Share Your World Monday 14 November 2022

Here are my answers to this week’s Share Your World

Does the weather affect your mood?

Not really. It is something we can’t control so it’s best to just go with it and adapt. Obviously, I get irritated if I’m caught in the rain or there is mist when we’re travelling because that can be quite dangerous. But if it doesn’t interfere too much with my plans I just deal with what’s thrown at me.

I found that wind affected the kids in my class at school. They were way more hyper. Rainy weather made them restless too because they couldn’t go out to play.

If a stranger smiles at you or says ‘good morning’ when they pass you in the street, do you return it?

Always. But I’m probably the first one to greet or smile.

Smile: A Poem by Spike Milligan
Smiling is infectious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner
and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realized
I’d passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile,
then I realized its worth.
A single smile, just like mine
could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin,
don’t leave it undetected.
Let’s start an epidemic quick,
and get the world infected!

If you had a choice of just one of these things to eat, what would it be and why?
Chocolate, a sweet pastry, a plate of chips/fries (this is not a forever choice, just one instance).

Chocolate every time. The reason is that chocolate makes me feel happy. I consider it an essential food group for teachers too. Nothing improves stress like chocolate does.

If you could go back to when you were a specific age, what would that be? Why?

I can’t pick an age. If I could be younger now, that would be fine but I don’t want to go back to any particular era. I have arrived in the future and in many ways it is awesome. I had a wonderful childhood with a great deal of freedom. My teens weren’t great but they were okay – just glad that phase is over. My twenties were marginally better as I enjoyed college and teaching. But my life really took an awesome turn in my thirties when I married my current husband. Raising kids and grandkids, having a fulfilling career, good friends and enjoyable hobbies all made me happy. Now I have freedom, enough money to live on without going to work, a comfortable home, good health most of the time and technology. Going back would take all that away from me, so no when you’ve arrived in the future why would you want to go back to the past?

I’d happily have the cabin in the woods.

Isn’t it strange that a big house and lots of money etc does not mean you will be happy? However, as my brother always says, “I’d rather be rich and miserable than poor and miserable.” I believe that it’s your attitude and how you treat people that make you happy.

I am quite smug about my health and grateful that I am seldom ill. But over the last month, things have gone a little pear-shaped. Mild COVID hit my hubby and me a few weeks ago. This week I landed up in the hospital for two days. I had Diverticulitis and did not respond to oral meds so had to go on a drip. I am grateful that I was close to a hospital as we are visiting our daughter in Plettenberg Bay and our other two daughters are visiting too so there was plenty of support for my hubby. I am back now and will stay with the kids until I feel well enough to travel back to Struisbaai.


11 thoughts on “Share Your World Monday 14 November 2022

  1. Penny

    Dear Helen – So sorry to hear that you ended up in hospital for two days – Diverticulitis is a dreadful condition – I have a friend who has suffered for years – I do hope that with medication, you are able to hit this on the head! Best wishes to Earl and yourself – we are fine but cold here in London – this latest Budget isn’t good, but we’ll manage.


    Penny & Phillipa Hawkins


    1. puppy1952 Post author

      Thank you Penny and Phillipa – I am well on the mend. Just need to rest a bit more and I’m investigating some gut health options to avoid further episodes.


  2. wetanddustyroads

    Lovely poem! I smile a lot … it makes me feel better and hopefully other people as well 🙂. And I like your answer about being a specific age – with age comes wisdom (you’ve just proved it)! I’m glad to hear you’re doing much better now – take care of yourself 🌸.

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  3. Anne

    I enjoyed being reminded of Spike Milligan and empathise with your bout of Diverticulitis – the first time I experienced it I really thought I was about to die! I hope you will be feeling like your (any age you like) self before long.

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  4. pensitivity101

    Thanks for joining in Helen. Great poem from Spike Milligan. Sorry to hear you’ve been so poorly. Hubby is also suffering from diverticulitis and ended up in A&E again. He is now on meds he knows works (the duty GP at the surgery would not prescribe them saying they were the last resort and he had to try ‘these’ first… ‘these’ were known for causing more problems than they solved, and the others he was prescribed to go with them should not be taken by anyone on blood thinners or allergic to penicillin…. tick both boxes). The consultant at the hospital has stated on his discharge papers that he must only be prescribed this particular medicine when it flares up.



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