Share Your World 2019: 19 August


What would be your solution to the over-population of the earth?   Earth has finite resources and humanity seems to be breeding themselves to extinction.   Some countries have tried restricting the number of children a couple or a person can have, with little success.  So what other viable options are there for reducing the number of people? 

I don’t agree with restricting the number of children a person can have. It did not work very well for China. I do think that people should practice birth control and consider whether they can support a family. Honestly, I think in this day and age having six or more children is impractical for many people. In older times child mortality rates were higher and contraception not available so it was natural to have large families.

Global Population Projection Grids Based on SSPs, 2050: Total Population - SSP5

Birth control on its own is not going to solve the problem though. We need to be more mindful of using the resources we have and yes maybe we do need to start thinking about the space program again. One day this poor old Earth will wear out and we will need somewhere to go although knowing us we’ll probably want someone else’s planet rather than find our own.

Okay, the rest will be ‘recycled’ questions.   I got a Sunshine Blogger Award recently and I thought some of the questions on that post were kinda nifty.   So “recycle”!  

What’s invisible but you wish people could see?

If we really do have auras it would be interesting if we could see them. It would certainly help with determining people’s moods.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?

I know a lot of facts, many ridiculous but I don’t have instant recall so I’ll pass on this one.

What are the unwritten rules of where you work? If you don’t work (retired or unemployed) what are the unwritten rules you live your life by?

At the Op Shop where I volunteer several days a week, the unwritten rule is that you never refuse to accept a donation. Our little shop is not run by a national charity, it’s run by local people for local people and we rely on their donations so we don’t want them to think we don’t value what they bring or that we have too much of an item. If they stopped bringing things we’d have nothing to sell.

How do you feel about putting pineapple on pizza?

I don’t have a problem with it.

Toilet paper, over or under?

I worked in a hotel where we were required to put it over with corners folded to form a point. I still do over but don’t do the fold unless there is a house inspection and I’m feeling fussy.

What’s the best type of cheese?

There is no best type of cheese, except maybe cheese you don’t have to pay for. Everyone likes different types of cheese or if they are lactose intolerant no cheese at all.

Share Your World 2019: 12 August


What makes you laugh?

When Naomi and I get together we laugh about all sorts of things, quite a few of them you just had to be there for and even then you’d have to be us to see the humour. Quite often her laughing will set me off as well. Pets are very funny too, the things they do often make me laugh. There are a lot of movies and TV shows that make me smile but once in a while, one comes along that really makes me laugh out loud. I always laughed at “The Muppet Show” for instance. I have favourite books that make me laugh out loud too. Gerald Durrell writing about his family in books like “My Family and Other Animals, The Picnic and “Fillets of Plaice” (even the name makes me laugh), Betty MacDonald writing about hers in “The Egg and I” and especially “Anybody Can Do Anything”. Really old books but still funny I think.

What’s the world coming to?  (Credit to Mel of Crushed Caramel…)

I don’t know but something a lot less funny than being demolished by the Vogons to make way for a hyperspatial bypass.

35 years ago, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was published! RIP to Douglas Adams.
photo from Flickr use Porcupiny

In one sentence sum up the Internet.

The internet may be both the best and the worst thing ever invented.

Information Superhighway
Photo: Elias Schwerdtfeger Flickr 2014

If over time you replace parts on a car, at what point does it stop being the same car you bought? How many parts do you need to replace to make it a new car?

This is “Grandfather’s Axe” for a new generation. My answer is that it will never be a new car because unless you replaced all the parts at once there will still be older parts. Is it the same car? Well, the folks at the DMV think so, don’t they?

Gratitude is an attitude.   Yea or nay?   Explain your viewpoint, please!  

Yes, I think it is. You can choose to be grateful for what you have even if it’s not much or you can choose not to. When I say gratitude I guess I mean appreciation. I often say in these posts that I’m grateful for my home, my family and friends, pets, nature etc. I focus on those things because I think it better for me to focus on what’s good in my life than what is bad. Now in my case, there is more good than bad so it’s not so hard but I could focus on not having my husband anymore, a job or a decent income. I choose not to. I’d just be making myself unhappy. I imagine that if you are living in a slum or a detention centre it’s a lot harder to find anything to be grateful for but maybe even more necessary for your mental well-being.

Share Your World 2019: 22 July


What happens if you stare at the mirror for too long in the dark?   (credit to Ursula of An Upturned Soul.  If you haven’t read Ursula’s blog, go over and just wade in and enjoy.   To me she’s fascinating and what she writes about is always worth the journey).

I suspect I wouldn’t be able to see much as I have terrible night vision but I’d probably manage to creep myself out in the end.

Do you think you’re judgmental?  What tends to bring it out in you?  (Credit to Ashleyleiafor this one)

I try not to be but I am sometimes. What brings it out in me most is reading about people killing themselves taking selfies, falling off buildings or overboard when they are on a cruise, giving their children weird names and other stupidity.

Do you work better with actual lists or with mental lists?  (Credit to Sadje of Keep it Alive)

I’m better with an actual written list. If I have things to do I find actually ticking things off a list helps me get things finished.

Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

Would you go streaking across a football field during a game for a million dollars (insert your own country’s currency), knowing there’s a 50/50 chance you’ll get arrested for indecent exposure? (this one is mine.  Yeah, my mind wanders to some highly strange places sometimes).

