Share Your World – 24 October 2022

Thank you, Di for hosting SYW again this week

Here are my answers

How organised are you? Do you plan ahead, take things as they come, or does it depend on the circumstances?

When I was working and raising a family I was flexibly organised. There was a routine at home but if things disrupted this, I would just go with the flow. At work, I was ultra-organised and had lessons prepared well in advance and my marking was always up to date. You have to be organised when teaching small children otherwise there would be no way of handling the chaos that naturally reigns in a classroom!

Now in retirement, I don’t plan ahead too much. Some of our caravanning trips happen with just a day’s notice. I have my lists on the computer and that helps make sure that nothing is forgotten. If we plan a long trip then I usually do the bookings and organise the packing. The Earl plans the route and where we will stop over. He also has his list of things to pack. He is a man with a plan so should anything go wrong he has the tools to deal with it.

How many Christmas presents have you bought already?

I have not bought any Christmas presents yet. Now that our grandchildren are older we don’t do a huge present exchange on Christmas day. Our focus is on doing things together as a family. The ten of us all spend two to three weeks together at our middle daughter’s home, close to a beach in Plettenberg Bay. During our time together we go on one or two special outings instead of spending loads of money on gifts. On Christmas morning we have Secret Santa with each person only being allowed to spend up to R400 on a gift for a person whose name they drew out of a hat.

Do you prefer a family gathering for special occasions, or just you and your significant other?

We only celebrate milestone birthdays and anniversaries. My 70th is coming up and as the family can’t be together at that time of year we had an early celebration. My kids arranged a surprise weekend which was absolutely awesome. I blogged about it here

My Fabulous Family

How many words do you think your pet understands?

I don’t have a pet but the ones I had in the past certainly had an excellent understanding of the English language. I used to take my dog, Tammy running almost every day. She would be fast asleep in another part of the house and I would whisper to my husband, “I am going for a run” and that dog would be up and at my heels before I could get my running shoes on. She also reacted when I spelled the word out. I tried saying, “I’m going to put my takkies on,” but that got her running around barking in excitement. Other words that got her raring to go were beach and walk. She knew other words too, but the ones involving her going out for a run brought a very quick reaction. I would talk to that dog and I am quite sure she understood every word. She was very special.

Tammy was especially good with kids. This little visitor is teaching her to beg

Please share a gratitude meme for your readers.

I love this one from Oprah!


7 thoughts on “Share Your World – 24 October 2022

  1. Mary Craig

    Helen to me u are a very organised person. Your camping trips, your caravan all so well organised.
    Hope u enjoy Plett in December again so sorry we can’t be there but 3 weeks in November will be nice for us
    So enjoy yourself while u still home who knows tomorrow u may be on the road again.

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  2. pensitivity101

    Oh Tammy was so lovely! Very much like our Maggie, a collie X springer spaniel. She knew a lot of words too. Maya is learning all the time, bless her.
    So glad you have had an early celebration for your 70th. Happy birthday for the upcoming event.
    Thanks for joining in. Love the secret santa. It’s the sort of thing we would have done for a large family, but we ended up buying gifts for the nephews and nieces, and token gifts of no more than £1 for the adults……. the sillier and naffest the better!

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    1. puppy1952 Post author

      We have no idea what ancestry our Tammy had but we thought there was definitely Spaniel and possibly labrador in her.
      When out kids we small we also bought cheap and nasty for all the extended family. It was fun but I’m glad we have moved on to Secret Santa now.

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