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Re: Did you pick up any new hobb(ies) during the quarantine ??
« Reply #50 on: June 30, 2020, 03:35:25 PM »
I splurged and spent about $100 on new hobbies.  Bought a Ukulele and a song book (tip: there are LOADs of free songs online too, but I wanted a book for offline play).  I also bought one of those 5D Diamond painting kits - I've been working on that for a couple nights and I'm hooked.  Similar to counted cross stitch, but it's applying little beads to a glue-y canvas.  I don't have anywhere to display these so  don't want to do too many, but they're fun.
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I bought a 5D diamond craft kit too! Donít know why they call it painting since no paint is involved. The finished product is very pretty. Also did four paint-by-number oil paintings that are now gracing our dining room wall.

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Re: Did you pick up any new hobb(ies) during the quarantine ??
« Reply #51 on: June 30, 2020, 09:03:35 PM »
The closure of daycare sure brought on a whole new hobby: The 24/7 working toddler parents.

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Re: Did you pick up any new hobb(ies) during the quarantine ??
« Reply #52 on: June 30, 2020, 09:26:40 PM »
I started smoking weed.

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Re: Did you pick up any new hobb(ies) during the quarantine ??
« Reply #53 on: July 01, 2020, 10:29:08 AM »
Riding my ebike more. Working more on the house. Want to get back to restoring various old things - cars, scooters, furniture, etc.

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Re: Did you pick up any new hobb(ies) during the quarantine ??
« Reply #54 on: July 01, 2020, 12:29:40 PM »
Because my bike commute is no longer a thing, I've re-acquainted myself with my old heavy bag and am running through a few hours of old Thai boxing drills that I can remember from more than ten years ago when I used to compete.  Forgot how fun it is to hit stuff hard until you're dripping sweat.  :P

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Re: Did you pick up any new hobb(ies) during the quarantine ??
« Reply #55 on: July 01, 2020, 12:40:36 PM »
Now this is not the usual stuff you've been doing but new ones.
I love playing golf and the golf courses are open but I haven't gone once yet.
Stuff I've picked up that I have never done before.

1) Stock market. I usually spend 2-4 hours each day looking at the market. Have never bought stocks before(just mutual funds) and I find it a bit exciting. Still very much a noobie but its fun learning. Overall I'm ahead so that's a great thing.

2) Wood crafting. This is a hobby I surely will keep when I do retire. I bought myself a miter saw and you can make some quality wood stuff with that. I've been making garden beds and such for the wife. The funny thing is now when I look for deals, I'm trying to buy more tools to make my crafting easier.

3) Yard work. I used to hate this stuff. I haven't cut my own lawn in about 4 yrs. Its cumbersome. The grass cutting is tolerable but the trimming and edging I hate. Since I'm not doing anything I decided to cancel my lawn service(he didn't like it). My first time re-doing it, I find the trimming/edging still cumbersome. Went out and bought a cordless trimmer/blower and Holy Crap, its life changing. Why did I wait so long to buy cordless tools ?? I really enjoy keeping my yard pristine now.

My wife approves #2 and # 3 very much. She's OK with #1 probably cause I'm actually making a little money.
Wife's till working so I'm also doing most of the cooking and cleaning at home.

I learned how to do auto paint chip and minor scratch repair (fill, cut, wetsand, buff). Might turn it into a money making hobby.

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Re: Did you pick up any new hobb(ies) during the quarantine ??
« Reply #56 on: July 01, 2020, 02:02:50 PM »
Started researching and YouTubing ideas for a couple of DIY garden projects that I'd like to play with.

1. I'm learning how to do an acrylic paint pour on canvas - fun art for our dining room wall that I'm re-designing.
2. I have done a few small concrete projects before but hunted down some ideas on how to do a huge tropical leaf birdbath and later a cascading leaf fountain. I'm a bit hesitant because I know the pieces will be heavy, but I'm tempted because if you do it right it looks great and I really want a fountain and a birdbath in my new garden area.
It's about 34 ft by 18 ft and turned out better than I hoped for a first year garden. It would benefit from the sounds of splashing water and a bit of garden art. The birds which are all very well fed next door will have a welcome source of water.

Garden Art
1. My plan is to build a small column (6 or so feet tall and one concrete block stone wide). To be topped with a really cool ceramic skeleton head we already have. The skeleton head will be illuminated from the inside since it is really a small chimenea.
I'm thinking of stuccoing the outside and midheight insert a block that has an opening toward the front (if I lay it sideways).
In that opening, I want to insert a resin-covered glass piece - resin mixed with acrylic pour paint and lit from within, maybe do a mixed media piece.
Work - plans in progress...

2. Doing a resin acrylic paint pour on a small outdoor tabletop - something fun and funky and colorful, because I can:). Pricing, ordering the paints and resin this week.

3. Meanwhile a yard art birdbath is my next project - made from recycled items I already own, just need some silicone to hold everything in place.

4. Making a concrete fountain with cascading big tropical leaves - that's at the bottom of my list at the moment, might wait till fall.

5. Doing a trial run for a smaller fountain with three small/medium leaves using an old fountain pump to get the gist of it - maybe I can use the small version together with the one large leaf birdbath I want to try first.

6. I have an old bowling ball that I want to either spray paint or use up some leftover paint and glass art on - that will be a quick and free project, I even have enough alcohol to clean it up with due to Covid hoarding.

So some of it will cost next to nothing and some of it will require a bit more skill and $$. I don't mind the cost, I consider it entertainment, education and home-garden improvement.

Gardening - not new, but expanded and experimented
Added a new garden area, tried new plants, raised a ton of seedlings for the first time and experimented with Permaculture.

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Re: Did you pick up any new hobb(ies) during the quarantine ??
« Reply #57 on: July 01, 2020, 02:23:47 PM »
The closure of daycare sure brought on a whole new hobby: The 24/7 working toddler parents.

AH ha ha, feel you.  Not toddlers, but 2 kids.

I don't really have time for new things.  Many things I'd like to have time for.  I guess
- I'm sleeping about the same.
- I'm reading more (no commuting).  I'm already at 21 books, last year I read 27.
- I'm trying new workouts.  I started this whole thing by running too much.  I finished a full weight training program on Beachbody and just started a new one.  The old one was a lot of traditional weight training moves.  The new one is a lot more challenging.  Faster paced.  A lot more emphasis on pullups and pushups.  A LOT of balance work.  Good time to try new things, eh?

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Re: Did you pick up any new hobb(ies) during the quarantine ??
« Reply #58 on: August 06, 2020, 11:23:58 PM »
I have always wanted to swim in the ocean so asked on my lite town's FB ccommunity page if anyone was interested (it is winter here and the water is freezing). Now I have a WhatsApp group with 8 women (the oldest is 71) and we meet weekly with whoever is free. It is fabulous fun. Sadly we can't do it during the new 6 week lockdown...

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Re: Did you pick up any new hobb(ies) during the quarantine ??
« Reply #59 on: Today at 12:24:15 AM »
DW is going hot and heavy on orchids and I'm rekindling a love for RC cars with my son.  We saved a bunch of money when our summer travel was cancelled, so why not?  I'm hoping we can get back to travel in 2021 - although my DW's hobby might be a problem.  I think she has friends that can step in, or maybe they can make it a week or two?