Share Your World 2019: 25 November

Sharing My World This Week

General questions this week.  It’s Thanksgiving and then that horrid ‘Black Friday” in the U.S.A. and so lots of folks will be ultra busy.  I thought some general questions that are relatively easy to answer might be in order.

What did you have for dinner last night? 

Last night (Monday) we had chicken drumsticks which I cooked in my air fryer, pasta salad, potato salad, cherry tomatoes, beetroot and cheese followed by choc mint ice cream cones for dessert

Would you rather go out on a Saturday night or stay in?

Honestly, I never cared much about going out on a Saturday night even when I was young unless there was something good on that I wanted to see like a concert or a play or a good movie. It’s cheaper to go to the movies on a weeknight anyway. I still feel the same now. I’m not a party person and am happy to be at home with my pets and my hobbies.

How are you, truthfully?

I’m good I think. I have everything I need, although more money would be nice. I have a secure home and I am equally happy being alone or with people.

What’s the best topping/ice cream combination?  If you don’t eat ice cream, what’s your favourite combination dessert?  (Example: pie and ice cream or pie and whipped cream – that sort of answer)

Well although I agree with Naomi that New Zealand ice cream is probably the best I’ve ever had my favourite ice cream combination would be Tasmanian made Valhalla ice cream in a cone with fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries or strawberries) and topped with whipped cream.

Valhalla ice cream.

Share Your World 2019: 11 November

Sharing My World This Week

  1. Is copying and pasting images or information off the Internet plagiarism?   Do you credit those whose work you ‘borrow freely’ or do you think the idea is repugnant?   (Credit for this question goes to GC and Sue)

Copying and pasting images and information without giving credit is basically stealing. When I write articles for our doll blog I always include the links to the sources I used to research and I try to only use photos that are available in the public domain. I have sometimes contacted people whose material I wanted to use to ask their permission and most have been more than happy as long as I credit them. Using my own photos as much as possible avoids the issue.

  • Do you let sleeping dogs lie?

I think so, mostly. I don’t like conflict anyway and would rather avoid it so I will let things go even if I am still mad. If someone has really offended me I am more likely to avoid them than fight with them.

I always let Naomi’s dog Toby lie if he’s asleep. He can wake up grouchy.

Toby has small paws
  • What’s the strangest pet name (for adults) that you’ve ever heard someone called?

This is one of these questions I can never answer because I don’t remember. I think pet names are a bit dumb except for pets, to be honest.

  • Do you like to dance?   If yes, what’s your favourite and if no, why not?

I don’t like to dance because I feel uncoordinated and self-conscious. At home, I might dance around with the pets once in a while but I never learned dancing except for the folk dances we were forced to learn at school and I was bad at that. I won’t dance in front of others.

image Polish Dancers
The Polish Dancers

Share Your World 2019: 21 October


Had any good conversations with yourself lately? Did you listen to yourself? And how’d that work out for you?   (Credit Allie Bean   https://thespectacledbean  )

I try to give myself good advice and I usually take it. Of course, I don’t have a one hundred per cent success rate but I haven’t fired myself yet.

What is gravity and how does it work?

Gravity is the force that keeps us all from floating off the planet. Of course, if I were a Flat Earther I’d probably say that I didn’t believe in gravity and that it was all fake news.

What is more real – Mind or Matter? 

When we are asked to do things that we really balk at we’re told it is mind over matter. Often that means the person insisting doesn’t mind and it doesn’t matter what we think.

Should a vegetarian (or vegan) eat animal crackers? 

Technically I suppose that a vegan shouldn’t as they have dairy products in them. Some people might be too PC to eat them anyway I guess.

Name (describe) something you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark and deserted wood or alley.   Politicians are a given, so skip those please.  Thanks! 

A tree or a wall. I have terrible night vision and I’d walk into something I couldn’t see or more likely fall over and hurt myself. Alternatively, this guy.

Image by Voltordu from Pixabay

Or these guys.

Share Your World 2019: 7 October


Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) a good thing, a bad thing or a mixture of both?

I have to say mixed. I get very annoyed by the way that some folk feel they must share every little detail of their lives on social media. I also think that it is very rude to be looking at or replying to Tweets etc when you are with others. On the other hand, social media can be a way to connect with like-minded people or to keep in touch with family and friends you don’t often see, especially the younger ones. During our bushfire crisis last summer I relied heavily on local Facebook groups for the latest information on what was going on and whether friends were OK.

Photo by Tracy Le Blanc on

Are you camera shy or do you pose for the camera with confidence?

Love taking photos, hate having my photo taken especially now. I looked a lot better thirty years ago. Naomi and I spent a lot of time dodging the ship’s photographers on our two cruises.

Is there anything you’ve kept from younger years for sentimental reasons alone?

Nearly everything I keep from younger years is for sentimental reasons, things that belonged to mum, things that I had as a child or a young woman. I have things of David’s I wouldn’t part with too.

Favourite treasures in the living room.

Do you like to decorate for different holidays?

