I am usually tinkering with something. I like to build things so I will put that as my first choice. My second choice would be reading but since I now download my books for free at netlibrary.com, I am able to read(listen) while I garden or anything I choose to do. I am mentioning this because so many people my age have given up reading because of sight problems. Check out your local library and see if they are linked to this nationwide program. You are allowed to check out 10 books at a time for 20 days. Sorry didn't mean to preach but so many people do not know this is available to them.
I picked other. I would rather be fishing but repairs, building, cooking, I enjoy.
Hmmm maybe it would be easier to say, I don't care that much for reading or TV. But now visiting over the fence at Dave's Garden, that is a good pass time.
Another tough choice. I voted watching TV. Other was a tossup since Dave didn't include computer [net surfing, although I seldom get past DG]. I generally sit at my computer desk [reading DG] and have a TV in the corner. TV won out since I occasionally leave the desk to eat a meal and watch TV while eating. If there's no food on the table and I'm not at the computer Judy knows I'm outside puttering with plants. Sometimes I fool her and go to the bathroom. There's no TV or computer in there so I don't stay long.
Getting too old to do much but visit DG. Have to cook but really used to Love to cook. Old folks like to give advice so I do that, too. Used to love to fish saltwater. All in all, life is pretty darn good as long as I don't have to move too much!-----
Because I am such a lover of propagating plants, I have to make myself try and balance my life a little. When I am not playing with plants, I visit my grandchildren, write letters to prisoners whom I know through my church, love to feed the homeless through the Salvation Army truck with others from my church and collect Tshirts, socks, and hygiene products for them every time I see a bargain somewhere. I could have made that sentence into about 5 sentences...sorry for my rambling.
I feel so selfish with my time wanting to play with plants all the time so it is an effort to bring some balance to my life time wise.
There are so many ways that are fun to help others and have a blast doing it.
My cousin is having a 60th 300+ persons attending with a big rock known band. The entry to the party is a big box of food for the food pantry in the Gulfton area of Houston. Everyone wins this way.
Nan, you sound like my brother. He is only a year older than I am and he had a book in his hand since he was a small child. Today, he can multi task like no one I have ever seen. He sits at the computer, reads a book and watches television all the time. It drives his wife crazy. He even carries a book in the pickup truck in case he has 5 minutes to spare.
(Ü) I'm not *that* good, (although I am, indeed a 'multi-tasker'!) but do, indeed, have some sort of book or other with me all the time - if not a book, a word search will do!
I've completed a lot of word search puzzles while 'waiting' for kids!
Boy, tough choice. I think if internet had been an option, that would have been my choice (I spend a lot of time every day here at DG!) but other than that, hard to choose between reading and cooking. I always am in the midst of at least one book (drives my DH crazy. . .he is a slow reader, and can't understand how I can keep 2-3 books straight at once), and I love to cook and can.
I finally chose cooking, especially this time of year, as I love to see what is ripe and figure out a new recipe to use it in.
PS Housework is on the very absolute bottom of my list. Seems so useless--the kids can mess it up faster than I can clean it, and no one can find anything after I put it away anyway! LOL
SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME...READ...READ...READ...
I HAVE A BOOK WITH ME AT ALL TIMES...NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU
HAVE TO WAIT A FEW MINUTES...CERTAINLY WITH A BOOK AT
MY SIDE THE FEW MINUTES ARE NEVER WASTED. DEARLY LOVE TO
COOK AS WELL.
HOWEVER I MOVED FROM NORTHERN INDIANA 2 YRS. AGO TO PHOENIX,
I NEVER DREAMED I COULD GROW ANYTHING HERE, SO I DIDN'T TRY.
