Us Our Hobbies

“Love endures only when the lovers love many things together and not merely each other.”

So... What Is A "Hobby"?

Hobbies are practiced for interest and enjoyment, rather than financial reward. Examples include collecting, creative and artistic pursuits, making, tinkering, sports and adult education. Engaging in a hobby can lead to acquiring substantial skill, knowledge, and experience. However, personal fulfillment is the aim.

What are hobbies for some people are professions for others: a chef may enjoy cooking as a hobby, while a professional game tester might enjoy playing (and helping to debug) computer games. Generally speaking, the person who does something for fun, not remuneration, is called an amateur (or hobbyist), as distinct from a professional.

An important determinant of what is considered a hobby, as distinct from a profession (beyond the lack of remuneration), is probably how easy it is to make a living at the activity. Almost no one can make a living at cigarette card or stamp collecting, but many people find it enjoyable; so it is commonly regarded as a hobby.

Our Hobbies
We just need more time!

We raised a herd of Chihuahua's and were quite busy with other activities like chasing the grandchildren!  We though that once retired we would have time for everything! Phooey, we are so busy we are gone 15 hours a day.

Sue has recently gotten into oil painting and playing the folk harp! She also collects dolls with an emphasis on Muffy Vanderbear and her friend Hoppy!   While the painting and harp would have been wonderful, her back surgery did away with the possibility as holding her arms up for extended periods of time because impossible.

Hobbies "come and go" depending upon what one is doing with their loves so we have current hobbies and those which have gone ontp the "back burner".

Ballroom Dancing Keeps Us Busy! And Dance Clubs Keep Us Busier!

Dancing As A Hobby
We love dancing!

We ballroom dance all the time and took lessons locally for akmost twenty years!! 

We have danced for almost thirty years and we enjoy the friendship of other dancers plus the opportunity to get out and move!

We danced at Disneyland every week in the Carnation Plaza. Three sets (45 minute dance periods with 15 minute break) and we are ready to head for Catal at Downtown Disney and then to home.   The concrete/marble floor finally got to us so we switched venues.

We now dance at the Phoenix Club on Thursdays followed by the Elks lodges in Santa Ana, Garden Grove, nand Newport Beach.

We are members of four private dance clubs which meet on a regular basis for dinner and dancing to live music!

Vegetable Gardening

Raising vegetables is a hoot! - We raise vegetables in our front and back yard because it is interesting, fun, and keeps us away from the TV!!!!! We raise artichokes, peas, beans, tomatoes, squash's), strawberries, lettuce, peppers, tomatillos, etc. 

We are now planted for this season... Great thing about California, we can have tomatoes in November! We just redesigned the back yard to have raised beds making it easier for us to manage the work!

A vegetable garden (also known as a vegetable patch or vegetable plot) is a garden that exists to grow vegetables and other plants useful for human consumption, in contrast to a flower garden that exists for aesthetic purposes. It is a small-scale form of vegetable growing.

A vegetable garden typically includes a compost heap and several plots or divided areas of land, intended to grow one or two types of plant in each plot.

Many families have home kitchen and vegetable gardens that they use to make food. In World War II, people had gardens called 'Victory Gardens' which provided food to families and thus freed up resources for the war effort.

With the increased interest in organic and sustainable living, many people are turning to vegetable gardening as a supplement to their family's diet. Food is grown in your own backyard, uses up little if any fuel for shipping, and the grower can be sure of what exactly was used to grow it.

Cooking!

Cook! Cook! Cook! Gee!!!... what a way to go!  Marry someone who's hobby it is to cook... and not only cook... but cook vegetarian (otherwise Paul would be 800 pounds).

Vegetarian = Ovo-lacto which means dairy products are fine! A lacto-ovo vegetarian is a vegetarian who is willing to consume dairy products (i.e. milk and its derivatives, like cheese, butter, or yogurt) and eggs. Lacto- means "milk" and ovo- means "egg".

In the Western world lacto-ovo vegetarians are the most common type of vegetarian. Generally speaking, when one uses the term vegetarian a lacto-ovo vegetarian is assumed. Lacto-ovo vegetarians are well-catered to in restaurants and shops, especially in Europe and metropolitan cities in North America.

Golf, A Most Challenging Sport!

Oops

We play severak times a week at our country club, Old Ranch in Seal Beach, and as of this date, Paul has yet to "beat" Sue in a game of golf! We both shoot in the 90's (Paul high; Sue low).

Our vacations must have golf built into them so we spend a fair amount of time in Hawaii and Mexico.

Previous hobbies were, except for cruising, fairly limited as we weeked 60+ hours a week leaving little time for other things!

Traveling The Seven Seas

The Crystal Harmony We cruised whenever we could. We picked the ship by the dancing facilities and capabilities and the destination is secondary! Most of the time we select the Crystal Cruises.

Visit our vacations homepage . We have gone to New Zealand to Australia , crossed the Atlantic several times, been to Iceland, South Pacific and the Panama Canal and Alaska .  so we can complete our around the world target.... a few miles a time! We have been on about 35 cruises and plan to keep going.

Muffy (Vanderbear) Bears

The Vanderbears

Sue's collects and otherwise takes care of her Muffy Vanderbear family !  They change clothes every month into their "outfit-of-the-month".  Muffy and her mom and dad currently live with us!