Time spent on your hobbies?

mmcmdl

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Just turned the big SEVEN - o yesterday.
I hit 60 today so you have 10 years on me . ;) I have more projects than years left most likely and I've come to realize it's time to move on to the one hobby most looked forward to , spending more time up in the mountains . My physical belongings are holding me back . They gotta go and I have to move on . :party:
 

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I have a few hobbies,I have found out one thing about myself, if I want to stay content I need to keep myself mentally and physically busy, the best way to achieve that is to change/ rotate hobbies , jump from one to another and another, and back to the first one if it still tickles my fancy:).
Staying in one hobby gets too boring mainly because I run out of projects to build or loose my creativity due to lack of interest., that's when I try to find a new hobby.
So far I have done freshwater fishkeeping, auto detailing(for a short time) woodworking, metal working, machining, and now I'm into stained glass hobby full time, find it very rewarding and it still requires some machining and woodworking depending on the project , so far it seems to be a perfect fit for me .
 
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I'm into stained glass hobby full time, find it very creative and rewarding and it still requires some machining and woodworking depending on the project , so far it seems to be a perfect fit for me .
That's one I thought about as well as neon lights . :)
 

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Hobby time, eh? Two hours in the morning (4:30AM - 6:30) and a couple of hours through out the rest of the day during the weekdays. Weekends are more flexible, any where between zip and 16 hours.
 

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My shop time is a bit spotty. I may go several weeks spending 20+ hours a week in the shop, then weeks I don't even go out at all. Depends on the weather and what else is going on. We don't have winter here to speak of, but summer, even with the cooler running in the shop, can be less than comfortable.
 

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My hobby has become a business. But it's still my hobby.
I've become a slave to my "hobby". I can't complain, I'm the one that started this :cool:
As Alloy said...
My hobby of restoring vintage fountain pens also became a business, and my learning machining is part of that. I'm still working full-time, running a specialty graduate school, so evenings and the occasional weekend day are my time. Happily, this last career for me, after 25 as a hospital administrator and 15 in the nonprofit world, means that the work day ends when I leave the office. Also happily, my wife is an avid dancer, so generally when I'm in the shop she's out, although these aren't connected. Whole weekends, once/twice a month, are out of town with my 90+ year old mother-in-law. Dawns I'm in the gym. What's left?
Count me in for 12-15 hours a week.
Tim
 

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That's one I thought about as well as neon lights . :)
Neon lights are a "hobby" that can be fraught with danger as well as expense. My experience with them has been on a very high volume corporate production level. If you are seriously interested in following this hobby, I would suggest visiting several "ally shops" (known in the old days before LED technology) where people are producing art neon or commercial signage. That would be a way to appreciate the fun AND the dangers of that hobby.
 

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Neon lights are a "hobby" that can be fraught with danger as well as expense. My experience with them has been on a very high volume corporate production level. If you are seriously interested in following this hobby, I would suggest visiting several "ally shops" (known in the old days before LED technology) where people are producing art neon or commercial signage. That would be a way to appreciate the fun AND the dangers of that hobby.
Thanks uncle harry , I will do just that . Tonight I am going to start the final parting out of the machine shop . Everything is going other than what is used in at work . It will take another 2 years or so on the Bay but it will be finally be categorized and accounted for . We took stained glass courses years ago and the wife and I both enjoyed it . The neon hobby comes to mind I think cuz I spent much of my 60 years under them ! :big grin:
 

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Whatever time is not spent at work or sleeping , I'm doing one of my hobbies . The dismantling of my shop , 2 houses , 3 kids , 3 Shelties , college basketball team , cutting grass , maintaining all cars and trucks , tractors , 4 wheelers , 45 acres up in the Adirondacks etc . I still enjoy them all but sometimes the mind says go , the body says whoa . :) I'm hitting the big six o this Monday , I wish I had more time for my favorite hobby which is being up in NY in the mountains and enjoying the woods ! :encourage: Hopefully , one day soon .

This is more of my problem, too much stuff not enough time for all of it. Lately all of my hobbies are suffering because all of my hobbies have received a boost and I'm spread thin. I'm pretty much the poster child for first world problems right now. :)
 

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Just turned the big SEVEN - o yesterday. Since retiring about ten years ago, I often ask myself, how in the world I ever found time to work.
Regards, Terry
Oh, sing me a song about wondering how I ever had time for work!!! I was offered a "golden handshake" before I was even old enough for SS, and my biggest concern was that I might turn into a couch potato. So happy to have been wrong about that. Congats on the big sven-O! I'm almost 2 ahead of ya!
 
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I know exactly where your coming from John.
I nearly dislocated my shoulder throwing up my hand for voluntary early retirement.
Loved every second since.
 
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