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August 19, 2017

Change of Focus

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I am not going to post the hobby articles on this blog any longer and am going back to what I originally set it up to do and just keep people informed about my writing progress or lack thereof. The rest of the hobby articles will post on my new blog How to Enjoy Retirement on a Limited Income. It is at https://retirementforthepoor.blogspot.com/. When I decided to do a blog for senior citizens, those articles seemed to be a good fit because I want to tell seniors what they can do with their extra time and how to keep their minds healthy.

August 16, 2017

Obscure Hobbies

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Obscure Hobbies

Everyone has something they enjoy doing in their free time. Some hobbies are more common, like crafts, playing games, or yoga. Others, not many people have heard of. Below is a list of hobbies found from all over the world that aren’t typically hobbies people start with.

1. Tree Shaping – This hobby requires people to make odd shapes out of trees. You can train live trees and other plants of a wood makeup to grow into artistic shapes and useful sculptures. To do this requires a lot of patience and creativity.

2. Beetle Fighting – For this hobby people choose different beetles to fight each other. Sometimes, people who are really into this hobby will specifically breed beetles just for fighting.

3. Rock Skipping – Did you know that a very dedicated person with this hobby set a record at 51 rock skips? For this hobby, all you have to do is throw a flat rock onto the surface of water and try to make it bounce as many times as you can. It’s a very simple, yet relaxing hobby that people enjoy.

4. Geocaching – This hobby consists of you finding treasures in plastic containers called geocaches which hold special items inside. To find the containers you use either your phone or GPS. People find enjoyment out of this hobby because it gives them the opportunity to explore the world around them.

5. Element Collecting – This hobby entails people collecting elements off the periodic table. People typically do this in their own way and of different purities. It’s highly recommended that you do not collect any of the elements that are poisonous, radioactive or a heavy element.

6. Taxidermy – It is said that the “art” of taxidermy is having a comeback from the 1800s when it was most popular. People who take part in this hobby are trying to persuade people that it is not cruel to animals. They see it as though they are saving these animals from being road kill. These people do this type of work out of respect for the animals, not out of cruelty.

7. Soap Carving – This hobby is viewed very highly in Thailand. People with this hobby carve unique shapes into soaps and then sell the soaps to people as souvenirs.

8. Competitive Dog Grooming – In China, competitions are held for the people with this hobby. People will groom the dog’s fur into different shapes, making the dogs appear as different animals. Some of the animals have had fur shaped as dinosaurs, turtles, and dragons. If you’re successful, you can win as much as $30,000 from a single event.

9. Collecting Antique Milk Bottles – People who take part in this hobby often collect the milk bottles because it brings back memories from when they were younger and milk was delivered to their home. They do this hobby for enjoyment and for the memories.

People find enjoyment out of doing different things. Some hobbies just aren’t heard of as much as others might be. Whatever your hobby is, though, the only thing that matters is that you get enjoyment out of the things you do in your free time.

August 15, 2017

Outdoor Hobbies

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Outdoor Hobbies

With such a beautiful world surrounding us, why not try out some hobbies that are based in the outdoors? Hopefully some of these hobbies listed below will inspire you to want to go outside, look at the beautiful world surrounding us, breathe in the fresh air, and try something new.

1. Gardening – Not everyone may have a green thumb but it’s good to give gardening a try. It’s very pleasing to see all the fruits and vegetables you’ve grown on your own. Not to mention, you get fresh fruits and vegetables right out of your own home-grown garden! Another great thing you can plant is flowers. Flowers brighten up your yard, making you feel a sense of peace.

2. Astronomy – Looking above into the unknown brings calmness to some people. The peace and quiet of the night provides you the opportunity to be alone with your thoughts and de-stress from the day’s activities.

3. Bird Watching – Many people have the same wish: for life to slow down. Watching the birds fly above us, seemingly having not a care in the world, brings people a sense of peace, curiosity, and anticipation for the upcoming events.

4. Cloud Watching – Looking at the clouds above us stimulates our imagination. It’s always so much fun trying to decide if a cloud looks like a dog, pig, or a penguin riding a bicycle. There’s no age limit to this hobby; children and adults can both equally enjoy this activity.

