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Hobbies can be a welcome discussion in these lonely times......what are yours? Ones you have or are considering?

I look forward to warmer weather and gardening :) 

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I actually bought myself a starter kit for painting, I used to draw very well when I was young but never pursued it. Now I just have to find the inspiration and peace of mind, I already have some ideas. I also used to play the piano but that could be harder to go back to for a couple of reasons - I have to buy a piano, I know they now have those electronic ones much cheaper, but also I have to strain my brain to read music because I am not good at improvising. Maybe both some day... when I retire [emoji846]


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Painting sounds fun - I'm no painter so that's out for me!

Electric pianos have come a LONG way in recent years...for a very modest price you can get one that sounds and feels surprisingly real. I'm window shopping myself in fact and have done a lot of research, so feel free to ask questions if you have any. They also have this thing that you can connect to your piano that lights up the keys you're supposed to play for a song that might be worth considering...I don't read music at all any more, I'm totally by ear and memory.

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I am also looking forward to nice weather and gardening.  I have a very small yard and garden but I love the summertime and taking care of my plants.  I find nature a form of therapy and even spiritual.  I enjoy both flowers gardens and vegetables.  I started shopping for seeds and going to the nurseries just to feel like spring time isn’t so far away.  It is snowing here but I enjoy the anticipation of warm days to come and planning what I will plant.  Because of covid and now retiring early I’m hopeful to have the time to attempt sowing seeds indoors just to see what happens.  I can always buy small starters if my attempts don’t work out!

 

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This is not exactly a hobby, but it takes up a lot of my time.  I am working with some other folks to try to get Florida to take out a dam on a river here in Florida.

It's the Ocklawaha River and the dam was built 50 years ago as part of the Cross Florida Barge Canal. ( Sort of like the Panama Canal)  The Canal project was deauthorized when they figured out construction of the canal would pollute the drinking water for much of Florida. But this dam had already been built.  The dam has done a lot of environmental damage over the past 50 years.  Now the dam needs millions of dollars of repairs, because it's 50 years old.  Rather than repair it, we want it removed. 

There is lots of politics involved, so it's not clear what will happen.

We just created a web site  GreatFloridaRiverway.com  to spread the word. 

Restoring a free flowing Ocklawaha was something my husband tried to do over much of his life.  He'd be really happy to see all the progress we are making pulling groups together in support of the Ocklawaha.

Keeps me occupied, that is for sure. 

Gail

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That is awesome Gail!  What a noble cause and it’s a wonderful attachment to your husband.  Finding a passion or a hobby definitely helps distract us from the gnawing sadness and this dam project seems to fit the bill perfectly!  I’ll be interested to see how things progress for you.

@widower2is an electric piano the same as an electric keyboard?  If not, what is the difference?

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On 2/2/2021 at 12:16 AM, Gail 8588 said:

This is not exactly a hobby, but it takes up a lot of my time.  I am working with some other folks to try to get Florida to take out a dam on a river here in Florida.

It's the Ocklawaha River and the dam was built 50 years ago as part of the Cross Florida Barge Canal. ( Sort of like the Panama Canal)  The Canal project was deauthorized when they figured out construction of the canal would pollute the drinking water for much of Florida. But this dam had already been built.  The dam has done a lot of environmental damage over the past 50 years.  Now the dam needs millions of dollars of repairs, because it's 50 years old.  Rather than repair it, we want it removed. 

There is lots of politics involved, so it's not clear what will happen.

We just created a web site  GreatFloridaRiverway.com  to spread the word. 

Restoring a free flowing Ocklawaha was something my husband tried to do over much of his life.  He'd be really happy to see all the progress we are making pulling groups together in support of the Ocklawaha.

Keeps me occupied, that is for sure. 

Gail

That is cool, good luck! I mean cmon how expensive can TNT be? :) 

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On 2/3/2021 at 12:44 AM, SSC said:

is an electric piano the same as an electric keyboard?  If not, what is the difference?

None really. Both tend to be general terms. You may hear more specific terminology about the diff kinds though...i.e.:

  • Digital piano - these are keyboards which are pretty basic in features but focus on being as close as possible to sounding and feeling like a "real" piano. Sometimes they even have a "cabinet" (wooden framing) about them similar to a real piano
  • Workstations - these have a lot more features; all kinds of diff sounds to choose from, from standard piano (although not as focused on sounding and feeling like a real piano, some still do) and organ sounds to other instruments to all kinds of electronic sounds too, all over the map, plus options to record your music, etc etc - good ones tend to be expensive  
  • Synthesizers - these focus mostly on "digital" or "electronic" sounds vs real instruments like a piano and have a lot of wild effects options. Also common for them to not have a full 88 keys, sometimes as few as 25, 49 etc 
  • MIDI controllers - these have no sounds of their own; you have to hook them up to a computer with the appropriate software to get the sounds. The advantage is they are a lot cheaper because of this
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My hobbies include drawing, oil painting, guitar, and watching old game shows. Only on the weekends, do I have enough free time to work on painting, so it takes me about 4-5 weeks to complete one. In November 2020, I decided that I would spend the next year painting a series of portraits of my mother. It will be the "Mom" series. I work 3rd shift at a crisis line and, when the phones aren't ringing, I practice drawing, so I complete about 150 of those a year. As they are more complicated than the styles of guitar with which I am most comfortable, I have been working on learning jazz and Western swing. My mom's beloved father was a Texan and she absolutely adored Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, so trying to play like Eldon Shamblin is a tribute to her. That I continue to watch old game shows is a surprise. During the five weeks of her illness, I would watch the Buzzr network, whenever she was asleep, just because it was mindless and the hosts, panelists, and contestants all seemed happy and like they were having a good time. I thought I would come to associate the game shows with my mother's final weeks and be unable to watch them again, but I still enjoy going home in the morning and watching "To Tell The Truth" and "What's My Line." I even sleep with Buzzr on.

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What's My Line was a GREAT show...I caught re-runs on youtube. I mostly liked watching all these great celebs of the day come on at the end, and the panelists were great too.

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Hi All, I started learning the Ukulele. I can't play any musical instrument and I can't sing so I thought it was about time I tried.
I used to watch TV with my mother but since she's been gone, TV just isn't the same without another person watching.

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I need to get back into sight fishing for pompano and red fish off the beaches in the panhandle of Florida  I pour and tie my own pompano jigs.  My wife loved pompano  I used to be exhausted carrying my limit of pompano back to the parking lot in Navarre beach, but the smile from my wife afterwards made it all worthwhile  

 

 

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On 2/6/2021 at 3:35 PM, tessa said:

Hi All, I started learning the Ukulele. I can't play any musical instrument and I can't sing so I thought it was about time I tried.
I used to watch TV with my mother but since she's been gone, TV just isn't the same without another person watching.

That's great enjoy! It's an interesting instrument, very unique sound.

On 2/7/2021 at 9:28 PM, steveb said:

I need to get back into sight fishing for pompano and red fish off the beaches in the panhandle of Florida  I pour and tie my own pompano jigs.  My wife loved pompano  I used to be exhausted carrying my limit of pompano back to the parking lot in Navarre beach, but the smile from my wife afterwards made it all worthwhile  

That sounds great too, always good to get out.  And thanks now I'm starving for seafood lol

 

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Hi steveb,

Pompano is one of my mom's favorite fishes.

Thanks for sharing everyone. I am looking to for some new hobbies to try.

I like to try new bakeries and restaurants but I wish I had something like gardening or fishing or painting.

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