If you had to start a new hobby this month, what would it be?
Posted 04 February 2011 - 07:41 PM
I think it would be great to indulge in color this grey winter month.
Who is next? What would you like to do?
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 10:09 PM
I think that sounds lovely. I'm sewing handbags, so far I've made about 8. I started making them for myself, and now I have had two requests for them from friends and acquaintances.
I'm still knitting and I have 3 current projects. My knitting group is doing well and we are still meeting twice a month. I was playing at an Irish session nearby until the establishment decided to close on Sundays so I don't have a session to play at unless I drive an hour one way.
I was thinking it is about time to make another batch or two of homemade soap. It is about the only soap I can use repeatedly and not get eczema blisters from. I wash my hands so often when I'm cooking that I had to design my own recipe that had lots of non-reacted oil so it would keep my hands from drying out.
I'd start a new hobby if I had time. I'm not sure what, I've tried lots and I wouldn't go back to some of them. I thought of spinning my own yarn, but buying the spinning wheel isn't a good thing right now. I am contemplating a new heavy duty sewing machine, though I would probably buy it used on eBay.
I need a new bow for my fiddle, mine is not performing well now that I play better. Oh well.....
If I were starting a new hobby, I'd have to make sure it doesn't use my eyes too heavily. I had tear duct plugs put in on the lower ducts, and it was amazing at first how much they helped. Now, I think my eyes have adjusted to them slightly and I seem to be back where I was. So reading is out for a while. My eyes get too dry and fatigued.
Let me know if you decide to create your own line of fabulous yarn. I'd think about buying some.
Posted 04 February 2011 - 10:16 PM
I read somewhere once that everybody needs at least 100 interests/hobbies to see them happily through old age. I thought I had a lot of hobbies, compared to most people, and was shocked when they added up to "not much", or at least not enough to get me through a happy old age. So then I set my sights on developing new hobbies and trying to add a few each month. For example, tonight we played a new dice game, and we started a very large jigsaw puzzle that will reside on our coffee table until it's finished. Hobbies or new interests don't need to be extravagant with huge investments of time or money, so "not enough money" is not an excuse with this question.
The question I'm posing is, if you absolutely had to start a new hobby this month -- let's say to keep your sanity or to cope with illness -- what are some of the hobbies you'd consider, and what would you pick first? One thing to look at is favorite things from childhood. For example, if you enjoyed playing the piano then, odds are excellent that you'd still enjoy playing piano (or an electronic keyboard) today; and if you aren't up to that, perhaps you'd like to explore listening to piano music on CDs or even plan to attend a piano concert.
We do have a subforum for fun, non-scleroderma conversations. However, I consider hobbies to be so vital for helping us incorporate and keep fun and happiness in our lives, that I think it bears discussing in the main forum as truly one of the best ways to cope with illness and to fight back against fatigue, boredom that can set in with the loss of activities that we can no longer do, and loss of work. Some hobbies can even help us build a new social network and boost our often languishing self-esteem.
If you already have hobbies going, do you think they help you with illness? Have you had to modify them to accommodate your symptoms? Do you already have 100 or do you have room for more? Can you devise a new hobby to start today?
Even playing a game of tic tac toe counts, so no fair saying there's nothing you can do, either. Everyone should be able to pitch in something on this thread!
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:04 PM
Posted 05 February 2011 - 12:40 AM
My hands get stiff if I do it too long but I figure that it will be OK for a half hour or so every night.
I also have a couple of bird ID books and a pair of binoculars next to my most frequented chair. There are birds all over the place here and I just like to look at them. I also enjoy spying on my goaties- they are always good for a laugh. I told a lady a couple of days ago that my own goats are chosen for their "chucklibilty"- how funny and endearing I find them.
I also have a gardening binder where I put ideas cut out from magazines that I find helpful or interesting. It makes a good reference so I don't forget the many great ideas out there.
I can't wait to hear other ideas.
Posted 05 February 2011 - 06:57 AM
I love to do creative things and have tried numerous hobbies, I tried pottery on the wheel, but after making a dozen plates I got really bored hehe. I did clay sculpture which I really loved doing, but having to rely on the facility where I was taking classes to fire my sculture, they would dry out and crack when fired so I decided that wouldn't work and thought I could buy my own kiln, priced them and decided that was a no goer at the moment hehe.
I play the violin and have done so for years, but my shoulder and elbow joints have gotten so bad that I can no longer bend my arm in the right direction to play. I did try the Tin Whistle but air became an issue lol, so I have decided to start playing the mandolin, I can hold the pick without to much trouble and do the fingering ok, it also helps to keep my hands loose and mobile, so double bonus. I had thought about going into the cake decorating business and am taking a class in March to learn to make sugar flowers, can't wait!
