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.

Share Your World 2019: 2 September


When you’re 90 years old, what do you suppose will matter most to you?

If I’m still alive which I think is doubtful what would matter to me most was just getting through every day I think. I would want to be as independent as you can be at that age and mentally alert but I guess if I wasn’t I probably wouldn’t know

What’s the best way to spend a rainy afternoon?

Well, first of all, not out in the rain getting soaked through. It’s nice to stay indoors and do some crafty hobby, or maybe work on the dolls I fix for the Op Shop. I sometimes play in the doll room on wet afternoons, changing outfits and things like that but not photography because the light really isn’t good enough. Then, of course, there is also catching up with those blog posts I was meaning to write.

What is one thing you don’t understand about yourself?

Why I am so physically uncoordinated. I bump into things, trip over things, can’t balance on anything. I’m scared of falling. I’ve always been useless at any sport that requires hand-eye coordination. That’s not because of my age. I have always been like this.

When was the last time you tried something to look ‘cool’ (hip), but it ended in utter embarrassment?   Details?

I don’t think I’ve ever tried to look “cool”. I’m not the right shape to be fashionable and I prefer to just go my own way and wear the colours and styles I like. The most embarrassing incident I can remember was a workmate commenting that my blue eyeshadow looked very 1980s, this was in the late 90s. I’ve never been all that happy wearing eye make up. A friend showed me how to put it on in the eighties and I just kept doing it that way. After that, I pretty much stopped wearing it at all. I don’t really like the feel of makeup on my skin so these days if I feel I must wear it it’s lipstick and face powder only.


This is an opportunity to share a picture, a story or event that shows your gratitude.

I had a lovely day out in Hobart taking photos today. The sun shone. I saw some of my favourite spring blossoms at Princes Park. I treated myself to a dessert at Salamanca Square and got my hair cut, it was getting too long and driving me crazy.

Share Your World 2019: 26 August


If you had to sum up the whole human species in 3 words, what would those words be?

I need four words. Our own worst enemies.

Where is the strangest place you’ve relieved yourself?  Obviously in an emergency situation.

When I was younger I could “hold it” for a really long time. We used to go on steam train excursions to country areas where sometimes there were no facilities and the call was “Ladies to the left, gentlemen to the right.” but I could not relieve myself out in the open so I’d hang on until we reached a station. I’ve never as far as I can recall used a toilet in a plane. Now I’m not so sure what I’d do in an emergency situation let’s hope I don’t have one.

The “gold plated” toilet

What is the worst smelling place you’ve ever been?

As usual, memory fails me. Stinky places, well I’ve visited wineries and while I like the products where they make them does not smell so good. I wouldn’t say it was the worst ever though. When I worked in the rail system I often had some pretty stinky railcars to clean, vomit, urine or even the chemicals we used to clean graffiti were pretty unpleasant, especially on a hot day when the trains had been standing in the yard for a few hours.

How drunk is drunk enough?

For me, drunk enough is a bit light-headed. I do enjoy a drink but I don’t like the idea of not being in control.

Gratitude Is An Attitude!

If you’d like, please list five things that are priceless to you.

Here they are, not in any particular order.

  • My childhood dolls
  • My independence
  • My pets
  • My good health
  • My sister

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: 29 July


(the last two are courtesy of Teresa of The Haunted Wordsmith)
  1. Is it wrong to sell store-bought pastries at a bake sale?

It’s probably not in the spirit of the thing but these days there are more working parents and surely it’s better to bring something you bought than not participate at all. I think mine may be the last generation who volunteers to make home-baked goodies for stalls. However, bringing store-bought and passing it off as your own is not on as far as I’m concerned.

Red Velvet cupcakes (from a packet).
  • Have you ever interacted with the police?

If by interacted you mean been arrested no I have not. I have interacted with the police over other matters eg.

  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Minor road accidents
  • Police making enquiries about neighbourhood events
  • Being given a ride home by a policeman after my sister and I missed the last bus home from a concert when we were teenagers.
  • What will you remember most about this past year (this question will show up again, in late December, just FYI)

The bushfires last summer, and if you ask me again in December my answer is likely to be the same unless something really out of the ordinary happens. I will never forget those weeks.

Fire reports from SE Tasmania 2019//

  • Is it better to have fungus on your toes, your tongue, or your pizza?

Pizza, mushrooms are a fungus, right?

  • What is one slang word that makes your skin crawl?

There is nothing like a question of this type to empty my head of any ideas at all. There are words that I really dislike not so much because they are bad words but because they are also ugly words. Like the one that starts with C and ends with T.

On the subject of slang I looked up a list of millennial slang words and I doubt that I could even communicate with a millennial. It’s like they speak a different language.

Something I’m grateful for this week

The daffodils are starting to flower.

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.