What would I do if I won the lottery? WHat if it was this one, a billion dollars. Would it change my life, yes, it would because I would be so busy that it would have to change.
I would naturally take care of family and friends. A reasonable amount, maybe pay off their mortgage or the equivalent. Enough to be a treat but not change their lives. I would do the same for myself. I would buy a large farm house with lots of land and make it into a sanctuary for animals. I love the Gentle Barn in Tennessee and would model it after that.
The picture above is Dudley. You really should read his story at the Gentle Barn. Dudley has a prosthetic foot having lost his foot. The animals there are so loved. Then there is Henry and Horton two rescued pigs. Talk about pampered, they each have their own blankie to cover them at night. Some day I must go there and visit.
Then, also in Tennessee is the Elephant Sanctuary another place I must visit some day. Maybe we can take a weekend trip and visit both places.
The elephants are not on display and can not be visited. They are retired and live a life of leisure and contentment and sometimes have met old friends from their past life. All animals deserve this life, especially when they have worked all their lives and in many cases been abused.
This is what I would want to do. I would find places and causes. I would try to get it so that no "shelter" was allowed to kill animals unless they had to be for medical or mental reasons. So dogs and any other domestic animals would be fostered until a home was found for them.
Animals would be my main cause. I would buy as much land as I could and keep it in trust so that wildlife could be protected indefinatley.
I would try to buy lands that are/were belonging to Native Americans and give it back on condition that it was protected and owned only by a whole tribe in perpetuity never to be sold, mined or diminished in any way.
I hope that a billion dollars would stretch as far as I wanted because there would still be a long way to go. I would also like to set up care homes for elderly that do not cost everything they have worked for all their lives. The prices of those places are so outlandish and I know can be run for a lot less and give much more than they do now. I would work on that locally where ever I lived. I would probably move to England or Canada. It would not matter so much because I would hope I could afford to take trips. Although I think most of the money would be gone quite quickly unless I got a very good invester who could help me make it grow to support these things when I was gone.
I know that people deserve help too, but most people have a choice in their life, animals don't. I would work on trying to get some laws changed regarding breeding animals and for better lives for farm animals raised for food.
Yes, I would love to win the lottery, not for me but for what good that could be done with it. No one needs that kind of money and one cant take it with us, so my goal, my dream would be to do as much good with it as I possibly could. I have no interest in material things, only a nice house and a reliable car. The rest is gravy.
This part of my blog is all about the things I collect or the things I make myself. I love so many things, I paint and draw and want to learn oils and pastels. I knit and crochet but want to learn tatting. I embroider and can turn my hand to most things given a chance. So much still to learn and do. I live in hope of some day reading all my books, learning all I want to learn and now I am learning to blog. You will often find my original poems, poor as they are I offer them here. I also appreciate other people art and will feature things I find that I have enjoyed. That includes pictures of fairies and fantasy or maybe just anything beautiful.
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