Rory’s Morning Dawdler:23 February

Deep in the heart of Rory’s blog “A Wild Aloha To You- Earthly Comforts” you can find the Morning Dawdler questions. Here they are:

Are you quiet or vocal when watching television, a movie, or a film? Can you sit there with others and watch silently, or are you filled with oohs, ahhs, and other gesture forms?

I mostly watch TV alone these days and sometimes I admit that I make comments addressed to the characters at times. Naomi and I talk about what we’re watching if we are together. However, I can’t recall ever oohing and aahing over any program.

David loved television and he always used to get so involved in the programs that he watched that he often exclaimed while viewing as well as talking to the characters.


How many rolls of toilet paper does your household use monthly on average?

I feel like we use a lot but I really have no idea exactly how many. We have 3 toilets in our home although one of them probably gets more use than the other two.

Do you believe that if a person takes a life, they destroy a part of themselves – what are your views on this?

I hadn’t really considered that but I’m sure it must be true. People who kill another person by means of an accident find it changes their lives. Apart from the practical considerations they must feel terrible guilt and remorse. Surely you could never completely get over something like that?

My grandfather was a soldier in World War One. He wasn’t a career soldier although he later became one. He told his family that he never knew if he killed anyone because whenever he had to fire his gun he closed his eyes. I don’t think he could have lived with the knowledge that he had taken a life. He died when I was only six years old so I was never able to talk to him in person about this.

I personally don’t believe in capital punishment. Most methods of execution result in a horrible, painful death. In my mind if humans do that to each other then who is to say that those responsible are any better than the accused person. I know that I would not want to be the person who pushed the button, inserted the needle or even the person who authorised it.

I once watched a very interesting episode of “Law & Order” dealing with the principal characters reactions to an execution. It showed that all of them, even though they believed the person was guilty they were personally affected by the death.

My point is that most normal people, if they took a life, even if it was an accident or in self defence, are always going to remember that moment. So yes, I do think that it would destroy part of you.


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.


  1. I have no opinion on what happens if you take a life. I assume it would not be a positive experience, but there seem to be a lot of people doing it and many don’t seem to regret it. But then again, there are a lot of things I no longer understand and it’s possible I’m better off.

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