I like to crochet and have been looking for the grips to put on my needles so I can hold them better, and I crochet my own fingerless gloves now, saves money and I get all the wacky colours I love so much
Posted 05 February 2011 - 07:51 AM
As it happens, a change in my health over the past couple of months has prompted a new hobby for me. I've had an increase in pain, stiffness and fatigue, and a combination of 2 new medicines have made me mildly dizzy and my brain is a bit fuzzy lately.
I was resting in my recliner again, bored but without enough energy to get up, and I noticed a book my teenager was reading on the table beside me, so I picked it up and started to read -- the book "Twilight". Certainly geared to a young audience, but an easy and pleasant read, an interesting but not too complicated storyline (I can never follow mysteries, too convoluted!). Also, it gives my daughter and me a common interest to discuss, and we've watched the first movie as well. Best thing is, there are 3 more books in the series, have just started the 2nd book! I'm hooked!
Looking forward to reading what hobbies others have tried...
Posted 05 February 2011 - 11:10 AM
Posted 05 February 2011 - 12:28 PM
What an interesting thread; I'm fascinated reading about the hobbies we all have.
I have always been a very active, outdoor sort of person and love all animals, particularly horses and dogs. I don't have my own horse anymore, but tend to ride other people's (much cheaper and less worrying! ) although I don't ride as much as I used to. I do spend quite a lot of time taking our two dogs out and also going to the gym where I usually go six days a week. That has most definately helped me, as otherwise I would probably not have noticed my worsened breathing or how tired I felt so quickly, which enabled me to investigate the cause and be treated so successfully. Also, because my lungs were in such a good shape to start with due to my fitness, I feel this has contributed to the excellent result I had from my treatment (and so does my consultant!) The gym I go to is very sociable and I've made some really lovely friends there; it's not the sort of gym with a lot of poseurs and 20 year olds leaping around in lycra!!
I also like singing (my long suffering husband isn't so keen, though!! ) and whilst I definately can't sing like Katherine Jenkins (I wish!! ) I can actually sing in tune, which is a bonus. I did consider joining an amateur dramatics singing society, but was put off by the amount of commitment needed; if I do a thing I like to give it 100% and I didn't feel I could spare the time that's required to do justice to it.
Since joining this forum and working as a support specialist, I've also got much more interested in computers; previously I never really did much with them and in fact was a bit frightened of pressing the wrong button, but thanks to Jeannie's tuition I'm a little more confident with them now (I still do press the wrong button even so! ) Unfortunately I'm not very creative; I wish I could do the clever things that Ladyhawk does on the computer; it sounds terrific and I'm very envious!
I'm really looking forward to hearing about everyone's hobbies.
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Posted 05 February 2011 - 04:21 PM
Posted 05 February 2011 - 04:46 PM
What a great idea this post is. Not only is it a great way to discuss our interests and hobbies but also a great way to discover new hobbies that maybe we never thought about before.
I have noticed a few people have stated that they like too use the computer, and this can be painful to the hands however I have just invested in a headset with built in microphone that just plugs in and you dictate what you want to do which saves your hands. Which for me is great and now makes using the computer fun, and add was only cheap and easy to install.
My other hobby is card making which at times is a struggle but my younger children are enjoying helping me and it is a way for us to spend some fun and quality time together.
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Posted 05 February 2011 - 06:50 PM
Main hobby for the past 30 years has been rebuilding pneumatic player pianos from the early twentieth century. But they make a terrible mess (about 10,000 parts that have been rotting and gathering dust for 90 years). I'm about to finish one that I've been working on for a few months, and I can finally see the surface of my dining room table! Always plenty to keep me busy, as I've accumulated 10 pianos over the years - 8 grands and two uprights in various states of repair. Fortunately I have a large walk-out basement.
Also love gardening. Unfortunately I don't have the strength to do much of it, so the challenge has become communicating to hired help my wishes. Big into roses, which I like to propagate from cuttings, and fruit growing. Citrus and avocado trees are just getting big enough to bear fruit. I'm overwhelmed with lemons, limes and tangerines. Fortunately my dog loves tangerines! Also have a big garden of California native plants. This has become more popular because they require little or no water, and the water situation in the southwest isn't getting any better. There are so many beautiful native plants that take no care at all...
Aside from taking your mind off of less pleasant things, hobbies also give a sense of continuity (what I plan to get done, next thing on the list, etc.) I can't imagine how people cope when they don't have interests like this. When I've been too sick for any of these hobbies, I must pile up some books to read for fear of being idle and getting depressed.
One last thing (before the welcome end of this post...). Pets are a wonderful hobby, especially for people who live alone. Their needs also add structure to existence. Being "owned" by a dachshund keeps me on my toes (if, at times, just figuratively).
