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    Earthquakes! Flooding! Extreme Heat! Which one(s) have you experienced lately? I hope all of our far flung members are safe.

    Let's talk hobbies this week, either yours or a family hobby. This an be collecting things, hiking, re-enacting, sewing, crafts, etc. I'm sure I'm missing some really interesting ones. What is done in your (so-called) free time?

    Personally, I like to garden, which means I'm pretty bored during the winter. I'm stupidly amazed every spring with the perennials sprout and trees blossom and leaf out. I'm also amused at how much produce can come from a patch of dirt and some effort.

    I used to collect stamps as a kid, and still have them all. I should go back to it. I like to think about the old ones, about the letters that may have been in the envelope it was on. I also like looking at foreign stamps, figuring out what that country thinks is important. (Usually, the current ruler.....)

    So what do YOU like to do? Why do you like it?
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    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    We have not had any extremes lately. Actually a pretty mild winter. About halfway through a 2-week break from school.

    Hobbies:
    – Gardening: particularly edibles and natives. Just bought an orange today to add to my collection. One of my more established blueberries in a pot got broken by the wind today. It must have got twisted round somehow and snapped off with just a small part of its roots. Have pruned it back and put some rooting hormone on it and replanted it. Hopefully it will revive. Otherwise it will be the second one I have lost recently (one got trampled on by kids in the garden), and I have another two that are looking a bit iffy (struggling with some sort of disease on the stems). So that will leave me with six if I lose all those, and I will probably buy some more.
    – Horses: private lesson once a week (would love to ride more but that is all I can afford $ and time wise), trail rides/treks when on holiday, and volunteering at therapy riding.
    – Knitting: just picked it up again after 10 years off. In the past month, I have finished off some legwarmers for DD11 (her birthday was a couple of days ago!) to wear to ballet, a hat for myself, a top that languished unfinished for my 10-year knitting break. About 1/3 to 1/2 way through three projects: a scarf, a shawl, and a throw blanket for cold days sitting round editing. I get bored easily, so need more than one project to work on at once.
    – Sewing: used to be more of a hobby in my early 20s when I would sew the likes of tailored jackets and dresses for myself. Now its mainly basic knit fabric things for the kids, or the part I detest, mending! Because I can sew, I get delegated the piles of leggings with holes in knees etc. to repair.
    – Trying to live a sustainable, minimalist lifestyle: I consider this a hobby because I enjoy it and it takes up a lot of my time. Making things rather than buying them to reduce packaging. Like making food from scratch, and making all our toiletry products such as conditioner and moisturizer (so much cheaper and my PhD in Chemistry has to be put to use somehow right?). We have got to almost plastic free for our groceries by only buying things in bulk, cans, or glass. Just have to eliminate the tetrapaks that our milk comes in, but we prefer soy milk and soy beans are currently unavailable to purchase in NZ (and cannot import them because of strict regulations), which means we cannot make our own milk.
    – Keeping fit/healthy: again I consider this a hobby because I enjoy it and put a lot of time and research into it. DH has some family health issues that he could inherit (high blood pressure and heart disease), and I and the kids are dairy intolerant, so for about 15 years we have been slowly working on our diet. I also enjoy doing different forms of exercise. Currently, hiking, light weights (e.g., barre), heavy weights for my legs, pilates, and yoga. My current obsession is trying to find out what I get aching hips at night (current conclusion = weakness in some muscles around the hips/glutes) and I have found a great Youtube channel (Upright Health) that is helping.
    – Learning new things: I used to take a lot of classes before kids. Spanish, singing, life drawing, pottery, cast jewellery making, stand up paddleboarding etc. Hoping to get back into this more now that DD11 is getting older and I could perhaps take her with me.

    I also collected stamps for a while as a kid. Remembering that made me feel a little guilty. We went through a big minimalism/culling phase and I gave away all my stamp collection and my grandfather's to a local stamp collecting group a few years ago. What if my kids are interested in such things at some stage? Ergh. Oh well, not much I can do about it now.

