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Does anyone have any interesting hobbies?

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Does anyone have any interesting hobbies?
By Feona on Sunday, February 8, 2009 - 10:16 am:

I am looking for some new fun past times.

By Shellyg on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 02:18 pm:

Yeah, I collect dogs! Lol!
My hobby is my rescue and the kids sports. Keeps me way busy! I also love, love, hiking and pushing my body to its limits. Good luck finding one!

By Enchens on Friday, February 13, 2009 - 02:58 pm:

Try belly dancing. It's loads of fun, and it can be great exercise!

By Dawnk777 on Friday, February 13, 2009 - 03:49 pm:

Knitting! Knitting Projects

I belong to a Monthly Dishcloth KAL(knitalong) Yahoo group. We do 2 dishcloths a month, one is a picture made of knits and purls and the other one is more of a repeating pattern, to learn new knitting techniques. I love doing it, because we don't kow what the dishcloths are going to look like, until we get started. I love the mystery of it all! I have knit stuff that I probably would have been too chicken to try, when I don't know what I'm getting myself into. I've done every dishcloth, since April 2007.

By Feona on Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 07:39 am:

We all want to know about the Belly Dancing... Do you take classes or do it at home?


I need to get motivated and move my body. I was sick for a month and my muscles are not there anymore.

Knitting and crocheting is fun. My hands are a mess and the two year old would love to destroy anything I would do, but it is fun.

Dogs sound fun, but I think taking care of what I have now is too much for me.

I was thinking of taking a Art class at the local art museum. They have a live model art clay class that would be good therapy for my hands. Plus it would be fun.

I did one about 15 years ago and I enjoyed it. And yes I had no talent at all and it was fine.

I was also thinking about taking cooking classes, but I don't know where to do it.

By Feona on Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 07:48 am:

I just figured out how to search for art class so I am going to put it down here so I don't forget.


art class area code

example
art class 718

By Enchens on Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 06:09 pm:

As far as the belly dancing, I've done both. I started out taking a class at our city's rec center once a week. It started out as my one hour a week for just me. I took the class once a week for about a year, and then intermittently since then. There is also an exercise show that I tape on FitTV, and I know that there are some "on demand" programs for those who have cable television with those options.

I do the tapes just to learn new steps. Once you know the basics, you can pretty much make up your own routines to follow along with your music. My two little ones love when I dance and they like to dance with me. (There is such a thing as a male belly dancer, believe it or not. I was shocked when I learned that.)

For me, it helps that I LOVE dancing, always have. I also have a spouse with of Middle Eastern heritage.

I really recommend it. It's so much fun, it's easy on the joints, and you can decide what exercise level you want-light, moderate, or heavy.


Oh, and I do crochet and cross-stitching as well!

By Kateg on Monday, February 16, 2009 - 06:59 pm:

My past-times include painting, cooking and more of the outdoorsy stuff like horses, hiking and riding our atv's. :) The belly dancing sounds like a ton of fun! I also started knitting lately with the loops...I figured I'd tackle that first.

By ~harlena on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 12:08 am:

I'm heavily into photography.

I love to grow roses.

But I think I need a more energized activity, I've discovered that my body doesn't act or look like it used to although I'm doing the exact same things I've always done. Before "being a mom of 4 kids" was exercise enough, not so anymore ..... I just spoke to someone about Stroller Fit, although I'm not sure that would work for me, as my little guy isnt' quite so little anymore (almost 4) and doesn't believe he belongs in a stroller anymore.

Hubby bought one of those pull up bar things that attach to the door frame, well, I cannot do a single one of them, but dd can do up to 7 at a time (she just turned 8) talk about putting a mom in her place !

Not sure I could handle belly dancing (I don't like to look at mine right now!) I think sit-ups are in order before I take on that activity.

BUT I do think I have an exercise bike in the works soon (someone in the family getting rid of one) ... I wonder if I can get anything "exercis-y" out of riding a stationary bike at the same time as I'm reading. Anyone know ?

Dd and I picked up one of those multi-loom knitting kits, I just don't understand the doggone thing ! I've tried and tried, read and re-read the instruction manual, it just makes NO sense to me .... anyone have any idea how those things work ? It's kind of like a new fangled "Knitting Nancy" if any of you remember those !

By Enchens on Friday, March 13, 2009 - 01:36 am:

Harlena,

I'd love to see some pics of your roses. I love gardening and all, but I don't have a very green thumb.

Pull-up bar: Have you tried doing modified push ups instead?

Belly Dancing: It actually helps to have a belly to learn to do a belly roll. Those who are too thin and have no fat at all end up doing a "fake" belly roll. And belly dancing isn't all about the belly. It's actually all about the shimmy.

Exercise bike: Yes! You can actually get a lot of exercise in while reading and pedalling on a stationary bike. If you can do it, go for it!

Multi-loom knitting kits: I have no clue! lol

By Northcountrymom on Friday, March 13, 2009 - 07:02 pm:

I was a little nervous about getting into this conversation because I am so out of touch with my "hobbies" and I think they're changing. Living in the city I loved crafting of all kinds - I belonged to a quilting group and loved creating love gifts for people. I also made all kinds of silk and dried flower arrangements for our home and as gifts. My moms bible study every month that had a 5th Monday we had what we called unfinished business days. Everyone would bring something - sometimes work or thank you notes that needed to be done or their scrapbooks or photo albums. On that day we would also do a small craft like stamping greeting cards. We had a blast looking in on each others crafts and daily lives.

Now that I live in the country I think I want to do more with the beautiful world I'm in, like bird watching or photography or painting. I do all those things but not with planning, focus or purpose.

Hopefully others will share and I'll have more inspiration.

A WORK IN PROGRESS.

Linda

By Northcountrymom on Friday, March 13, 2009 - 07:08 pm:

Shellyg,
I just realized you're on here. I never did solve what to do with our local cat population which is just taking over.

I haven' t forgotten your inspiration in the work you dowit rescue. Its a blessing to your community. Like being an EMT its more like a second job than a hobby even though its out of love you do it.
Linda

By Enchens on Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 04:25 pm:

Linda,

Unfinished business days sound like a great idea! I sure could use some of those. I think I've mentioned before that I also do crochet and cross stitching. Sometimes I just need that extra hour or two, uninterrupted, to just "finish off" the project.

I know what you mean about hobbies changing. Never in a million years did I ever think I'd be belly dancing! I also love hiking, but I can't really do that right now. I'll be taking up sewing again this summer. My poor machine has been sitting in the garage for a few months now, just waiting for me. (Maybe I'll get inspired to make myself an outfit for my dancing?)

Anyway, there are tons of things out there and I think it's really cool that you are looking into different activities. I'd love to hear about your adventures.


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