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smile.gif What keeps you busy and warm?

 

Me, if I am cold I get the vacuum cleaner out.

 

i also go swimming in a very warm pool and sit in the hot tub.

 

Otherwise I might be gardening and looking after the house cooking and volunteering for the Red Cross home for hospital .Not all at once.

 

What do you get up too?

 

Christine (Chockers )

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Hi Christine,

 

When we have a summer, I like to garden. Cooking is good too, anytime of the year. When it is winter, I like to spin, weave, and knit. My hubby was reading over my shoulder and he say I actually do more knitting than anything else. I hope that wasn't a comment on my housekeeping! :lol:

 

Warm hugs,


Jeannie McClelland

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Hello Christine

 

When I am able I like to cook something nice and have people enjoy it. As fatigue and mobility are still big issues for me it's a case of when I can I do and when I can't I don't!

 

Take care.


Amanda Thorpe

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I also love gardening in the summer. Weeding can be so therapeutic but the next day is may induce soreness smile.gif.

 

I love working with animals, doing wildlife rehabilitation.

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What a delightful topic you've started, Chockers!

 

I love to read, paint, draw (colored pencil), craft, cook, make jewelry, crochet, loom, and sew and serge. This week, I made a purse, a clutch, and added jewels to my key chain.

 

Lately I've been buying too much fabric. So I have many projects in waiting. I always try to have something creative going.

 

To get any sort of satisfaction, I need to create things with my hands. I can get enjoyment from reading a book, but not satisfaction. I find the activity is good for my hands (like therapy) and the distraction (total absorption) is the best pain reliever ever devised.

 

The biggest hidden blessing that illness has brought me is that I learned to focus my energy only on things that I love, and doing things that can be done once, and stay done. Thus making the bed is very low on my list but making anything -- a web page, a purse, it doesn't much matter -- is very high on my list.

 

I really cherish being able to do anything other than nap or yawn at any given moment, and make the best of it when I can.

 

I also love to float in a warm pool. Just lay there and float on my back and feel all the stress just float away. Even imagining it makes me feel good.


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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What keeps me busy - beside my job and the kids? :lol:

 

Don't really have too much time for hobbies, currently. We're heavily involved in our church and its activities, but that wouldn't be considered a hobby.

 

I used to cross-stitch and read. I like to rollerblade, and still try to do it at lunch when I can.

 

Shelley, I totally know what you mean about the satisfaction you get when you can create something.

 

To keep warm, I love standing in a super hot shower (I know, bad for dry skin...) and just relax.

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Aaaaaaahhhhhhh....

 

Yes, this is a good thread, christine!

 

Washing the dishes by hand, folding warm clothes just out of the dryer, while the dryer is drying another load :D .

 

This is the best question for me right now, because I'm one who spends as much time outside as I possibly can, weather permitting. I dearly love mowing the lawn, just as I love to garden, but I really have to pace myself.

 

The above are things I do to keep busy and warm, per your request.

 

Now, I also love to read, play cribbage with my hubby, watch him cook... as my caregiving duties do a number on me, so he helps me out by pulling up the slack by way of cooking...and I "help" him out by eating what he cooks!lol (Really though...I LOVE to cook, but it's not easy to accomplish at present. Hopefully, I'll have my own kitchen again, one day).

 

A nice warm lllooooooooonnnnnnnngggggg shower sounds awfully good right now! Nitey-nite!


Special Hugs,

 

Susie Kraft

ISN Support Specialist

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International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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My days are pretty much the same- feed the dog, the horses, the goats then me- this is done in order of most destructive if not fed NOW. Then clean up after the dog, the horses, the goats and me. Play on the computer, do some major fix on the place (wood storing is big right now), garden in season, then repeat animal activities in the evening.

 

The only time it changes much is during kidding when it's up every two hours all night to see if any baby goats are coming. That time I hate- never a good night's sleep but oh what fun watching the mom and their new little ones. I try to have one one doe or two does a year doing this. I think that I will not be breeding any more I have too many chores right now.

But having the animals makes me get up and get moving every single day. Can't help but be good. :emoticon-hug:

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Love Cooking "But NOT Green Tomatoes!)

 

Just Me and my Hubby, but I cook for 4-5 people, our neighborhood is pretty social when it comes to food, almost daily we have people drop in for dinner, and we welcome everyone, one neighbor comes 3-4 times a week- he eats with his wife and say's he's not very hungry, then she phones me to see what he's eating here, a heaping plate full! Once a week the neighbors and us all go to a restaurant for brunch or dinner.

