Do you have a "backup" hobby" in the Winter?

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  1. Big Bear

    Big Bear New Member

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    For those folks like myself who get a nice 4 or maybe even 5 months of downtime with their bees thanks to the weather in the Fall and Winter, do you have a hobby that you pick up to fill your spare time?

    I get into Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 1st edition myself. I DM (run) games for my kids and the infrequent gathering of grown folks every once in a while.

    What is your "backup" hobby?
     
  2. PerryBee

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    You know Bear, this topic has kind of caught me off guard. Never really thought about it but I have few interests (family being an obvious exception) that don't revolve around beekeeping.
    I guess that might seem sad to some folks but I'm alright with it. I totally gave up on sports years ago when players refused to play a single season for more than I will earn in a lifetime. Not much else gets me wound up like bees. Gardening I suppose, if that's considered a hobby.
     

  3. G3farms

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    Feeding cows, mending fence, bush hogging, farm equipment repair, cleaning out fence rows, feeding cows, hauling hay, watching for trespassers in the hay fields, squirrel hunt, feed cows.
     
  4. Big Bear

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    Perry, I know how that goes. Heck, my whole business revolves around beekeeping and pest management (it comes back to bees at some point though).

    As a small business owner, I can identify with G3 in putting in many hours taking care of business (or in my case, "beesniz") at the same time, I have one of those brains that NEVER turns off and so I find myself compelled to find something to occupy every waking moment (and many moments I shouldn't be awake but still am.)

    As for that, the Gaming thing is also a way of making a minimal bit of money as I have sold adventure modules that I have written for the game. That said, I don't do it for the extra money. (no there there is much) but just to spend some creative, fun time with my kids.
     
  5. Walt B

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    From November until April Cornell Lab of Ornithology has their "Feeder Watch" program. 2 consecutive days each week you record the number and species of birds visiting your property and report back to Cornell. They use the information to study changes in migration patterns, population changes, etc. We count on Saturday-Sunday since those are the days I'm home all day.

    Also, I enjoy getting (or trying to get) close-up photos of the birds.

    Other than that, shred, remodel, repair equipment...usual home/farm stuff.

    Walt
     
  6. blueblood

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    I turn writing pens on my lathe and research/read garden and now bee stuff for the next season. The lip balms are providing a little hobby and extra money maker.
     
  7. Slowmodem

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    For the past 5 years or so I've averaged over 1000 hours overtime at my job. And my parents moved up to the other house on the property, so I look after them somewhat. So hopefully when I retire (or hit the lottery) I can get back to making music. :guitarplayer:
     
  8. Noronajo

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    I make pottery- I have three wheels and a kiln in the garage and installed a sink in there this summer. Til then I washed equipment in the hose out front but with cold weather I'd have to quit. Now I can throw pots 'til it's really cold, then glaze and fire. Trying to come up with a good design for a honey pot.
     
  9. PerryBee

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    Don't forget to post pictures, you may have a market here that is untapped! :thumbsup:
     
  10. Bsweet

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    Shooting muzzleloaders(not the new inline stuff), Still have and use centerfire but the old style front stuffers make you slow down and enjoy life much like beekeeping. Jim
     
  11. Slowmodem

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    Now there's a good thought! :clapping:
     
  12. Iddee

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    Tinkering with old tractors, making soap, and most important,.............. Holding my pillow down so i doesn't take off.................
     
  13. riverbee

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    i was working on a post last night about what i do sometimes in the winter months, so a 'sneak preview' :grin:......

    i hand tie trout flies....
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    and i feed the birds...., errrr the critters too..... :lol:

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  14. Eddy Honey

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    I run a full service chimney sweep/video/restoration business. Naturally everyone waits until fall/winter to get their chimneys serviced.

    I think I may be busier with the bees during the colder months. Building, repairing, painting equipment, and planning seem to take longer than inspectiong the hives in the spring/summer. Each brings enjoyment and it's a nice change of pace.
     
  15. Papakeith

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    During the winter months I have a number of hobbies that keep me busy.

    Number one on the list is shooting Bullseye pistol in two different leagues in RI and CT. Both leagues are .22 only at 50 ft. It's like bowling with bullets :) 300 20x is a perfect score. My best to date is 294 with 11x.

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    Flying is always an option too. The plane really likes the cool clear winter air, and once the ice gets thick enough we get to land on the ice in NH.
     

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  16. JUDELT

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    I work at a garden center thru Dec. then i quilt, read about bees and gardening.
     
  17. brooksbeefarm

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    Farm work like G3 said, rebuilding older model Farmall tractors,(and keeping my brothers tractors going) A five acre truck patch for the Farmers Market along with 74 bee hives. Going to grand kids ball games (soft ball, basketball, volly ball) school plays and activities, and family get togethers. Repairing, making, and painting supers and brood boxes. Today i cut,split, and stacked a cord of wood for the workshop (one more cord to go) tomorrow were having our family Thanksgiving get together:thumbsup: and right now it's 11.23 pm, i'm going to bed. Jack
     
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    Man, I'm envious! How long have you been flying, Papkeith?
     
  19. Minz

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    Wood working, I got a couple of Morris chairs that I have on the bench from last winter. Built an apple press and made a used dining room table into a coffee table already this year. Generally I would say duck and bird hunt but I have only been out a couple of times this fall. I am having real motivational problems.
     
  20. barry42001

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    I start vegetables indoors will plant seeds in another few weeks and harden them off by the end of february( to harden the plants is to condition them to be outside for planting.)
    By the end of February will have planted several white crepe myrtles and a few Orange Trees. Starting a chicken coop for 8 chickens.
    Barry