If you had a shelf for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronic devices and things stored on them, people or animals), what would you put on it?
I have a lot of possessions that I really love so picking three is hard but obviously my dolls are very important to me.
Theresa is a baby doll that I was given when I was about three or four years old and I still have her. She would certainly be on the shelf.
I have a lot of my mum’s favourite ornaments. Some of her favourites collectively referred to as “the brass” were brought back from India and Egypt by her mother after they lived in those two countries for several years in the 1920s and early 1930s. Mum would not like it to be split up but I’ll choose one item to represent the collection. OK a pair of items.
My third item would be an old ship in a bottle which was supposedly made by David’s great grandfather I think it was on his father’s side. He was a sailor, we think from Denmark, and settled in South Australia in its early years as a colony. I consider myself the guardian of this family heirloom which will one day be passed on to one of the younger generation.
If you had a box labelled ‘happiness’, what would you put in it?
My box would be full of happy memories.
- Memories of all our pets, past and present and the funny things they do.
- Memories of Sunday morning breakfasts when I was growing up and how we’d have bacon and eggs and then make a second pot of tea and mum would talk about her childhood abroad, funny family stories from the war years and later when her parents ran a guest house and all the different pets and dolls that she had in her life.
- Memories of steam train trips first with my sister and later with David. The sounds, sights and smells of a locomotive and how we’d run up to the end of the platform in sheer excitement of seeing one. Going to festivals and fairs all around country South Australia on trains. Volunteering at the SteamRanger Depot and helping out on trains.
- Our wedding day at the Adelaide Railway Station.
- Memories of David and me going on road or rail trips. When we were young we sometimes spontaneously decide to take the train to Victor Harbour or Port Pirie on a Saturday just for the ride. Later when we had a car we’d drive for five hours to visit the Pichi Richi railway in Quorn and drive home the same day. We would go for drives in the Adelaide hills and sometimes one of us would say “Let’s see where this road goes.” Stopping to take pictures or tracing some obscure right of way that was once a railway. Our big once in a lifetime trip overseas trip is a happy memory I’ll always have, seeing Moscow and St Petersburg, standing on the Great Wall of China, visiting the Yorkshire Moors, Scotland and north Wales.
- Memories of holidays with my sister where we’d explore new places shop and sit up way too late. Being in the car with our favourite music on the CD player.
Christmas lunches with David’s family, plenty of food, wine, laughter and good company.
- Watching cricket at Bellerive or on TV with friends.
- I would also include in my Happiness Box my hobbies and the pleasure I get from finding new dolls, making things for them and just having them. Blogging makes me happy too because I can share my hobbies and it provides an outlet for sharing my photographs. I consider the bloggers that I follow and read regularly and those that read my blogs to be friends.
- Last but not least my home makes me happy. I love being at home with my special possessions around me. I love sitting in the garden and watching the birds. I love where I live, the Huon Valley and all of Tasmania.
I would need a bottomless box.
What do you want more of in your life?
The obvious answer is of course money. Who does not want more of that? Not necessarily to be mega rich but so I’d never have to worry about bills, government pensions or whether or not I ought to buy something I need or want.
What I would like more of apart from that is travel. I want to see more places while I am still fit and well.
And I want to make more happy memories.
Daily Life List: What do you do on an average day? Make a list of your usual activities you do each day.
Oh dear, this is going to sound boring. My life has been in a sort of limbo the past few months and after my holidays my routine will be different but at present an average day at home is:
- Cleaning the house; with a dog and cat who are allowed on the furniture there is always vacuuming to do. I go round with a basket and return items to their correct rooms as I dust and vacuum. I make the bed, sometimes assisted or hindered by Polly who likes to sleep on it during the day. I clean up the pet area and wipe the kitchen benches. I find I don’t need to do laundry every day any more.
- Spending time grooming and playing with Cindy. You just have to look at that dog and she sheds so I try to comb her with a de-shedding comb most days. I can’t take her to the dog park like David used to do so we have a session of ball throwing in the back garden.
- Preparing my meals; to be honest this does not take long. I have cereal and toast or a banana for breakfast and usually a sandwich or English muffin for lunch with whatever fillings are around and an apple to follow (Mine are just getting ripe). Dinner is usually something grilled with vegetables done in the microwave or stir fried and served with rice. As it is summer here I’m not really cooking a lot of stews or casseroles as I do in cold weather.
- Internet: On an average day I go online several times. In the morning to check for comments on the blogs as most of you live in a different time zone to me. I check Facebook and my email at the same time to see if there is anything that requires an answer. Later I will come back to read posts and sometimes to write them or to edit and upload photographs for them. Most days I will play some kind of computer game for an hour or so. At the moment it is Zuma’s Revenge, Bejewelled or sometimes a hidden object or solitaire game. At the end of the day I usually check everything again.
- Reading; most days I’ll take some time to read something. I have a couple of books on the go at the moment. I’m tending to read in bed more now than I used to.
- Television; although it is not on every day there has been a lot of cricket on television this summer and I have watched a lot of it in the evenings and sometimes during the afternoon if I don’t have anything else urgent to do. The weather channel tends to be a regular part of my day too but not the news which I tend to avoid.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
This morning a friend kindly drove me with Cindy to the vet so she could have her annual shots. Thanks to my sister-in-law an annoying problem I have had with my phone for some time is now fixed. It’s good to know someone who knows about these things. My sister has been sending me pictures of vintage paper dolls she has bought or found online and I have been writing a lot of blog posts about them. Yesterday the doll blog had the most views ever in one day which is pretty cool. The rest of the week is nothing particular to look forward to and I’ll be happy if it is just not so hot as it has been.