The simplicity of my day to day.
This is where I write my thoughts, feelings and my daily trials, tribulations and happy things
|PROMPT May 14th
If animals could talk, which animal would you want to have a conversation with? What would you ask?
Nearly bedtime, just spotted the prompt before I turned out the light. So I’m not much of a conversationalist with humans at this time of the day never mind with animals🤣
Well it would have to be my dog Lucy. For the last two weeks we’ve been dog sitting our daughter’s dog, Gigi. She (the dog) is a crazy nine month old, very active, really destructive, has stolen Lucy’s favourite teddy and chewed it up and generally been a pest. Lucy has been super patient with her. She’s eight years old. However she’s looked at me often this week, with a look that I thought said, “when is this thing going home?”
Today Lucy has moped around the house, she seems lost without Gigi. I would ask her if she misses her or is happy for a peaceful household again.
|PROMPT May 13th
What does it mean to be a “grown up”? What do you do regularly as an adult that you dreaded having to do when you were a child? Have you found ways to maintain a sense of childhood wonder or curiosity? If so, how?
As an adult I go to the dentist every six months. That was certainly something I wouldn’t have done as a child. Dentists were to be feared. Slow drills and gas masks for extractions. It took me years to overcome my fear.
As a child I hated Brussel sprouts.
As a child I hated bedtime.
As a child I was afraid of dogs.
As a child I was afraid of my school teacher.
Oh my goodness I could go on. I overcame all of the above. Even school teachers 🤣 and I love bedtime.💤
I love being childlike, I can and do, all sorts of silly things with my great-grandkids. In fact I’m more curious now and in awe of this amazing world we live in.
|PROMPT May 12th
What TV show character would it be the most fun to change places with for a week? Why?
This might be a difficult one for me as I don’t watch much television. However a character with whom I’d change places would have to be someone I’d feel comfortable with, a mother figure perhaps. I’d hate to be a super anything. Woman, girl or man, come to that.
It would have to be a gentle person, I think. Someone like a character out of “Call the Midwife.” It’s an English programme set in London just after the Second World War. That was the era in which I was born.
Maybe Mrs Durrell in the television adaptation of The Durrels from the books of the same name. They are the memoirs by Gerald Durrell of growing up in Greece with his eccentric family. Mrs Darrel is played by Keeley Hawes. I loved the era that the books are set in. Especially in Greece.
I did enjoy watching the latest television adaptation of Queen Victoria. She was so in love with Albert, the only downside to being her would be the number of childbirths she endured!
Ooh, I’ve just thought of one. Villanelle from Killing Eve. She killed but with humour and an innocence too. She’s a true psychopath but intriguing, beautiful and funny.
|PROMPT May 11th
What was cool when you were young but isn’t cool now? Is there anything that has become cool in recent years that wasn’t cool in your youth?
“Cool” wasn’t a cool word when I was growing up in the 40’s. Cool meant it wasn’t warm.
I suppose all my childhood games were ‘cool’ such as collecting cards, marbles and hopscotch.
In the sixties the mini skirts were cool, beehive hairdos and full skirts with lots of petticoats. Also the most amazing thing to happen was the moon landing. I don’t know what words we used then to describe that. Probably “fabulous, amazing and awe inspiring.
Besides the words such as cool, awesome and “like,” everything that’s trendy nowadays wasn’t in my youth. In fact as there was so little technology, everything about today didn’t exist. Today’s kids have no concept how “cool” they are.
|PROMPT May 10th
Think back to a time when you felt completely calm. What made you feel that way?
Calm to me is when I can shut out all thoughts. That is almost impossible to achieve, unless you’re in an unconscious state.
I’ve tried to meditate but that only seems to make my mind busier. I’ve tried a technique my friend told me to do when meditating and that’s to imagine each thought is a ballon and you pop them as they arrive. Or to imagine they are butterflies flitting from flower to flower!
My grandson tried going in a flotation tank, he said it was relaxing but the thought of lying in a dark box, floating in body heat water, with no sound, almost gave me a panic attack.
Deep breathing does calm and relax me, however I hardly ever get in a state of anxiety these days. Rarely can anyone upset me, except for one person who manages to know which buttons to press and I try to not let her.
