List 2 things you have to be happy about?
My life as it now is, and the person I share it with
If you could take a photograph, paint a picture or write a story of any place in the world, what and where would it be?
No painting pictures, as I cannot paint. I leave writing to those that can do it and find a publisher, I would be too lazy.
This is a photo of the Peterhof Palace in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg again) taken when I visited at the age of 17 in 1963, hence black and white. It is not so much about visiting new places and seeing new things, but taking photos of the things I wished I had taken when I was there. I would like to visit St. Peterburg again. When I was there I visited the Ermitage museum which was on the bank of the River Neva. The works of art were fantastic, but who needs to take photos of art when they are to be found on the computer.
No, it was something else I only discovered a few years ago. In the basement of this wonderful museum there is a cat refuge. They had many mice in this palace and I believe it originates in the early days when the cats were the best method to rid the palace of the mice. Today there are many cats living in the basement, all cared for by the people working in the museum. They contribute a small amount of their wages to their upkeep and I am sure those workers do not earn a fortune. The cats are visited regularly by a vet and anyone wanting to adopt a cat can ask at the museum and they can have one of the many kittens.
I saw a TV film about it. It is fantastic to see feeding time. The cats are given a large bowl of food outside in the grounds and there must be at least 10 cats all eating from the same bowl. They rarely actually get into the museum, they have no need, they are happy in the basement being cared for. It sometimes happens if a cat strays into the heating tubes that enter the museum and often one cat will be sitting at the entrance. I would love to take my camera and take photos of these cats and also the ladies looking after them.
Should children be seen and not heard?
The right answer would probably be “what a stupid question”. On the other hand, after having 4 children at one stage of my life (2 mine, 2 step) I would say yes, it would be a good idea, especially if you had a stressful day, everyone wanting something from you at the same time, washing, cooking, ironing and all the rest. At last you sit down in a chair, open a book or switch the TV on to relax and then “MUM………….?”. The seeing bit is OK, but the hearing bit can be a little too much. I am now a golden oldie, so such situations are now few and far between. Just don’t give the kids miniature shopping trolleys in the supermarket, because it is not the hearing but the seeing and getting out of their way that can cause problems. 🙂
List at least five of your favorite first names.
Jason, Jennifer, Vladimir, Morticia, Lucretia
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I survived last week
This week am also looking forward to surviving.