WELL, THEN I DECIDED TO TRY A FEW POTTED HERBS. VIOLA, THEY
GREW AND I COOK WITH THEM, SO THIS YEAR I TRIED A TOMATO
PLANT AS WELL AND AGAIN SUCCESS...SO...JUST THE PAST FEW
MONTH'S I'VE PLANTED LANTANA, BOGENVILLA, ALYSSUM, AND MY
NEIGHBOR WHO IS MOVING OUT OF STATE GAVE ME A MADAGASCAR
PALM 6 FT. TALL WITH 2 BRANCHES, I AM NOW IN LOVE. THAT IS HOW
I FOUND DAVES GARDEN. I WANTED TO RESEARCH HOW TO CARE FOR IT.
IT'S A BEAUTY, 16 YRS. OLD HE STARTED IT FROM SEED. NOW I'M ADDICTED
TO DG, I GOT MY FIRST NEWSLETTER TODAY AND HAVE READ EVERY WORD...
I'M THRILLED TO BE ABOARD AND LOVE READING THE FORUMS ETC. I'M GOING
TO LEARN ALOT HERE. ABOUT DESERT GARDENING, AND PLANTS IN GENERAL THAT I MAY BE ABLE TO GROW HERE.
Reading, reading, reading! I love to read everything from novels to gardening books to magazines to seed catalogs. I probably read at least a couple of hours every day.
If I'm not reading, I'm on the Internet or playing a game for my leisure time. I work for an online network that produces news and articles related to online games (like World of Warcraft, which I bet many have never heard of, but it has over 10 million subscribers worldwide), so playing games is sort of part of my job...but if I didn't also do it for fun, I wouldn't have this job. ;)
I read books and magazines, but I also read newspapers on the internet a lot. I especially enjoy the New York Times and the Washington Post. I read books on politics and novels and right now, alas, diet books. I also spend a lot of time talking with my husband. He is a very interesting person to listen to and seems to like to listen to me as well.
Hard to remember at this time of year since every non-committed moment is spent gardening or with DG--but it would be reading or my Games puzzle magazine- I about croak if I find myself stuck waiting without one of those to pass the time.
I love to do EVERYTHING- but I chose swimming/boating b/c I rarely get to do either. I love skiing, kick boxing, rock hunting, hiking, horseback riding, reading, painting, pottery- oh, and serving my boss, Jax, the smartest, cutest little Ragdoll kitten EVER.
Oops, I forgot- SHOPPING!!! (I will be on the first Olympic Shopping Team, as soon as I get it approved as a sport.)
I put cooking because I love to shut myself up in the kitchen and make all sorts, trouble is my DH eats it all and gets fatter! but I also love to read,sew, do crafts etc. the going to the gym bit was definately not me-just forms of excercise are strictly just for watching on TV. NOT participation!
Before I was a Mom I would have chosen ALL of those things. But now---if there IS time for a pastime other than keeping up with the plants then hands down it's a NAP! There is no time for a TV program around here anymore LOL!
LOL Tir_na_Nog, I know what you mean. I don't know how my friends find time to watch TV. They all talk about American Idol and the other shows they watch, and I try to remember how many months (years?) it's been since I actually turned on the TV and chose a show. I occasionally get sucked in to one of DH's shows, if I'm working on the computer in the same room that he's watching, but when he's not here, I never think to turn it on. My kids are a different matter--seems I am ALWAYS saying, "Shut that thing off and GO OUTSIDE!"
That said, there is nothing in the world like curling up for a nap with your kids. They seem to not view it as punishment so much when you curl up with them, read a chapter or two of a book to them, and all fall asleep together! I just have to be sure to set an alarm!
Well, the gardening bug has definitely bitten me, and now I've got the "itch". I chose reading, because I do have chronic health issues, and it's usually easy to read a book or magazine, at least until you fall asleep and take a nap. I love good movies on DVD. I'm on the computer a lot and just joined Dave's Garden today. Maybe I will post some questions (since I am a greenhorn) and get my garden plans off to a good start. I am growing some herbs and tomatoes in self watering containers. Now I'm starting to think about a pond that I can manage and get balanced with native plants from the North Central Florida area. Zone 8b.
