Hobby Ideas?


Posted by June in Toronto (June Floyd,June in Toronto), Aug 16,2001,16:28   Archive
Before winter sets in again (ugh) I need to get some hobby ideas. Before beb I worked fulltime, did a lot of sewing, knitting, crocheting, worked in the garden (now I'm in an apartment with balconies only), cooking and the like. Now I'm down to cooking (but I eat it so can't do too...much of that!), some fitness when the eyes are good enough, telephoning for the dystonia support group, very little knitting (just a few mitts and hats for the church mitten tree at Christmas) and sewing is definitely out now because of lack of eyesight. I do listen to talking books and music and really appreciate this bb. But its not enough.

SO.. I need some ideas - I'd like to volunteer at something, but how do others cope with the ups and downs of beb and not knowing whether you can go one day to the next?

All ideas very welcome.

June in Toronto, who sometimes feels she is watching the world go by and needs to be more a part of it (someone else said that in one of the `How Do We Fit' posts I think).




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Posted by Christel-California , Aug 16,2001,18:29 Top of Thread Archive
June, I'm looking for new hobbies also. It seems that most of them require keen eye sight. But I can think of one that doesn't.
How about "exotic dancing"?
You did say all ideas very welcome!!! :-)
I'm not being much help, am I?

Christel who's brain has been fried in this heat




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Posted by June in Toronto (June Floyd,June in Toronto), Aug 17,2001,08:48 Top of Thread Archive
I don't know how exotic my dancing is Christel, but I do dance at home to music! In the winter when I feel the need for extra exercise and I'm a bit blue - I put on old records and swing away. It helps. Yours is not a crazy idea at all - but oh, how I wish I could read a good book again. Thanks.

June in Toronto




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Posted by Christel-California , Aug 17,2001,09:41 Top of Thread Archive
June, I believe they refer as exotic dancing to the entertainment offered in sleazy night clubs, topless and more, you know. Of course I meant it as a joke.
But like you I have danced solo much of my life, my husband was never much for dancing and isn't a particularly good dancer. I like the old Big Bands, do you have those too in your old record collection?
I love dancing but haven't done much lately, my balance is really off, from the meds I suspect.
Well, swing away, it's good for you!

Christel, still trying to wake up




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Posted by MaryNY (Mary,MaryNY), Aug 16,2001,20:21 Top of Thread Archive
June - I've never done it myself, but would you be able/interested in clay, pottery, sculpture type things? I always thought it must feel so good to have that form take place in your hands, while the wheel is spinning, spinning. In some areas, there are kilns that can be used for people who make ceramic or clay objects and want to "bake" them. Just a thought...... Mary



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Posted by June in Toronto (June Floyd,June in Toronto), Aug 17,2001,08:51 Top of Thread Archive
That would be an idea Mary, if I could find a daytime class. I'm so useless at night in the dark now with this beb. I'll have to look into it. Thanks.

June in Toronto




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Posted by kathy , Aug 17,2001,11:39 Top of Thread Archive
how about taking up a musical instrument. some people give in-home lessons.



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Posted by Cynthia , Aug 17,2001,12:02 Top of Thread Archive
Believe it or not, putting puzzles together really relaxes my eyes. I try to have one on hand every winter. I'm looking forward to a new "Thomas Kincaide" -- probably start in January :-))

Most large city newspapers list many volunteer activities to choose from. Does yours? I volunteer at our local pregnancy outreach center 4 hours/week and am considering volunteering at one of our local museums.

You will probably get so many suggestions and become so busy that you will think "whoa!! enough !!"

Wishing you many, many good eye days.
Cynthia




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Posted by Delaine Inman , Aug 17,2001,15:12 Top of Thread Archive
Before I had my partial myectomy the only way I could watch TV was to crochet. Have you tried that recently? Also some people have mentioned their eyes stay open when they dance. Do yours? My 31 year old son got some programs for the computer and taught himself to play the guitar last year. Also what about learning another language? I've thought about that one for myself. I have someone up the street who is from Cuba and they speak Spanish to each other all the time. Our small town is full of Spanish speaking people so I've really wished I could speak and understand Spanish. I can drive my self (sometimes on a prayer) to an indoor pool about 5 miles away and started swimming 3 times a week for the past few weeks. I know it is good for me. I keep a journal...have done so for years and write poetry and stories about my family. I also have "a wall of fame" at my house. You know all those pictures you've made through the years that are in boxes and packages and even some in albums...well I have dozens of the big and small frames that hold from 10 to 20 photos. My friends and family love it....it kind of shows my history of my family, friends, and children. I add to it all the time so there is hardly a spot that a frame is not! I love it too, it reminds me what a wonderful life I've had and still have. It's like memory lane and makes me smile. I have one with grandparents on both sides of my family, my parents, a family photo of parents and sibs, cousins, now our children and grandchildren...it is so neat to see all of us as our younger selves and how much our children and grandchildren look like others in the family. It takes time to do but you can do at your own pace and it is so rewarding. Now some fashion editors might call it tacky or too much on two walls, but I think it is beautiful. I buy frames on sale and do them now as I get enough new pictures. My family sends me pictures and say...this is for your next wall of fame frame.



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Posted by Evelyn , Aug 18,2001,00:13 Top of Thread Archive
I've just started scapbooking. I began before my cataract surgery, and couldn't see very well, but I was able to cut out pictures with the fancy scissors. Now I have three pages done in my granddaughter's scrapbook, and have gathered quite a few pictures of my daughter in preparation for beginning her scrapbook. There are so many cute ideas and supplies available now for scrapboods.
Evelyn



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Posted by Judy Blackman (Moderator-JB,Judy Blackman), Aug 17,2001,17:31 Top of Thread Archive
Good subject!

