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    Quote Originally Posted by vicsmom View Post
    What a fun question, inmom!

    1. Like you guys, above all, I love gardening and being outside. I love the sense of peace, listening to all the sounds of nature, and seeing the beauty in things growing.

    2. Another hobby of mine is finding neglected dolls at thrift shops and swap meets and cleaning and restoring them. This often involves sewing and crocheting, which I am learning.

    3. I enjoy a good debate and sparring, particularly about politics and religion, though I have hard time finding people I can do this with. I like the exchange of ideas, without animosity involved.

    4. Hiking before the rest of the day begins. That just puts me in a great mood!

    5. Investing. I enjoy reading about what companies are up to and hearing about new innovations.

    6. Eating, cooking for others, and coffee.

    7. We also raise fish. Our two most interesting pets are a tilapia and orange crayfish. The tilapia will darken its skin color when it is hungry and then lighten it when it sees you are about to feed it. The crayfish is new; we just saw it molt and then drag its shell around the tank and eat it.
    Vicsmom, what extremely cool and varied hobbies! I can imagine #3 is difficult to satisfy. So many people are polarized about those two specific subjects that they just don't want to hear anything counter to what they believe.

    And I love that coffee is a hobby!!

    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 graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    We have been getting rain bands from Barry since Friday. It's not strong enough and we are too far inland to get any real hurricane damage, just lots of rain. Which it feels like we have been getting, it seems like non-stop, since March/April. I picked a great year to try to learn how to grow plants instead of kill them lol. I think there was one time I had to water my little container garden because it didn't rain for almost a week lol! Luckily, despite all the flooding around here, our house is situated in such away against the mountain that it is highly unlikely that flood waters will ever reach our house. The mountain also acts as a tornado shelter of sorts, we have literally watched tornadoes jump over our house and come back down behind us on the other side of the mountain lol.

    I've lived on the east coast and lived through many a hurricane. We lived in the west Pacific and I lost count of the number of cat 4/5 typhoons we lived through. I've felt earthquakes in AZ (some of the stronger quakes from the San Andres fault can be felt and make things fall from shelves in the West Valley where I lived.) We had several earthquakes while we were in Japan.

    Seems like homeschool moms share a lot of the same hobbies outside of homeschooling (which I vote yes, homeschooling is a hobby when you are in the thick of it lol).

    I go through seasons with my hobbies it seems. I like to scrapbook digitally and dabble in digital graphic design (my avatar is the logo I designed for our homeschool lol), I find genealogy fascinating,I just finished crocheting the base for a sock monkey hat this morning lol. I can knit and weave but they aren't my favorite, I prefer crochet. I like to hand embroider when my hands don't hurt too bad. I can sew as well both by hand and machine but again it's not my favorite. I love gaming, both online and offline and tabletop. I love to bake and cook but not everyday lol. I'm learning how to garden slowly. I love to travel and see new places but that is an expensive hobby sometimes lol. I played the flute and piccolo since I was 10yo and I still like to get them out sometimes or fiddle around on the piano (self-taught on the piano) I like to read and I collect children's books... it's not hording if it's books right?... lol.

    We are trying to get our land workable to start build up a homestead. The land we live on will one day belong to dh and I just don't see the point in having more than an acre if we're not going to do something with it. We are almost ready to bring chickens on our land (the part we actually own right now, the other 6 acres belong to dh's grandma) so in August or September we should have baby chicks. We are also looking into goats, ducks, turkeys, guineas, putting in an orchard, revitalizing the field (that dh's grandma for some reason maintains like a 2 1/2 - 3 acre lawn, then complains all summer that it has to be mown so often to keep it lawn height lol) so we can use it for pasture when it is ours. Learning about animal and land management has been my major hobby lately, other than homeschooling lol.

    Just an update and why I've been scarce lately. We had to get dh another spinal tap this past Friday and his pressure was even higher this time but we finally got what we needed to start down the path toward getting a shunt for him! :-D We go in late September for the surgery planning appointment. I'm so glad we finally found out what was causing dh's pain. It is really hard when you or someone you love is in excruciating pain and no doctor can find any physical reason for you to be in that much pain. The pressure levels in his head are equivalent to the pain that someone would be in if they had a large brain tumor! Except there is no sign of a tumor anywhere and until the spinal taps, there was no visible sign of the increased pressure in his head. They removed a little over an 1/8 cup, 2 tbsp, of CSF this time. That is a large amount of fluid to be trapped in your skull with no where to go. It is the largest amount of fluid they have removed yet and they still could not bring him down to what is considered "normal" pressure of 10 - 12. His pressure was over double that at 28 when they opened the spinal tap and they brought it down to 15 when they close the spinal tap. so now we are just at more "hurry up and wait" for surgery. Sigh.

    I do pop in and read a lot on my phone but my phone is so awkward to type a post on. But I am around even if I'm not always talkative. :-)

    ETA: Dh just reminded me that I taught him to crochet and he taught me to woodwork lol. We both like to DIY/build things.
    Last edited by MapleHillAcademy; 07-15-2019 at 04:41 PM.

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    Maple Hill - Good news your DH is on the path to surgery to relieve the pain. Brain stuff is difficult. We know someone who has on going issues with fluid after a brain surgery, and I am not sure what they are doing to relieve it now. I know another surgery had to be done to help.
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
    Part-time freelance science copyeditor.

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    I can see how homeschooling might be a hobby for some. It got to feel that way with DD5. It was really fun to plan and do stuff with her. With DD11 though, it feels more like a job, something that has to be done but is not as enjoyable as a hobby.
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
    Part-time freelance science copyeditor.

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    Hi everyone!

    We've had weird weather in Denver as well, more rain than I've seen in years, and while they've gone unreported for the most part, we've had some low tremors as well. I've never seen such a wet, cold summer, almost through with July and some seasonal resorts can't open this summer due to the amount of snowpack still in the mountains. Although yesterday it reached 102 degrees! Finally! And, yuck! Haha.

    My hobbies are numerous but I don't get very deep into any of them anymore with a 4 year old running around. The pursuits I make time for are trying to help DH set up a business and obtain financial freedom- a high priority right now. I enjoy reading and researching "conspiracy theories" (I hate calling them that! Anyone else?) and learning about the way the world and the United States really operates. I just find it so fascinating and I tend to be naturally investigative. I also work on increasing my homesteading knowledge in preparation to be as self-sufficient and off grid as possible. It's always been my dream to homestead.

    When I was less busy, I enjoyed painting, sewing and hand-quilting, knitting and crocheting, scrapbooking, jewelry making, baking, gardening and canning, wild harvesting, decorating, entertaining, writing, collecting interesting rocks and fossils from nature, collecting antique English and foreign-language books, studying languages (Italian and Spanish), camping, astronomy, playing musical instruments, singing (my first love), going to the lake/beach, TRAVELING! and of course, naps.

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