Posted 05 February 2011 - 07:58 PM
I've always wanted to learn how to knit. I absolutely adore chunky scarfs and knitted mittens. Would certainly save money by making them myself. I have a reputation in work for being the "scarf lady" since I have so many Maybe once this cold subsides here in NJ, and the swelling in my hands goes down, I can start on this one. Now if only I knew someone who could teach me...
Hugs for everyone !!
Posted 05 February 2011 - 09:16 PM
I also have goats, chickens, a llama, bees and several dogs. I read and have just started to learn how to knit. I have a couple of pairs of socks that a friend knitted for me and they are so comfortable because they don't restrict blood flow to my feet. So I decided it was a good idea to learn how to knit. In the summer I love to garden and cook good foods from my bounty. The last thing I really love is riding my motorcycle. I gave it up for a couple of seasons until my husband could make some accomodations for me so I can ride comfortably. I always hesitate to give up something I love until I have exhausted every avenue for making a work around and so far I have been pretty successful. I have fabulous friends who are willing to be my support team when I am out and I think that is so very important. Without their support I would be way more limited.
Posted 06 February 2011 - 06:22 AM
Posted 06 February 2011 - 10:24 AM
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I always had a lot of hobbies. Besides teaching art to little kids, a VERY active job, I dabbled in many artistic areas on my own. I was primarily a painter and potter. I truly loved working with clay and dreamed of making it may career but became a teacher, allowing me to share my love of art with others. I painted in watercolors, I guess you would call it impressionistic, but about 12 years ago switched to large abstract acrylics. I've woven baskets, done needle point, sewed, and dabbled in knitting and crocheting. Problem is I hate to follow directions so many of those things just don't work for me. I took metals classes and fabricated and cast pieces in silver, not being able to set up a personal studio or continue classes I turned to beading jewelry. I became interested in the computer and made multi-media presentations for my students. I loved taking pictures and dabbled with Photoshop. I was very active, running and swimming in the ocean, walking the beach for miles and then...
WHAM, BAM, SCLERODERMA!!! and kidney failure. Over a period of six months my life slowed down and then suddenly stopped. For almost six years I did very little but go to dialysis and sit around. I tried beading but dropped more beads than I got onto the pins. I really had no desire to paint. I used the computer, but mostly for communicating and research.
Feeling MUCH better almost a year post kidney transplant I volunteer for a non-profit, am their Public Relations coordinator, and am using my creative skills again, but in a different capacity, all on the computer. I am back to photography and creating presentations and am just getting interested in video. Tomorrow I have my first workshop in this. My hands greatly limit me as to what I can do, but fortunately, I am still able to handle a keyboard and mouse. I can no longer hold a large camera, but things are so small today I can manage those. I "try" to do the eNewslettter for ISN, but cannot do the html so what you receive is really a little done by me and a LOT done by Shelley (thanks, Shelley!)
I never gave up the beach and although I can't walk or swim anymore, I enjoy my time there. We are renovating our townhouse right now and I have created a ton of stuff that is all over the place. So my question is, what do you do with the stuff? I love it and it is special to me but I have also collected and my husband is an artist as well so every bit of wall, floor and counter space is taken.
Posted 06 February 2011 - 01:19 PM
However, I have plenty of photographs waiting for me to organize, frame, make cards and collages of, and give away to friends and family. Once I get started on that I am lost for days in memories of years long past.
Thanks for this post Shelley. Now I am wanting to go spend some ME time on MY stuff. (but it will have to wait until after SUPERBOWL BABY!!!
Posted 06 February 2011 - 06:54 PM
Hi to a fellow mandolin player. That is how I picked my username. I was playing mando rather than fiddle because of shoulder surgery.
Cake decorating is very fun, but also hard on the hands and wrists. Make sure you don't overfill the pastry bags or you make it much harder than it needs to be! I took a cake decorating class for caterers just for fun and I really enjoyed the decorating, not the other people in the class so much. Thank goodness there were two women from Tijuana Mexico taking the class and we got along fabulously.
I still play Mando. With Jeannie, myself, and you we could put together a sclero session... Virtually or by skype. Right now, the foreign exchange student we are hosting is using the web cam, so that has to wait a while.
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Posted 06 February 2011 - 07:32 PM
I love to read and lose myself in the story! espeacially if its a "poor" day I can finish a book in a day if I really get into it..total escape from the rigors of the day.
I love being around people, friends and my work at the local hospice as a manager 2 days a week, its puts things in place when I see people a whole lot worse off than me,and what I do and the care I give is humbling and gives me a help up to not be down and do the "woe is me" thing!.
And been creative making bead/crystal bead jewelery got quite a following for it,earrings and necklaces the threading helps to keep my hands nibble!.
Enjoyed reading what you all like to do
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