Share Your World 2018: 17 December


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What traditional Christmas decoration is actually a parasitic plant?


Christmas decorations outside my friend Karen’s house.

Name something about this holiday season (whatever version you may celebrate) that most people like, but you dislike?

Hmm tricky as I like most things about Christmas and the ones I dislike, such as rampant commercialism, most people dislike. In fact, it seems that most people dislike Christmas these days. One thing that I do dislike that many people seem to enjoy is getting drunk at Christmas parties. Mind you that’s not a Christmas thing really. I do enjoy a drink but I don’t get more than a bit light headed. I don’t see the fun in getting blind drunk.

What’s your favorite – or least favorite –  song sung traditionally at this time of year?

I like the traditional  Carols. One of my favourites has always been “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” but I also love to hear the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah at this time of year.

And the last one ———>  In the song “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” what “incriminating” evidence was found on Grandma’s back?

I don’t actually know this song. I have probably heard it but it’s one of those silly songs that I don’t really pay attention to.

Finally:    What would you like to share with the world, if time or cost were no object?

Peace and prosperity and the joy of Christmas that so many people seem to have lost. It makes me sad to hear so many people complaining about how much they hate this time of year.

Christmas by candlelight.

Share Your World 2018: 10 December

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What’s the worst topping you could put on popcorn?   (Credit to Teresa for this one)

 It had never occurred to me that you needed to put a topping on popcorn. It has butter, what else could it need? Mind you I haven’t had any for years. I love it but it would be wasteful to make it for one person.

In what country did Silent Night originate?

We were entertained with Christmas Carols.

Without cheating and consulting Mr Google I believe that it is German, certainly it was originally sung in that language.

I did not read your answers Mel until afterwards so I know what I should have said now. Long time since I read the story about it but I do love the one about the British and German troops singing it in the trenches in WWI.

(WARNING! The following question is NOT meant to start a fuss.  It’s merely a good discussion question in my opinion.  Most everyone knows where I stand on this. If you feel like arguing about it, please give it a pass.) We’re all adults and sensible ones at that.  We can be mature about such things, right?

How would you react if there was irrefutable proof that God doesn’t exist? How about if there was irrefutable proof that God does exist?

Wow, that is a very deep question and I’m afraid that my first reaction was to think of “The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy” in particular the part about the Babel Fish. I’m not  ridiculing the subject it was just the first thing that popped into my head. 

In truth I’m not really religious although I have respect for those who are, and I don’t know that it would make a huge difference to me either way. I can’t see myself living out my remaining years differently. I guess that I believe that God exists but I don’t require proof.

And last question:

What is the scariest non-banned item you could take on to a plane?

I am not really sure what is banned and what isn’t these days. I probably fly less than once a year.  On a flight home from Singapore Naomi was not allowed to bring a tube of toothpaste. I would not have said that was a particularly dangerous item. I’m pretty sure we can take it on domestic flights. I think a knitting needle would be a more dangerous item and I believe they were banned for a while but not sure about now as we have relaxed the rules a bit.



Which version of the holiday celebration do you and your family enjoy?  By this I mean do you follow Jewish traditions with Hanukkah; Christian celebrations with Christmas and (for those over the pond) Boxing Day; or some other festivities that I’ve overlooked?   Please do share with everyone!  I truly feel that this sort of question lets us know a little more about our fellow bloggers without getting too personal (i.e. revealing too much of private lives, which some folks prefer to keep private.)

Christmas tree in the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney December 2012


We celebrate Christmas although as I have mentioned neither my sister nor I are particularly religious. As I think I mentioned in a previous post I do enjoy Christmas Carols, the old traditional ones like “Silent Night” as opposed to Christmas songs although they can be fun in the right place. My idea of Christmas is about family(including pets), friends and trying to do a bit of good in the world because there are always people worse off than you are; at least if you live in a first world country and have any income at all. Some of my Christmas gifts to family members that are better off than I am may be donations to organisations that protect animals or supply people in less well-off countries the means to make an income or have clean water. I think that is important.

The Christmas Story

Boxing Day is a public holiday in Australia too although I think this is more a carryover from our British heritage than because we really understand what it was originally for.  In Australia Boxing Day means barbecues, the beach for some, eating left over Christmas food while watching the cricket on television, or going to the MCG to see it live if you happen to live in Melbourne.

Our guide points out features of the ground.


Share Your World 2018: 3 December

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What are the most important lesson(s) you’ve learned in life?

Don’t rely on other people to do things for you. I don’t like to ask people to do things for me all the time. There are a few who I know that I can call on if I really need help and I have done that when I was in situations that I really couldn’t manage myself. However, a lot of the time in life people will say that they will do this or that but they don’t. I don’t like to impose on the good people too often and I value my independence so if there is a way to manage alone I will.

How did you meet your husband/wife or significant other? How did you know he/she was “the one”?

