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If you had to start a new hobby this month, what would it be?

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Jean, I'll have to see if I can get my #1 daugher (32 today, Happy Birthday, Kiddo!) to part with her pickled garlic recipe. It's crisp, crunchy and addictive~ She also makes a 'Sun Pickle' (cucumbers, garlic, dill, red chili peppers) that is fantastic. Needs to be the little summer cukes, though.

 

Hey Lori, my only music in months has been the listening kind, so don't feel bad~ There's a Scottish group from the Northeast of Scotland called 'Old Blind Dogs' that are very traditional and just great, so I get my fix from listening to them. Dyeing - I did scour and mordant my cotton cloth with alum but I want to try vinegar with the blueberry/acai berry one because supposedly it also helps with blue tones. Have you tried rust dyeing? I'm wondering if the innards of those little hand warm packs would work. ;)


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Hi Jeannie, that would be sooo great if she would part with her recipes! Tell her I will give proper credit hehe I have been scouring the net to find some recipes and have found a fair few, thought I could take bits from each that sound good and try those. But would love to know how you keep the garlic crisp and not cook it :emoticon-dont-know:

 

I am growing my own cucumbers this year so should have some nice fresh little ones for pickling!

 

Cheers

Jean

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Another new hobby you say!, goodness gracious me

My time is all but taken I guess I'm never free

What with chasing after Goats and Geese and trying to make the tea

There's never any time left to concentrate on me

Presenting shows on the radio, is quite a novelty

See I really don't have time to concentrate on me!

 

My life is kind of hectic who knows where I will be

Playing songs upon the radio then coming at Three

Feeding hungry animals, life really is a spree -- and

There's never any time left to concentrate on me!

 

I guess my perfect hobby or where I'd like to be

Sitting at home in quiet with the cat upon my knee

Then I would have plenty of time to concentrate on me!

 

The cat would be happy too but that didn't rhyme! He. He

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Hi Jeannie,

 

My hobby is reading and has been for a long time. I use to do crossword puzzles but lost interest. The latest thing I have thought of is refreshing my mind. :emoticon-dont-know: As time goes on in retirement I find that my spelling and punctuation aren't doing very well. I plan to get some work books and get my mind and memory back on track. Something else I do is send "Thinking of You" cards to people who live by themselves or have very little contact with other people. I have always enjoyed getting cards and letters instead of e-mails and phone calls. I imagine a lot of people feel the same way. That gives me an idea!! I could make the cards!!!

 

Hey, thanks for spurring me on Jeanne! :balloons::you-rock:

 

Purr :flowers:


Love makes the world go around!

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Purr, your card idea is wonderful. I have a friend who makes the most wonderful cards and I have 3 of them hanging on my idea board at the moment. Then I've got another friend who started re-sending cards her friends sent her. They've turned into a round-robin way for all of us who went to school together but have since dispersed all over the world to say we still value our group friendship. I've been very fortunate to be on the receiving end of 'card love' and it turned out to have a side benefit: the post lady became one of my best-ever friends.

 

You get balloons too for your kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity! :balloons: :happy-dance: (The birdies are for your kitty. :lol:)


Jeannie McClelland

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I have a lot of interests and hobbies I enjoy but if I had to start a new one I would learn to fly.

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Did you know there are lots of flight training programs that are pay-as-you-go and you can also do them over a period of time? Or have you considered gliders (sailplanes). I don't mean hang gliders or microlights, but the ones that look like regular light aircraft. They're pretty economical to learn to fly and tons of fun. They also make motor-gliders and once you get the basics of handling a glider without an engine, transitioning to one with an engine isn't difficult. And, she says, getting really enthusiastic, you can switch the engine off and soar without it.

 

One of the happiest memories of my life (that has nothing to do with people) was flying along a ridge line in Germany one New Year's day. It was getting late in the day and there was snow on the ground, plus a bit of frost in the air. Suddenly everything turned opalescent and pearly. It was absolutely silent, just the faint rush of air over the wings. There were deer running along the ridge below me and it was like a fairy tale come true. I just can't convey in words how beautiful, spiritual, and uplifting it was.

 

So go for it if you possibly can. Follow your dreams.


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(Retired) ISN Blog Manager

(Retired) ISN Assistant News Guide

(Retired) ISN Artist

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Hi Jeannie and all who have posted to this topic (too many to name),

 

Seems this topic really got the ball rolling :emoticons-line-dance:

 

All the replies are so positive, we make do with what we can do. My hobby at the moment, and some may doubt the validity of the word hobby here, is taking my grandchildren out for the day. I try to do this as often as I can as the two who are at school I now realise, have a great life of their own.

 

The 18 month old enjoys going to dancing and music for 30 minutes with me on a Thursday. Very easy, just enjoy the faces of all the little charmers (and not so charmers), the older one loves the Zoo and Science Works (luckily I have a Senior Card and get to go free) and I still have one more to last me another few years.

 

I feel so lucky to have all my children living within 15 minutes from my home.

