Another lighthearted post - What do you do for "Me" time...hobbies or things you like to do.

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Hi Everyone... what are your favorite hobbies or things you like to do when you get some "Me" time. I'll go first.

From my prior posts y'all have probably gathered I am a digital animal portrait artist and illustrator. I also crochet, do wood carving and clay sculpture, love to work jigsaw puzzles and just kick back. Used to ride horses but no time now nor much time to do most of my other hobbies now but am still heavily into my painting and do jigsaw puzzles on line. (Have learned I need some me time so have worked it into the schedule...smile). My honey and puppies still are number one priorities, but I still eek out time for painting....smile

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thank you for your ideas. i guess my biggest thing is catching up with my aa friends by going to a meeting. also reading everyone posts here give me hope.
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Snoopy-will have to try the pillow spray. You sound quite crafty as well. With the oils, that is neat to me.
Have you tried anything with Rosemary or Basil. I have an abundance from my garden that I have been doing hair rinses and face toners. thinking of soap or something. But extracting the oils for sprays might be interesting? i dunno, we;ll see. I have a lot of it.
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Quilting and gardening! One satisfies my creative streak, the other gets me outside for exercise and sunshine.
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Snoopy... you said you don't have great close up vision. Have you tried "cheaters" (over the counter reading glasses). My honey and I both use them. I have them for reading and any close up work as well as a different strength for when I am working on the computer. I had to change strengths due to the "film" I am getting on my vision, but they have worked since I had my cataract surgery in 2012. Just a thought....smile
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Read
Cook
Read
Bake
Participate in online discussion
Read
Do online jigsaws
Read
Attend book club discussions
Read
(I attended a book club the entire time I was a caregiver. Having someone stay with my honey for that time slot was a priority. Now that I am no longer a caregiver, I belong to three book clubs!)
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Smeshque, it does actually help settle me down at night and put me in "sleep mode"! Lavender is apparently scientifically proven to have mildly sedating effects, and I just love the rich aroma of frankincense along with it. There are lots of recipes for pillow sprays on the internet, and that combo just appealed to me.

I have to say I envy people who knit or crochet. I don't have great up-close eyesight and never really learned. But I treasure the bed slippers and scarves and other things I've been given over the years by crafty folks like yourself! One friend of mine makes baby blankets and new baby Christmas stockings that have to be seen to be believed!
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Cwillie- lap blankets? For hospice patients or NH's? Much needed.

Snoopy I am fascinated by the pillow spray with lavender and frankincense. Sounds like relaxing aromas.
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I'm another pogo scrabble fan, I'll be lost when it is gone :( I haven't been able to find anything to replace it - I'd even be willing to pay! I also spend a lot of time playing spider solitaire and of course checking AgingCare.

Frazzled mentioned reading - I've never considered that a hobby, it is more an essential, like breathing. I read every night but I seldom read during the day.

All the arts and crafts that used to entertain me seem pretty pointless, nobody needs another afghan or doily or fad of the moment geegaw.
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Besides hiking and reading (especially out in a chair in the yard in a sunny spot), lately I've been getting into using essential oils for things. So now I mix up all of our liquid hand soap with different blends of oils for a kind of "mini-spa" moment when I'm washing my hands, and also relaxing pillow sprays with lavender and frankincense, air freshener with eucalyptus and tea tree oil, etc. It's a fun new hobby for me. I've bought the oils gradually, here and there as I've seen them on sale preferably, so it hasn't been too expensive.
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Freqflyer.. thanks for the information. That is what I am going to ask for, for my birthday. Don't usually ask for anything but am this year. Not sure how many years I have left so would like to know.
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