David and I met on a steam train excursion. He was 19 and I was a few days off my 18th birthday. We had both been going on these trips run by the Australian Railway Historical Society (SA) for some time and on this particular occasion our locomotive had broken down and everyone was asking everyone else if they knew what was going on. David and I got chatting that evening and met on a couple more trips before he asked me out. We found we liked a lot of the same things apart from trains, photography, books, especially science fiction and generally had the same values. We were engaged after a year and married when I was 20 and David was 22. I don’t know if I ever  thought “he’s the one.” I’m not very romantic. Neither of us had ever really dated anyone else as we were so young but luckily things worked out for us. We were married for nearly 38 years.

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Wedding day, I was 20, David 22.

If you could take a year-long paid sabbatical, what would you do?

That’s a hard question to answer in some ways as I haven’t worked for several years. I guess if I’d had that opportunity when I was working for the railways and making decent money I would have traveled overseas or to more distant parts of Australia.

What is your favourite thing to buy at a movie theatre concession stand? (Credit to The Haunted Wordsmith for this one)

Well, Fantales of course, you have to have Fantales at the movies so you can read the movie trivia on the wrappers, Jaffas to roll down the aisles and those ice cream cones that are covered in chocolate.

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By Flickr user Andynahman, CC BY 2.0, Link


What are some Holiday Traditions you and/or your family observe in December?

Every year since I was about 14 I have made mince pies to eat over Christmas. I don’t think I’ve ever missed making them. We like our British style traditions of Christmas pudding and rich, dark fruit cake but in recent times have added another treat called White Christmas to the list of “must haves”.

As there is now just Naomi and me on Christmas Day it is pretty low key. We have a hot lunch, something we were not able to enjoy in Adelaide as it was often too hot for meat and three vegs. We open our presents and presents for the pets of course and later usually watch a replay of the Christmas Pageant from Adelaide and some Christmas movies. Usually, I talk to family and friends who live in other states on the phone at some point during the day.

We don’t observe any religious ceremonies although I used to like to go to Carols by Candlelight years ago it’s not possible now because of the lack of transport. It has become rather more like a pop concert than a Carols service though so I don’t really miss it.

White Christmas, this is the version made with copha.

On Boxing Day David if we were not going out David and I would watch sport on TV and eat leftovers. We watched the first day of the Boxing Day Test Match at the MCG and the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race. I still like to do this and to go to Hobart later in the week to see the yachts when they have arrived.


Share Your World 2018: 26 November

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If your five year-old self woke up in your current body, what would happen, what would you say?

I’m sure any five year old would be scared to death to have become a grown up overnight. I would undoubtedly say that I didn’t like it and wanted to be a kid again, and I would want my mum.

Me with my teddy bear James.

What is a relationship deal breaker for you?  Whether you are talking about a romantic one, a friendship or a related to sort of relationship?

In a romantic relationship, a deal breaker would have been anyone who wanted me to be something different from the person I am. While I would say that most of the people I am close to have similar values and beliefs to me I do tolerate a range of differences of opinion. I guess the closer they are the more I will tolerate.

Is there something out there, a thought, an idea, a current event, or a fear that you find deeply unsettling?

There are a great many unsettling ideas about these days, I could make a list. However, mostly, I just feel like the world is going nuts.

And one that is a bit whimsical: I recently read a news article where some guy wanted to change his age on his birth certificate claiming that he was discriminated against because of his true age and that if he were 20 years younger he’d get more work and more women. I find this bizarre because he wanted to change a fact, the year that he was born. If he lives another 20 years is he going to want to change his DOB again?  As my mother would say, that’s just plain stupid. See above.

If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends and family assume you had done?

My friends and family would assume that it was a case of mistaken identity as at the present time in Australia you can’t be arrested for complaining about things you don’t like on social media.


What were you grateful for this week?  Something that brought some joy into your world?

I had a nice catch up with some friends on Saturday last week. We meet up about once a month for lunch and we always find plenty to talk about. It was not a fancy event, just a local cafe but it was fun.

Roses are starting to flower in my garden. I love roses. This photo is from last year but I hope to take some new ones soon.

My new roses are now doing well.


Share Your World 2018: 19 November

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Are you an Early to bed, early to rise, person, a night owl, and day sleeper/dozer, or an ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead’ person? 

Even when I was a shift worker I could not go to bed early. So many people I know go to bed before 9pm. I just can’t do it unless I am sick. I would wake up way too early. Mostly though, I hated to go to bed early when I was working because I felt robbed of my own time if I did.  I didn’t want my life to be just going to work, coming home, doing chores,  and watching TV for an hour after dinner before going to bed. I’d sit up and go online or read or watch TV till late even if it meant only sleeping for a few hours a night some nights.  Ten thirty was the earliest I could bring myself to go.

Now it is just a habit I can’t break to sit up to all hours.

What are some misconceptions about your hobby, should you have a hobby?

