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    Off and on rainy day here. Had an early morning breakfast with a friend. Then dd and I are heading to the YMCA to sweat off some calories, followed by a visit to the library. Even though she's 20, she'll probably check out a dozen or so children's books AND as me to read one or two out loud together.. She loves those! You're never to old for a read-aloud. (Probably part of the popularity of audio books???)

    I've also been messing around with playing the piano. I took lessons for about 6-7 years as a kid, and both of my kids took lessons for about 5 years. But I let my playing lapse over the last 20 years or so. I've been trying to carve out a regular practice routine, but it's a little difficult when dh works from home most days AND is on conference calls often AND we have an open floor plan. I find it stress-reducing though. Sooo, I'm going to get our piano tuned again and give it a better try.

    Do you have a hobby or talent that you have let lapse but would like to return to? Do you have one you'd like to start? Do share!

    (Nerdily, I still have my stamp collection I amassed as a kid but haven't added to or looked at in years. Maybe I should get it back out??)
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Woo hoo! The revival of past personal interests! I wish you success INMOM!

    Im going to have two days a week starting in the fall where both my boys will be at the charter... Im hoping to take up quilting again. If I can make space for it upstairs.

    Is it the weak gravitational force or the strong one that makes dog hair accrete into clumps against the walls? Im sure theres an explanation of physics to explain the phenomenon.
    I havent taken the fur broom out since last Saturday.... look at all this growth on one wall!
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    Ooooh, and Im going to repaint that stair rail white!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    I love the piano - I played for years as a kid and will play some to get DS9 practicing. But I tend to not play too much in front of him as he then says he will never play as good as that and then doesn't want to practice. He is a perfectionist and wants to succeed from the get-go. I have definitely thought about playing more now that he will be in PS. Of course currently my piano is sitting in the docks in LA, so patience grasshopper. I would really like to get better at sewing and hope to try more of that. I love knitting, but I make so many mistakes and don't really know how to fix them that I have multiple projects just hanging out. My biggest project that I want to work on is getting all my photo albums scanned in and then made into photo books. The big binder albums from the 90s take up so much room and I want to reduce the amount of stuff we have - we were almost at the limit for weight for what the military pays and I don't want to come that close again.

    AM - I think that stair rail would look amazing white!
    Beth
    DS16 with ASD, DD12 and DS10

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    Just think if you still had your carpet you wouldn't even see that stuff, AM (shudder)! Swiffer for the win! We use microfiber cloths so we don't really need to throw stuff in the trash.

    Carol I am trying to think of the hobbies I had as a kid that I might renew: Crewel (fancy needlework)? Macrame? Crocheted granny squares? Nopenopenope! Acrylic painting? Uh, nope. Violin? Summer Theatre? Softball?

    Obviously I am a product of the 1970s, people

    I do still draw and paint, though I have added to my list of crapts, as I call them, with ceramics, knitting, spinning and quilts because they all have utility...but the cheesemaking and booze making are the best hobbies I have cultivated since adulthood.

    Carol, you should ask your dd what book is completely different to her, reading it now at 20. I swear so many of the books I have re-read since high school have changed...could be my life stage or whatever but it's quite an interesting phenomenon. And then there's those books I loved that I won't go near now. :O
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    AM, I think the pet hair waits until no one is looking, then flies off in pre-formed tumbleweeds into the corners of a home! Your place is looking so light and airy! I agree that the white rail will just make it even more so.

    FWP, I am also a product of the late 70s/early 80s. I guess my other big hobby was reading, which I only just started doing a lot more, for myself, in the last year or so. The older I get, the more time online/on a screen just gets boring for me. Even when I read on my kindle, I tend to fall asleep more while reading compared to a print book.

    Strangely enough, my son's girlfriend (20) actually likes to do needlepoint. He bought her a new one to do for her birthday last spring. They also are both into D & D, which I thought was an 80s thing but is making a comeback?!?

    Hawaii Geek, I used to sew all the time when my kids were young, including outfits, PJs and costumes. Now I pretty much only sew to either mend or make some version of rectangles (place mats, curtains, etc.) Maybe I don't have the patience any more?
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I used to weight lift and I loved it. But then the perfect storm happened. It started with a serious car accident that put me in PT for close to a year, my gym closed, we started homeschooling and then 3 months after I finished PT, my husband was hit on his bike (which resulted in him home for 3 months and needing a lot of care - good thing he married a nurse ).