Booker, here it's not lack of wanting to zone out on TV but I choose not to watch my programs with young tots around because they don't need to be absorbing all that junk. And so I've not watched a movie in 2 years now and anything longer than a 30 minute program maybe once a week just doesn't happen. I'd rather be with the kids anyhow. :)
I am always being hooked by books -- English, classical Chinese and now I am beginning to teach myself Deutsch . Each day I will travel two or more hours between pages.
There is an old Chinese saying which goes like this: 'In books, there is a houseful of gold; in books, there are beauties that are as beautiful as Jade.' ;)
Even Wife says to me 'there is a third between us, books'. Now I have developed a habit of reading a few pages lying on bed before shutting up my two eyes every night.
Picked other because so many of the other options are things I love after gardening. Reading, hiking/camping, building things, and cooking is my favorite. No TV for me except maybe a little in the winter. If the sun is out this time of year I am piddling in the yard/garden. I haven't turned the TV on in over two months except early in the morning to catch the news and weather. Oh and DG would be a close tie with the others!
I have tried twice to listen to books on tape or CD while driving in my car. I don't have the greatest hearing in the world and I wear hearing aids, but even with the hearing aids on, I can't completely decipher what they are saying on the audio tapes. Maybe if I switch to non-fiction, it will be easier to understand, but I have given up on two novels. I will have tor read them, I guess.
I chose other, because after 42 years marriage I have started scrap booking, so I am watching movies and scrap booking at the same time. Thank heavens their are no more kids at home, just grandkids.
I had to pick "other" as well, because checking in to DG is definitely a favorite indoor recreation. (So many friends there.) I'm a reader and cooking is a hobby, but I have to admit that I spend more time surfing through Dave's Garden than I like to admit. TV is probably about last on the list. Housework is down there, too.
After gardening, watering, weeding, if I have any energy left, I like to read about gardening and plant and seed catalogs, then there is Dave's Garden, email, and other facets of the internet. Never bored, most often tired. I hope that I will never be "too old to garden", but it could happen if I live long enough. I hope they have a community garden in the rest home. (Yikes! Did I say that?) I always try to learn more about plants, planting ideas for landscaping, cottage gardening, etc...
other was mine, as when I'm not gardening then I'm usually brushing on one of my six collies or on the computer doing some newsletter or other graphic design or on DG where I've become addicted to this place...LOL
Arts and Crafts. Of course that includes reading to learn how to do something new; 'cooking' when you have to mix up new developers, paints and stains, putties for the glass work; fertilizers and salad dressings. Crafts also includes altering 'home repair' from the mundane to the artistic and searching the wealth of knowledge and experiences on DG for new ideas to create, and spending time, lots of it, on the computer seeking a new direction to take your art . I guess one might call that "life". Naturally when I am not doing the aforementioned, I am also not watching sports,boating, fishing, shopping the Malls, or plotting to overthrow the local Fireworks stands. Whew, that keeps a body busy.
wow, its rough in ohio. my other pastime is sailing, and i can only do both between april and october:( other than that, i really do nothing, just a little outdoor photography, weather permiting. even though i hate winter, (mostly because i have SAD, or winter depression) i love the stark beauty of it. its also when i start planning out the next seasons gardens.(but thats been hard because we are moving) other than that, i spend the days in the dirt, which it fine by me:)
I like to knit and crochet, can do that while I'm watching TV or reading - is that multi-tasking? Guess I got worn out raising 2 acres of vegetables, now we live in town with a small front- and backyard, both xeriscaped, some flower beds and I'm trying to keep my potted plants alive in this heat! And 4 tomato plants (down from 500), and 6 chiles instead of 800! And I spend hours each day on DG, even if I don't have much room to grow all the stuff I'd like.
I should have answered "Nap", except it really isn't an activity- so I guess it's my favorite inactivity. My gardening is so out of control that it seriously cuts into my napping time.