I can’t actually think of a special time when I was completely relaxed except maybe slipping under anaesthesia when undergoing surgery. I actually really love that feeling. You know you have no control over whether you’ll wake up again or not. A feeling of complete calm and resignation comes over me. I know I’m weird. 🤔
|PROMPT May 9th
Write about language - What languages do you wish you could speak? What’s the most pleasant sounding accent? What’s the funniest word in the English language (or your native language)?
I love the sound of the Italian language. You could be reading out a shopping list or a talking about dysentery and it would sound romantic.
I’ve tried several times to learn French. I started when I was at school but if you don’t use it you lose it.
There are some great words in the English language. Old words that have stood the test of time that I still use in everyday parlance. “All that Milarky” meaning goings on or happenings. And I like gubbins too. A thing of no value, or hard to describe.
|PROMPT May 8th
Write about your favorite outdoor activities to do in the summer. Are there any activities you haven’t done that you want to try?
I’m actually not a summer fan. I prefer the cooler months. Australia is sooo hot in summer, I hate to get burnt, I don’t like feeling hot.
I used to swim the summers away when I had a body that looked good in swimwear. Now at my age I wouldn’t expose others to my old body unclothed!
So outdoors I seek the shade. Picnics are nice under a tree.
I would like to hang glide if I had the chance. There are a few places but not here in Perth where you can go strapped to an expert hang glider and step off a cliff into space. You catch the thermals and fly like a bird. I suppose summer would be the best time to do it.
I love watching the birds soar in the sky, it would be so cool to fly like they do. I actually think that birds don’t really like the heat either, they love the rain when the worms and snails come out to play!
|PROMPT May 7th
In your entry today, write about dreams. Do you dream often, or do you rarely remember your dreams? What is the strangest or most memorable dream you have ever had?
I always dream as does everyone. Some people say they never dream but that’s impossible as it’s your brain’s way of defragging so to speak. Anyway I always remember my dreams, well I do when I wake up and then most often they are like trying to catch fog as it drifts away out of reach.
Dreams are impossible to make up, I couldn’t possible come up with the crazy things I dream about.
I don’t usually relate my dreams as I think someone telling you about their dreams is possibly the most boring thing ever.
I like the dreams which involve my Mum or Dad. They both have been dead now for over thirty years so when I see them in my dreams it’s sort of comforting.
My daughter used to have night terrors. Every night she’d sit up wide eyed screaming at something only she could see. Once when I she was about three, she screamed that there were monkeys in her room. She stared at the air conditioning vent on the ceiling, pointing and shouting out “monkeys”
My husband was so sure she’d seen something, he thought it may have been rats, that he went up into the roof space to check🤣
I hate the dreams where you wake up in the middle of it and think it’s real, realise it’s only a dream,then drop back off to sleep straight back into the dream.
Anyway, it’s 10.30 pm here, I’m in bed ready to turn out the light. So sweet dreams. 💤
|PROMPT May 6th
Write about a community service or volunteer experience you’ve had in your life that made an impact on you.
I think that everyone should put their hand up and volunteer at least once in their lives. I’ve not been a prolific volunteer, but have throughout my life tried to do a bit here and there. Depending on different stages of life I’ve volunteered at school fetes, tuck shops and school excursions.
Later there was a time I used to pick up oldies and take them to appointments.
But the one that had the most impact, and did the longest, was for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. It’s a sort of ‘make a wish come true’ for terminally ill children.
That really made an impact seeing brave kids dealing with things they should never have to deal with.
|PROMPT May 5th
If your job gave you a surprise seven day paid break to rest and recuperate, what would you do with those seven days?
At my age and stage, a seven days paid break would make no difference. We are retired and living in Western Australia far away from the effects of Covid 19 and have no desire to go where the chances of coming across said disease is more likely.
I’m such a home bird I’d probably think of all the chores or jobs around my home this break would give me a chance to do.
When we were working and such an offer came up then we’d probably take the ski boat down to the river and water ski, barbecue and drink beer.
I’m not a fan of air travel, it’s not that I’m scared of flying, I simply hate the whole idea of it. The artificial air, food and the whole experience turns me off.
I very nearly went back to the UK in May 2020. That was the nearest I’ve got for the last twenty years to going “home.” Talked into it by my daughter who offered to “take” me. She said I’d regret not seeing my two remaining brothers and their families if I didn’t go. The only thing that was good about COVID was that it stopped me doing that horrendous flight from Perth to London.
It’s looking more likely that travel restrictions will ease and there will be no more excuses. I think I’ll play the “too old card”