    Edited to add: I forgot the why do I like it part. Most of mine comes down to enjoying keeping myself and the world healthy.
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    Ooooh ooooh I felt the earthquake! (Barely.) I was sitting in bed, reading, when I could feel it a little in my legs. It was sort of like a housecat was walking on the bed. I remember thinking, hmmmm, is this a quake, maybe. Well its lasting a while. Yes, its a quake. Still going. What if it gets bigger? LA had a big one yesterday.... its still going. If it gets bigger, should we move somewhere safer in the house? “Boys! We’re having an earhquake!” “What, Mom?” Oh good, it stopped. DS13 came up the stairs. “What, Mom?” “We just had a long earthquake.” “Oh. Okay. I didnt feel it.” DH was out taking a walk, I texted him “Did you just feel the earthquake?” “Nope.” Then I just had to wait til it showed up on DidYouFeelIt? from the USGS site, so I could duly record my response. It turns out I felt it four minutes (8:23) after it hit. The LA news studio had it at 8:21, and it hit at 8:19. Just a week or two prior, there had been a test of an earthquake alarm text message, so I think it is feasible that with a fast response, people could have a minute or decent heads up before one hits. (There is no need for a warning at the intensity I felt, or even for ones that rattle the houses with a little more intensity. Even the pool splashing, car dancing ones dont do any structural damage. https://youtu.be/BJmK4LFbNNQ is pretty typical, the quake happens 1:30ish into the easter egg hunt, you can notice the camerawoman is aware of the quake first, the kids and parents are oblivious because eggs! Then theres no problem standing, but parents panic and hold their kids, nobody really knows what theyre supposed to do (and theyre in no real danger.) Those people were pretty close to the epicenter of the 7.1 easter quake, the effects get noticeably smaller rapidly. (I love that quake for the amount of easter egg hunt videos posted.) For that quake, we were stopped on a freeway overpass, and didnt realise it was a quake, but thought maybe something was wrong with the car engine, because it seemed to be rattling. Hahaha.
    Earthquakes seem most dangerous to overstocked, cheaply made shelves in liquor and 99cent stores. Im not sure if a few seconds warning would be a good thing, or just lead to increased panic. (And bad decisions being made - I can imagine drivers suddenly panicking and trying to get to the side of the freeways, when itd likely be unnoticed if they carried on.
    Thats my earthquake spiel.

    Is it a thing where homeschoolers like gardening? Does it correlate to a spirit of independence? For me, what I grow is more of a novelty thing, it doesnt really replace the grocery store. We are also successful at blueberries (I think!), but Im not sure when theyre ripe. Because Im a noob.
    And our kiwiberry vines appear alive, although not growing along the fence like I had envisioned. Or fruiting much. And as Inmom promised, the descendants of the Great Tomato Hedge of 2018 have emerged, growing up behind the previous planters. Im letting them grow, because theyre not costing extra money for watering, and I hate wantonly killing things.

    Homeschooling is a hobby, isnt it?

    Im also really enjoying PokemonGo still. Both because Im a gamer, and it gives me warm fuzzy bonding time with DS13. (My daily walks are usually at parks, where there are plenty of pokestops to keep me busy while moving.) And it is a way that Im meeting people who arent homeschoolers. Its a perfect social game for introverts! DS13 has a few surrogate uncles and aunties now too.

    And quilting! Ill go back and forth between doing that and not. Right now In trying to get my stash under control, so Im between projects. Maybe as summer kicks in and Im less interested in being outside, I will focus more on that.

    I like hearing what the rest of us do, too!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Homeschooling is a hobby, isnt it?
    Hahaha! This is how I feel right now!

    Currently my hobby is moving children around, especially to/from swim practice one goes from 5:30-7:30 am, one 8-10 am (same team, different pools) and then one goes back from 2-4 pm. In between my hobby is yelling at everyone to 1. do math and 2. pick stuff up. BUT, in 3 weeks we go back to the school year swim schedule - which is less intense - hooray!

    Get ready for some woo guys. . .

    I love being outside. I don't care if it is a neighborhood park, my garden, or back country wilderness - outside is necessary for my sanity. It grounds me, connects me to the larger world, banishes any anger, sadness, or stress, enables me to easily experience a profound sense of gratitude, stops my constant brain chatter, helps me to notice the little things, and makes me feel small / humble in a good way. So, being outside is a hobby - walks, hikes, camping, sitting - whatever as long as there are trees, critters and fresh air.

    Community. I love the local Jewish community - I enjoy working with the asylum seekers, working for the program to shelter homeless families, and working with people passionate about social change. I enjoy the classes I take through local temples and the JCC - the knowledge of the Rabbis, the variety and acceptance of all opinions. My community of friends - I have a few really good friends, who are so supportive and spending time with them restores me (even as an introvert). Roll call! I always look forward to Roll Call - gotta hang out with some other homeschoolers who 'get it'!

    Domestic goddess-ing (??? ) - gardening (though not this year, it's a burnout year), preserving food, baking (especially pies and bread - anything dough that I work with my hands), making herbal remedies from my garden. I think I enjoy these activities because it makes me feel connected to my ancestors and all women of the past, feeds my desire to connect what goes in my body to the earth, and enables me to nurture my people, which centers me and brings me joy.

    Ok woo woo over . . .

    Another hobby that I love is weight training. Serious weight training is not part of my life right now, just because it requires a time commitment that would add stress, not reduce it (if that makes sense). Similar to being outside, I also find it meditative. If I'm not entirely focused on what I'm doing (and only that) I might hurt myself (so, stopping the brain chatter). I also enjoy the sense of community I get from a small gym. Plus, when you can squat your own body weight or more, you feel pretty cool . I'll get back to it once I'm out of the homeschool trenches.

    Watching a well written / executed TV series or movie - I'm in awe the of talent it must take to make a well done show beyond the script. The ability to see it in your head and make it come to life. All the little details - I just think it is so interesting.
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    We need a "I LOVE this post" choice. These are great.

    Rebecca, I also NEED outside time, even in the winter, which can be brutal here. Maybe that explains why my inside to-do list gets ignored during the warm weather months as I'm catching up or stocking up on time in nature.