Housework? That must be work you do in the house. When it gets too dark, I bring in a bag of potting soil and pot up plants and seeds. If I drop dirt on the floor, it blends in nicely, so I don't worry about it.
Jax, wanna be my best friend? All my friends are really OCD about totally clean, sanitary, uncluttered houses. They set foot in my house, and the first thing they see is the wall of houseplants, the row of gardening supplies, the flats of seedlings pining to be planted out, and the pile of empty pots. And that's just the porch! LOL
At times we eat in the living room because the kitchen table is too covered with a.) seeds, either in packets or drying on paper plates, b.) half-potted plants, or c.) piles of garden produce, ready to be canned!
Angie, I don't believe we are best friends, but twin sisters who were adopted by different families!!!
Friends? Well, mine wrote me off as a plant nut years ago- so did DH. My Mom always says "I don't want to hear anymore about your (insert negative, yet colorful, adjective here) plants!!!"
My deck is an elaborate plant stand. Try to get up my front steps w/o stepping on a coleus- impossible. I NEVER throw anything away that could possibly be used as a plant container... it goes on. Glad to know I'm not alone in the universe!
Re: the big thing you live in that some people clean 1) if you spread the dirt around on the floor with your foot it makes a luvly marbly look. 2) Also if you never dust everything just looks a luvly pewter colour (very trendy right now). 3) all flat surfaces in your home were designed for sorting and drying seeds and a little touch of soil here and there creates a natural ambience (much like the flour spreading thing you do when you make bread). Some helpful hints cuz I'm very good at rationalization
It's so hard to pick just one activity as how many people have only one favourite past-time when not gardening? I went with arts & crafts since making jewelry is very relaxing - almost therapeutic - for me. But to say I spend more time at it than other activities wouldn't be true.
I love to read & would feel seriously deprived if I couldn't. A nap in the afternoon, especially during winter, is also wonderful. Building things (not large sized projects though) is something else I enjoy. So is cooking exotic foods or baking, singing, listening to music (while doing nothing else so I can fully enjoy it), visiting friends, walking in out-of-the-way places...
The list could go on & on. And I'm sure most people could list many other things they enjoy doing too. It would be better if we could choose more than one activity!
I picked 'other' because I like to do all of the above, in this order:
1. Napping trumps all
2. entertainment: internet and movies
3. cooking, gotta eat, right?
4. art, crafts, like sewing, needlepoint, painting and drawing. Building things is included here, because when I'm building things, it's a creative outlet.
5. recreational: hiking, swimming, bike riding
6. reading comes daily in the bathroom and before bed
the only thing I don't do is tinker with mechanical things.
I picked Other because photography has been my main avocation for more than 53 years now. Napping of course is absolutely essential at my age :) but it isn't a pastime, only a requisite. Watching the canned propaganda media such as the Vast Wasteland or the Vast Wasteland's "movie" affiliate has been banned from my home for five years now (and should have been banned eons before that). Not even any electricity to the idiot box. Not a kilowatt second. But what helped the idiot box out the door was the computer and Internet which supply better information on demand. Those I use both for work and for pastime. Building things is all for my land and gets classed as "gardening" even if what's being built is a structure to defend from the wind or the wabbits or other hazards to the actual garden. Some puttering with other things such as my zippy little car. But through all of those other activities (except napping), photography is right there with me helping me record and review what's going on.
I can't play any horrific puzzles - I get a message saying the page is no longer valid.
I belong to an online game website that has Sudoku games consisting of 15 squares, as opposed to the usual 9. In addition to entering numbers 1 to 9, it also has letters A through F. I consider those to be fairly horrific.
I can do lots of puzzles, but that one drives me mad!
I got a book about a year ago and did a few and looked up and 2 hours had gone by. I was shocked.
I spent 2 hours of precious life on a puzzle I wasn't even having fun doing. LOL.
I put it down and went outside in the 10 below and went for a walk.
My hats off to anyone that can do those things, but myself, I'd rather be doing ANYTHING else.
