When I was in my early 20’s, I was in the Navy. I was also newly married and I had one child and one on the way. One morning a career counselor for the Navy came by and gave me a questionnaire; one of the questions stumped me. It asked, “Name your Hobbies.” I didn’t have any hobbies. I felt as if I was missing something – maybe I was incomplete somehow.

However, work, school and my family kept me busy, so I stopped thinking about it, and went on with my life. Even some of my buddies in the Navy had hobbies like: fishing, hunting, biking and hiking. I just went home and went to work.

Japanese Maple Bonsai

It wasn’t until I was out of the Navy and living back in Arizona, my wife decided to get me a book on bonsai. Our third child – our daughter – was about a year old when my wife purchased for me my first bonsai. I was so excited – after a month it was dead. I tried again, and killed another tree. After about five trees, my wife asked me when I was going to stop killing trees. Finally, after about five years of killing trees, I had one successful. We moved back up to Washington and my oldest brother – due to carelessness, broke my one successful tree.

I still do bonsai, and I have picked it back up with vigor, since COVID. However Bonsai is not my only hobby.

 As I have written before, I am a musician. I love playing music, listening to music and I miss performing. My oldest son bought me a mandolin for my birthday several years ago. I have stopped and started several times. However, my main instrument is my bass, and I was able to get that last father’s day. It is one of my greatest joys to sit down with my son and gig with him.

I love to fish, or as my wife likes to tease, I love going to a lake and feeding the fish. I have only caught one fish in my time as an angler, but I still love getting out into nature and casting a line. My wife and I did a lot of “feeding fish” last year. I don’t know if we are going to go fishing this year, but it was a lot of fun spending time with my wife last year camping and fishing.

I love to paint as well, and for my last birthday, my oldest daughter bought a painting kit. I started to learn to draw about the same time that I was learning bonsai (killing trees). I have enjoyed my painting, and I think I have gotten better over the years.


How can I forget my brewing? My second son got me started into that, he brews Kombucha, but my wife and I like the taste of Jun better. I try to keep plenty on hand, but sometimes it isn’t that easy. I have killed one of my Scobies, but other than that I have been pretty successful with my Jun. I also have started brewing some Mead. We shall see what that is like. However, it does take patience.

Lastly is my writing. Which, because of this blog, I do almost every day. I caught the writing blog when I was studying for my Master’s in Psychology. I was doing a lot of writing, and when I could not complete my Master’s Degree, I kept writing. I decided to write a novel. I got up and wrote at 2:30 in the morning, and had a goal of writing 2000 words a day. 

My novel was a terrible disappointment, but I made it through. I don’t know if I will ever write another novel again, but I will say that I do still love writing – or as one of the blogs I follow says – I like punching those damn keys.

I have a lot of interests these days. It is kind of funny – looking through the pins I have pinned in Pinterest, you can see what interests me at which time. There are things I would still like to do, but with taking care of my granddaughters, cleaning, cooking and writing. I do not dare take on something new. What are some of your hobbies? Leave a comment below.

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