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I know, I know.  I probably won't get a hit with this one but I'm afraid I have my hands into everything. Of course, many of my projects end up unfinished because I get interested in another thing and so it goes...

Here are the things I have dabbled/continue to dabble in:

Food/Nutrition/Cooking - With a degree in nutrition, this is probably the most constant in my life. Although I probably should put cooking in a category of its own because what I love cooking are the stuff I normally tell my patients to stay clear of.  lol.  I enjoy making pastries most because it allows me to be creative.  

Gardening - Thanks to Southern California conditions, I can indulge on this to my heart's content.  I used to have orchids by the hundreds but my in-laws, who live just a few blocks away, retired and decided to "help" me purge.  Along with my cookbooks, gardening books, unusual cooking gadgets, out to the trash most went.  Non-orchids continue to receive special care from them, too.  The topiaries and other specimen plants are getting constant "haircuts".  The bulbs didn't bloom this year because they were mowed down to the ground. Forget ground covers.  Okay, I shouldn't dwell on this. :0)

Beading - I have boxes and boxes and boxes of jewelry-making thingamajigs in my little craft room. The last time I worked on a piece was three years ago, when I made Christmas presents for loved ones.  I still subscribe to some of the craft magazines and hopefully pick it up again one day.  Ditto with scrapbooking.

Is reading still considered pc?  lol.  I love a good book...any book, in fact.  I could pick up one from the grocery store bin and really sink my teeth into it.  When time was hectic way back in college, I just had to sneak in at least one novel a week just to "take me away".  The Harlequins and Barbara Cartlands were my staples then.  

And I'm a sucker for volunteering.  People think I just don't know how to say no but I quit explaining about the highs I get from doing a good deed a long time ago.

Over the last 20-15-10 years (I don't really know when it started but diagnosis didn't come until much later), I have suffered from fibromyalgia.  It started as a warning from the doctors to quit skiing, my most favorite winter activity of all time!  Then it was too painful to go to the gym.  Or even walk, at times.  But that's a totally different topic altogether!

I was reading all the different entries here and some sound really interesting.  Maybe I'll log off for now and find a new hobby!



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Hi Maddie, From one craft/hobby addict to really remind me of myself!! I literally have been into all of your interests and many, many more! But then I only imagine that it is because I am probably old enough to be your Mom. LOL! Instead of addictions I prefer to tell myself that they are "interests" I always have something underway and when I tire of one thing I can go back to another project and its like Christmas all over again! Opening up my Craft/ sewing room and open up another storage box of "goodies"  I also love to read, and yes it is still PC as far as I'm concerned. Both my hubby and I are voracious readers...there have been some books that literally keep me captivated from cover to cover. I  have actually lost a couple of days because I couldn't put them down. Our son has just started BC, I am thinking that you are perhaps a Navy wife? would like to visit with you some time!

Hi girls,  I'm a jack of trades, craft-addict  also!!! main hobby is scrapbooking or just paper crafts in general I love creating cards, pages, any craft with paper!! i love to garden,  both flowers and veggies, I can and freeze the bounty of my veggie garden. I've painted both ceramics and wood,  do cross stitching, quilting, sewing and cake decorating.  I also love to read, and to cook.   I can't say "no" either,  I'm very busy with my church, active on several committees and the chair person of several.


My son has been in the Navy for 18 1/2 years, so I'm probably old enough to be Mom to both of  you!

Hi Connie S, I am glad to see there is another reply on this site! I think Jack of all trades has had her SR PIR. We have a son in ship 2 Div 927 at boot camp right now. Our son is in his early 30's so we may be closer in age than you think!  He is half way through bc now and we are making plans to attend his PIR on May 20th.  I am glad to meet you!

Hi maddie my name is Theresa Cox an I am addict to crafts also I'm so glade to know that there are people just like me I cook , bake,sew,paint,make hair bows, I cann't name them when can wee chat?


Mello Maddie. I'm new to N4M . I too have many irons in the fire and I'm looking for a group to get cards and such to our sailors. My friends on youtube are waiting to hear back from me about holiday greeting cards. Crafts as well so if you know  of any specific groups or if you are interested in joining us please let me know. you can look me up on youtube as well jtvirtueous on youtube

God bless you and your family

Janita Taylor

Hi Ladies, my name is Alisa. I am also a Jack of all trades.. I cook, crochet, photography and loves to do craft. But my passion is photography.

This looks like an older post, but I thought I'd introduce myself here.

Hello everyone! I just joined as my oldest son is leaving for basic training on May 29.

I also consider myself a jack of all trades. My main hobbies are crochet and jewelry making, which includes making polymer clay items for those. I also enjoy tie dye, making shirts, photography, painting.... You name a craft, I have probably tried it at some point in my life! 

Welcome RedPhoenix74!  Be sure to join the Boot Camp group - I left the link in the welcome message on your page.


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