I like doing several of those choices but also really enjoy working on the PC with my digital software. I make most of my own cards at the PC too, plus of course surfing the net is always fun (how I came across D'sG web site ;o). I love to fish (for bass with my hubby) but haven't at all this year (though HE has many times!). Once the cool weather's gone by it's terribly hot/humid here across from the Mississippi and I don't really enjoy spending the day out on his bass boat. Just adopted a new kitty (Rocky) from Hope Rescue's. I've had him for about 3 1/2 wks and he's the first here since my last one was put down about 14 or so years ago. Our other two were kittens when I got them but Rocky is probably between 8-11mos old already and pretty set in his ways. So he's 'learning the ropes' and we're getting to know each other. Always something going on at church and always PLENTY happening with my kids and THEIR little ones (4 total)! I guess for a Grandma of 60 I have a lot going on. No wonder that I'm usually WORN OUT! LOL
I have already replied once, but now that it is 90 degrees, after I water, I have been reading gardening books, magazines and seed and plant catalogs, and dreaming of fall planting, and of course, Dave's Garden. Yes I do other things as well, but that is when I am doing chores inside, and waiting for the laundry to finish is an excellent time to dream about those lovely gardens that are in the magazines, but mine never look so lush an full in our extreme climate. Hot summers and cold winters and poor soil! This year I have planted more and am working on cleaning out the beds, after a long convalescense from 4 surgeries (1 knee, 3 shoulder). So hopefully they will fill out more! We went for a short trip to a nearby lake on the way to Lake Tahoe for a picnic with granddaughter #3, who is almost 21!
I love to do crafting or
some type of needlework. I belong to several groups. But then, I may forget about the cooking or taking the dog out! =D
Any stitcher's here from online groups? = )
**Ignorance killed the cat, sir.
Curiosity was framed.
Anyone who considers protocol unimportant~
has never dealt w/a cat!! = D
Seeing my adult children and grandchildren #1 on my list. I am building the grandchildren a tree house and hope for it to be ready by Christmas. They are in years the following: 3,5, 7,9 and 12.
Keeping up with college sports...football, then basketball and baseball. Mainly I like to keep up with the big 12 conference.
This really has to do with plants, but my adult kids love for me to make them baskets for their house filled with plants and find them what they need for their homes. I just got 2 enormous hanging baskets of plain old marble ivy for two armoirs and found 2 fantastic bromeliads to sit on top with the ivy.
Never forget my involvement with the men's prison Kairos's group. I correspond with prisoners and visit them. It is fun to send them books and watch them take off. One who didn't have a GED was honored a year ago for being valedictorian in his class. NOw he is taking bible classes online. Anyway...that is so much fun.
Help feed street people through the Salvation Army once a month. It is a lot of preparation for both food and clothes to ride on the Salvation truck with the side open to hand out whatever they need...food, clothes or both.
Life is good! No complaints! (well not right this minute)
Reading is my ultimate pastime. I also really enjoy our home and working with my DH (Robert) to learn woodworking, carpentry, basic plumbing, and basic electrical wiring and repair skills. It's fun for me and something I always wanted to learn!
I love our pets, too ... one Pembroke Welsh Corgi, three cats and two parakeets.
I can't forget to share how much I enjoy cooking, baking (not in the Summer, however) and reading recipes as well as collecting cook books.
I totally missed this one! Of couse, a 1250 sq' garden will do that...June is fever pitch for me here in Wisconsin and I almost have no time for any other activities but eating (husbands get crabby if not fed somewhat regularly), sleeping and planting. What spare moments are available are spent at work (LOL) or riding Tema.
Too funny on the 'pewter' color - I try to keep dust collecting surfaces to a minimum - my house is a jungle in winter as I figure what's covered by a plant can't get dusty, and since we were remodeling over the cold season, it really wasn't worth doing any serious housework until we stopped with the sanding and sawing and painting and...oh darn - is it time to go outside and play in the dirt? he he he...where's my trowel?