    Anyway, when I finally was able to start again, it was just so complicated. It was hard to find the time (with kids home all the time) and I never could find a gym I liked. All the gyms that had daycare were huge and always crowded. I refuse to do something like Crossfit (sorry to any crossfitters) I find the techniques unnatural and bad for your body. But in a few years both kids can be left alone and I can find a tiny, local gym.

    In homeschool news, DH has taken over math education for DS. He is an engineer and better at the 'bigger picture' of math than I am. In school, I did okay in math because I'm fiercely stubborn, not because I'm actually good at it - ha!

    I just dropped ds and a friend off at the movies. They met in 1st grade when they were tiny and today they looked so big walking in the theater all alone! Time flies.
    Rebecca
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    Year 8

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    I used to weight lift and I loved it. But then the perfect storm happened. It started with a serious car accident that put me in PT for close to a year, my gym closed, we started homeschooling and then 3 months after I finished PT, my husband was hit on his bike (which resulted in him home for 3 months and needing a lot of care - good thing he married a nurse ).

    Anyway, when I finally was able to start again, it was just so complicated. It was hard to find the time (with kids home all the time) and I never could find a gym I liked. All the gyms that had daycare were huge and always crowded. I refuse to do something like Crossfit (sorry to any crossfitters) I find the techniques unnatural and bad for your body. But in a few years both kids can be left alone and I can find a tiny, local gym.

    In homeschool news, DH has taken over math education for DS. He is an engineer and better at the 'bigger picture' of math than I am. In school, I did okay in math because I'm fiercely stubborn, not because I'm actually good at it - ha!

    I just dropped ds and a friend off at the movies. They met in 1st grade when they were tiny and today they looked so big walking in the theater all alone! Time flies.
    At the risk of sounding like both an old fogey and a broken record, the "me" time will come sooner than you think. When I started walking, the prelude to me taking up running and swimming, I was 60 pounds overweight and my kids were around age 10. I had to wait for those days when dh was home to walk, or try to convince the kids to walk with me. Soon enough, I was hitting the pavement while they were still asleep in bed since they could be left alone long enough for me to exercise.

    Kids DO get so mature, so quickly. When we dropped of ds for his freshman year of college last fall, we took him out to lunch before we headed home. I kept looking across the table at him, still envisioning the 2 yo boy who always had his blanket with him and the 8yo boy who talked non-stop about dinosaurs. So even though he has a deep voice and is 6'2", he's still my little boy in my head!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    RTB: Have you tried tabatas? I have a tabata app that times for me and then do various bodyweight, or hand weight exercises. Just look on pinterest. Because it is only 20 minutes, it is really easy to fit in and also can be done in the house. It is how I have gotten exercise in in this crazy homeschooling world.

    Thinking about kids growing up makes me sad. I know it is how life is, but oh to smell an infant head.
    Beth
    DS16 with ASD, DD12 and DS10

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    I have a hard time with the kids getting older. Mine are 19 and 20 and same thing, I just look at them and am like we JUST moved into this house(11 years ago).....

    Long week. Glad the daycare part is done. Next week, my 2 problems kids are on vaca. WHEW. Sad as I am losing 1 kid soon. Mom is a single Mom and Dad is to pay for daycare. He is a slacker, so she is getting a day job and hoping to get State assistance for childcare. I don't accept it, and she can't afford me..... it sucks as I really love this little girl. Such is the life.

    I would LOVE to play piano. I love music, I love playing instruments. I can play piano, banjo and french horn. Though it has been years. I wish we had room for a piano in this house. I wish I had time to do lots of things. I have tons of stuff to craft and do cards. Time to do it. Nope. I need to purge all the crap that I have hoarded in hopes that I will do it one day... my house would be more space. I love to sew but dragging out the machine from closet, the fabric from under the bed stash, the notions from the hall boxes.....

    Don't even get me started on the pet hair. I can never keep up. 3 dogs, 1 of them long hair. 2 cats. 3/4 of house is hardwood or linoleum and mainly XL area rug in living room.... hair nightmare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HawaiiGeek View Post
    RTB: Have you tried tabatas? I have a tabata app that times for me and then do various bodyweight, or hand weight exercises. Just look on pinterest. Because it is only 20 minutes, it is really easy to fit in and also can be done in the house. It is how I have gotten exercise in in this crazy homeschooling world.

    Thinking about kids growing up makes me sad. I know it is how life is, but oh to smell an infant head.
    What is the name of the app you like? I do have the 7 minute workout which I like.
    Rebecca
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