5. Butterfly Watching – Like bird watching, watching all the different colored butterflies fly around, not seeming to care, brings upon a sense of curiosity about bigger and greater things in life.

6. Bonsai Trees – This hobby allows you to grow trees in small pots in such a way that they look artistic, old, and interesting. This outdoor activity allows you to be creative and imaginative. This hobby is believed to have originated in China, but is now practiced all over the world.

7. Camping – When some people think of camping they think of peaceful rivers, the quiet of a forest, and crackling campfires. For those people, camping brings upon a sense of peace and calmness. However, others who are asked to think about camping think of mud, bugs, and fears of animals attacking you. For those people, camping is not as fun and not nearly as relaxing. Before deciding to go on a camping trip, know whether or not you’d enjoy sleeping in the woods for a couple nights.

8. Travel – Traveling to places you’ve never been can provide you with many lessons about yourself as a human and about the different cultures surrounding that specific place. Traveling to new places is stimulating to many people, making it one of the most popular outdoor hobbies today.

Not everyone enjoys the outdoors, but for people who do, some of these hobbies may be a great thing to add into your everyday life.

August 13, 2017

Craft Hobbies

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Craft Hobbies

There are a wide variety of different hobbies that you can choose from. Included in that long list is another long list of craft hobbies. If you are really interested in art and have the patience to work on projects for hours, even weeks on end, you may want to consider trying any one of these low-cost craft hobbies.

1. Crochet and Knitting – This hobby doesn’t require a lot of materials, making it a relatively cheap hobby that you can pick up. When crocheting and knitting, you need to dedicate a lot of time to any project. For that reason, if you decide that you have an interest in crocheting and knitting, you need to be sure that you have the patience for it. However, this hobby is very relaxing and has been known to soothe any nerves.

2. Needlework – If you enjoy detail, this hobby is one you may want to consider. Needlework requires a lot of time and patience to do right and to provide you with the most benefits. These benefits include relaxation and even confidence. As your confidence builds with needlework, you will be able to do more intricate and complicated designs. This hobby is relatively cheap, and all you need to start you off is a cross stitch or embroidery set.

3. Sewing – This hobby can get to be on the more expensive side as eventually you may want to buy a sewing machine. On top of that, you’ll need fabric and new needles when they break. Despite the high prices for most of these materials, you have a wide range of options you can explore while sewing. You can make dresses, handbags, or simply fix up any old clothes in your closet. It may even end up saving you money in the long run.

4. Card making – There are endless reasons for giving someone a card, which means you’ll never run out of holidays or reasons to make cards. Card making is one of the most popular hobbies but is also one of the most useful. This hobby is very inexpensive as you can use old paper scraps and art supplies to make the cards. You’ll also find that it’s very relaxing to just sit down and make something sentimental for someone else.

5. Soap making – Making unique hand soap is a surprisingly easy hobby that is quick for anyone to pick up. You start off by simply melting any of your old soaps into new shapes. Then you can add oils and other ingredients to the soap for a new scent. Recycling old soaps makes this hobby very cheap. The only things you may need that you don’t already have in your home, are the oils.

6. Candle making – Just like soaps, you can make candles at home. Start by collecting dried flowers, slices of dried oranges, and other fruits, so that you have a variety of things to choose from when decorating your candle. Just like the soaps, melt any remaining candles you may have and put into a new jar.

Hobbies are very beneficial to your health, so finding something to do in your free time is key. Craft hobbies offer you relaxation and is a good way to give back to the people you love most.

August 9, 2017

Competing Hobbies

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For those who have a competitive spirit and enjoy trying to best someone, here are some hobbies you may enjoy:

Competing Hobbies

There are a whole variety of hobbies that you can pick up. Some of the more specific ones include those where you’re involved in competitions. These hobbies require you to have a group of people you can go head to head with in your specific hobby. Here are five of the many hobbies that are considered to be competitive.

