What are your hobbies? Might be an interesting topic. I am wondering if talking about them might be a positive thing for many of us (especially those of us who feel that we've lost interest in our hobbies or are on the look out for new ones).
I've recently re-opened my stored-up-for-a-rainy-day box of artsy interests. WATERCOLOR!!!! Have u SEEN all the stuff that is online about it and other mixed media stuff lately?!!!!!!!! OMG OMG. FREEEEEEEEE most of it!! LESSONS.... utube demo's up the wazoooo!! The world of art has changed so much, I think, because of younger people getting so into scrapbooking and such. They are EATING UP art supplies and creating such demand for reallly neato inventions and KITS and things to play with. People are filling up NOTEBOOKS of watercolor-thick-enough paper (the kind that don't buckle too much when wet)...with art and doodles of colors and shapes...enjoying the pure joy of watching the pigments swirl on the paper. It is so exciting to see it all happening. They even have BRUSHES now...that hold water. And paint tins of colors that fit in your palm...or a purse or pocket. TAKE It wITH YOU!
So yes (she said calmly) I'm excited to work with watercolor again.
Anybody else excited about a hobby or an interest? What else besides food is lighting you up? OR is this food/recipe hobby new to you and keeping you all excited...like it does many of us ALL the time?!! Please tell.
Cooking and trying new recipes will always be #1. Since we relocated to the PNW, I've picked up (and LOVE!!) salmon fishing. DH took me target shooting and we did not realize how good I was, so at his suggestion, I went deer hunting...and got my deer last year. I love target shooting. NEVER in a million years did I think this would be something I could enjoy. I'm excited about all of this and I thank DH every day for introducing me to this. I just figured "girls" don't do things like this---he never got that message :-)
Thoreau said, 'A man is rich in proportion to the things he can leave alone.'
Salmon fishing? So, you go find a river and fish from the banks? (My hubby got me to eat a bit of smoked salmon...it was GOOD. Tasted just like ham to me.) But anyway, he buys it frozen from a fish vendor and cooks it for himself about once a week. It's so good for him. I'm glad he doesn't make me cook it. I was raised by a dad who said, all the time, that he was 'the best fisherman this side of the Rockies!' But the only thing he could get me to eat was trout. Fried trout. And I loved it.
Catbatty, we now live in Port Townsend (WA) and Fort Worden Park is about 8 miles from us. We beach fish there. We sometimes drive to Marrowstone Island and there's a beach we can fish from there. DH built a small skin-on-frame row boat and we drop it at the Marina in the community we live in---DH usually uses it for crabbing, but he's also fished from it. I've gone crabbing with him once and it is just too small for me to feel safe out there. Occasionally, we will drive to Sequim and fish off a local beach there, but Fort Worden is so close and easy.... I don't like smoked salmon but I do love lox. I love trout. We may drive to Lake Leland next week and see how the trout fishing is there at this time of year.
My dad was not outdoorsy at all so I learned nothing about that or cars or any guy stuff from him.
Thoreau said, 'A man is rich in proportion to the things he can leave alone.'
We love that part of the world and we have been there many times in the RV. We've camped at most of the campgrounds around there. I love the bookstore in PT. (I'd mentioned before I think.) The owner refused to use a cash register...so everything was done by hand. Haven't been in a few years, it may have changed. The books are stacked...high. Remember...a bunch of them (cookbooks they were) came crashing down on my head! Sigh. Good times...
Post by soupandstew on Mar 11, 2018 21:16:47 GMT -5
Cooking is my #1 hobby. Gardening is also #1. Yeah, I know that doesn't make sense but that's how I feel. I love playing with food and I love being outdoors and just can't prioritize them.
Volunteering is also #1. Having survived 5 brutal and exhausting, yet amazing years in one community organization, I've rested up for 2 months and am now partnering with some incredible folks to establish a new non-profit corporation promoting re-development of an ugly utility right-of-way into a greenway/hike & bike trail/dog park etc. We are working on chartering the entity, getting our non-profit designation, etc. I've learned so much over the last 5 years and now love taking on this new challenge.
"Being bitter is just the ego clinging on to the past." Brendon Burchard
Post by swedishcook on Mar 15, 2018 18:29:38 GMT -5
How wonderful to read your posts and sensing your excitement.
I used to sew counted cross-stitch embroidery - tiny stitches with gazillions of different colors. Denmark has the best patterns and I brought lots of kits when we moved. About 15 years ago it became a real strain on my aging eyes. That's when I started hand quilting. Straight stitches was so much easier to see. Sewing machines and I have never gotten along very well so the first couple of quilts were hand pieced. Then I dared to invest in a nice sewing machine. My production is very limited, but each of our close relatives has received one. Right now I'm working on a lap quilt for my favorite cousin, matching her living room colors. The creative process of finding the perfect pattern and the ultimate colors is so rewarding. We don't have space for a "design wall" (hanging flannel where you can move the fabric pieces around until you like the result). A white bed sheet on the floor has to make do and DH manages to walk around it - knowing this stage won't last forever - until next project..... My only problem is that I do like to cook and there are times when I feel there are not enough hours in a day.
I'm a knitter. I love that it is relaxing (well most of the time) and creates something. When we travel, I like to buy yarn as my souvenirs. I tend to knit smaller projects (hats, scarves, wraps, etc) not complicated things like sweaters.
Hobbies hobbies hobbies! I work so I can do my hobbies!
Reading, knitting, cooking, gardening, hiking, cycling (during the summer months), traveling, teaching yoga, Science Fiction conventions, college football and basketball. Yes, I'm riveted to the TV with March Madness right now... I used to sew quilts, but after spending 8 years in a Middle Eastern dance troupe where we made our own costumes (about 4-6 a year), my interest in sewing was completely destroyed. And I used to do cross-stitch, and still have all the supplies, but that wasn't as portable as knitting was.
I did take a Intro to Wing Shooting class last summer that was sponsored by the Ruffed Grouse Society, with the idea that I might pick up grouse or pheasant hunting. I really enjoyed the trap shooting - but I'm not sure I have enough time/money to do it regularly.
Varaile, it's funny--I retired so I can do my hobbies!
Being on this BB, of course I love to cook. I don't try as many new recipes as I used to since the kids have gone off on their own, but it's a plus not to have to worry about dietary restrictions and preferences. I also love to garden: DH recently built some raised beds where our pool used to be, and I volunteer at the gardens of a local historic site. I do quite a bit of running, and if and when the weather ever warms up here, I also bike and play tennis.
Some of you had mentioned needlework, and I'm into that as well. I like to have one or two knitting or crocheting projects going on to keep my hands busy watching TV or traveling. Since having retired, I've been trying to do more quilting but still consider myself somewhat of a novice. I also love to read and am in two book clubs, and I volunteer at our local library. Last but not least, I play the flute and am in two bands, one that plays in during the school year and one during the summer, and I've played in the pit orchestras for a couple of local theater productions, which is a lot of fun.
So many of you are into some very interesting hobbies out there!