Hobbies !

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-03-10 16:59:19 -0600
Started 2010-01-31 02:41:33 -0600

Does anyone here have a unique hobby or favorite past time activity that helps you deal with having diabetes ?

Would you care to share it ?

(Fishing, Cooking, Woodworking, Model Building, Photography, Knitting, Gardening, etc.)

21 replies

poppey 2011-03-10 16:59:19 -0600 Report

i like to read books, but when Im really down I decorate photo albums, then i give them away.

Roy531 2011-03-10 15:27:23 -0600 Report

I do leather crafts, making wallets and such as that, keeps my mind busy, use to go to the rattlesnake hunt here in Okla. and tan the skins and make billfolds and buckles with the skins

Nonna2Three 2011-03-10 14:31:19 -0600 Report

My hobby is scrapbooking & cardmaking. It started out as scrapbooking but once I started making cards I have made those more than I have worked on my scrapbooks.

I found a worthy cause to make cards for - Operation Write Home - they collect handmade cards and send them to deployed troops so the troops have access to free cards to write home on.

I have a craft blog that I post a good bit of my work on. I also make cards for different card-making sites and blogs that have "challenges" where we are provided a general guide for that specific challenge and then we post our work. Some offer prizes for a random drawing and some don't, but it doesn't matter so much about winning a random prize as it is an enjoyment and I always try to make my cards fit the size preferred by the OWH project so that any of them can go in my next box to ship to the troops.

I have some cards posted in my profile here or they can be viewed on my craft blog at: http://perpetual-playtime.blogspot.com/

CaliKo 2010-10-05 10:14:09 -0500 Report

Dancing! It makes me happy, it gives me exercise, I can't eat and dance at the same time, what's not to like? With the popularity of the reality dance shows right now, there are lots of classes available for all levels of fitness and abilities, and also for a variety of interests in the many different forms of dance.

jayabee52 2011-03-10 15:23:03 -0600 Report

I love dancing too! I started as a teen with square dancing, and then a few years later with polka and other Germanic dances, A few years ago I took up East Coast and single-time swing, and then Contra (the parent form of Square Dance) and English Country Dancing (the grandparent of Square Dancing)

Now I am seeking to learn Salsa.

Dancing helps maintain fitness on the physical, mental, and social aspects of a person's life.

I am always brought into a good mood when I dance, If I'm depressed when I start dancing, I cannot stay depressed for long.

it is said that dancing is the most fun a couple can have — standing up, that is.

CaliKo 2011-03-10 15:53:41 -0600 Report

In North Texas our swing is called Push. It is similar to your East Coast Swing. I always heard dancing was the last place that men get to be the boss since they always lead.

jayabee52 2011-03-10 16:21:30 -0600 Report

They haven't danced with some of the ladies that I've tried to dance with here in the ECS classes. My Goodness!

I tried to educate some of the "ladies" that guys were supposed to lead. (That was why I went to those classes for over 4 years - to help "grow" new dancers even though I joked that I was a slow learner) Most of the time they would get with the program, but one particular "lady" told me, "I never let the guy lead." (I guess she had "gender issues") I tried with her again and could not get her to follow my lead. (I was told by some of the other regular ladies in the class that I was a good and strong leader) And I refused to follow her lead. She was the only lady I walked away from in frustration, and when her time to rotate to me again came I stepped out of the lineup and we both stood there until the next partner's turn.

The "push". One of the patterns I was taught in the ECS class was the "sugar push" perhaps that's he called it.

If for some reason, I didn't get to the class that Sunday nite, my whole week was off kilter. I joked that I needed my "dance fix".

MAYS 2010-01-31 21:46:15 -0600 Report

Thank You for all the comments, keep them coming !
Hobbies and Activities are important activities for diabetics, they help keep your mind and body active.
" Mays "

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-31 02:59:55 -0600 Report

I have several hobbies that I have pursued thru the years to help me fight this clinical depression, try to earn self confidence and esteem, learned to help others by baking them something, or baby-setting a few hours, anything to help get my mind off of myself.

Then gardening and feeding the birds and squirrels is a peaceful pasttime, gets one's soul in tune with God and nature, helps one to relax and also gives you plenty of exercise when rigorously pursued! I dug my own fish pond at 58 yrs, by hand, it is 10 ft long and 5 ft wide and 3 ft deep, layed the heavy liner, while my hubby watched disgustedly!! But I had FUN and it was so relaxing as I watched my goldfish, fed them, read up on different plants etc, no end to trying something new in the garden or pond.

I also crochet, mostly doilies and potholders, a few afghans,sing and play the piano some, so there is something for all kinds of weather and moods! Anything that will help me to keep my hand from feeding my MOUTH!! Pat Roth

MAYS 2010-01-31 04:21:59 -0600 Report

Excellent !
With so many hobbies and activities and such varied interest it's easy to see why you have such a bright smile !
Diabetic Depression has no time to set in !
Hopefully your post can help other to pursue hobbies to help ease their mind allowing them to be at peace with themselves and diabetes.
Thank you for responding, you are a true inspiration !
" Mays "

1968LeeLie 2010-01-31 05:46:22 -0600 Report

There are several hobbies I enjoy doing to help pass the time as well as keeping my mind active. But I would have to say for me the best hobbie is getting out and walking along the river each day, weather permitting that is. But if I am stuck in the house, I love to read, do puzzles like word find, crosswords and such. In the summer months here I do a lot of bike riding, hiking, fishing, and swimming. For people not so mobile, there are several other things they can do as well. Let your imagination go, you will be surprised at what activities you can think of doing. Just depends on what a particular person likes and enjoys. Lee

MAYS 2010-01-31 08:35:54 -0600 Report

Thank You !
An active outdoor life is always an exciting experience if you are physically able and the weather permitting.
Besides the execise, you get to see just how beautiful the world really is !
Thank you for sharing this !
" Mays "

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-31 10:44:27 -0600 Report

Oh, I love to swim in the summer too, also have always LOVED exploring, taking walks in unknown areas, making up stories as I go. Once my high school friend and I were exploring the neighbor's pasture, no bulls, found rugged cliffs and holes, which we guessed belonged to coyotes or such. Both of us were named "Patricia" so we said that the "Patricka Indians" had once lived there! More fun, and a beloved memory from my childhood!

Oh, I love to paint too, just grab a brush and fling the paint—freely—it is so releasing——sometimes they are actually good! haha—Got a Blue at the fair last year for my interrpretation of a church in the wildwood—with Thomas Kinkaide influences. Hugs, Pat R

rankearl 2010-01-31 15:39:21 -0600 Report

swimming is my favorite just feeling the sun is wondeful gardening watching things grow and eating them is good also thinking about all this makes me think how long until spring? i also like a ggod book anyone like nora roberts?or nichalos sparks? hugs julie

MAYS 2010-01-31 15:45:15 -0600 Report

The sun shines brighter when you are happy doing the things that you love doing.
Thanks for commenting !

spiritwalker 2010-01-31 21:14:36 -0600 Report

I do many things. I knit and crochet. I love to read and correspond with friends. I do medical and other Volunteer
work. I donate my services as a parish nurse for my church.
I enjoy music and mysteries.

MAYS 2010-01-31 21:43:12 -0600 Report

An unselfish and caring Angel, many more such as yourself are needed and greatly appreciated.
Thank You for commenting !
" Mays "

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