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#41 Mistflower

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Posted 24 April 2016 - 12:12 PM

Amazing job you do in your spare time, Roanna!

I'm also a gardener. It runs in the family. I always grow a lot from seed, though I like to bring on pre-existing plants too. One of my favourite things is finding rejects in the discount section at the garden centre and bringing them home and nurturing them. A bit like the way some people rehome animals.


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Posted 24 April 2016 - 12:32 PM

Amazing job you do in your spare time, Roanna!

I'm also a gardener. It runs in the family. I always grow a lot from seed, though I like to bring on pre-existing plants too. One of my favourite things is finding rejects in the discount section at the garden centre and bringing them home and nurturing them. A bit like the way some people rehome animals.

 

That's such a nice thing to do! I'm going to start looking out for neglected plants now. I'm not sure I can guarantee them a better life (lol) but I will most certainly do my best for them.

I notice TS Eliot in your signature. Can I possibly be talking to a fellow fan of the great man?


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Posted 24 April 2016 - 12:37 PM

Yes, indeed!

But let's say a fan of the poetry more than the man....


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Posted 24 April 2016 - 02:53 PM

Yes, indeed!

But let's say a fan of the poetry more than the man....

Lol, I agree. Probably the best poet of the 20th century but some dodgy political ideas!


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Posted 24 April 2016 - 07:36 PM

Lol, I agree. Probably the best poet of the 20th century but some dodgy political ideas!

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Posted 24 April 2016 - 09:14 PM

I like to buy things. Does that sound shallow?

 

I especially love to purchase art supplies. I use mostly artist markers and colored pencils, paper for drawing and collage.

 

Everything I do leads back to the work, but sometimes I need to purchase supplies for whatever project I am working on and that is the fun part.


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Posted 24 April 2016 - 10:04 PM

I like to buy things. Does that sound shallow?

 

I especially love to purchase art supplies. I use mostly artist markers and colored pencils, paper for drawing and collage.

 

Everything I do leads back to the work, but sometimes I need to purchase supplies for whatever project I am working on and that is the fun part.

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I know the first question was probably rhetorical, but I don't feel that we should feel shallow or superficial for enjoying the act of buying tools with which to create.  My art supplies outnumber my possessions 2:1, easily, and I used to feel guilty that they take up so much room.  But then I realized that I don't choose to spend money on useless crap, and with art supplies the function is more than to just look pretty or entertain me.  I feel that there's merit in purchasing tools for creation.


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Posted 21 May 2016 - 05:16 PM

I know that some of us, having practiced magic for a long, long time, essentially dedicate our lives to the practice.  Oftentimes, this leads to a sort of separation from the population at large.  Dedication is wonderful, but those benefits are, IMO, not without detrimental consequences in other areas of our lives.

What other interests do you have aside from your practices in the occult.  One of my other passions is chemistry, medical chem in particular, and it actually enhances my practice a number of different ways.

What do you guys do to stay engaged in the world, to further your knowledge, whether or not it enhances your magic?

I thought this might be a good discussion, and give others useful ideas to use along our varied paths.

So, what do you witchies do when you're not witchin?   :)

Remember, the more effective you are as a person,the more effective you will be as a witch, and perhaps we can inspire each other in other pursuits.

 

 

Interesting topic, Aurelian :)

 

 

I'm always witchin' no matter what I'm doing... so, I cannot separate my mundane life, interests and hobbies from witchin' ..... 

 

and......... which World are we talking about?....lol.    I'm going to guess you mean society..............? 

 

 

With self-improvement... and caring enough about others, even strangers, I strive to improve the world around me...  with every little thing I do. Everyday. 

 

 

 

@EVERYONE - What awesome replies !!! Such an enjoyable thread to read !!!  :thankyou:


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Posted 23 May 2016 - 04:21 PM

I retired about a year ago and the sheer bliss of not dealing daily with The Insane Public has lowered my blood pressure enough that the doc reduced my BP med! For now, and not anticipating forever, I seek solitude. I broke the TV habit 20 years ago and do not own one. I'm learning to cook without a microwave— friends, it is possible! I found out food that is not in a box is good. So much to discover...
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Posted 15 September 2016 - 09:35 PM

I sing, I'm learning to play guitar and bass guitar. I write, knit, hand embroider, and spin (spindle, not wheel). I love old movies and history.
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Posted 10 December 2016 - 07:53 AM

Me and a couple of girls from work get together once a week to quilt. Another group, also from work, go out for drinks or to the casino for gambling and the seafood buffet once in a while.
I'm planning on taking up painting again soon. I'm not really that good but I love it. It makes me feel like a kid again. I draw a little. Mostly mandalas.
Oh and I love to travel! The Oregon coast is my favorite place, think.