 

This week its Thanksgiving and I am making 12 Layer Neopolitan Torte for desert. Hmm I am going to be rolling 12 layers with a couple of stitches on my eyelids from biopsy booked this Friday, I will manage, always do.. and another favorite of mine is restoring Antique furniture. Last week I restored a 125 year old Mahogany Wardrobe and next week I will start a Antique childrens wagon, I want to eventually put potted flowers in it, out in the garden near our fountains and pond.

 

I like renovating too, I see something done on HGTV I like it I do it! My husband just about had a cardiac one day he came home from work, I had sledge hammered and smashed out the Main "Support wall" :o separating our kitchen from the dining room, electrical wiring hanging all over the place. He fixed it all (I knew he would). Now I have open look with a huge island eating bar! :D

 

Husbands shouldn't read this- but if you want tips e-mail me!

 

Sandra

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Sandra,

How AWESOME, that you have such neighbors...and that you are the way you are!

Very nice, for ALL of you!

 

You have wonderful hobbies...so great, that you have such talent with refurbishing antique furniture!

 

Thank you for the great tip...about how to get a project started :thank-you: .

Most of the time, though, my hubby doesn't let any grass grow under his feet, when it comes to projects.

When he DOES drag his feet a little longer than usual,I know he's ruminating...some projects just NEED that, don't they! :fairy:

 

A couple of weeks ago, he and his son built a cat condo for our grandson's cat and new kitten. It's 6' tall and both cat and kitten just LOVE it! He loves a challenge and I can hardly wait to see what he/they build NEXT!


Special Hugs,

 

Susie Kraft

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Hello Suzie!

Ring Ring Ring Aling- Sandra Callin

Hi there Suzie, sounds like we both have a couple of good men! That kitten is going to be spoilt rotten, having a brand new "High Rise " built for it!! I started to write to you a couple of minutes ago and it disapeared! Here goes again, Today Me and my Hubby got up at 1:30 am because he went fishing at 3am and took one of our tenants too, hooked up the boat & went on the 2 hr. drive to his Secret Fishing hole, Umm maybe Pan fried Trout tonite with a squeeze of lemon.

 

Suzie , how are you? Are you getting enough sleep? Or are you a Bat like Sheryl and I? I truly hope your warm & comfortable.

 

I don't beleive that Shelley ever sleeps between her hobbies and keeping all of us organized she deserves a gold star*.

I have been having so much fun here & have learned alot more about my new Pals , "Sclero" & "Ray" that bring me "watermelon",

Oh and I am getting cooking tips from "Jeannie the Greenie" Gang, Janey & Jeannie & Penny have taught me a thing or two about

cooking green tomatoes & grits both were new to me! So I love this ,it keeps my brain of the everyday hurdles that keep comming my way, This site is good therapy for all of us. What ever I ask ,I always get an answer.

Keep in Touch Suzie

Smiles n Chuckles, Sandra

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Hi Sandra!

 

You sure make me laugh...thank you!!! :jump-for-joy: Yes, I think so , too...about our men!

 

Wow!!! What a trooper you are...getting up with your hubby to see him off for his fishing trip...How did the guys do?

Oh yeah...I love pan fried trout, too....YUM! (Oh-oh...my mouth is watering!lol)

 

I'm doing fine, thank you Sandra...How are you?

Wednesday and yesterday, I picked up my 9 yr-old grandson from school. Going to bake zucchini bread, in a bit, along with banana nut muffins...I committed for refreshments in the morning for a gathering. My son rotates Saturdays at work, it's his turn until noon tomorrow, so I'll have same grandson from 8-10, when I'll take him to a birthday party of a classmate. Then, I go to my gathering and pick him up at noon, bring him home and his dad will pick him up from here, then. At 3:00, same grandson has his last football game, so we'll be going to that. Tomorrow evening, hubby and I will be away for any hour and then we'll be able to kick back for the rest of the evening.

Sunday, PM, we have a meeting and then hubby will watch football for the rest of the evening.

A week from Sunday, my son will go to Denver for a couple of days for some schooling, so we'll have same grandson for two nights.

So, my days are pretty much slated out for me, so I suspect I'll sleep very well those nights!

 

We're supposed to get 6" of snow, but it looks like we've only gotten 2". Our high temperature today is to be 25.....Bbbbbbrrrrrrr. Just glad I don't need to be outside for any reason! :jump-for-joy:

 

I'm with you, Sandra...I don't believe Shelley sleeps either!

 

Like you, it IS alot of fun coming here and "spending time" with friends :emoticon-hug: .

I always look forward to it! Totally so...very good therapy, my friend!

 

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Not to worry about the Z...I LIKE it!lol


Special Hugs,

 

Susie Kraft

ISN Support Specialist

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International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Well I'm still going strong! I have even bigger garden project in a very space but it works.

 

I sit in the hot tub and swim at the heath club when cold.

