Off topic, stress relief.

By suecsdy Latest Reply 2015-01-11 06:26:17 -0600
Started 2015-01-03 12:59:17 -0600

Totally off the topic of anything diabetic. What do you do for fun or to relieve the stress?(any stress). I am an avid reader and crocheter. I like other crafts too and would like to learn how to work with polymer clay, but crochet and reading are my top 2 favorite things to do. I'm currently working on new afghans for all the grandkids; Thankfully there's only 6 or I'd really be in a pickle. I also spend way to much time on the computer and will confess to being a gadget geek. I love to see all the new techie stuff or even just kitchen stuff. Fortunately, God gave me a good measure of common sense, so I don't spend a lot of money on gadgets, only an occassional splurge. Ok, get the ball rolling!

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HMS Sparky
HMS Sparky 2015-01-08 12:48:14 -0600 Report

I also love to read, & got quite a few new books for Christmas; however, I've noticed that my eyesight has gotten worse in a very short time. Something to bring up with my doctor. It's tough to garden in negative temps! So, I really don't have much of a handle on my stress right now…

marianrandy 2015-01-08 09:25:00 -0600 Report

Hello my forms of relieving stress is working out, doing zumba, cuddling with my two puppies, cooking, watching TV, surfing the internet, learning new venues for marketing and computers, listening to music. I love lace doilies and have been looking for that, we have vintage furniture that I found in thrift stores and had them restored but to preserve them, need doilies. Nice to talk to you!

sweetslover 2015-01-05 22:43:03 -0600 Report

Hi, suecsdy. I also read and crochet. My main stress relief, however, comes from swimming and being around my horses.

suecsdy 2015-01-06 09:54:59 -0600 Report

Animals are great for stress and mostly they don't talk back. sometimes when I'm blue I grab a cat and just sit and pet her. She likes it and it calms me.

sweetslover 2015-01-06 12:36:07 -0600 Report

I love cats, but unfortunately we do not have one anymore. But you are right. There is something about a soft, purring cat in your lap that is so calming.

BreC 2015-01-05 21:49:27 -0600 Report

I love to do plastic canvas crafts. Christmas 2013 I bought dolls at the local dollar store and made dresses for each and gave them as Christmas gifts. I made 20. One for each of my granddaughters , 2 for my mothers doll collection, and a couple for friends. I also made a farm scene with the tractor, barn, old fashioned house with breezeway, a covered wagon, the silo, and other outbuildings. He has it in his shop and everyone raves over it. My fingers got sore and I stopped for a while but want to get started again soon. It relaxes me and keeps my mind occupied.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-05 17:44:12 -0600 Report

Hi Sue,
i can honestly say that we all have something in common. I love
to be online everyday or I go through with -drawls. I also love to crochet and read. I destress by just doing one or the other of my hobbies or I meditate . Hugs VL

suecsdy 2015-01-05 18:02:55 -0600 Report

What do you like to crochet? My favorite thing is potholders, but they have to be interesting, not just squares. Always on the lookout for new designs.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-05 22:38:35 -0600 Report

Hi sue,
I like to crochet blankets (aftgans) if you will. But most of all I love to crochet bed dolls. Their very old
fashion thats what I love most about them. I have lots of patterns but their in storage right now. Once
I move maybe we can exchange patterns.

suecsdy 2015-01-06 10:00:00 -0600 Report

I bet you would like the crinoline ladies. It's thread crochet, but they are flat and you can frame them or incorporate the into a doily or other linen type goods.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-03 18:04:13 -0600 Report

I love off topic ! Gets my mind off diabetes related stuff ! I love to read a lot, I go through periods of kindle only reading for months, and then I have to have a real book in my hands for a month or two then I'm back to my kindle again. I used to knit but my arthritis has crippled my fingers to the point I can't really do much of that any more. I do spend way too much time on the computer, and I've just 2015 taken up a new thing online, I've started a blog. I will be beginning a class for computer business classes hopefully this month so with luck I can get a part time job this year. I also enjoy doing anything with my furbabies. HUGS, Heidi

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-04 13:07:56 -0600 Report

Heidi, the best thing I ever did was stop making diabetes the main focus in my life. Under no circumstances do I read blogs, I rarely read diabetic articles and I don't follow a lot of diabetic stuff. You can only learn so much before you find that you are reading the same things written differently.

Instead I focus on the fun things in life. Furbabies are fun. I swear Riley spends almost as much time on his hind legs as he does on all four. He will dance with you if you are dancing. Too Cute.

I have a library card so I spend time at the library borrowing books. I don't own a Kindle so I downloaded the app on my tablet and PC. I have about 200 books on it. I go through every six months and delete the ones I have read.

