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  • #1935986
    🍫Syag Lchochma
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    Let’s see how long it takes for our friends to regain their ability to have an adult conversation on a non election topic.
    3..2..1..GO!

    #1936025
    Goldilocks
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    Sure!
    What are some of your hobbies?
    How do you typically spend your time when you’re not in the coffee room?

    #1936031
    🍫Syag Lchochma
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    Hi!!!!!
    when i have the time i love making things for my kids/friends from sculpy (polymer clay) or felt. I had to stop for a decade or two whole my kids were young but picked it up again during lock down.
    When not on the CR, outside of regular household stuff, i am a bit of a book addict.

    How ’bout you? And did you find lockdown gave you a chance to find things you can enjoy on your own?

    #1936057
    Gadolhadorah
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    If you could have a private dinner with one living person (not a politician to conform to the terms of the OP) who would it be? Just to be mindful of tzinius concerns, if the person you have in mind is of the opposite gender, who would you suggest to your spouse or friend?

    #1936058
    Yserbius123
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    @syag-lchochma What type of books? My reading has slowed dramatically in direct correlation to how much attention my kids require. I like all types. Goyish, Jewish, fiction, non-fiction. (But the only Jewish fiction I read is by Marcus Lehmann.) My guilty pleasure is pre-teen science fiction/fantasy which I usually “borrow” from my kids.

    #1936067
    Sam Klein
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    “How ’bout you? And did you find lockdown gave you a chance to find things you can enjoy on your own?”

    Lockdown was supposed to be a time for all of us to make an accounting with our lives and face Hashem and his Judgement calling out to all of us including myself to come together for serious teshuva and achdus ASAP. Hashem doesn’t just shut down the entire world with a disasterous apedemic like coronavirus like it’s just coincidence. The choice is ours and there’s no one to blame except ourselves for not waking up to face reality and admit to Hashem wake up call for serious teshuva and achdus together as a loving nation on all levels from frum to frei to chassidish etc…..

    May we all wake up ASAP together for national teshuva so Mashiach can come already

    #1936086
    🍫Syag Lchochma
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    GH- I’m always torn with those questions between choosing a close friend i haven’t seen in years, or someone known who I would love to speak with!
    As I just lost a very special family friend to covid last weak, I am inclined to choose the former. My mother’s older sister is frail and living in San Diego. How i would love to spend a dinner with her!!

    How about you? And thank you, too for the question.

    Yserbius- when i read non jewish books my favorite authors were robin cook and agatha christie. I love reading mysteries, murder mysteries, medical drama (but only realistic ones) and the like. Yair Weinstock has written some phenomenal ones, but there are many others as well. I can’t lie tho, i immensely enjoyed the Bakers Dozen series as well!
    I did proofread harry potter and was totalky taken by it, and i proofread (preread?) The 39 Clues series which was fun.

    #1936091
    🍫Syag Lchochma
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    “My guilty pleasure is pre-teen science fiction/fantasy which I usually “borrow” from my kids”

    Did you read percy jackson?

    #1936094
    ujm
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    What if your hobby is politics?

    #1936170
    Goldilocks
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    Anyone here like horse stories?
    I’ve read the “Heartland” series by Lauren Brooke; they were extremely enjoyable. I also read the “Thoroughbred” series by Joanna Campbell.

    #1936171
    Goldilocks
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    Besides being a serious book addict, I enjoy having lots of hobbies! I love cooking, baking, working on jigsaw puzzles, various craft projects, and playing chess. In the summer I enjoy bicycling. I’m also a bit obsessed with roller coasters. Ever since American Dream opened, I’ve been trying to work up the courage to try out their big, scary coaster…so far that hasn’t happened.
    One hobby that’s somewhat taken me by surprise: Pre-corona, I was really not the clothes-conscious type, preferring comfort over looks. I can’t believe how much I really like collecting pretty face masks! I enjoy wearing them, and am often eager to dress up and show off my latest style.

    #1936230
    🍫Syag Lchochma
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    I love jigsaw puzzles! I am picky about the pictures but to me it’s like a comfort food, there was always a puzzle on the coffee table. In my present life there is no ‘safe’ space for puzzling but we did do quite a few during lockdown.

    #1936258
    Yserbius123
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    I love cooking too, but I have a bad habit of experimenting and making a mess of things so I’m banned from the kitchen for anything other than garlic bread and veggie omelettes, both of which I’m great at.

    Board games! I forgot about board games! I am a board game addict and it’s getting passed on to the next generation. Good thing they are big and expensive so we don’t buy too often.

    Libby Lazewick is probably one of my favorite frum fiction authors, maybe because she writes what she knows and (usually) doesn’t try to mimic goyishe technothrillers and mysteries.

    #1936286
    charliehall
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    “What type of books?”

    I am a big history buff. My big project right now is a thick history of the British Parliament written by Chris Bryant, Labour MP from Rhondda, Wales. I’m to the time of Henry VIII; the level of cruel violence during the roughly 250 years preceding makes me think that Edward I did us a favor by kicking us out of England on Tisha B’Av of 1290.

    #1936321
    🍫Syag Lchochma
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    Yserbius- which board games? I loved board games but my kids are not so i just dream about them. Faves include: pente, payday, carreers, inventors game, masterpiece, risk, ticket to ride, 1313 dead end drive…. 🤔 what did i leave out?

    Charlie- my father a”h wold have enjoyed a schmooze with you. He was a classmate and close friend of berel wrin and loved all his books and tapes. Personally I prefer reading the DSM and neuropsych case studies to history.

