General Category => Grab Bag => Topic started by: Boudica on November 14, 2014, 01:21:48 am

Title: ...And stuff
Post by: Boudica on November 14, 2014, 01:21:48 am
Good morning, all - (at least it is morning to me)

I was curious to know if anyone else had started to fill their time by learning new things?  Without 5 of my 8 grandchildren running through my life, I've utilized the new quiet time to begin teaching myself things that I had always wanted to do, but never seemed to have the time for. 

In the past year, since my sons have left I've used books, magazines and Youtube to learn paper crafting, Japanese paper cutting, Victorian flower making and flora drying, Mehndi drawing, and am in the process of learning basic woodworking using discarded pallets.  I've also advanced my painting, sketching, knitting and sewing skills. 

I'm finding that no matter how bad I feel that day, if I make myself sit down and work on something with my hands it helps alter my mood immensely.

Anyone else?   

Title: Re: ...And stuff
Post by: Stilllearning on November 14, 2014, 05:44:03 am
I like planning canoe trips or camping trips!  I am definitely not artistic!  LOL
Title: Re: ...And stuff
Post by: luise.volta on November 14, 2014, 11:28:03 am
I started this Website.  :D
Title: Re: ...And stuff
Post by: Boudica on November 15, 2014, 01:21:25 am
Quote from: luise.volta on November 14, 2014, 11:28:03 am
I started this Website.  :D

Lol!  Awesome.  Luise, you win!   ;D
Title: Re: ...And stuff
Post by: Stilllearning on November 15, 2014, 07:36:44 am
No B.  Thanks to Luise we all are winning!!
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Post by: Pen on November 15, 2014, 08:59:44 am

DH and I started mountain biking and kayaking. I'm taking fitness classes, joined a weight loss website Pooh told us about,and lost 30+ lbs. DH & I bought season tickets (ouch - but we don't go out otherwise, *sigh*) to an entertainment venue we love (& where we had been shunned by DIL & her FOO a few years ago...perhaps there's a little bit of "best revenge" thinking going on? Lol!)

Retirement looms - I'm preparing for art projects and looking into college classes at a a reduced senior citizen rate. Whoo hoo!

We're keeping busy and taking care of ourselves. We miss DS, wish we could be as much a part of his life as DIL's FOO is, but that's not something we can control. I find myself occasionally sinking into pity-party mode, but Luise has suggested setting a time limit within which to wallow. Great advice!

And the perk is that DS seems more interested in us when we're not all needy and sad. I don't want to spend our too brief moments together whining.
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Post by: luise.volta on November 15, 2014, 09:04:07 am
Atta' girl, SL! That's the truth! I also started another Web-forum and nothing happened. It was www.Aging Wisely.com I thought people would want to address and resolve end of life issues. I'm 87 and have faced a few, as you all know. Not so. Nada. Nope.

WWU is a mirror of its members. in 2009 it won the Bank of American Good Neighbor Award and non-profit grant. Which I directed to a fund to seniors in need.  :)
Title: Re: ...And stuff
Post by: Pooh on November 17, 2014, 06:10:43 am
The short answer is yes, but I also went back and picked back up on things I always loved to do but didn't have the time, or money to explore.  My Grandma was always able to see the "silver lining" in any bad situation.  I guess my "silver lining" in some of this is that all the money I have saved on NOT buying things for DS/DIL, or spending money on taking them to dinner, or helping them with things, etc., has bought me some really nice camera lenses. :)