My hobby is collecting dolls and I find that a lot of people don’t get it as a hobby. There are those that say that dolls are creepy or who don’t understand why adults would like them. Luckily for me, the people I’m close to are more tolerant but I read a lot of this stuff online and feel so sorry for collectors whose adult children say nasty things about their dolls and tell them that they will go in the rubbish when mum is gone. I used to be a bit uncomfortable about admitting to collecting but now I don’t care. I like dolls, so sue me.

Two new celluloid dolls. John who is made in Japan and Princess Elizabeth by Palitoy UK. Both from the 1930s.

A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?    

Sorry, I’ve got nothing. It does sound like the beginning of a joke.

Aliens have landed…do they come in peace?

Well, if they are up there observing us they are probably shaking their heads (if they have heads) over us but I’d like to think that if and when they come it will be in peace. Of course, my ideal is “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” not “V” and I  love the idea of a United Federation of Planets although if there was one I doubt we’d be admitted until we grow up a bit.

Collectible Star Trek card

What are you really, incredibly thankful for this week?

I had a really nice day out on Saturday with my friends Ally and Matt. They came and stayed with me on Friday night. We don’t get together very often so it was nice to spend a bit more time with them.  I talked so much I was hoarse by bedtime.

Matt and Ally at the Huon Show.


Share Your World 2018: 5 November

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Is there one post on your site that is really special to you?  (credit for this one goes to CrushedCaramel )

 No, not really. Some are rather personal but the majority are about general subjects. I don’t think I could pick one that meant more to me than the rest.

How Do You Deal With Negative People?  (Athling2001 gets credit for this one)

I tend to avoid people who make me feel bad about myself. I’m quite capable of doing that on my own.

What Is The First Thing You Think Of When You Wake In The Morning?

“What day is it?” Usually followed by “What do I need to do today?”

Would You Rather Be Able To Talk With The Animals Or Speak All Foreign Languages?

Animals. No contest. It would be wonderful to be able to communicate with my pets and find out if they are feeling well and happy and what their fears are. I used to think that speaking another language would be great but it’s not a skill I’d really use a lot compared to how often I want to talk to animals.

Cindy is eleven – March 2017

What small thing happened today (or in the past few days) that you were grateful for?   

Today an elderly couple came into the Op Shop to buy handbags. They told us that they were supporting a charity called “It’s In The Bag” who supply bags filled with personal hygiene products for women who are homeless or living in poverty.

They spent quite a lot of time thoughtfully choosing five or six bags that would comfortably hold the items and picked out some ladies scarves to add for a little treat in each as well. We sent them off with a box of soaps we’d had donated to the shop as they would have a far better use for them.

It often seems to be the ordinary people, those who may not have a lot themselves, who go to the trouble to do something for others less fortunate. I’m grateful that we have people like this in our community.


Share Your World 2018: 29 October

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Name something you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark forest or in an abandoned building.

A crazy person.

 Share the creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone.

I can’t think of one so I guess nothing really creepy ever happened to me when I was alone.

One night when I was staying at Naomi’s place years ago we sat up very late and as we were getting ready for bed at around two or three in the morning we heard a strange voice coming from another room. “Ghosts?” we asked each other, but the pets were not reacting and it stopped so we went to bed. Then it happened again another night and this time we found the culprit. Naomi’s computer going through its antivirus routine.

 What would you like your last words to be?

I am tempted to say “So long and thanks for all the fish.” but actually I was hoping to die in my sleep.

 Do you believe in any ‘mythical’ monsters like chupacabras or shadow people?

I keep an open mind. I want there to be a Loch Ness Monster but I hope we never find her.

Ruins of Urquhart Castle at Loch Ness

 How long do you think you would last in a horror movie?

Not long, however, that’s a good thing. I wouldn’t have to see all the other scary stuff happen before it was my turn.

 Are you afraid of or find clowns creepy?

Neither, I’ve never understood this “creepy clown” thing.

 In the zombie apocalypse, what would be your weapon of choice?

Nope. I don’t have an answer for that one because I don’t see myself going around killing Zombies.

 Have you ever had your tarot cards read?

No, but I would like to.

 Anyone know the reason behind putting candles in jack-o-lanterns?

No. enlighten me.

Do you think putting special emphasis on certain holidays – like Halloween is ‘spooky’ for example — is a good idea or just more mindless entertainment for the masses? 

Halloween is not really a thing in Australia. In recent years retail outlets particularly have tried to push it but it’s not the ritual it is to American children. I was talking to some mother’s yesterday and they said they would be afraid to let their kids go trick or treating in case they were given sweets laced with drugs.  

I do think that like other holidays, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and even Easter and Christmas it has become commercialised but I’m not saying people should not celebrate them if they want to. I love Christmas because I enjoy the traditions and gift giving. I just object to Christmas stuff being in the shops as early as August or Hot Cross buns on Boxing Day. Halloween is a bit of fun and I don’t think there is anything wrong with a night of spooky stories and special food.

close up photo of halloween decors
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 Share a positive thought or message or something that’s inspired you this week.

Today, 30 October, would have been my wedding anniversary. I guess my positive message this week is that life goes on and mostly it’s good.  You learn to cope with things.