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

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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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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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I love drawing and art (painting and 3d also, although i don't draw almost anything lately and painting is just love, some day i will learn to do it)

 

I am also deep interested in bushcraft, and just stay in nature, wildcrafting, mushrooms, and poison plants. I always loved plants and herbs, and made some incenses cunningham style when i was wiccan. I would like to learn to do it in a traditional way, taking in account the spirit of the plant , forgetting cunningham as correspondences etc ...

 

I also love making bread, and trying to make a good , artesanal bread, that is not so easy (fermentation, etc)

And i also love pyrotechnics and fireworks

 

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I adore gaming (PC, and Playstation 1,2 & 3DS) especially Skyrim, The Sims series and Legend of Mana, sewing, gardening and reading ALL the books. :) I'm into all things tea related,china teacups, silver tea pots and whatnot. I enjoy documentaries, historical dramas and murder mysteries (Downton Abbey, Miss Fisher's Mysteries,etc.) as far as regular tv goes and anime as well. For exercise, I like hiking and horseback riding. For 'culture', opera and museums of all kinds. I don't do anything super artsy but I do like to make cute little watercolor pictures for my son, Beatrix Potter-esque things.

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Let's see, if it's outdoors, I'm all for it! Love canoing, hiking, camping, shooting, scuba diving, etc. I love aviation, both full scale & RC. and I love to garden. I also am a licensed HAM radio operator and typically build my own (getting them to work, that is a different story....Haha).

Inside, I am a bit of a book worm. I don't watch much TV, but when I do, it's usually a documentary or Big-Bang Theory :-)

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Did an undergrad in lit and used to read a lot and love to write, constantly avidly reading literary and genre fiction and constantly being creative with writing, nothing matched the thrill of resolving my inspirations and ideas in text. When I started postgrad in a different field, all my text seemed to go awry and I don't write anymore, don't read either. I've finished postgrad now and am looking for work, have a 2nd round interview with a big organisation next week. I need to earn well to take care of my mother who has some problems. But really I am a simple person, just love reading and writing, drawing, music, took piano lessons for 10 years, love to see opera or ballet if I can, love swimming laps. When I get settled into a new job I hope some of these things will return, right now I only play video games to relax.

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I love reading and anything music related. Hard to imagine but I play the organ in church (I love the instrument and music, and I'm good at it). I don't really watch TV but every now and then I get really hooked on a series and I will binge watch. Gardening is also a hobby, although my current flat only allows for potted plants. And lastly I spend a lot of time on cats. I have my own and I foster bottle kittens for a shelter.

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Put briefly, I collect skills, and the tools and materials to practice them. If you can imagine  a craft I've probably had a go at it and there's a good chance I still have the gear . . .

(still want to try foundry work, copper embossing and glass blowing in the hard materials, and crochet and felting in the soft, and want another shot at tanning).

 

I'm a book addict, (4K at last count) and read and garden all the time.

 

Currently active in blacksmithing, wood turning, sewing, herbal medicine, brewing and distilling.

 

Sports not so much, I shoot, do archery, used to do Parkour and ran a parkour class at my old school, do free weights when I have time.
Do a bit of self taught HEMA from the manuals as there is no group nearby to practice with; sword and shield, and long sword. Will try spear when I've finished making it.

 

I get on well enough with people who aren't bigoted idiots, but find it difficult to connect with most people (TV, celebs, etc MEH -_- ) so don't seek them out as most can't keep up with my thought processes.

 

Love my wife, my cats, my family.

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I am an unapologetic introvert so most of my interests actually don't revolve around social engagement. I LOVE gardening, botanical research, and nature exploration. Activities associated might include casual day hiking, foraging, or multi-day backcountry adventuring.

 

Learning new knowledge and skills is one of my favorite things to do. I am nearly always delving into some body of independent research or adding to my existing knowledge. I love travel...I haven't been able to do nearly enough of that yet. I'm finishing up a nursing degree, so hopefully when I graduate that will be something I can do more of. I'm planning a celebratory trip to Europe with my best friend who is also graduating with me. Can't wait!

 

Love cooking and baking, especially bread! Herbalism and natural medicines are a favorite topic of mine to read or talk about.

 

I really love creating things. Whether it's art or clothing or food or wine or medicine, I really enjoy the process from inspiration to intent+will to manifestation. It's life affirming and empowering and I never ever get tired of it. I think it's just part of who/what I am.

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I personally enjoy travel, nature, creative activities, writing, studying science, animals... the list goes on.

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Anytime I'm out in nature I feel at peace, particularly when I' m near water. I love dancing in thunderstorms lol. Hiking, Swimming, snowshoeing, horseback riding, and skiing are also favorite pastimes. Chemistry and physics fascinate me and play into my work, at least, the chemistry does a bit. I also draw a lot and do film photography-- I really love the process of photographing with film, the fact that you can't scroll through your images and therefore have to make each frame count particularly appeals to me. 

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Swimming, camping, I have started to do some wood burning. I also love to grow stuff and we are starting our very small garden and herb garden. 

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Right now it is gardening and painting small driftwood signs to hang on the patio.  They come in handy for small gifts at Yule.

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Aurelian I too love medical sciences. I am actually preparing to transfer into a molecular biology program at university. Glad there are some fellow science lovers on here.

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I began teaching myself to play piano just before my 5th birthday. My Mother's adoptive parents had a Xmas party every year a week or so before Xmas, and this lady would play the piano, everybody singing. I told my Grandmother that I wanted to play piano too, so she gave me a couple of "Teach Yourself Piano" type books. I still piano/keyboards. But, guitar became my primary love. Got an acoustic for my 14th birthday, and then bought an electric, got into a band, and from there it became a life of music. I also play bass, and learned enough to become a decent audio engineer, and also running FOH (live "front of house" mixer) for several touring bands. I toured playing guitar in a bunch of bands, and played bass in a few. Being female in the music industry has been interesting, but that is another conversation :)

 

The money was not very good at times, so I branched off into a career that made significantly more money. Then I got in a motorcycle accident that left me a paraplegic. I never fully left the music industry, so after I recovered enough, I contacted people I knew in the music industry, and got back into doing freelance testing work, and recording.

 

Aside form those 2 careers, music is definitely a major hobby as well, plus reading (started reading at age 3, has been a HUGE love of mine since), and a very slow try at writing (fiction). I also create maps (levels) for an FPS video game in my spare time (ideas pop into my head, and I sit down and create them in a program). I used to be VERY active before that accident, very rarely at home.There were times I was not even in my home city for 6 months at a time, or more. Although I used to be around lots of people at times, I always tended to isolate from that crowd with one or two people that felt... in sync with me. Now, I can go months at a time without leaving my house. 

 

Snow :)

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