The only holiday I really decorate for is Christmas but I adore doing that. I have favourite Christmas ornaments that go on the tree every year (see the previous question). Halloween is not a big thing here.

Do you feel you’re a strong person character-wise?   Also, if you do have a gratitude thought or picture you’d like to share, please feel free!   The world can always use more positive vibes!

I would like to think I am but perhaps it’s not for me to judge. For my gratitude thought I’d like to tell you about a lady who lives in my town who spends all her time helping people. She set up a Pay It Forward page on Facebook for people to donate goods and if she hears about someone locally who is having a tough time she tries to help them; when she is not working on sorting and bagging donations she cooks meals for people who can’t afford to buy food. She spends a lot of her own money even though she only has a pension herself. I am grateful that people like this exist.

Share Your World 2019: 30 September


Earlier this week Rory asked a question that I found so interesting, I thought I’d share it.  Another question, similar to this one was asked in August, but this one is unique.

If confronted with a violent crime against a single individual in progress (severe beating, rape, assault) do you try to do something about it (phone authorities or confront the criminal, stop the crime) or do you figure it’s none of your business and walk or drive on by?  Worse (to me) would you record the crime for social media use without doing anything else? 

For me, this is a no-brainer. I am certainly neither brave enough nor physically capable of confronting an attacker but I would most certainly call the police. It’s one of the few times I’d be glad of carrying the stupid phone so I could do some good with it.

Okay now we got the heavy stuff out of the way, let’s get to some less stressful questions.

If someone asked to be your apprentice and learn all that you know, what would you teach them?

I know I ought to write something deep and meaningful here but I’m more about common sense than I am about wisdom and I am rubbish at most physical tasks, nor do I have career wisdom to impart. So what would I teach? Well, I am getting pretty good at cleaning dirty, stained dolls and I can teach that.

I am so bad at these creative questions. I just don’t have that kind of mind I guess.

First think of a product. Now, what would be the absolute worst brand name for one of those products?

The internet has lists for everything so as I have no imagination I headed off to find a list of terrible product names (some people have nothing better to do.) Most of them turned out to be foreign products so they only look funny to English speaking people which in my mind doesn’t count. I did like this one, however.

Here is the list if you want more.

What ridiculous and untrue, yet slightly plausible, theories can you come up with for the cause of common ailments like headaches or cavities?

An apple a day doesn’t keep the dentist away. The sugar in an apple causes cavities.


If you’d like to, please share a photo or an example of gratitude that you have.  Thanks!  🙂

Tulips and Starflowers

I’m not always lucky with tulips but this year they came up really well.

Share Your World 2019: 22 September


When was the last time you face palmed?  

Honestly, I really don’t take notice of things like that. I may have done it over the past few days, certainly I mentally do it anytime I hear the ridiculous things that come out of politicians mouths.

When is censorship warranted?  Ever?

That is such a big question to answer. There are a great many things that are allowed in public now that I don’t particularly want to see but if we are talking mainly about books, plays, films and ideas, in general, I’d say that I don’t think it is wrong to censor hate speech in any form.

If there were commandments for the modern-day world, what should (could, would) some of them be?  Get creative!

  • The mobile phone is a false god. Do not worship it.
  • If God had intended the whole world to be grey He wouldn’t have created colours. Do not decorate houses totally in grey.
  • If you are fortunate enough to have the right to vote don’t waste it.
  • Be kind to animals.
  • Do not destroy the Earth.

What did you Google last?

I spent quite a lot of time on Sunday Googling information about Paddington Bear for a post I was writing for our Teddy Bear blog.

Paddington Bear, photo by Naomi

Share Your World 2019: 9 September


What’s the first thing you’d do if you won the lottery or came into a huge fortune? 

I’m going to interpret this as what would I do when I actually got the money not when I heard I was getting it. That would be Happy Dance and Phone Call to Sister. Once the money was sitting in my bank the two of us would go and buy a big house with room for all our pets, hobbies and collectibles. After we’d moved into it I could then think about all the other things I would like to do with it.

I don’t have many of the large-sized notes in my purse 🙂

Which decade do you think had the best sense of style?

There were some great fashions in the nineteen-thirties, the forties, fifties and sixties. Many very stylish although not necessarily what I would want to wear every day. I do love to look at movie stars from those decades and many of our favourite paper doll books feature fashions from those times as well. I don’t know if I could pick one. The thirties were probably the most elegant. Here are some fashions from a paper doll book called Army, Navy Wedding which was originally printed in the 1940s.

Fashions from the forties

Would you rather be half your height or double your weight?

Seriously as I am already short and overweight I would not want to be either. Life as a little person would be difficult but probably better than being morbidly obese so I guess if I had to choose I’d say shorter.

If you wanted to get away from everyone totally, where would you hide?

I am not telling. Nor would I be taking a mobile phone.

What do you do that you love?  ❤

I love my hobbies, I love my doll collection and I enjoy photographing them especially the fashion dolls. I love going somewhere interesting to take pictures too. I’ve never been good at drawing and painting but I can do photography and that is art to me. I love my blogging hobby too even on days when it’s hard to fill the page.