Share Your World 2019: 17 June


If you were suddenly injured or died, are your bedside table drawers ready for someone else to go through them?   If you care to share, what’s the most unusual item someone might find, that might be potentially embarrassing?

Timber panelling in a bedroom

My bedside table drawers are boring, a couple of pairs of compression socks, cough lollies, a tube of stuff for relief from insect bites, some beads, tags from clothing for the size or laundry information. The only thing I’d be embarrassed about is how uninteresting they are.

What keeps you going?  (However you might interpret that is correct.)

Finding pleasure in the small things in life.

Share a photo or a sentence about ‘your favorite thing(s) (credit to Judy Dystkra-Brown in response to this:  ttps://   )

If we are not counting people or animals then I guess my favourite thing in life is my “stuff” and of my stuff, my dolls mean the most to me.

Some of my larger dolls.

At the end of the song “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M.,  where did they all go?

I know this song but I can’t recall if I’d ever seen the video before. I watched it twice and still couldn’t decide where they were all going. All I can say is that they looked like they were being called to go somewhere but there was no joy, eagerness or even curiosity in responding. I wouldn’t watch it a third time as I found it too sad.

What are you grateful for right now?

I’m grateful for my home and although I love spending time with others I am also grateful for the days when I can stay home and enjoy it with just Polly and Cindy for company.

Share Your World 2019: 11 June

Sharing My World This Week

What do fish do all day?   What thoughts do you think they have?  (Credit to the awesome Teresa and her Fibbin’ Fridays for this one)

Swim, obviously, and if fish think I guess they think about what they are going to eat or what might eat them.

Fish in a pond, Singapore

What celebrity would you have as a SPOUSE, if you HAD to choose?

Nope, never given it a thought. I don’t see celebrities lining up to ask for my hand so I think the likelihood of having to choose is zero. I was quite happy with the husband I had anyway; don’t ever want another.

What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever broken?

Well, two things come to mind. Several years ago I accidentally broke a pane of glass in our front door. It used to stick in damp weather and I gave it a harder than usual tug and a pane of frosted glass just shattered.  I forget how much new frosted glass would have cost but too much for us, we had it replaced with plain glass.

The other thing was my Nikon Coolpix L120 camera which got broken in Sydney after our first cruise when I dropped it while trying to carry my luggage to my room. I think the camera was between $200-300 new but worse than that was that David had given it to me one Christmas, quite unexpectedly, because I hadn’t said I needed a new camera. I was so sorry to lose it because it happened only a few months after he died. I still miss it sometimes.

Nikon Coolpix L120s5s

When was the last time you slept more than 9 hours in a stretch?  Why?

I can’t remember. I practically never sleep that long. Usually, I wake up automatically after six hours or so although I may drop off again especially if I know I don’t need to go anywhere or do anything in particular that day. Sometimes I might wake up because I have to go to the bathroom and sometimes Cindy wakes me to let her out. She’s a good dog; she doesn’t often wake me up in the middle of the night but she’s getting older too. I generally sleep about 6-7 hours no matter what time I go to bed whether I set the alarm or not.

An Attitude of Gratitude!

Share something you were really grateful for this year (so far):

With nearly half a year gone I have to say that the thing I have been most grateful for this year is that my town was saved from the bushfires, my house did not burn and I had friends who were willing to take me and my pets in when things looked the worst.

Smoke from nearby fires discolours the sky.

Share Your World 2019: 27 May

Sharing My World This Week

Do you consider yourself a pessimist or an optimist?

I used to consider myself an optimist for most of my life but the past five or six years I’ve become more of a pessimist. The stupid people seem to have the world in their grip and I sometimes feel the only way to outwit them is to die but of course, that’s probably just what they want.

Can War ever be just?

Probably not, sometimes we think we’re going to war for the right reasons, to defend our homes and families or protect weaker people; but who decides when we should go? Politicians; and they have their own agenda and the power and influence through the media to convince people to do what they want without necessarily telling the real reasons.

Think about the people you love most in your life, what do you do for them?

I would never let someone I love go without if I could help them. I wouldn’t let them struggle alone when I could support them.

Are you health conscious?