Since developing BEB/Dystonia I now have two new hobbies that hold great interest for me. They can be done whenever I want to so it's an easy pick up put down type of thing.

Digital photography ~ the viewfinder's eye doesn't blink.

Genealogy ~ I've been wanting to do this for years and it can easily be done from the computer.

I still crochet while watching/listening to T.V. as I've done for years and am currently decorating a pair of new levi's for my Granddaughter by hand sewing decorative lace on them.

Judy




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Posted by Ann Doyle , Aug 17,2001,19:28 Top of Thread Archive
Volunteer works good for me. If you don't like one thing you can try another. I work at a hospital. I tried working in the gift shop and didn't like it and quit. I've had a lot of jobs there that I like--even delivering newspapers. There's a real variety of jobs to be done in a community. I'm sure you can find your niche. Once a week our newspaper prints some of the jobs for volunteers. Ann Doyle



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Posted by June in Toronto (June Floyd,June in Toronto), Aug 18,2001,09:40 Top of Thread Archive
I really appreciate the hobby ideas but I really need to `fess up' about it all. Quite honestly I don't have any interest in much of anything right now - nothing seems to please me. You may remember I answered the `Where Do I Fit Post' saying I didn't think I did at this time after 6 year's of having beb (it took those many years for it to happen which I find really...strange). Shirley answered me and said I should `vent' - well I guess that's what I'm doing now. I feel like I'm stuck - just going through the motions of what I have to do during the day (and being so much less independent) - knowing that I should do something I like for myself but not knowing what. I keep thinking of my life before beb and how active I was and I guess I'm (finally) grieving over that (which may be a vry good thing). I watched a Victor Borge archive show the other night (the one where he reads outloud and makes sounds for punctuation-its hilarious) and laughed out loud - it caught me by surprise as I haven't laughed like that in a long while. I also watched the Super Dogs show (live) and was so emotional seeing those enthusiastic, happy animals, I cried. Perhaps its more than just a hobby I need - perhaps I need to see the doctor?

Anyway, I am going to list all your hobby ideas and try to come up with something. Thanks for listening everybody - I feel strange about sharing these kind of emotions but I know you all understand this wretched condition and how our lives change.

June in Toronto




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Posted by Delaine Inman , Aug 18,2001,10:06 Top of Thread Archive
Wow do we ever understand, and you are so aware of what you are going through that I have no doubt you are going to figure out the best way to cope for you and find something to do that will give you more times of laughter, joy and happiness. The grieving process doesn't happen,1,2,3 I'm through it, now on with all these changes in my life. We bounce back and forth like rubber balls sometimes. Hopefully we don't get stuck on the wall by the super glue of depression and anger and why me? Even without BEB/Meige/Dystonia, our lives would be unfolding in new and different ways just from the process called growing older and living life. NOTHING STAYS THE SAME and NONE OF US LIVE THE LIFE WE IMAGINED! Gilda Radner had a Saturday Night Skit where her key line was "It is always something!" She wrote a book about her real life before she died and called it that. It is always something, because life happens to all of us. It helps me to keep that in mind. So your confession is safe with us. We really do know what it is like to feel what you are feeling. When you are ready, you'll figure it out and what you need to do to get unstuck. In the mean time, get by with a little help from your friends, family, faith or whatever it takes and believe that you will be ok.



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Posted by Cynthia , Aug 18,2001,12:15 Top of Thread Archive
Oh June, I think we all have "been there, done that" and can empathize with you completely.
Laughter is a very good medicine for about anything (and burns calories besides!). I just entered "'laughter therapy' and 'medical'" in the Google search engine and came up with 623 replies. Perusing all of those replies could be a "hobby" couldn't it? :-)).
Perhaps we could use a BEBRF "library" of comedy videos and funny tapes.
Cynthia in IL where it has cooled off wonderfully and we are getting rain for our burnt grass today!



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Posted by Christel-California , Aug 18,2001,12:55 Top of Thread Archive
June, I could have written your Post because I can completely identify with everything you've said. I find myself in the same place. I think it's a state of depression. Do you feel as though you are depressed?
I pray there are better times ahead for all of us.

Christel in Ca. where it's too HOT




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Posted by Billie Lowe (billie lowe,Billie Lowe), Aug 18,2001,16:56 Top of Thread Archive
Hi June, This isn't a hobby, but when you were talking about Victor Borge & how much you laughed, I was thinking about how good laughing is for you. You need to rent videos or audio tapes of different comedians or funny movies. I have laughed at some of them until I cried. I used to have a very good friend, that has since moved, she & I spent so much time together & we laughed a lot. I think people thought we were nuts, but we sure had fun together. Sometimes life is really painful & if you can find things to laugh at, I say go for it.

Billie

Was Alan's mom's party today or tomorrow? Was just thinking about them.




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Posted by colleen , Aug 18,2001,20:30 Top of Thread Archive
Hi June I feel about the same way you do.The first thing in the morning i sit on the side of the bed & wait for my eyes to open that is not a very good way to start the day.This has been a long 2 months I got my shots June 12 they lasted 8 days i go Wednesday for more shots if they dont work better this time i dont know how i am going to handle it but guess i will find a way.
As for a hobby i live close to a nurseing home when i can i go visit
with the residents They are really happy for any attention & it makes me feel like i am doing something worth while.Some of them never has a visitor
Take Care Colleen in IL



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