Share Your World – 2015 Week #1

Sharing my world this week

How do you get rid of pesky phone calls from telemarketers?

We don’t get a lot of people trying to sell us things because we’re on the “Do Not Call” register. Charities are exempt though and because we used to buy a lot of raffle tickets etc we are on a lot of lists. We can’t afford to donate or buy much now and usually I politely explain this to the telemarketer. I never take raffle books because they have gone up a lot and you always end up buying the lot yourself because none of your friends or family want them or they already have their own. Sometimes I feel bad saying no so much but we simply can’t afford to support all the organisations we used to. Hubby has a different method. He usually tells them to “Ask (insert name of Prime Minister). ”

The only telemarketers I am rude to are the scammers who call you up to offer to “help” you fix your broken computer. Usually I just hang up on them but the last one that called I started politely asking for details, his name, the company phone number etc. When I asked to speak to his manager he swore and hung up on me!

What are you a “natural” at doing?

I have never thought I was a natural at anything. Certainly not anything physical. It would be hard to find a more uncoordinated person than me and things that I make never seem to come out exactly the way that I want them to. I once heard someone say that I was a natural teacher which surprised me because  I have no idea why she thought that. I did take to computers pretty easily once I started to learn so maybe I’m a natural at that. I enjoy doing computer stuff. I was recently asked to make a jam jar label for friends and I had a lot of fun doing that. I was given a sketch of what was wanted and found the appropriate clip art. I borrowed the photo from their Facebook page.

Jam jar labels made on the computer from friends's design sketch.
Jam jar labels made on the computer from friends’ design sketch. Photo S. Smith

How often do you get a haircut?

My hair is very thick and  grows quickly so I like to go about every six weeks but usually I don’t manage it. It is usually more like every two months. I get physically uncomfortable if  let my hair grow for too long especially in hot weather. After it has been trimmed and thinned out I always feel better. Even though it’s grey now hairdressers always comment on my hair.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fun”?

That’s a hard question to answer because there are a lot of things that I think are fun but I guess the closest answer would be anything that involves going somewhere.

The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel was fun.
The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel was fun.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week:  A visit from friends which we managed to enjoy despite changed circumstances. Big Bash cricket, the most entertaining thing on TV at present.

This week: Hopefully I will be  getting to a cricket match myself this weekend. My friends and I hope to see the Hobart Hurricanes take on the Perth Scorchers.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


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