    Alexsmom, I've only felt one earthquake, and it was here, from the New Madrid Fault. It rattled the doors a bit; dh asked what the heck I was doing!?! And I think you're correct about homeschooling implying gardening. There is something about the do-it-yourself aspect I think.

    My current obsession is trying to find out what I get aching hips at night (current conclusion = weakness in some muscles around the hips/glutes) and I have found a great Youtube channel (Upright Health) that is helping.
    Thanks for sharing the Upright Health channel, NZMama. It sounds like it could be useful.

    Ok, the rest of you. How do you decompress?
    Carol

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


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Ooooh ooooh I felt the earthquake! (Barely.) I was sitting in bed, reading, when I could feel it a little in my legs. It was sort of like a housecat was walking on the bed. I remember thinking, hmmmm, is this a quake, maybe. Well its lasting a while. Yes, its a quake. Still going. What if it gets bigger? LA had a big one yesterday.... its still going. If it gets bigger, should we move somewhere safer in the house? “Boys! We’re having an earhquake!” “What, Mom?” Oh good, it stopped.
    I like being in earthquakes, well ones that are not damaging. I like feeling how different they all are. We had one when I was a young child (< 6 years old) and it was quite a jumpy, jolty one, and I remember the being under the table and watching the fridge being bounced up and down off the ground. We had a few when I was at uni, and in the buildings I was in, they were more swaying/rocking ones. Then we felt the one that was near the US/Mexico border in 2010 just after we moved there. I don't remember exactly what it felt like, but we felt it enough to go under the table. Back home in NZ, we had one that I felt sitting in bed like you AM that was just a gentle one. Then we had one at night time that was more violent. We were all fast asleep and the first thing we noticed was this roaring noise. Honestly, I thought a truck was driving up our driveway, which if you saw our driveway (narrow and very steep) is entirely impossible. But it was that sound of a truck motor working hard to accelerate up a hill. And talking to my neighbor the next day, she thought the exact same thing. So it was like roar, roar, roar, and I sat up and thought "why is a truck coming up our drive in the middle of the night?" and then it hit and was very rough shaking and we all got out of bed and stood in door frames, which I think is not actually the modern thing to do for earthquake safety. I think you are meant to go into a curled up position next to a large, sturdy object and hold on to it, because if parts of the roof or walls fall then they will hopefully be propped up be the object and you will have a little triangular space of safety underneath. If that makes sense.

    But, kind of glad we no longer live in our apartment in Del Mar. It made me so anxious because it was a concrete 70s building of a structural type that was known to be pancake in earthquakes. I would freak out every night about it. Go to sleep and then have a panic attack in my sleep and wake up suddenly and jump out of bed because I thought the building was falling down.
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    Thanks for sharing the Upright Health channel, NZMama. It sounds like it could be useful.
    It's been amazing for me. I have tried so many things, and these exercises work for me. As long as I do them consistently every night before bed, I have no hip pain. Last night I did not do them, and had hip pain. These are some of the ones that have helped me: hips hurt side sleeping, hamstring stretch for hip popping, pinch in front of hip, and side lying fire hydrant.

    There is so much stuff on there though, and all for free. The guy explains things really clearly and it seems logical what he is saying. I am thinking of buying one of their diy programs called Healthy Hips 2, which is a weight training workout focused on muscle strength for health hips. Its only $40 and its all online so you get videos showing the exercises and lifetime access and updates.
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    I also love outside time! I spent my early years on a small farm and was outdoors all the time, and then have always felt best when in nature as an adult. I ran a nature walks group for families for about 4 years after we moved back here from the US. We went to a similar one in the US but there was nothing here. It fizzled out though because people here don't seem to be very into getting outdoors with other people who like getting outdoors. So we just focus on our own family doing things now. Lots of hiking, camping, beach time, gardening etc. My youngest is the same, she always complains about being in the car or inside and says "ah, fresh air!" when she gets outside. My oldest is the opposite. She is happy to sit inside ALL day. I have to force her to go outside, and she has a huge tantrum about it. Once she is out there, she is happy, but I just can't seem to get her to click that outdoors makes her feel good and that she should choose to do it.
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    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.
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    We felt the earthquakes here in Los Angeles. We recently moved so we're up on the 4th floor and it was a bit different feeling then being at ground level. The aquarium was splashing and the dining room light fixture was swinging. The funniest part was the pets with all of the aftershocks. We have a parrot and he would get quiet before and then squawk at the earthquake and the guinea pigs would squeak. My girl with the bed that abuts their cage has complained about the racket they make at night.

    For hobbies, I knit and bake. I used to sew but have fallen out of it though I think I want to make myself a nice hiking skirt. We are working on building up for a backpacking trip and I've found myself enjoying the shorter hikes. I enjoy going to re-enactments and watch loads of videos about historical sewing and cooking but I don't see myself ever doing it. Unless one of the girls gets into it but right now they are happy with cosplaying.

    When my girls were little I used to say that I needed one to be "into" knitting, one cooking and one sewing so that I could spend time with each of them and a hobby I enjoy. It hasn't worked out that way but its still fine.

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