No. Not for any money. I don’t want strangers seeing me naked.



What has happened in your life that made you feel uplifted and happy, if only temporarily?   

Last week was not a great week for me, a number of annoying things happened but I did have a special moment one morning when just as we arrived at the Op Shop half a dozen or so Green Rosella’s landed in a tree right in front of me. That cheered me up.

Green Rosella in my garden.

If we’re talking about my life, in general, I’ve had many times that have made me feel uplifted and happy, simple things like seeing a pretty bird in the garden, things that made me laugh, seeing amazing places like the Great Wall of China, heading out on a road trip with favourite music playing in the car. On the whole more good stuff than bad.

Share Your World 2019: 8 July

Sharing My World This Week

As we have the option of answering these questions in a seasonally appropriate way I thought that I’d comment on both summer and winter in my answers this week.

  • Are you a Summer person?   A Winter person?   Or one of the other seasons suits you best?

I’m definitely not a summer person. I didn’t mind the hot days so much when I was younger but now I hate extreme heat and humidity. Summer in Tasmania is usually cooler than the other states but we seem to get more hot days than we used to and of course, there is always the spectre of bushfires. I don’t mind winter so much although the rain and the grey days can get a little depressing sometimes. I really prefer spring and autumn, spring for the flowers and blossoming trees and autumn for the foliage. It’s probably the nicest weather we have as spring can be windy.

  • What is your favorite summertime clothing?   
A selection of clothing for sale at the Op Shop.

I don’t really wear dresses and skirts much and certainly would not be seen in shorts, nor do I like cropped 3/4 length pants on me. Mostly I wear jeans or if it’s really hot lightweight summer pants and a v-neck or scoop neck, short-sleeved T-shirt. I have some 3/4 sleeve T-shirts that I like a lot and I wear these for three seasons out of four with a cardigan over if required. Now it’s winter so I’m wearing a long sleeved “spencer” under a sweatshirt or knitted jumper (sweater to my American friends) and sometimes a fleece vest over that. Australian homes tend not to be centrally heated so layers are good. I do have what Tasmanians call a heat pump and the rest of Australia calls a reverse cycle air conditioner which keeps my living room, dining room and kitchen warm but the rest of the house is pretty cold at this time of year.

  • Do you find yourself eating out more during the summer?  Or making ‘cold food’ like salads and stuff you can heat in the microwave?

No, I eat out about the same amount all year round, hardly at all. I do have salads more in summer, coleslaw, potato salad, pasta salad are what I have at home although I might get a Caesar salad if I eat out. I’m not a huge fan of lettuce. If it’s really hot things like quiche and cold meats are good. At this time of year though it’s pasta, Shepherd’s Pie, stews and casseroles.

  • Do you like watermelon?   What’s your favorite summertime treat?

I do like watermelon. I didn’t when I was younger but now I do. I also like rockmelons. A favourite summertime treat would be cream or ice cream with strawberries, raspberries or blueberries. A favourite winter dessert would be a steamed pudding with custard.

Ice cream stall sign

Are you thankful it’s finally (sorta) dry and warm?

Well, it’s neither here but that’s OK. It’s dry and warm inside.

We get a bit of fog here especially in winter time.

Share Your World 2019: 1 July


Would (or do) you stop to help (presumably) stranded folks by the side of the road?

As I don’t drive it’s a bit irrelevant for me so I’ll tell you what David used to tell me years ago and I think that it is probably still true. He said that if you were driving in outback Australia and saw someone broken down on the side of the road you should stop and help them because in isolated places it might be hours or even days before someone else came by. The unwritten rule was that the person needing help would put their bonnet up as a signal that they hadn’t just stopped for a break. Of course, the level of help you can give varies. David was mechanically inept and couldn’t even change a tyre but in those pre-mobile phone days, you could at least offer to take the person to the nearest town or to report their problem for them. Today with phone coverage more widespread perhaps it’s no longer necessary and certainly not for a woman alone in a city if she doesn’t feel safe. I can recall us stopping for someone at least once and people stopped to help us when we were in difficulties.

Stuart Highway NT
Most of the road to Uluru looks like this. Photo David Jensen c1983

Do you think the world is less mannerly today than in past times OR are we just more touchy and manners are as they’ve always been?

Yes, I certainly do and I do think mobile phones are responsible for a lot of that. When people ignore those they are with in order to talk or text to others what message does that send? I hear the way that children speak to their parents, and vice versa sometimes, and they don’t have a nice way of speaking. I think it is rude when you are on some kind of tour and your view is always being blocked by people taking selfies. It’s possible that I’m more sensitive to bad manners than when I was younger but I am sure I wouldn’t be if it hadn’t become more prevalent.

Selfies on the sampan

What happens if you’re scared half to death, TWICE?

If that ever happens to me I would like to tell you but I might be dead.

If ALL the world’s a stage, where does the audience sit?

Circling the world in space ships? A new take on theatre in the round.

Share your thankful comments here.   It’s a gorgeous day most places, so celebrate!

It’s not particularly gorgeous here. It has been blowing a gale and raining since yesterday but it’s winter so to be expected. I’m grateful for rain as well as sunshine because we need it to fill the dams ready for next summer. I’ve seen some jonquils in my garden that look like they are getting ready to flower and they will add a patch of colour to the winter garden.

New jonquils August 2018

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.