 

I help my friends parants in their 90s ( middle 90s ) to stay in their own home.

 

Also driving about when I can .

 

That's what I do to keep me busy and warm

 

Christine

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I do a little knitting when I can. I also sew and enjoy taking photographs (my pic is one taken a few months ago). I also keep up with Tai Chi lessons twice a week.

 

Buttons

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I don't know if this would be considered a hobby, but I love to socialize whether it being chatting or skyping with on-line friends. :emoticon-dont-know: A gift of gab. :P

 

I enjoy reading the daily newspaper, novels, (1 of my fave author is Jodi Picoult), listening to classic rock and putting together large quantity jigsaw puzzles. :)

 

Annie


Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis, (Scleroderma). Lung, skin and gastrointestinal involvement.

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Hi Annie,

 

Socializing actually is a hobby and a great one at that. It's been shown to extend people's lifetimes! It's not only good for you but for everyone that you are gabbing with.

 

Yes, you can count it not only as a hobby but also as a beneficial medical treatment, all at the same time!

:emoticons-yes: :terrific: :woohoo:

Do you think using emoticons in forum messages could count as a hobby? I am using an awful lot of them today. :emoticon-dont-know:


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 Shelley,

 

 

Thank you! Very interesting -- learn something new every day.

 

Yes, I would consider using emoticons a hobby. They are so cute! :)

 

Take care and hugs,

 

Annie


Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis, (Scleroderma). Lung, skin and gastrointestinal involvement.

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Busy...

 

Those of you who know me will find me on the beach! Any time of year!

 

I have to admit I have become an internet addict. I am on the computer almost all the time, even on the beach I use my phone. I love looking up things. I'll read an article that will link me to another one or create a question that I just have to look up. Since my attention span is shorter now this works well for me as I can jump around and read what I want rather than trying to get through a book. I was always inquisitive, when young I would read the dictionary or look up things in the encyclopedia for fun. I've been taking photos and enjoy that.

 

For instance, I just discovered I could drop photos into this post. When I first tried they were too big so I had to figure out how to resize. The first two were easy and then I ran into problems, too small, too big, too blurry. I mistaken stumbled onto something cool, but can't resize it without it getting blurry and I'll probably forget what I did that I liked! So now I've been at it an hour and it is WAY past my bedtime.

 

Warm...silk underwear, layers, and gloves!

 

miocean


ISN Artist

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Well, so much for dropping pictures into the post. :emoticon-dont-know: Didn't work. :temper-tantrum:

 

miocean


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Hi Miocean,

 

Well, we sure can't blame a gal for trying! It looked like it could be done and I'm proud you tried to stretch your wings. That's the only way to learn or discover anything.

 

My best guess is that you couldn't put in photos because of a permissions issue. In the prior version we had painstakingly eliminated every possible setting that might be confusing, annoying, perhaps lead to copyright issues, make for longer page downloads, put greater demands on moderators, etc. We finally decided to go for a very simple layout (and features) that would be easy for non-geeks to figure out.

 

The upgrade brought everything back -- and then some! So we still need to go through hundreds of settings to figure out if we should enable or disable them or just let them be. That will take awhile to figure out and to slog through. In the meantime some buttons might look at though they work but because we had disabled them before, they are here but nobody (not even me) has permission to actually use them. No confusion there, huh?

 

In the meantime, it would be great to add your photos to our Photo Gallery -- and then put links to them in your forum posts. It's not even half as fancy or pretty but is still a way to share your lovely art and photos with us.


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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I love making quilts and sewing of any kind when I have the energy to do it; I make a lot of doll clothes to donate to our giving tree at holiday time. I always liked working and improving the house but that has come to a stop with mobility issues.

 

When I take a few pieces of material and make it into something great it makes me feel so good; everybody in the family wants one.

 

I will post pics of some of my projects later.

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Hi Quiltfairy,

 

How lovely to be so creative; your quilts and doll clothes sound beautiful!

 

I'm looking forward to seeing your photos of them. :)


Jo Frowde

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Hi Quiltfairy,

 

What a fun username, and how appropriate! 

 

I love sewing, too, but I don't know how to do quilts. Maybe I didn't phrase that right. I understand a little bit of how they are done as I have a few quilter friends. Maybe what I lack is the determination and dedication it takes to make one, from figuring out a design, to tracking down all the fabric, cutting it, arranging, and sewing, sewing, sewing and hoping nothing turns out upside down or backwards! 

 

To hold faith, the entire time, that it is going to turn out okay, why to me that would be an endurance contest. And the doll clothes sound like a delightful idea. I bet you'll inspire others reading this thread to dust off their sewing machine and let their creativity loose.

 

Please do post some of your quilt photos in the gallery. I'd love to see them!

 

:emoticons-group-hug:


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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