1. Chess – This hobby doubles as competitive and good for the brain, as it requires skill in determining what the best move would be against your opponent. One of the best tips out there for any chess players is that if you want to improve in your game, it’s important to play players who may be more experienced than you. Not only will your skill level go up, but you will also gain confidence in your chess-playing skills.

2. Volleyball – A lot of skill is required to play this game properly. There are different serves and passes that you must know before playing. Not just skills are involved in this hobby, though. Volleyball is a competitive sport, meaning you too must be competitive and intense. Like chess, the only way to get better is by practicing and by playing players who are more experienced in the hobby than you are.

3. Bowling – This can be a classic, relaxing game you play with your family and friends, but it can also be one of the more competitive hobbies. With allies all over the country, you have easy access to getting into a bowling league and competing against other leagues from around your area. Some of the benefits of this hobby are that you have interactions with other people, whether they’re in your league or other leagues. This creates friendships and trust among you, your teammates, and the competitors.

4. Bridge – This card game is a great way to sharpen your brain, but it’s also a popular hobby among competitive people. Bridge allows you to interact with other people from different tournaments. It’s important to know that this hobby does tend to cost people a lot of money. Bigger and more interesting tournaments for bridge take place all over the world, so sometimes some of the more experienced bridge players enjoy traveling to them.

5. Darts – With this hobby, you have the option of competing from your home with your family or going to bars and pubs to compete with others. This hobby is relatively easy to play. You stand a certain distance away from the dart board and score points determined by where the darts hit the board after throwing. Darts is a relatively relaxing game, yet a competitive hobby at times. It improves your mental math, and offers you the opportunity of meeting new people depending on where you play darts.

This is just a short list of some of the competitive hobbies this world has to offer you. Have fun when playing and competing. Whether you’re trying new things and pushing your body or picking up one of these competitive hobbies from the past, they’re all great hobbies that each offer their own benefits. Consider your interests when choosing the competitive hobby that’s right for you.

 

August 4, 2017

Hobbies for Collectors

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Collecting Hobbies

People collect objects for different reasons. Either they have an interest in that certain object or it means something to them. Whatever the reason, people consider this hobby to be fun, and it gives them pleasure. Here are five of the most popular objects that people collect for a hobby.

1. Bottles – Bottle collecting has been a popular hobby since the 1970s. The bottles that people collect range from beverage bottles to medicine bottles. Many times these bottles are considered to be unusable, but much of the joy is in finding new items to add to the collection.

2. Antique Toys – Often times collectors collect the toys from their childhood because it brings back memories, or because they really enjoyed that toy when they were younger. Antique collecting is one of the oldest hobbies. When collecting antiques, you need to know that you can’t just leave them on shelves without taking care of them properly. Despite this responsibility, this hobby is a lot of fun.

3. Marbles – Collecting marbles is a very unique hobby because of the different elements of beauty within each different marble. Everyone has a different preference to the look of the marble that they collect, as there’s such a variety available. This specific collecting hobby is fun and offers you knowledge upon collecting each new marble.

4. Stamps – Stamp collecting gives you a wide knowledge and effective means of communicating with other people. When collecting things like stamps, you are given the opportunity to travel around the world. When traveling to those new places, you meet new people who will leave an impact on your life and vice versa.

It is said that when collecting stamps you should ensure that they are in good condition. However, if you want your stamps to show some age, don’t feel obliged to follow what people say. A stamp that is in good condition is said to have perfect centering, perfect gum, and brilliant color.

5. Jewelry – Many people collect pieces of jewelry that are unique and one of a kind. People are drawn to collecting jewelry because of the creativity, imagination, and relaxation it brings to a person. Once getting a rare piece of jewelry, collectors will often want to gain some knowledge of the piece of jewelry they possess, including finding out about the history of the specific piece of art.

Collecting hobbies do amazing things for you as a human. For most people, collecting is a lot like an adventure that is never quite complete. Searching for antique things or objects that mean something to the collector brings a feeling of joy and happiness to a person.

Remember that when collecting, you don’t have to collect a certain type of something just because a majority of people do. Collect the things that make you most happy.