Am I health conscious? No, I try not to be excessive in what I eat but I don’t enjoy exercising. I like to walk but I never enjoyed playing sports and find repetitive exercises boring.

Gratitude, Thankfulness, Wonder, Awe and Joy!   

I’m grateful for my pets, my garden and the creatures that visit it.

This is the space where you share, if you’d like to, something that falls into those categories.

 I hear so many stories of people who are homeless, living in vans or sheds or renting houses that are so expensive they can barely manage. I am thankful that  I have a home of my own.

The house on the highway.

Share Your World: 20 May 2019

Some Silly Questions:

Is it better to suspect something (bad or hurtful) and not know or to have your worst fears confirmed by sure knowledge?

Sometimes one and sometimes the other.  I can be a bit of an ostrich and sometimes prefer not to know things that seem scary to me. It’s probably better to know and take steps to deal with a problem but if for example, someone doesn’t like me, do I really need to know that?

What makes you laugh aloud?   Crack up?   Laugh until your sides split?   When was the last time you had a great big belly laugh?

Never ask me “when was the last time you did so and so” because unless it was in the last week or so I probably won’t remember. Naomi and I often have conversations where we both end up laughing out loud over some silly thing, don’t ask for examples, I can’t think of any.

I also find there are some books that make me laugh out loud. That tends to make people look at you funny if you are on the bus. Whenever I read Gerald Durrell’s “The Picnic” or “My Family and Other Animals” I always laugh out loud. Emily Kimbrough’s travel stories usually have the same effect.

Do you suppose Noah had woodpeckers in the ark?  If he did, where did he keep them?   Apologies to the Darwinians in the crowd…this is merely for fun, okay?

Well, if he was taking two of every kind of creature he had to didn’t he? And there are still woodpeckers.  I guess he had an onboard aviary as you would not want all those birds flying around pooping on everyone. Did they have wire in Noah’s day? Could two woodpeckers do major damage to a sturdily built ark in 40 days and 40 nights? Maybe God just told the woodpeckers to be good. (I believe in evolution but I like the story of Noah’s Ark even though it’s totally impractical.)

Why is “Charlie” short for “Charles when they are the same number of letters?

In this case when people say “short for” I think they really mean that it is an informal term for the name Charles. Chas would be short for Charles I guess.

Thankful, Joyful, Grateful

What happened in your world this past week that made you feel thankful, joyful or grateful?

It was my birthday yesterday and I received a few cards, yes some people still send them, and good wishes from friends and family.  I was grateful they remembered. We had a nice sunny day on Saturday for our big sale at the Op Shop which I was thankful for as I was working outside. It was a really pleasant day until I got home and turned on the TV for the election results. I haven’t felt joyful since.

Some of the things we were selling.

Some things we had for sale.

Share Your World: 13 May 2019


What social stigma does society need to get over already?

There are plenty but I’m going to say poverty. There are many people who are poor through no fault of their own and people need to stop judging them without knowing their circumstances.

What was the last photo you took?

I took a batch of photos of dolls I was fixing up to go back to the Op Shop. This was the last one of the batch.

The last photo I took

 When was the last time you snooped and found something or found out something you wish you hadn’t?

So long ago that I don’t remember what it was. I don’t look at other people’s phones or read their mail and I try not to overhear conversations that were not meant for my ears. If people are saying bad things about me I don’t need to hear it.

What’s the most comfortable bed or chair you’ve ever slept in?

The last bed David and I bought was to replace an ageing queen sized bed. That one was very comfortable but he had broken the wooden frame three times and frankly, I had got tired of mending it.  I also got tired of trying to sleep in the 30 centimetres or so left when he was fully spread out. I know it was 30 centimetres because one night I measured it.

So I convinced him we needed a larger bed. We bought a king sized bed with a pillow top mattress and it was so comfortable. I was sorry to let it go but it made no sense to me to keep it after he died. It was just too big for me alone. I sold it to some friends and they loved it.

King sized bed.


Can being grateful change Your World?

Yes, I believe so. Being grateful puts things in perspective and reminds me that no matter what is going on in my life there are good things in it. If I only focused on the negative things I would be unhappy a lot more often.

