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Anyone have a craft/hobby for fun, de-stressing, a few dollars?
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WallSal55    Posted 07-14-2002 at 14:35:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to do ceramics when my kids were little.
Now I seem to just go walking along the roads and
on our property--pick wildflowers, weeds, grasses,
etc. I place them place them in water as I cut and make "natural" arrangements for the kitchen table.
I have collected vases, jars, and bottles of all
shapes, sizes, colors to get the right visual
effect. This is about the best de-stresser I have. What do you do?

Larry    Posted 07-15-2002 at 11:35:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I have a small pig farm that's been keeping me out of trouble. Except now that there are so many pigs comeing from Canada and killing the market here in the U.S.A,I'm going to have to get out of it.

WallSal55 - AWESOME website Larry....!    Posted 07-16-2002 at 09:10:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lotsa reading, pics for us! Thanks for sharing.
I keep forgetting how far the Rock River runs!

Gimpleg Fagon    Posted 07-15-2002 at 09:19:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, my favorite hobby is sittin' with my chair cocked back and sippin' some of Deadcarp's uncle's Bloomer Solvent. As the day goes by lotsa ol boys drops by and we solves most all the world's problems, too. Ol geoge W. outta stop by once in a while. We could help him alot.

Grove r    Posted 07-15-2002 at 11:12:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi, GF, and I know I,m an oddball.....just about everything I do at home here......farmin' cuttin' logs, sawin' planning, building, [right now, a shop] especialy like firing up my Lincoln welder and "burnin'" some iron, makin stuff, would dearly love to find a magazine like "Woodworking" only in welding.......have "fabricated" a lot of "Stuff" over the years, build my own gates out of square tubeing, and those are the "smaller" things, starting to ramble, so, shall say, "have a gooder" R.E.L.

WallSal55    Posted 07-15-2002 at 10:07:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
See, I have trouble with the sitting part (Except
at the computer!) My days of drinking anything
while sitting--are over. Just me and my Oduhl's

Ludwig    Posted 07-15-2002 at 08:09:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cripes I'm too awful busy to be stressed,
'course I work alot of fun stuff into my life too.
I'm slowly but surely working up a video
production business, trying to not spend alot
of money but have good equipment since its
not my "job" its alot of fun, planning and just
dreaming. I also spend some time looking
over my wife's books. She's a Massage
Therapist and although she's gotten real good
at her accounting its always good to have
extra eyes.

Then we've got the farm up north, so I'm on
the lookout for implements and toys and
tractor parts. I'm slowly rebuilding my great
grandfather's Farmall Regular at my parent's
house too.
I also spend probably way too much time
working on old snowmobiles. The nice thing
there is that it isn't a whole buncha money and
relatively easy to recoup if I ever want out.
Right now we're de-rusting a gas tank. Fill 'er
up with vinegar, shake and leave it overnight.
Go back in the morning and shake a bunch
more, pour it out and flush flush flush with
water. Then fill back up with vinegar and try
again. Good fun and you come out smelling
like a pickle!

Tom A    Posted 07-15-2002 at 05:06:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Keeping Honeybees.

After a year or so they more than pay for themselves. They're interesting and fun...and when you have a hive open and are surrounded by 10,000 bees flying around you are absolutely *not* thinking about anything else except what you are doing with the bees! When I'm done I always feel relaxed, a little proud, and usually have learned something new; and I've been doing it for over 13 years now--still hasn't worn off.


scooterhead    Posted 07-15-2002 at 03:27:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dont remember the last time I was streesed out !! I farm and some tree work on the side and thats what I enjoy . About everything I gota do I like doin . Gona fix fence today up in the woods , that is fun to me . Dont let weather etc. get to me , I cant do nothin about it so let it go . I like to hunt and fish but its not really a relever just like to do it . Wake up with a smile on your face and be sure its still there when you go to bed !!!!

mutt    Posted 07-15-2002 at 02:23:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have always found the fastast way to relieve stress is to take a walk with my dog. been that way since I can remember. I'm closer to the end of the centry then the begining, and it still works for me. Just walk through the timber and watch the dog, they don't have a care in the world except for you. Watch the trees come back to life after a winters nap, the different flowers bloom, watch the mornings rain water as it runs the ditch through the woods. As a hobby I restore old tractors, the only stressing thing about that is $$$$$$$. Any how thats what works for me.

bob ny    Posted 07-15-2002 at 08:51:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
how about that another tractor nut i collect and restore tiger tractors i now have four and have gotten a few trophys at tractor shows also
belong to an antique farm machinery club what make of tractor do you have around here the most popular is jd green

mutt    Posted 07-15-2002 at 14:22:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Bob, I have several John Deere As, I don't show I use them on my hobby farm. Around here its not any one brand, seems like all makes of the old tractors are popular. I like all the old stuff, and enjoy going to the old trashers get togathers.

LH    Posted 07-14-2002 at 23:24:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Playing with our horses, fishin, mowing, or just about anything outdoors, and last but not least communicating with a special lady in my life.

Darryl    Posted 07-14-2002 at 21:25:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do the garden chores, tinker with an old 8N Ford tractor and practice a Korean martial art (Kuk Sool Won). Of the three, Kuk Sool is the best stress reliever. It's physically demanding and I've never left a session feeling stressed. Too #^&!@ worn out! 8^)

Cowboy Joe    Posted 07-14-2002 at 20:20:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
My favorite past-time for de-stressing is leaving NYC for anywhere.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 07-14-2002 at 19:19:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
When the weather is cooler and the ground's not so hard, I like to metal detect. Although good sites are getting hard to come by.

ded in La.    Posted 07-14-2002 at 16:51:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey , Wallsal55, I've been crafting for many years, painting furniture- that my dad has made,He's 71 and has slowed a bit, so i make wreaths, i also do flowers for weddings,i sew a little bit, and boy do i love to cook more than anything! I"ll bet your "natural flower arrangements are pretty, now i"ve never tried ceramics before, but i"ll bet that"s fun? My farm keeps Raymond and I very busy, with cutting grass and keeping up the place,we"ll be moving out to ourfarm in a few months, around christmas, if our house sells fast in the city! can"t wait to move. well Thanks for your time I"ve enjoyed chatin with you! deb , in louisiana.

EIEIO    Posted 07-14-2002 at 15:09:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
To be truthful with you my de-stressing takes place in the barn with the critters. I love walking out there and looking at the mountains, trees, just everything. I have a special chair in the animal barn and I take it outside, sit there and listen to the animals and watch their antics. Usually Peep (very small sheep??-we think she is a sheep or part deer) and his best bud Samson a female pygmy goat will come over for some petting. The big sheep in the pasturing will be baaing away and the pigs, well if they ain't snorting their sleeping. As I have said many times before on this board, it amazes me that Dennis and I have been lucky enough to have been able to settle down here for retirement. Seven months ago the only de-stressing I had time for was sleeping, The only sounds I heard were cars, loud music and people complaining if the sun was shining or complaining if it weren't. I guess you could boil it down to one answer my de-stressing is the farm life.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 07-14-2002 at 20:21:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good for you. Sounds like you're living a good life.

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