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#52 IslandBruja

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 10:32 AM

Well, before I became disabled last year I did a lot more "out in the world" than I am able to now, which I REALLY miss such as:
-Singing in choirs
-Playing racquetball and tennis
-DANCING (mostly Latin, but I love all kinds of partner dancing, especially Irish set dancing as well even though there's nowhere to do it)
-Organizing community arts events
-Traveling/learning languages around the world (I'd even settle for just traveling to the mainland at this point - not that Hawaii is a terrible place to be "stranded" :laugh: but I'd like to see friends and family who are all far away)
-Swimming in the ocean (or even just going to the beach and being in the sun, period)


Now that I'm mostly homebound, I do still:
-Read all the time (have since I was a young child) - anything and everything, from neuroscience to high fantasy
-Write poetry and fiction
-Snuggle all day with my gift of a cat
-Bake gluten-free pies (why are fruit pies so damn delicious?) - trust me, you wouldn't know they're egg- and gluten-free (I have allergies to both) if you tried them...

And I'm hoping to find a digital piano to take up playing again now that I can't make it to choir practice anymore.

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 09:05 PM

@Bruja, might I recommend the Yamaha brand for a keyboard? I have one of their 76-key keyboards, and I absolutely adore it. If you have the cash, they also have 88-key models and keyboards with the exact same give to the keys as an acoustic piano. You have to buy the stands and pedals separately, but I love mine so much I didn't care.


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#54 IslandBruja

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 11:09 PM

@Bruja, might I recommend the Yamaha brand for a keyboard? I have one of their 76-key keyboards, and I absolutely adore it. If you have the cash, they also have 88-key models and keyboards with the exact same give to the keys as an acoustic piano. You have to buy the stands and pedals separately, but I love mine so much I didn't care.


Thanks odalibuc- yes, I'm looking specifically for a Yamaha 88 key digital piano (I love playing piano, but the humidity here makes a real piano impossible, and I hate the flimsy feel of playing a "keyboard") but with shipping being so expensive to this island, I have to keep my eyes open for a used one...

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 05:02 AM

I have always been heavily engaged in a variety of hobbies. But they have changed drastically over the years! I used to play guitar. I don't know what happened, exactly, but I completely lost interest in that and writing fiction at once (I have a really flat online voice so this might be surprising that I used to write constantly...). Like I woke up one day and just didn't have any inspiration for those things anymore. It really messed with me, because both, especially writing, had been so integral to my life since I was in elementary school. I used to do nothing but write or guitar or listen to music while taking walks. I have a deep appreciation for silence now. For several years afterward I would try to force myself to do it, because it felt like I wasn't me without those things, but I began really resenting them, like it was a chore. A couple of years ago I finally let go and accepted that I'm not the same person I was. I still listen to music, but not with the same zest I used to, and the styles I appreciate are very different now. Although I still lend some talents to my husband's band (less than I would actually like, though, because I have limited time and it's less important than other things I enjoy with my free time. It's not guitar either, it's vocals).

 

Not to say I haven't been creative. I was sewing a lot around that time and developed a deep love of gardening, hiking, and that's around the time I began opening up to witchcraft in my life. I don't read as voraciously as I used to, but when I find the right book I plow through it in a day or two, still. Every once in awhile I paint, but I've never had the patience for it to develop any real skill level, but sometimes I get a relatively simple image in my mind and I manage to execute it relatively well on a canvas. I wish it happened more often because I do have a distinct style and on the rare occasion I do it, other people seem to like it, too. But I never want it to feel like a chore. It's the only artistic expression I really feel when I have an idea anymore. I crochet, too, but for some reason I don't feel like I consider it one of my hobbies? It's more something I do with my hands that has a practical purpose and helps me justify TV when I feel like binge watching something, haha. I never used to watch TV or movies, either, and I occasionally do both now.