    #1936360
    Yserbius123
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    @charliehall Any particular region or era of history? I think I have a bit of a phobia of history books from years of my father insisting that I read “something intelligent” (which could mean anything from a 100 page “Mary Queen of Scots for Young Readers” or Benzion Netanyahu’s mammoth “The Origins of the Inquisition in 15th Century Spain”). Though I do make an exception for Israeli or Jewish history. I prefer science and math for my non-fiction reading.

    @syag-lchochma Oh gosh, you name it. Chess and Rummikub are never off the table (literally). Our latest acquisition was “Smallworld Underground” which is a ton of fun. When the kids were off for the pandemic, I started a game of “Dungeons & Dragons” with them which is an experience I firmly believe every parent must have.

    #1936364
    🍫Syag Lchochma
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    Rummikub! Another winner. I will have to look into Smallworld Underground, I’ve never heard of it. My brother used to play Dungeons and Dragons with friends every shabbos afternoon, but that was 35 years ago and I don’t know if there was a board involved or just dice.

    #1936367
    commonsaychel
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    Love reading, mostly history and Grisham, Travel, Off-roading, X-C skiing, cooking and gardening

    #1936374
    Little Froggie
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    I’m here.

    Haven’t caught up yet to all the things I needed to do… Maybe a few more lockdowns…

    #1936380
    🍫Syag Lchochma
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    Common – any type of gardening in particular or just all of it? My husband is into wildflowers, I prefer veggies. And you?

    #1936385
    ubiquitin
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    Syag

    I loved Masterpiece havent played in years I search for it from time to time it always goes for > $100 on amazon/ebay if you ever get bored of it can cash in .

    We got the game pandemic recently . Interesting game Family has been enjoying it , kids feel like understand the idea of lock down containing disease etc cure vs eradicating And it you dont play against each other all play together against disease lose together or win together .
    Lots of fun

    #1936391
    🍫Syag Lchochma
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    Im pretty sure my brother bought the game on ebay but he wouldn’t have paid more than 30. It was years ago, the pandemic has really upped the prices. Puzzles were either sold out or way over priced.

    I saw pandemic but didn’t know what it was. It sounds fun. Especially now, thanks for the suggestion.
    Gosh, besides being pleasant this thread has also been useful!

    #1936440
    commonsaychel
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    @syag, Veggies and its very seasonal

    #1936455
    Yserbius123
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    I think there’s something like 17 versions of “Pandemic” out there. It’s a very popular game. I never played it, but I’ve played “Forbidden Island” by the same author which is a similar game. It’s co-operative, everyone works together to stop global pandemics by traveling around the world, building hospitals, and researching vaccines.

    The latest versions to come out are a series called “Pandemic: Legacy” which are a fascinating new idea in board games (and great way to get peoples money). Every time you play the game, the rules change permanently. There are cards that are added or removed, stickers put into the instruction manual, and little boxes with new pieces to add. And the rules are different depending on how each game turns out. After ten games the rules stop changing and you end up with a unique board game that no one else has. Then they came out with three sequels to “Pandemic: Legacy” that tell an ongoing story about the pandemic so every year you have to buy the next game.

    #1936456
    Gadolhadorah
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    Since we have relatively limited space and an interest in oriental landscaping, we have focused on our Japanese dwarf evergreen gardens more so than usual. We typically make a trip every year or two to several nurseries in the Northwest to get ideas and occasionally add a new specimen. We’ve given up on trying to grow vegetables due to a combination of limited sun (too many really big Oaks and Poplars) and a really insolvable deer problem. Also, a lot more cooking at home has opened the door to a plethora of previously unknown (to us) special kosher food suppliers.

    #1936461
    🍫Syag Lchochma
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    I’m almost healous of your deer problem. Here the veggies get eaten by squirrels, possum and racoons. Everything else goes to the rats. Blah
    The only thing oriental about our landscape are the made in China riding toys on the lawn.

    Yserbius- that game sounds right up my alley, i love the mental twist of new rules. Not up for buying a new one each year tho, sounds like catan.

    #1936462
    🍫Syag Lchochma
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    Goldilocks- what kind of crafts (if you don’t mind saying)? Did you ever do lanyard? I learned all the stitches and loved making things but never really found a use for the finished items. As an adult I try to make things that are somewhat functional.

    #1936464
    Goldilocks
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    Commonsaychel and Syag: Do you have any garden – defense tips to share? I used to enjoy growing vegetables until a few years ago, when some groundhogs destroyed my fence and ate all the plants. I would love some advice on getting it started again.

    #1936477
    commonsaychel
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    @ Goldilocks a .22 or a big dog works wonders

    #1936478
    Rabbi_Cohen_NJ
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    I got back into my old hobby of coin collecting . I enjoy rhe history behind the coins.

    #1936596
    Goldilocks
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    Syag: Knitting, embroidery, hook rug.
    I don’t know how to do lanyard.
    Commonsaychel, that sounds scary! Is that what you do?🐕

    #1936620
    commonsaychel
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    [email protected] Scary from the woodchucks prospective, works wonders to preserve the plants. Try Fox urine that you can buy at a garden center but not as effective as my first two solutions.

    #1936672
    🍫Syag Lchochma
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    Commonsaychel is more knowledgeable than I about gardening. To share advice i was given, plant mint around the garden. Don’t know if it works for groundhogs tho…

    #1936677
    Gadolhadorah
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    We have tried fox and coyote urine, moth balls, and just about all the chemical irritants known to science (fencing is not a practical option given the property configuration) . Nothing works when you have an overpopulation of deer in semi-rural area where hunting is prohibited and few natural predators (other than vehicles which are not so natural). I wish there was some way to “capture alive” and find some local shlachthous with good hashgacha to provide venison.

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