Share Your World – 2015 Week #10

March 13, 2015 at 11:47 am | Posted in Australia, Gratitude, Health | 6 Comments
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Here are Cee’s questions and my answers for Share Your World Week 10.


When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles or turn on the flashlight? How many of each do you own?

I always light candles. I love having the power off. I love the quiet and the darkness of the night outside. With candles I may not be able to read, but I can write, and I do. One year, we were without power for a few days after a particularly violent period of stormy winter weather. I wrote a lot on those nights.

Hubby loves torches, and he has lots of them in different sizes. But he also loves to have candles burning, especialy when we lose power.

You are given $5,000 and the chance to exchange it for one of two envelopes. One envelope contains $50,000 and one contains $500. Do you make the trade? Why or why not?

When I am out and people aske me to buy raffle tickets for a fund-raiser, I may do so. However when I do, I always regard it as a donation. I never expect to win anything. So far, I have been right. Going on those odds, I would hang on to the $5,000 and enjoy having it, rather than get an empty envelope in return.

What’s your first memory?

My first memory is being in a cot in a hospital where my parents weren’t allowed to come and touch me. I was in a room in an isolation ward at Blackburn Hospital, recovering from glandular fever. I was about 3 or 4 years old.

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something?

This happens to me almost every night. I may be tired when I go to bed, but as soon as my head hits the pillow, I wake up. At first I try to relax, but this doesn’t usually work. After a while, I get restless legs or my sciatica plays up and I find myself tossing and turning, trying to get comfortable. I used to get up and read until I was sleepy again, but when I’d return to bed, it would still take me ages to drop off to sleep. Now I just wait it out.

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

I was really happy to catch up with all of my siblings over the last five days. It used to be years between the five of us all getting together because two of us live at some distance from the other three. Now as we are moving through our sixties and almost into our seventies, we make a big effort to see each other more often. We usually manage to all come together at least a couple of times a year.

Although we have several activities and appointments over the next week, I am looking forward to also having some quiet time by myself.

(c) Linda Visman


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  1. It’s lovely that you each make the effort to keep in touch as well as gather as often as possible. Great post.

    • Thanks, Linda. It is amazing how different the five of us are, and yet we respect and love each other too. Aint that good! 🙂

  2. I’m glad you had a great time with your siblings. Thanks so much Linda for sharing.

  3. Like you, I also remember being in hospital at the age of three. I was recovering from a rare illness. I remember my mother visiting, and encouraging me to eat scrambled eggs.
    So lovely that you keep in touch as much as possible with your siblings 🙂
    Hope you’re having an enjoyable weekend.

    • It isn’t something we wish on kids, is it, to spend time in hospital away from family? My parents could only see me through a window as I was in isolation. 😦
      Re seeing siblings, I think it is even more special to see them when it is infrequent. 🙂
      It is such a beautiful weekend that one can’t help but enjoy it. Thanks Margaret & I hope you are too. 🙂

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