Share Your World – 2015 Week #1

January 8, 2015 at 5:07 pm | Posted in Australia, Experiences, Gratitude, Writing | 3 Comments
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Here we are at the start of a new year, and Cee has sent us her questions for the first week of Share Your World.

How do you get rid of pesky phone calls from telemarketers?

In Australia, we have a facility that telemarketers must refer to in order to see if we will accept such call. It is the “Do Not Call Registry”, which you can opt-into. It costs nothing and has been part of our land line service for several years now. A couple of years ago it was extended to mobile (cell) phones; again, an opt-in.

If you don’t register, you do not gain the benefits, and telemarketers are free to call you any time. Registered charities and political parties are excluded from the register, but we don’t get a lot of calls from them anyway. I am just thankful we have aprotection from those darned telemarketers.

What are you a “natural” at doing?

I don’t know that I am a “natural” at doing anything. I certainly don’t have any great talent to boast of. I’m not too bad at listening I suppose. Many people have told me I am a good leader, a good writer (I often have doubts about that) and teacher. I am also reasonably good with my hands – as in making stuff. I used to do leatherwork, make small wooden items, and other things, but scrapbooking is now my only creative activity outside of writing.

How often do you get a haircut?

When my hair starts tickling my eyebrows – which it is doing now! I used to have waist-length hair until ten years ago, but now have it short. I didn’t need to get haircuts before, just a trim on the bottom when I visited my sister once in a while. But now I need to get it cut about three or four times a year.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fun”?

My memory takes me back to my childhood, when my extended family would get together at a park for a picnic and a game of cricket. That was fun. I don’t seem to think in terms of fun any more, just enjoyment. And I do enjoy getting together with a friend for a coffee and chat.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

It was wonderful to have one of my sons and his family stay with us for a few days over the New Year period. Hubby took my son and my two grandsons sailing on one day and I got to spend time with my lovely daughter-in-law.

This Saturday, writing group begins again for the year. I don’t know if I am looking forward to it or not, as I haven’t been doing much writing. However, I am certainly looking forward to seeing my lovely writing friends again.

Linda Visman


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  1. We have the Do Not Call Registry here in the US, but it doesn’t stop those pesky telemarketers!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this week. I sure enjoyed reading your answers.

  3. Telemarketers are so annoying: I’m glad there’s a way to stop them.

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