Share Your World 2018: 25 September

Sharing My World This Week

Last week I asked a question about favorite beverages and the overwhelming favorite was coffee.   If you drink coffee, how do you like it best?  Hot, cold, iced, with cream, with sugar or black as black? 

At home I use a plunger and drink my coffee with milk but no sugar. If I am out I’ll usually ask for a flat white or a cappuccino. Very occasionally in summer I’ll treat myself to an iced coffee with cream and icecream.

A well deserved cup of coffee.

 In your opinion, what’s the greatest invention of our age?   

I am not sure what is meant by “our age” The industrial age, the twentieth century? There have been so many inventions that have changed the world how to pick one? Penicillin? The internal combustion engine? Wireless? You could make a case for each of these as they have all changed the world.

Global warming?  Reality or myth?

Despite the opinions of various Australian Prime Ministers global warming is real. Those ice caps are not melting for no reason.

photo of an iceberg
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 Are you an explorer or more a home body?

I would not call myself an explorer. I am not one to seek out strange new worlds where no-one has gone before. However, I would not say I was a complete homebody either. I still get a little thrill about setting off on a journey especially to somewhere I haven’t been to before but I also like being at home with my pets and my stuff. I don’t think I could be a nomad. I like to come back to familiar places.

What were you grateful for this week? 

I probably should not say this because I may jinx myself but I am grateful that so far at least I have not caught the bug that seems to be going around as several people I know seem to have got bad colds this past week.







Share Your World 2018: 17 September

Sharing My World This Week

What Is Your Favorite Beverage?  (for those who really dislike “favorite” questions, hey, time to time, one just pops in and will not be denied).

It depends on the time and place. I’d have to say that I drink tea and coffee more than anything else. I don’t drink a lot of carbonated soft drinks as I find that more than a glass at a time just makes me feel gassy.  I do like a glass of wine sometimes though I am no wine buff or a some of our locally made apple or pear cider.

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What Is Your Interpretation of ‘The Golden Rule”?  Are there ramifications to breaking it?

Don’t do anything to other people that you would not like done to you. It’s so simple I don’t know why so many have such trouble with it. If you break it I think that it will come back to bite you.

Sunrise person or sunset person? 

I like both although these days I’m not often up to see a sunrise. I love the colour the sky turns just before the sun rises and the colours of clouds in the evening.

Looking outside, around 7am.

Do people in modern society anthropomorphize animals too much? 

Yes I suppose we do but it is not a new thing and mostly harmless I think. If it makes us treat animals more kindly it is probably  a good thing.

Stay puft french bulldog (2956799679)

and finally

What Were You Grateful For During the Past Week?     

I was out and about a bit last week, one place I went I had a nice conversation with a lady I’ve known for a long time but never had a long chat with, I had lunch with some other friends and met some new people who seemed very nice. I went to Hobart and finally got my hair cut which was great as it had been driving me crazy. I ran into Naomi who was also in town, we hadn’t planned it but naturally we both went to Target’s toy aisle so we ended up having lunch and then we visited a gift shop I’d heard about where I bought  a  tin suitcase to use as a doll prop and had a nice chat with the lady in the shop. She had a very cute toy poodle who made us laugh too.

Share Your World 2018: 9 September

Sharing My World This Week

Are You A Better Listener or Speaker?

I would be a hopeless public speaker although I am fine with people I know and better than I used to be with strangers but probably still a better listener.

If You Were Asked To Design A Warning Label That Would Be Tattooed On Your Skin, What Would It Say? 

WARNING: Grumpy Old Lady

However, as I think tattoos are ugly I probably would not actually have it done.

Poster at a protest march

What Are You Passionate About?

A lot of things, cruelty to animals, lack of compassion by governments towards the poor, displaced and disadvantaged. Developers who build ugly buildings and people who take a lovely old house and renovate all the personality out of it. Modern pop culture (I hate it with a passion), excessive use of social media. Shall I go on? I said I was turning into a grumpy old lady.

federation square melbourne
Whenever I think of ugly buildings this one comes to mind.
phone iphone taking photo selfie
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If You Could Change One Thing About Your World, What Would It Be?

In my own personal world if I could change just one thing I think I’d like most not to have the aches and pains that mean I can’t sit on the floor any more, that if I get down on my knees I know I’m going to have trouble getting back up again and that standing for too long is likely to give me a back ache or sore feet.


And Finally:

What Gave You A Reason To Smile This Past Week?   

On Saturday Naomi and I had fun taking photos for our doll blog together and today I went to the campaign launch of a friend who is running for the local council elections for the first time.

Share Your World – Revisited 2018: 3 September

Sharing My World This Week

This week we have a new SYW host, thanks Melanie for taking this challenge on.

When you are old, what do you think children will ask you to tell stories about?   If you are ‘old’ (a term with different meanings for everyone); what stories do you tell your grandchildren?   

I don’t have children or grandchildren and my little great niece lives far away so I don’t know that I will be telling stories either. I’m not sure if children today  are even interested in old people’s stories.