 

I like cooking. I taught myself in my early 20s and I'm pretty damn good now in my 30s. Baking is hit or miss. I hate the clean up enough to only cook once or twice a week...but usually in bulk so there are leftovers. 

 

I've always had some level of interest in fashion, although not street trendy or high fashion. Random fashion? I don't know how to describe it. I like style in general, and when I see good style on someone I appreciate it. I have been revamping my own style lately, it's more subdued than it used to be but still feels very "me" but more refined, and still inexpensive. I live in a not terribly exciting part of the country so it really sticks out here whenever someone goes the extra mile on their outfits. I got pretty good with dramatic and artistic makeup, but now that age is changing my face it's like relearning all over. I don't know if I have as much patience for new techniques as I used to! I'm also an enormous architecture and interior design buff.

 

I enjoy wine...and beer...not so much liquor. I may as well consider it a hobby because there's nothing like a long ass soak in the tub with a beverage in winter. Definitely been a favorite "pastime."

 

Once I find the time, I want to make candles and lotions. I'm considering beekeeping, since we are in the market to buy a home soon and a lot of the homes we like have heavily shaded yards, which knocks the wind out of my sails for gardening the way I like. So, wax, honey and hopefully helping to save some bees.


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Posted 12 December 2016 - 10:39 PM

I also am introverted so really don't have a lot of interaction doing things with others - just now and then when I feel a bit lonely but usually these things are drumming/ meditation with others.
I love crafts, knitting, card making, sewing, felting especially in winter.
I tend to neglect craft projects come summer and surf wherever possible although everything I do is intwined with the craft for me.
I find hand crafts very meditative and surfing a great way to let go/ overcome fears.

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#57 IslandBruja

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 10:58 PM

blackpanther, Llyr is another very nice UK surfer on here in case you guys ever want to talk surf :)

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 11:24 PM

IslandBruja that's good to know, have never met a fellow witchy surfer 🙂
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Posted 14 December 2016 - 02:35 PM

blackpanther, Llyr is another very nice UK surfer on here in case you guys ever want to talk surf :)

 

Awww compliments... Gotta love em :thankyou:


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Posted 01 March 2017 - 11:34 PM

Right now, my focus has been on parenting, job hunting, and cleaning up my personal life.  (In a nutshell, I'm divorcing yet again and getting re-settled in my home city.)  I'm homeshooling my middle child as city high schools proved themselves to be an awful learning environment for her.  I'd like to buy a house but I'm waiting on a damn settlement that is actually overdue.  I'm "adulting".

 

I've been in kind of a creative slump for awhile.  I consider myself an artist, but I've had a struggle making art again since I lost my entire body of work to a fire about 10 years ago. I used to write, but haven't written a word since my father died a few years ago.  My current creative outlets are cooking (because it's practical) and crochet.  I'd sew, but the pedal to my damn machine was lost in the move.  It's probably in a box somewhere, but damned if I know which one.

 

It's been my intent to get out into nature more. I'd like to start leading herb walks, but that means being outside, and human contact.  I've been very withdrawn for personal reasons lately.  I almost made it out the door to a drum circle tonight, but decided a the last minute I wanted to hang out in my room listening to 80's new wave and alternative throwback videos on you tube and eating chia pudding while wasting time online.  I'm not sorry.  I go through cycles of introversion and extroversion, and right now my priority is on more personal work.

 

My other big passion is herbs and natural wellness.  My last two jobs were in health food stores and it really felt like I'd found my calling. 

 

I've also been very politically active in the past, but that is another area where I've been withdrawn lately, in spite of what seems to be a desperate need for action in the US right now.  I have a lot of personal stuff going on, and feel unable to responsibly contribute my best to the causes that are important to me, in spite of great need.  I don't feel I can responsibly commit energy that I just don't have.

 

I also enjoy books, and uh, maybe this is a bit embarrassing to admit considering I'm a middle-aged mother-of-three who works with holistic wellness and is involved in anti-war politics, but I do like video games, especially Skyrim and most of all the Fallout games.  F*cking give me a Tesla cannon and get the hell out of my way.  Die, super mutant scum, die!  I bought Fallout 4 for my teenage son, but he didn't get to play it until I split with his stepdad and moved out of the house because I was always playing his game! Unfortunately the ex got the good computer (because really, it was his) so for now, no shooting super mutants for Broomflower.  Boo.


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