Share Your World – 2015 – Week #33


Sharing My World This Week

What are some words that just make you smile?

Alpaca is one that comes to mind. They are such funny creatures. I like their facial expressions and the noises they make. Just thinking about them makes me smile.
Alpacas
You’re given $500,000 dollars tax free (any currency), what do you spend it on? 

This is an easy question to answer. First I would give half to my sister so she could buy a new house which is a dream of hers. Yes, you can buy a quite decent house in Tasmania for that. Next I would spend money on our own house, having it painted inside and out, new floor coverings and various other jobs that old houses always need attended to like doors that don’t shut properly and windows that don’t open. I’d convert Hubby’s shed which is actually a three car garage to a proper man cave by having the walls lined and proper heating put in as well as a phone point. That’s not just generous of me, it gets his man clutter out of the kitchen. We’re gradually getting our garden ship-shape so some money would be spent on landscaping, new plants, a veranda or pergola at the back and a cat enclosure for Polly with a cat flap into the house. Whatever was left would be used to buy a new computer and a DSLR camera and to treat us to a nice holiday somewhere

After I'd moved everything.
Sprucing up the house would definitely be part of my plans for my windfall.

What subject would you like to study in depth, if given the time to do so?

Probably I would choose photography and photo editing. I’d really like to be a better photographer and I would love to learn to use the editing software better too. I like the idea of being able to bring old damaged photos back to life as well as improving the ones I take by getting rid of the bad bits.

Would your rather be stuck in a small plane with bad turbulence for 2 hours or be a passenger in a car racing the Daytona 500?

Hmm, good question. Either way I’d probably be sick wouldn’t I? I think I would be terrified in a small plane in bad turbulence. I’ve experienced mild turbulence in a large plane and that is unpleasant. I think that a small plane would feel much worse and I’d be afraid of crashing in some remote place where I wouldn’t be found like a National Park. I would think about all the things that I try not to think about when I fly because they spoil my enjoyment of the trip.

On the other hand, although I don’t know a lot about the Daytona 500, there do seem to be a lot more  bad crashes in this type of racing than in the sort I’m familiar with such as Formula 1 or V8 sports car racing here in Australia. Of course all motor racing is dangerous and sadly people have died doing it in recent times so I would not be lining up for a seat in a car while racing although a lap of the track at a safe speed without other cars to crash into might be interesting.

The scientific way to work out the answer  would be to compare the odds of dying in either manner but I think I’ll just play it safe and say neither thank you.

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

Last week was not brilliant except for lunch with my sister the day after her birthday. We had a nice meal and as she had a two for the price of one voucher it was half price and although I did not win a lot at the casino I won enough to play for three hours and still go home with $15 of my original $27 in my purse so I count that as a win.

Today the guys from Jim’s Mowing are putting up the new fencing and back gate where the old shed was. We’ve had a chat about the next stage of the work and although it won’t all happen next week I’m looking forward to further progress as they build the path and new BBQ area.

I am also looking forward to seeing the “surprise” my sister has been teasing me with for the past few weeks. Apparently she has collected up various items she thinks I would like and has been dropping hints but won’t tell me what they are. She says she will bring the package down to my house on Saturday. I am very curious.

Taswegian1957

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 WordPress.com 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. My current housemates are Cindy, my 14-year-old Staffy-Lab X dog and Polly the world's most unsociable cat who is seven.

6 comments

  1. “Whatever was left would be used to buy a new computer and a DSLR camera and to treat us to a nice holiday somewhere”. I bet there will be enough left to purchase the DSLR including all the most important lenses you can imagine of, and to make use of them at the greatest holiday placed 🙂 I would probably also try to have as much left as possible, to have some kind of safety for the living.

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    • This is a conversation my husband and I have sometimes. “What would you do if you won the lottery?” He always starts by talking about banks, investments etc. I say well of course we would first pay bills and put money aside for the future but let’s talk about the things we would do once we have done that. As you get closer to sixty you start to think that you can’t wait forever to do some of the things I wrote about. 🙂

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      • I think this is a very common discussion anyhow, I had this type of discussion with all kind of family member and friends. I understand, of course you would want to get something from the money, investment (or saving) is rather common sense anyway as you said. Apart from that, I would definitely find use for the money too as I want to see something too 😀 I think you can do everything you wrote with the money and will still have enough left. But I guess your and my wishes are rather frugal compared to what some other people answered…

        What I find more hilarious is that some of my friends answered those questions with “Well, I would most likely buy me a villa and one of these super cool cars…”. I always laughed and said “You know, you will probably get a smaller villa for that kind of money, but the maintenance and the cost for the land will eat up all your money in no time…”, same counts for expansive cars. I think as long as you have no idea to maximize the money, it’s a very bad idea to buy a villa or a car that costs nearly half a million 😀

        I am pretty much sure some people wouldn’t get much further than two years with the money, until they stand there with nothing again 😀 It’s not a long time ago when I saw a statistic that most German lottery winners were broken after an average time of five years. The study mentioned that it has to do with the fact that many people barely can manage small amounts of money, and that won’t change if they have bigger sums of money, which is why they manage it to get broken even with those hughe sums.

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      • I think I have read similar stories about lottery winners who go broke. I think that some people think because they have won a large amount of money they can go and live like rock stars. It takes money to maintain that type of lifestyle and if you are not making any it will soon run out.
        If I were lucky enough to become rich I would live much as I do now really. I don’t want to become part of the jet set. We don’t really care about parties, sports cars or being seen in the right places with the right people. We just want a nice quiet life with a comfortable home, our animals, hobbies and money to indulge in new cameras, computers and holidays from time to time. I’d still shop around for a good deal because I like to get value for money but it would be nice not to stress over whether we can afford to do something or not.

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      • “If I were lucky enough to become rich I would live much as I do now really. I don’t want to become part of the jet set.”

        Exactly. I don’t want that either. I would too just live as I do now, only with the difference that I could buy me a few lenses and a nice Fender Stratocaster guitar right away, but that would be like a few cents in contrast to the money I have now. As same as the other stuff you mentioned, I would of course refurbish my home and do a few holidays, but even that would be peanats with that amount of money.

        If you are rich, you can make your whole bucket list possible without going broke. I think the problem with the jet set is that they get into some kind of spiral where they need to buy things because other people did that too, to show that they can afford the same stuff too, that’s not how I would want to live. I am aware of what I would like to own, and I would only buy the things that are related to my interests.

        I never understood the jet set… the greatest example is a thousand dollar champagne. I think it’s all about the status, they want to show “Hey, I can afford that”. I defnitely wouldn’t fit in there either 😀

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