There is a really big book festival here in the fall and I have yet to attend. Parking is out of the question and the bus is rerouted so I don't bother with it. I keep promising that I am going to attend. Our library system has a humongous book sale the first weekend in December. I forced myself to stop going. I end up having to give books away. The good thing is if you go on the last day, you can take your own box and walkaway with a box of books for $2.00 or buy a box from them and end up paying $4.00. Hugs back to you.

sweetslover 2015-01-05 22:47:30 -0600 Report

I like what you said about not making diabetes your main focus. I think I am finally getting to that point. I also stay less stressed when I focus on other things. I just bought a kindle. Love it. Now I don't have to wait for books to be delivered to my library from others in the county, and I don't have to put up with the long waiting lists. Another stress reliever. :)

suecsdy 2015-01-03 20:13:25 -0600 Report

What do you like to read? I love a good mystery and ghost stories. Sometimes a good period piece or historical novel. I always have my kindle with me. It kept me sane when I was in the hospital.

HMS Sparky
HMS Sparky 2015-01-08 12:51:09 -0600 Report

I love horror novels! I also like Dan Brown-type novels, mystery/crime thrillers, and classic novels. I've recently gotten into James Rollins' books.

haoleboy 2015-01-03 17:32:37 -0600 Report

meditation, walking and lifting weights


suecsdy 2015-01-03 20:15:52 -0600 Report

In a week or so, I'm going to get a compact stepper so I can excersize in the house. The rule will be If you munch, you march. Actually, when I get the munchies I will get on the stepper and get over it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-03 16:17:38 -0600 Report

Sue, I used to crochet but it wasn't a lot of fun because I can't read patterns. I tried Counted Cross Stitch.

I learned to make a bracelet at AC Moore then went and learned to make earrings. My sister and I started a jewelry business. We use semi precious gemstones, wood, crystals etc. We don't use plastic or glass.

Last winter I was looking for a new thing to do with jewelry and found Cold Porcelain. You use Corn Starch, White Glue and baby oil an can cook it on the stove in a pot you will never ever use for food again. It is almost the same as polymer clay except you let it air dry.

I would love to work with polymer clay. With the clay you can use a toaster oven, kiln or torch to cure it. Go on You Tube there are hundreds of videos on polymer clay and Metal Clay. Metal Clay is white. When you heat it, it is pure silver, or gold and more expensive to buy than polymer clay. I bought beads that were made from at clay.

We also work with wire. We go to Home Depot or Lowes and buy about 10 feet of electricians solid copper wire and make earrings an bracelets. I just finished a copper wire and quartz crystal wove bracelet about an hour ago.

We also decided to make Flip Flop earrings our of sheets of solid copper. We downloaded a pair of clip art flip flops traced them onto the copper and cut them out by hand. We then use a jewelry punch to punch holes. My sister bought a Bench Lathe and we polish and wax them and emboss them with our Vintaj Machine and put them together with copper wire with 2mm Swarovski Crystals and sold them all summer.

My sister does Peyote Stitching and does loom work she learned to do that on you tube. If you really want learn something new, look into Kumihimo. Inexpensive to do and you can make bracelets and necklaces with or without beads. We do that also.
If you want to learn something, You Tube is the place to go. Polymer clay is an expensive craft because you have to buy all the tools you need. We spent 80 bucks for a bench lathe but it has paid for itself. We bought all of our tools and beads. It helps that we have a business license and can buy wholesale beads and supplies. The thing is you might want to sell some of the things you make to offset the cost of the supplies. We want to take a soldering class so we can learn to set some of the very expensive stones we bought. We are slowing buying the tools for that. Once we get everything we need, we will take the classes.

suecsdy 2015-01-03 16:24:08 -0600 Report

I've dabbled ay jewelry making and have the basics, what I lack is imagination. I do enjoy it tho. I used to work at the hobby store so I already have a lot of the tools for clay making.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-03 16:43:35 -0600 Report

You really don't need imagination you just need skills. These days Mixed Media jewelry works well. It is a combination of stones or beads. We have a ton of stone chips. My sister decided to put of a lot of them together and made an infinity necklace. A woman saw it on the table and said OMG I can wear that with every sweater an blouse I own. She would not let us put it in a bag. She paid for it and put on.

My sister entered a color analog contest with one of her pieces an won 3rd place. She hates the necklace and three people want it. She is now stitching the earrings. You would be surprised at what we come up with when our imagination fails us…lol

Pegsy 2015-01-03 16:09:36 -0600 Report

I was never able to get the hang of crochet, LOL. I love to read and I am thinking about getting back into my old hobby of painting. My best stress reliever is walking. It improves my sleep too, which also helps with stress. I prefer to live simply and am not much into all the gizmo's and gadgets.

HMS Sparky
HMS Sparky 2015-01-08 12:52:22 -0600 Report

I was never coordinated enough to knit or crochet well! I love to read & do counted cross-stitch, but once again, the eyes aren't what they used to be!

