads will hang free in front of the fence without any cardboard and will cover the entire fence when done. There will be a bell on each one, so there will be a slight windchime effect as well.
I find people love my home or garden tips, do you have any of your own?
For home tips, I’ve learned that you can tear your fabric softener sheets in half to save money and they still work just as well per load. Also, did you know that you can wash your towels in just Liquid Fabric Softener instead of Detergent? They get just as clean, and stay soft and absorbent without getting a buildup on them.
For the garden, have a look to see how you can start roses by growing them in potatoes!!!
Where is your favourite travel destination?
My husband and I enjoy cruising and would love to go to Alaska one day. A dream destination though would be to cruise around the world!!!
What sort of books or mags do you read?
I enjoy True Crime and Biographies the most and a wide variety of magazines but have little time to read any more. That’s why I love the Library! I can take out what I want, and not worry if I don’t like something. If I buy it and then find out I don’t like a book, then I feel guilty. My favourite book(s) have been the classic J.R.R. Tolkien series The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings.
Do you have any health tips or experiences that you would like to share?
Because I live with Chronic Pain, one of the things I can’t stress enough is learning how to reduce stress (ha ha!). We all need to find ways to bring comfort into our own lives and to take care of ourselves and I don’t think we do this often enough. One of my blog posts talks specifically about this.
What is your favourite section on Tea and Cake for the Soul?
Personally, my favourite section is your Health section, including Mental Health. Because of my own health conditions and because I have Bipolar Disorder, I find you often have very interesting and relevant posts there and I always find something of interest to read.
And finally, tell us about your blog and what your short or long-term blogging goals are?
My blog is called There Is Always Hope It’s about Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Invisible Illness and is also about my personal journey with these challenges. I talk about my own stories and about these issues in general, with the occasional poem and/or recipe thrown in for good measure.
My goals for the blog are to reach others who live with the same health issues to help them realize they are not alone. Chronic Pain and Invisible Illnesses can leave you feeling isolated and housebound and often, the internet is your only connection with people. You may not talk to another person for days on end depending on your circumstances. I want people to know that they have a friend in me, that they aren’t the only ones in their situation and that what they are going through isn’t as isolating as they think it is. I want to build up the number of hits my blog gets to the point that perhaps I could even add a chat room to it. It would be great if my blog could become a meeting point for others with Chronic Pain and Invisible Illness to come together to chat and realize they are not alone after all.
Thank you so much for joining us today Pamela, I’ve really enjoyed reading it. I’m definitely going to try out your recipe and who knew about potatoes! I love how random tips can be.
Pamela also featured some of her poetry in my blog for National Poetry Day.
I have lots more guests arriving so please check them all out at An Afternoon of Tea and Cake for the Soul.