 

Cheers to all,

Robyn

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Hi Robyn,

 

Yes, I'd say having fun with grandchildren would certainly qualify as a hobby, and a wonderful one at that!

 

I need to confess that I gave up on my new jigsaw puzzle hobby as 1,000 pieces were about 900 too many for me to handle. It started out as fun, became obsessive for a few hours, and then dwindled down into me getting irritated because then I couldn't use the coffee table for cutting fabric. It took me several days to pronounce it dead and declare it to be nothing more than another form of clutter. I boxed it up and put it in our charity/giveaway box and feel so much better.

 

All I can conclude from this is that it is fun to start new hobbies and sometimes fun to give them the boot, too.


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

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Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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Good tips there Jeannie right now with a business to run, boating, motorcycles, and just life in general there is not any time or spare money for flying lessons. I took some lessons many years ago and got in some solo time but stopped due to time constraints. It has been something that I think about now and again particularly on a really nice day with no wind. It was fun while I did it for sure.

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If I had to start a NEW hobby this month I don't know what on earth it would be!! There are so many things I want to do already that I plan to live to 200 to fit them all in.

 

My major hobby at this point in this century - and for the past 16 years - is Patchwork and Quilting. I have made loads of quilts, table covers and table mat sets, most of them have been given away and I get great pleasure in planning a gift for somebody who comes into my life. Right now I am making a set of table mats for some people from SWEDEN who are visiting us this month. Eva is Swedish and Don is from LA. She is an artist (pictures) and he is a potter, in their spare time. They brought us a lovely hand painted photographic print which I have already framed and am looking for a spot to hang. I decided to make some table mats with NZ fabrics so they will remember us whenever they use them.

 

Actually, I belong to 3 patchwork groups, Stitchwitches on a Tuesday, and Epsom Salts on a Friday so I have lots of friends with a similar interest. I go to an Embroidery group on a Thursday sometimes too - Oh and by the way I am president of Warkworth Quilters this year and next too if they will have me.

 

I wonder how many quilters there are out there lurking in the Forums? I would love to hear about what you do. If you google WARKWORTH QUILTERS you will come across quite a bit about us and our town which is a semi-rural centre about an hour north of Auckland.

 

I also have to say that this interest takes us a lot of spoonfuls as you can imagine, but it leaves me without too much time to feel sorry for myself. We have a membership at WWQ of about 80 these days and they all know my limitations and that really helps with the self esteem thing.

 

Come on all you quilters, get in touch and maybe swap some blocks or at least ideas.

 

Judy T

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Hi Judy,

 

I really admire quilters and I am impressed with all your sewing adventures and leadership, too. That is a marvelous way to stay productively busy and like you say, build self-esteem. Our self-esteem really takes a big hit when we can no longer do all the things we used to do, and finding things we still can do does wonders for our enjoyment, happiness and self-esteem, doesn't it?

 

If anything sits still for five minutes around our house, it gets either sewn together or painted. I sew nearly all my own clothes, including winter coats. It may sound like a lot but I don't need a huge wardrobe and it is easier for me to sew than to shop. And its more fun and cheaper, too! I made and kept it simple by using only three patterns altogether, because learning patterns is the very difficult part for me. All I have to do is change the fabric or color and it looks like a new outfit. I stand in awe of people who can do things more complicated than that (like quilters!).

 

This was a really good thread (pun intended), as it got me to thinking seriously about more hobbies (as I am still shy of the 100 mark). I decided my next new hobby is going to be machine embroidery. I'm going to do just enough to decorate some of the outfits I've already sewn. We watched a store demo last week, and it seems the primary thing is having the patience to continually rethread the machine with the next color, and then just watch it work. I am *great* at watching machines work, so I think this will be right up my alley. Wish me luck!


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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Hi All,

 

Love this thread, have to say you do get up to some very interesting things. My own hobbies include much of the usual things, reading, crosswords, painting, knitting, sewing, gardening, cooking etc. as and when the fancy takes me. I have expanded my painting skills in recent years by changing mediums and style and have found it very rewarding and love having the ability to turn my hand to many things.

 

One hobby which greatly inspired me in recent years was starting a dolls house. I never had one as a child and a friend suggested it to me as a very collectable thing to do. So I started a 1940's dolls house about five years ago, bought a kit and took it from there, buying many handmade things from up and down the country and creating and making many things myself. I have had hours of fun (I call it big girls playing, lol) creating the house and have spent quite a fortune on it, but as it is intended as an heirloom one day, I do not feel any guilt. If I were a male I can quite envisage myself having a train set up in the attic and going train spotting at weekends, actually when my youngest son was a toddler I used to take him to see the trains most days and wave at the drivers!!!

 

Keep on posting

 

Sandy B

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That sounds wonderful Sandy, I have always wanted a dolls house to fix up but have never had the space. I go to places and drool over all the lovely things that they do.

 

Jean

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How lovely, Sandy!

 

I found a wonderful shop in a little arcade that had dolls' houses and all the furniture and knick knacks to go in them; even little cups and saucers and crockery. Like Jean, I was fascinated by them but haven't really got the room for one (the items were quite expensive, too!)


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