One of my second to last batch of photos.


Share Your World: 6 May 2019

Sharing My World This Week

I’m late to the party this week.  Yesterday I went to Hobart and because of that didn’t spend my Tuesday morning working on these questions. Still better late than never right?

  1. Do you believe in soul mates? If so, do you think there is only one person meant to share that bond with you, out there in the world?  (credit to Cyranny of Cyranny’s Cove)

I really don’t know how to answer this. It’s wonderful to have someone in your life that you feel such a bond with but rather sad to think that if you lost that person you would never have another relationship like that. Some people could be lucky to find such a person twice.

  1. Ice cream cone, shake or other ice cream concoction?

Ice cream is good whether it is a cone/cornet, sundae, thick shake or in a dish at home. My very favourite type which I try to treat myself to at least once every summer is a Viking Cone which is locally made Valhalla ice cream and fresh fruit, either raspberries, strawberries or blueberries or for the chocolate lovers Rocky Road or the Zappa Jaffa, chocolate and orange. My favourites are the fruit ones though. The best time for me to get one is usually during the week between Christmas and New Year when there is always a stall at the Taste of Tasmania and a van somewhere on the waterfront but you can get one any Saturday at Salamanca Market. They are not cheap but soooo worth it.

Valhalla ice cream.


  1. What would be the hat to end all hats? What could you wear on your head that would make people stop what they are doing and stare in awe and amazement?

I’m not a great one for hats, I wear one when I go to the cricket or somewhere else where I know I will be out in the sun all day but I don’t really like “Hat Hair”. I remember mum and I having fun when department stores still had a hat department in the 1970s. We would go and look at the hats and try them on but rarely buy. This may be why we no longer have hat departments in our stores. Too many customers laughing at the hats.

The other place to wear an outrageous hat would be at the Melbourne Cup where it is a bit of a tradition but I no longer follow horse racing. It’s a cruel industry.

The Final Three - 2013 Myer Fashions on the Field (10705855674)

  1. What would be the worst “buy one get one free” sale of all time?

I’d be here all day trying to think of the very worst ever but I think those red baseball caps that say “Make (insert name of country) Great Again would be on the list. Or for Aussie readers, red budgie smugglers as worn by a certain ex-PM are also pretty gross.


Bonus Question.   Please share a moment of gratitude that you experienced during the past week. 

Last week my “garden guys” Jason and Brodie told me that they were selling part of their business and would no longer be coming to Geeveston. They have been doing the garden for six years and I am sorry to see them go and grateful for all they have done for me.  Not only did they transform my garden into a place I really enjoy spending time but they have always been willing to help out with other things, moving a heavy piece of furniture, changing a lightbulb that I can’t reach and even capturing birds that had flown down the chimney or into the house on a couple of occasions.  You don’t get service like that everywhere. Here you can see some of the major jobs they did over the past five years.

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Share Your World: 29 April 2019


If you could interview anyone from your life living or dead, but not a celebrity, who would it be and why?
I know some very interesting people whose stories I love listening to. Some local friends who are a few years older than me. They all have stories to tell about the different jobs they have done, places they have been to and the people they’ve met. I’d also nominate my mum who used to tell us lots of stories about living in Egypt and India when she was a girl, about life in England during WWII and all sorts of other things that I never tired of hearing about.

Mum with her family, I think this was around 1925 or thereabouts. Mum is the curly haired one in the middle.

As a child, did you have a nickname?  Did you carry that with you throughout life or was it only in childhood that you used it? 
No, I didn’t have a nickname. Some kids who had not heard my unusual name before found it amusing to call me Verandah but I didn’t share their amusement and it didn’t last past the fourth grade as far as I recall.

Give us three words that describe you: 
Stubborn, Introverted, Independent

 Sneaking into a second movie at the theatre (if you go to a movie house)?  Is that wrong or just harmless ‘fun’? 
I don’t even know how you do that but it sounds dishonest.

 If you had a time machine would you go back to the past or forward into the future?  Why? 
I already went back. See?

Me in Scarborough, England 1990

April Gratitude:

I’m grateful for having ten days off from the Op Shop over Easter and ANZAC day to recharge my batteries.