In My Spare Time #MFRWauthor

It’s week 6 on the MFRWauthor bloghop, and this week we’re supposed to talk about our hobbies. At first, I thought this would be a short blog post because I don’t really have any hobbies. But then, as I thought a bit more, I realized I actually do have a few, which made me super-excited and even a little giddy. It doesn’t take much…


My uncle, my sister, my cousin and me circa…a long time ago!

I’d have to say my favorite hobby by far is hanging out with my family. I know that doesn’t sound like an actual hobby, but for me it is one. It brings me great joy, and I could do it all day long, every day. Whether it’s my 91-year-old mom, my sister, brother-in-law, and brother, my kids, my grand-kids, my nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, or cousins, hanging out with family is my favorite way to spend my non-working hours.

Coming in at a close second would be spending tie with friends. I love to lunch with friends. I get all kinds of excited when I get to hang out with writer friends. Other writers “get” things about me that non-writers don’t. It’s not their fault. They can’t understand how my brain works because theirs doesn’t function in the same way. I don’t understand their non-writer brains either, so that makes us even.

You want more traditional hobbies?

Reading, naturally. It’s because of my love of reading that I wanted to be a writer in the first place. Sadly, becoming a writer has affected the way I read, and for a few years after I began my writing career–especially because of the writing classes I taught–I found it hard to read for pleasure. I spent so much time reading and critiquing other people’s work when I wasn’t writing and critiquing my own work, I couldn’t read anything without critiquing it. I’ve since learned how to put my nit-picky internal editor on hold while I’m reading for pleasure, which makes it pleasurable again.

counted cross stitch smallI used to love to do counted cross-stitch, but I haven’t worked n a project in a long time. My eyes just aren’t as sharp as they used to be, so the tiny stitches and even tinier codes on the patterns are hard to read.

I still love to crochet. It’s mind-soothing. Unfortunately, I now live in Florida where it’s never cool enough to have a heavy blanket spread across my lap, so I haven’t crocheted much in the past few years, either. Yes, I know there are other, smaller projects I could work on, but I’m a big project kind of gal. I rarely write short stories (never) or magazine articles (a bit less rarely) or novellas (just once) and I don’t crochet smgrace-blanketall things. Yes, I’m weird. I think we’ve established that already. Once I move to a cooler climate and feel like crocheting again, I plan to make this: That is, I’ll make that after I finish the afghan I started for a wedding present a few years ago. And after I make the promised afghans for two more great-nephews and my two granddaughters. But once those are done, I’m definitely making this.

Collecting things is another hobby. I’d probably have a house full of trinkets if I allowed myself to collect everything that appeals to me. I do try to limit myself to mugs, t-shirts, and Santa Claus figurines.

That’s about it for me. What are your hobbies?



5 thoughts on “In My Spare Time #MFRWauthor

  1. Meka James says:

    I’ve always admired people that can crochet. My children each have special blankets that were made for them as babies that are crocheted. My daughter’s was made by a co-worker and she started the trend. My son’s were all made by my husband’s grandmother. I still have all the blankets and they are something I’ll pass down to them when they have their own children.

  2. storimom2 says:

    I hear you on those small codes! I had to return to stamped cross-stitch for that very reason:) I ran into the same issue with needlepoint, but since the colors are stamped on the canvas, it makes it a little easier to guess:)

  3. Heather Boyd says:

    My mum was amazing at fine Crochet and blanket making but thanks to Alzheimers she can’t form a chain now. So hard to imagine, but at least I’ve got a few of her creations around my home to remind her of how great she is still.

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