Pegsy 2015-01-08 13:13:25 -0600 Report

I used to do a lot of counted cross-stitch but my eyes aren't what they used to be either and having to stitch with glasses on has taken all the fun out of it. One of these days I will pick up the paint brush again.

suecsdy 2015-01-04 10:11:45 -0600 Report

I've been crocheting for over 40 yrs and pretty much self taught. I read patterns very well and hope to start a crochet class to teach others once all this medical stuff is straightened out.

suecsdy 2015-01-03 20:18:13 -0600 Report

I always thought when I retired, Iwould like to take an art class. That is on hold for a while. Maybe next fall I can start taking classes of some sort.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-03 16:19:07 -0600 Report

Pegsy, I love to read. I downloaded the Kindle app to my tablet an live in the Free book section of Amazon and I can borrow books from the library. I spent 2 hours at the library Christmas night.

GabbyPA 2015-01-03 15:37:01 -0600 Report

Doing just about anything with the dogs. Walking them, petting them, playing catch with them. Our new little one offers me a new experience which is him sitting in my lap. That is very calming.

suecsdy 2015-01-03 20:09:21 -0600 Report

I have two cats and aten year old poodle. After I had my gallbladder surgery and wasn't feeling so well, he would not leave my side. He isn't really a cuddler so now when he snuggles up, I start to wonder how sick I am. Lol

GabbyPA 2015-01-04 08:23:32 -0600 Report

I had a puppy at a friends house wake me up one night and after I let her outside, I started to feel funny. I checked and I was low. They really can tell so much about us.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-03 16:44:39 -0600 Report

We have a 50lb Akita/Shepard who thinks he is a lap dog. Try sitting on the sofa to watch tv and suddenly all you see is fur and ears…LOL

GabbyPA 2015-01-04 08:24:44 -0600 Report

My Great Danes used to do that. They could sit on the sofa next to you like a person with their feet on the floor. It was too funny. I miss them very much.

suecsdy 2015-01-04 10:08:55 -0600 Report

A lon time ago, we had a large terrier mix…Maybe Airedale… he was quite loveable. I had a small swivel rocker at the time that was just my size. He would drape himself across my lap and fall asleep that way . He was the best dog we ever had.

BreC 2015-01-06 18:33:18 -0600 Report

I have a Chiwennie, Missy. Half Chihuahua/half Dachshund. She is absolutely spoiled. She got a Christmas stocking just like the grandkids did and it was over stuffed. I am looking for a full blood female Chihuahua as a companion for Missy. I owned 4 Chihuahuas at one time but all passed away from old age except one and she had seizures. She didn't come out of the last one. I love my furbabies and they are treated like family.

GabbyPA 2015-01-06 18:51:54 -0600 Report

OMG, I have a friend who has a Chiwennie. His name is Paco and he is spoiled as well. We are calling our new pup a Chiwhippet, as he seems to be some kind of that combination of Chihuahua and Whippet. But he is a stray and we will never know for sure.

marianrandy 2015-01-07 04:54:23 -0600 Report

Dogs are an omen to human, I know mine relieve my stress and shower me with love. I have a rescue Gabby and she is so loving but not that way with others. My little boy is the love of my life.

BreC 2015-01-06 19:06:52 -0600 Report

Last night Missy saw me go into my bedroom and close the door behind me. There is a small space between the bottom of the door and the floor. Missy laid down on the floor and was watching me from the space. She finally gave up and went back to the living room where my grandson was playing and didn't see me come out and go to the kitchen. She went back to the door and was again looking for me. My husband noticed and told her I wasn't in there anymore and that I was in the kitchen. She came running to the kitchen and stopped at my feet. She knows what and where the kitchen is. LOL

TBears Forever
TBears Forever 2015-01-05 13:12:08 -0600 Report

So I gather from all the comments I should think of getting another dog. She was a little Maltese that knew me more than I do. in fact a therapy dog so to speak. I am not a "crafty" person, never have never will be. I do love to read but have only one working eye to do so. Three detached retina operations gone bad. I do like my audio books but can't figure out what to do with my hands or where to look when in doctors' offices. LOL! I do have a "heavy bag" in my shed but a little too cold these days. I was also sort of confused that stress management is "off topic". Almost all of the articles I have read state that stress management is an important part of diabetes management.

GabbyPA 2015-01-06 09:03:29 -0600 Report

Yes it is for sure a part of taking care of diabetes. Specially the low grade stress that just hits us every day in a not so big way. That is the one kind of stress that is the worst.

A dog, a cat, a pet choose. As long as there is something out there that offers you and escape and place to redirect your focus, it is a huge help.

TBears Forever
TBears Forever 2015-01-06 15:35:38 -0600 Report

Roger that! Will try and redirect to more productive things to do. I know as time goes by the grief lessens. By the way, I did have a pet rock back in the day! LOL! Thanks for the advice! Have a great day!

GabbyPA 2015-01-06 18:17:28 -0600 Report

Me too. It was all the rage right next to my mood ring. I really missed the boat on making loads of money off something so simply stupid....LOL

HMS Sparky
HMS Sparky 2015-01-08 12:54:39 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby! I also had a mood ring, However, my parents wouldn't go for the pet rock craze! As for making boatloads of money off this stuff, well, hindsight is 20/20! Don't we wish we could go back to the past knowing everything that we know now? We'd all be rich & healthy!