Do other people have this problem?
I like too many things. I always have.
There’s just too many hobbies I want to pursue.
Here’s a list of my hobbies:
- Walking and e-bike riding
- Painting (mostly paint by number)
- Stained Glass
- Food (KitchenAide and Air Fryer)
- Pickle Ball (future)
- Trash to Treasure projects
- Miscellaneous (Dollar Tree crafts, making gift tags, etc.)
The first four (Reading, Writing, Walking, Scrabble) are done daily with rare exceptions. Reading and Writing are the very core of me. I’d never give them up; yet, they do take time. Blogging (which falls under both reading and writing) takes a fair amount of time, too.
The nice thing about walking and e-bike riding is that those are things I do that with my husband. The number one thing I want to do is I want to spend time with my husband and with my family and friends, too.
I do love Scrabble. This is another hobby that Dan and I enjoy together. We play on the computer and against each other often. We are also members of NASPA – North American Scrabble Players Association, and we have played in tournaments before Covid. We play Scrabble on a regular basis with others. There is a “Scrabble community” in the St. Louis area. We’ve met a number of really nice people through our Scrabble interests. While we don’t drink, Dan and I can regularly be found at a bar – playing Scrabble. We always buy a meal.
My dollhouse hobby really has me thinking. I’ve made a lot of progress on my dollhouse project. While there’s more to be done, I can see the day is coming when it will be done. Not real soon, but maybe in a year or so (given how much we travel.) But here’s the thing. Do I want to work on others? I wouldn’t build one from scratch, but rather find “used” dollhouses and redo them. What would I do with them? Perhaps keep them but more likely give as a gift. Or perhaps donate them to a child who is sick or is in need. Maybe donate to an auction for some worthy cause.
But is that what I want to do with the time I have left in my life? I don’t know. Plus the world of dollhouses has been transformed with 3-D printing and those Cricut machines. That’s a whole new world I’d have to learn. Which would be good for me. But again, is that what I want to do? I kind of feel like pursuing my dollhouse hobby could exclude me from pursuing my other interests.
Years ago, I pursued a stained glass hobby. I have always loved stained glass, and I still do. A couple pieces I made need to be repaired. That is my main goal. Perhaps my strategy should be to get those pieces repaired and then decide. But I do love stained glass. I could see making something to give as a gift. A gift like that is made with lots of love. That’s the kind of gifts I like to give.
I’m hoping Dan and I can get into Pickle Ball. When I was younger, I played tennis. And I’ve always liked ping pong. We’ve played a couple times. If we played regularly, I think we would enjoy it. Our neighborhood is starting Pickle Ball leagues. The issue is our travel schedule. So this one will be left to fate. If, during a session, we are home for most of the games, we’ll sign up. Otherwise, this interest will have to wait. But it can’t be too long as we are not getting any younger.
Trash to treasure. So many times I see something in the alley – or offered for free – and I look at it and see what it could be. I want to take it home, but mostly I resist because time and space are limited quantities. Plus I hear Dan’s voice in my head saying we don’t need that.
But projects like these are so satisfying to me. A project like this keeps something out of the landfill. It’s economical. It’s creative. Our one car garage is available as a workshop as our Expedition doesn’t fit in there anyway. But again, what would I do with the stuff? We really don’t need any more furniture. The hourly rate I’d make from selling it – even if it would sell – is well below minimum wage. Still I feel it. I want to rescue the trash.
This Trash to Treasure category includes some things that we already own that just need to be refurbished. For example, there’s a bench on our front porch right now which needs to be sanded and re-stained. There’s a teak table on our side patio that needs attention, too. I don’t just throw something out if I can make it new again.
The Flowers and Food entries I can handle. I plant flowers around our house during the Spring and Summer seasons. I water with my rain barrel water. It doesn’t take a ton of time, and it makes our house look nice. Our yard is very small, so it’s just enough to satisfy my urge to garden and to add some charm to our home.
The Food is easy, too. We have to eat, and we’ve been using the Air Fryer almost every day. It doesn’t take too much time to try a new recipe, and it’s fun. I use the KitchenAide at least once a month. I’d use it more, but the things I want to make have more calories than my clothes allow. So, life kind of schedules my KitchenAide time for me.
I guess Painting and Sewing fall last. I really enjoyed the Paint by Number project I did which was gifted to me by our neighbors. I’d enjoy another one, but it falls behind everything else I like. Right now, sewing is just as a repair on something when needed. But down the road, I do have a project in mind. . .
There’s one more hobby to mention. Travel. Number one on my list is travel. And that beats or goes along with everything else. We’re going to travel as much as we can for as long as we can. And I always add – God willing. So, God willing, that is what we are going to do. Will there ever come a time when we don’t want to travel? Probably when we are really old. But that’ll be a while because I believe travel keeps ya young!
I don’t know how I am going to manage all these interests. I sure don’t want to give up any. What happens if I find another one? Oh no!! And most importantly, the loves in my life come first. So, I guess I will just take it a day at a time and make the most of each day as it comes. But wouldn’t an overall strategy or “concept” provide direction or focus? Should I make a list at the start of each new year?
I just don’t know. But I do know one thing. Later this week, that travel trailer, which I love so dearly, has a date with Dan and I. We’ll be heading down the road leaving everything else in the rear view window, and I couldn’t be happier about that!