The simplicity of my day to day.
This is where I write my thoughts, feelings and my daily trials, tribulations and happy things
|PROMPT March 24th
Write about some of your most memorable vacations. Where did you go? Who were you with? What was your favorite part of the trip?
It is never the time you ate great meals, or read ten books lying next to a blue lagoon that you’ll remember. No, it’s always the times things went terribly wrong that stick in your memory and the tales you will relate.
If I listed all the times we were inconvenienced or angry at each other over some missed mode of transport one would think we’d had a dreadful time. But it’s those times which give colour and texture to what otherwise would have just been a good lie down.
So I’ll tell you about a few hair raising events or downright annoyances but these didn’t detract or ruin our vacations.
A bad injury falling off a cycle rickshaw in Vietnam
Being caught in a Typhoon in Manila
Food poisoning in Vietnam
Getting on a train in India having booked a first class cabin after weeks of travelling third class and finding out we’d missed the train by a day. Then being relegated to sharing an overnight apartment with six drunken Indian men.
Discovering we’d selected a brothel as our hotel in Mumbai.
Bed bugs in Thailand.
Tsunami in Sri Lanka.
Other than those mishaps, we had wonderful times. Honestly 🤣
|PROMPT March 23rd
What do you do to improve your mood when you are sad? If you are frustrated or angry, what is your secret to feeling better?
I know that this remedy is almost certainly not the best remedy, it I usually find a glass of wine helps🤣
Other than that I might have a nap 💤
Writing usually helps take my mind of anything that’s worrying me. You can’t think of more than one thing at a time.
A walk might do the trick if it’s not too hot or cold. I love to consider problems whilst walking.
Just felling someone how I’m feeling really helps. I don’t usually select my husband to open up to because he always wants to fix things. Men don’t realise that sometimes you are not looking for a quick fix, you just want to let it all out. That’s where my girl friends come in. Women just listen.
|PROMPT March 22nd
Write about your earliest memory. Try to describe it in as much detail as possible.
My very first memory was crying in my cot and my big brother, who was six years older than me, came and picked me up and let me sleep in his bed. I must have been about eighteen months.
After that my most clear memory was starting school at aged four and 2 months. I remember the day, being left all day for the first time without my Mum!
I’m an also remember sitting on a sideboard with Mum because she’d seen a mouse. She was up there with me. I don’t know how long we sat there but as she never did get over her fear of mice, we were probably there for hours.🤣
I know we are asked about one memory but mine are just snippets. No details. There was one other that happened when I was about three. I was helping Dad in the garden, I picked up a garden fork and stabbed myself through the foot with it. We had no car and I remember Dad taking me to the doctors on his push bike. I was sitting on the crossbar.
|PROMPT March 21st
What food or dish have you never eaten but would really like to try?
I don’t think there are many dishes I haven’t tried. Vietnamese food was confronting, especially the menu called Forest foods. There were things like pigs uterus. I didn’t actually try that, nor did I wish to.
Maybe haggis. I haven’t tried but I would imagine it’s a little like meat loaf or meat balls. My grandson is a vegan and eats meat substitute meals. He says you can’t tell the difference between a vegan burger and real meat. I won’t be trying that, I don’t think.
In Asia there are a lot of insects eaten. Grasshoppers, cockroaches, things like that. Apparently they’re fine deep fried. I’ve seen people eat them but I haven’t tried.
|PROMPT March 20th
What are your favorite movie genres? Share some recommendations with your readers!
All I know is that my hubby and I find it hard if not impossible to select a movie we both like.
I like the sort of movie where there is dialogue which I can actually tell what they are saying. Mostly nowadays the actors mumble their way through. I don’t like computer generated stuff. Although it’s hard to detect I suppose what’s real and what’s not. I love a real story, something I can believe in, get involved in and laugh or cry.
My husband on the other hand likes car chases, animatronics, violence and some horror.
Sometimes we actually find a tv series we both like which is lovely. We can sit together and watch an episode and anticipate the next one.
|PROMPT March 19th
How are you different now than you were in the year 2010? What have been the most significant changes in your life in the last ten years?
Ten years ago, I had more energy! I was only 66 years old. I suppose the arrival of four more great grandchildren changed the dynamics of the family and my life.
I think I live a life more in the background than in the past. I’ve watched as children changed into adults, celebrating and commiserating their successes and disappointments.
I’ve been fascinated by this change. Instead of being the mother, advisor and confidante these roles have been taken by my children leaving me in another role, one which takes some getting used to.
My husband and I have taken a back seat, but this has allowed me to follow my own interests. Ten years ago I discovered I had a latent talent for story writing, which I continue to improve upon. It takes up much of my time and brain power.
I still exercise daily, walking my usual hour first thing every day before breakfast. However the other sort of exercise which I did for years, gym and group exercise has mainly gone. Although I am a class member of Prime Movers, or as I call them Slow Movers! At least I’m some sort of mover.
|PROMPT March 18th
If you were hired to show tourists what life is really like where you live, what would you show them or have them do?
We live in the hills overlooking Perth, Western Australia. If I was a tour guide I’d take them to Mundaring Weir. This was built to supply the Goldfields during the gold rush in 1890. Water used to cost more than gold in those times, it was so scarce and precious.
The man who built it was C.Y. O’Connor. Public opinion of the day thought it couldn’t work with the pipeline being so long. On the day it was turned on, water didn’t flow. He was devastated and drowned himself in the sea. The next day water flowed into the town of Kalgoorlie, 560 kilometres away.
During the Spring Western Australia is home to more different wildflowers than any other place in the world. So that’s when I’d take my tour bus around, spotting rare orchids, or fields full of everlasting daisies.
We are famous for our wineries. Wine tasting would be on the tour, sampling our Swan River reds and whites.
|PROMPT March 17th
Pretend that you have found a four-leaf clover that will bring you extraordinary good luck for exactly one day. Write about your lucky day.
This morning on my walk through the Australian bush, I discovered a patch of clover. My dog Lucy decided this was a wonderful spot to start her daily ablutions. So being the good dog owner that I am, I followed along behind her with my trusty yellow dog poop plastic bag.
For my perfect ownership practice I discovered a four leaf clover!
I picked it up and put it in my pocket, carrying on with our morning exercise.
When I arrived home, my husband greeted me. He had the biggest smile upon his Face I’d ever seen in our 55year marriage. We’d had a phone call from the lotteries commission. We have won first prize. I am still waiting to see exactly how much we’ve won. But isn’t that amazing? Funny thing is I can’t remember buying a lotto ticket!
|PROMPT March 16th
What lesson do you remember most vividly from your childhood?
I had to really think about this one. Mostly I learned how to diffuse situations. I seemed to always be an intermediary between my parents. I learned that smiling seemed to work. It’s such a long time ago, but that’s what came to mind. It’s a bit sad really.
|PROMPT March 15th
What’s your favorite board game or card game to play with friends?
I haven’t played a board game for years, except for the simple snakes and ladders and such like with the grandkids.
When I was a child though we’d play Monopoly for days! Fights would break out and tears would be shed. My brothers and I played to the death!
With my children I played Game of Life and Jumanji.
Card games. I used to know some really complex games but have forgotten them now. Except for Knockout Whist and Poker.
The grandchildren love to play UNO, Go Fish, and even the old game of Happy Families.