August 2, 2017

Hobbies

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Are you looking for something to do with your free time? I will be posting a series of articles on different hobbies you may want to consider. Here is the first one.

The Benefits of Hobbies

Hobbies have proven to be very beneficial to people. They give you time to relax and to do things that you enjoy doing. Having a specific hobby has also helped many people to make new friends, keep the brain sharp, and even make money in some cases.

Hobbies That Sharpen the Mind

Some hobbies are better than others to make you problem solve and to think. These are especially important as you age. Some hobbies that are best for keeping your brain sharp include:

* Puzzles, crossword puzzles, and brain teasers

* Card games like bridge and solitaire

* Learning how to draw and paint

* Learning how to play a musical instrument

* Playing chess

* Learning a new language

* Participating in trivia games

Hobbies for Kids and Families

Certain hobbies are perfect for you to do with your family. They allow you to bond better with your loved ones and get to know them better. Hobbies that are best in ensuring you have a strong relationship with your loved ones include:

* Making model planes and trains

* Building with Lego

* Magic tricks

* Kite flying

* Going to zoos

* Playing with remote control cars

* Swimming and playing in pools

Hobbies for Adventurous People

It’s important to get out and get some exercise. Certain hobbies can help you to do that. Getting yourself outdoors can be very relaxing as you will see the beautiful scenery that surrounds you every day that you just don’t seem to have time to notice. For the adventurous, some of the key hobbies to help you get the needed exercise and relaxation include:

* Fishing

* Running, biking, or walking through parks, neighborhoods, or mountains

* Playing baseball, softball, or volleyball

* Swimming

* Traveling around the world

* Bird watching

Hobbies That Help You to Earn Money

Hobbies don’t just have to be something you do for enjoyment. Besides providing you with needed relaxation, there are a large variety of hobbies that provide you with money if you know how to advertise it right. Some of the most popular hobbies that provide people with the opportunity to earn money include:

* Photography

* Blogging and writing

* Craft making like cards, candles, and soaps

* Baking

* Graphic design

* Carpentry

Hobbies for Collectors

Collecting objects that you find fascinating or that mean a lot to you brings you a sense of peace and relaxation. Having a set of something that is solely your own and something you worked hard to get brings a sense of joy to a person. Some hobbies that give that to you include, but are not limited to, collecting:

* Books

* Spoons

* Coins

* Vintage or unique toys

* Sports memorabilia

Hobbies for the Crafter

Craft hobbies are very popular and provide a variety of benefits. Crafts bring a sense of relaxation and calmness to a person. With some crafts, it has been shown to increase their confidence. Some crafts that help people to do that include:

* Baking

* Painting

* Sewing

* Crocheting

* Knitting

* Scrapbooking

* Needle point

* Quilting

Hobbies for Stress Relief

Everyday life can be very stressful. Having a hobby to fall back on when things get hard and stressful is key to enjoying life. Some hobbies that provide stress relief include:

* Yoga

* Weight lifting

* Meditation

Hobbies provide people with so many benefits, and change us for the better. It’s important for humans to have something special we can do separately from our everyday, busy lives. So what’s your favorite hobby?

July 24, 2017

Clowning Around

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This was our Chicago Senior Clown Troupe at one of our events last year.

BC Stack

Filed under: Uncategorized,Writing and Business Help — ccassello @ 11:39 pm

I have just purchased the 2017 BC Stack. It is full of useful material for writers, entrepreneurs and business people who want to grow or start their businesses. There are courses, e-books and loads of information and it is all only $27.00. Right now I am listening to a course on setting up and using Google Analytics.  I’m going to learn a lot from this material and I am recommending it to anyone who may benefit from it and that is pretty much everyone in some way or another.

November 25, 2016

TYLER AND THE ATOMIC COLD

Filed under: Uncategorized — ccassello @ 2:38 am

That is the title of my newest EBook. It is available in the Amazon Kindle store. This is a story which had been in my mind since I was in elementary school and my friends and I would make up and tell each other stories as we walked to school. It is an amusing story which should appeal to children of pre-school, kindergarten or first grade. And, since the character is a boy, it may even be of interest to boys who normally do not like to read.

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