 When did something start out badly for you but in the end, it was great?

I’ve spent a couple of hours thinking about this without coming up with a specific instance. Many things that started out with me being afraid or not wanting to go turned out OK in the end but not necessarily great.

 What do you think you are much better at than you actually are?   Maybe this one’s kinda mean…thoughts? 

Well I know that I am bad at a lot of things. I am probably not as good as I think at hiding my feelings. My face gives me away too easily. If people annoy me they probably know it even if I don’t say anything.

 What would be the worst thing to hear as you are going under anaesthesia before surgery?

“Good luck with your first operation doctor.”

 What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

My bulbs are all starting to pop up now and I have pots of hyacinths and crocus starting to bloom as well as all the daffodils in the garden.

Spring blooms

Share Your World 2018 – 27 August

Sharing My World This Week

Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts?

I like nuts but I really don’t have a preference one way or the other. If they are there I eat them. If they aren’t I don’t miss them.

Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

My closet is an old fashioned wooden wardrobe. In winter the doors can get a bit hard to shut so sometimes I may sleep with one half open but generally I think it is neater to have closet doors shut when it is not being used. If I had a built in wardrobe the doors would be shut.

My old wooden wardrobe.

Are you usually late, early, or right on time?

These days my schedule often revolves around bus timetables or being picked up by friends. I don’t like to keep people waiting so I make sure I am ready to be picked up on time. I go to the bus stop early, even though the bus is always late. My “on time” is usually five or ten minutes earlier than I need to be there. I am always at airports ridiculously early. If I know I will be late I let people know so they are not hanging around waiting for me.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

The doll show! We went to the doll show on Sunday and I always love going there.

Later, at Bunnings, a nearby hardware store we saw some really cute dogs being wheeled around in trolleys.

Display at the doll show

Share Your World 2018 – 20 August

Sharing My World This Week

Which tastes better: black or green olives?

To me neither. I don’t like olives no matter what colour they are.

What’s your favourite room in your home?

That’s a tough one. I like all the rooms in my house, some more than others perhaps. I’ve had quite a lot done to the place over the past few years and even though I have tried to keep it more neutral looking than I would really like the rooms are full of things that I love. I even like my least favourite room, the bathroom, a bit more now the walls are painted.

I love the glass doors in this room.
Some of my special things.

What fictional family would you be a member of?

When I started to think about this I really came up with more fictional families I would not like to be part of. The Simpsons – too dysfunctional and yellow, the Gilmores – tempting, I love Lorelei and Rory and I would like to live in Stars Hollow  but I would not want to be related to Emily, the Brady’s – I could not live in a house that small with so many other people. Obviously I would not want to be a Walton either.

Being a member of the Addams family might be fun though and I wouldn’t have minded living at the Shady Rest with the Bradley’s as long as Kate wasn’t too keen for me to find a nice boy.

I would not like to be a Miss Bennett with a silly mother constantly fretting because I wasn’t married.

I did like Marilyn’s idea of the March family though and I’d have no trouble guessing who she would be, me too.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

On Saturday Naomi and I went to the Hobart Model Train Show where we enjoyed seeing the various miniature scenes created by keen modellers. We especially liked one layout representing the South Australian town of Gawler complete with a steam engine and heritage carriages like the ones we used to travel on frequently, familiar diesels and the “Redhen” railcars that we spent many hours cleaning.

Model version of Gawler, South Australia.
Model version of Gawler, South Australia.


Share Your World 2018 – 13 August

Sharing My World This Week

A class you wish you would have taken?

I wish I’d continued to study languages in high school. I took French and German for the first two years but then I changed schools and French was taught in an entirely different way so I went from an “A” student to a “D” and took most of the year to get up to a “C”. This school did not teach German at all. They taught Latin which I avoided in my previous school as I thought it a waste of time to learn a language I could not use if I travelled. I did enjoy German and I wish I had learned it properly. That was 45 years ago so most of what I once knew I have forgotten.

Are you scared of heights?

I used to think so but actually what I am afraid of is falling. I have no problem taking a glass elevator to the top of a building. In fact I like them although looking through a glass floor in one is a bit unnerving. I enjoy visiting observation towers and riding observation wheels for the views but don’t ask me to climb a ladder or even stand on a chair these days.

The view from the Singapore Flyer.


Are you a good cook? If so, do you consider yourself a chef?

I’m certainly not a chef. I would say I am an adequate cook. I can cook edible meals and sometimes enjoy baking cakes. I am not interested in food preparation the way that some of my friends are. I never watch food programs on TV. I used to like to experiment with different dishes but as David could not eat most of them I rather lost interest in the end. There are many things I find more interesting than cooking.

image ingredients for Christmas Cake
Ingredients for Christmas Cake

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

  • The first King Alfred daffodils bloomed in my garden
  • Naomi and I spent a nice day together on her birthday last Sunday.
  • We started clearing up the back room of the Op Shop and it looks a lot more spacious now.
King Alfred daffodil