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16 hours ago, muggle not said:

My vegetable garden is all planted:

 

4 Better Boy tomato plants, 4 Big Beef tomato plants, 1 Early Girl tomato plant, & 1 German Johnson tomato plant (a Heirloom)

2 Husky cherry tomato plants & 1 grape Tomato plant

2 Bell Pepper plants, 2 jalapeno Pepper plants, 1 Sweet Banana Pepper plant, & 1 Habanero Pepper plant

That’s exciting :lol:. I did love having our own tomatoes last year but we aren’t growing them this year because we’re not sure if Lilly would try to eat them (and apparently tomatoes are poisonous to dogs!). We did get a little (chest height) greenhouse type thing for Christmas though, so we’re growing three different chillies (jalapeño, lemon drop and chocolate habanero), as well as salad leaves in there. I also got a loganberry for my birthday but I’m not sure if we’ll get fruit from it this year! 
 

I can’t wait for strawberries. I have some strawberry plants coming back up from last year, so hopefully we’ll have plenty again :) 

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I don't really collect anything as such, although thinking about it, I do have a rather extensive collection of stationery; notebooks, journals, pens, pencils, page flags, post-it notes, stickers, washi tape, you name it, I've got it. I just cannot seem to resist a pretty notebook, even though I already have a large selection, most of which have never actually been used.

 

I also collect books...I do have a lot of them too. I've never actually counted them, or kept track of them, but I'm guessing I probably have over a thousand. I always find it difficult to give away or donate my books, even those I haven't particularly enjoyed. It's a real problem of mine!

 

With regard to hobbies, other than reading I don't really have any as such. I used to cross stitch, many moons ago, but haven't done so for a fair few years now. I do want to give adult colouring a go though and have a couple of books on standby. I've heard people say it's therapeutic and anything that can help me deal with my anxiety, which flares up now and again, I'm willing to give a go.

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I spent a lot of time colouring in when I was a child and I still do when I'm crafting. I also love all sorts of paper crafts so indulge in them from time to time. Between that and the reading - mostly paper books - I spend a lot of time handling paper, which I still think is a miraculous substance, and which keeps me happy. 

 

If I may suggest, for your anxiety Kudz, try sudoku or some other absorbing puzzle. Because you are concentrating on the puzzle you can't get anxious, that's the theory. During lockdown, we were advised to do jigsaw puzzles but had nowhere to put a physical one. I found an app and that, I guarantee, is very relaxing. 

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On 07/05/2022 at 1:34 PM, Kudz said:

I do want to give adult colouring a go though and have a couple of books on standby. I've heard people say it's therapeutic and anything that can help me deal with my anxiety, which flares up now and again, I'm willing to give a go.

Somebody bought an Alice in Wonderland one for me and that's really nice. I do think it's relaxing - it's so detailed that to colour it you really have to focus on the picture, which is quite distracting. It's probably also partly just that it's very aesthetically pleasing!

 

On 07/05/2022 at 4:50 PM, lunababymoonchild said:

I also love all sorts of paper crafts so indulge in them from time to time. Between that and the reading - mostly paper books - I spend a lot of time handling paper, which I still think is a miraculous substance, and which keeps me happy. 

That's a really interesting point. I wonder whether that's why so many of us also love notebooks and stationary! 

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16 minutes ago, Hayley said:

That's a really interesting point. I wonder whether that's why so many of us also love notebooks and stationary! 

 

Very probably

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Knitting is also a terrific way to help with anxiety. It also help with blood pressure.

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20 hours ago, France said:

Knitting is also a terrific way to help with anxiety. It also help with blood pressure.

 

I second that and would also include crocheting, and spinning wool. Probably not when you're first learning though ... that can be pretty trying on patience :rolleyes:

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Kudz, I love that you start by saying you don't collect anything, and then realise that you do.  I am completely the same with notebooks and pens to the degree that I CANNOT let myself buy any more notebooks as I am running out of room. (Pens take up less room, so......) Paper and book related things go together well with reading I think. 

 

Lunababymoonchild's suggestion of sudoku I can give a rousing "I second that!" as an anxiety buster, and can also recommend suguru puzzles. I find them both really calming to do, and there's lots of download & print ones available for free online. 

 

Although I can knit and crochet (very badly), if I want to watch tv and do things I stick with crocheting, as when I knit I can't take my eyes off of the needles without things chaotically unravelling.  

 

 

 

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On 31/05/2022 at 10:25 AM, poppy said:

Probably not when you're first learning though ... that can be pretty trying on patience

I was thinking that about knitting as I read this thread! My mom taught me how to do one stitch (is it still called a stitch in knitting?), which I think was called purl, years ago. I’ve never been able to wrap my head around patterns though. I can just go on one long line and that’s it!

All the beautiful wool colours you can buy make it so tempting though. 


 

On 01/06/2022 at 7:20 PM, Chrissy said:

 can also recommend suguru puzzles.

 

I haven’t heard of suguru puzzles before, I’ll definitely have to look some

up!

 

On 01/06/2022 at 7:20 PM, Chrissy said:

 I can't take my eyes off of the needles without things chaotically unravelling.  

This sounds like an apt life metaphor to me:giggle2:

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My current obsession is with sea glass jewellery, I'm fascinated by it and have bought several necklaces (and a gorgeous bracelet which arrived today) with seaglass pendants.  I'm generally obsessed with the sea, maybe it's the whole summer thing and the warm weather and talk of holidays, but I love it even in the winter.  I did manage to get to the coast for the day on Saturday, unfortunately it was very windy so it was too rough to even paddle in, but nice to be near it all the same.

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My vegetable garden is doing ok. I have picked 18 ripe tomatoes so far and the cucumbers and peppers are coming along ok. Tonight we are having pasta for dinner with a couple red tomatoes cut up on the side. And, of course, a bottle of red wine. :)

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My tomato plant seems to  have had a growth spurt, there are a couple of baby tomatoes forming too.  I cut off some of the side leaves so they can get more light, lots of greenery but only two clumps of flowers/toms so far.

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