Top Ten Tuesday: Non-Bookish Hobbies

Well, I hope everyone voted today.  I would imagine there will be a big turn out.  I know early voting here was crazy busy.    I opted to skip all the mailing drama and am voting in person (with my mask).  We shall see….

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday has nothing to do with books.   We’re sharing “Non-Bookish Hobbies” so let’s get to know each other a bit better.

Let’s skip the politics and take a reprieve from election day and move on to happier things.  Here are the things (besides reading) that make me smile.

  1.  Blogging.  I’ve been at this pretty regularly since 2010.   Eliot’s Eats started out as a locavore blog but has now morphed into a hodge-podge with a lot of book reviews.  When I first started, I was blogging everyday and some of my thoughts were either totally inane or totally self-absorbed.  I like to think I’ve evolved…
  2. Cooking.  Obviously, this is related to blogging.   2020 is a weird year and although I’ve been preparing more meals at home (like 99% of them), I haven’t been blogging about a lot of them.
  3. Jelly making/preserving.  If I could make a living making jelly and jam, I would.  I love creating interesting combinations.
  4. Cooking contests.  I used to be obsessed with cooking and recipe contests.   I enter sporadically now.
  5. Yelping.  I am obsessed with Yelp.  2020 has put a cloud over my reviewing.
  6. Gardening.   Planting a garden was a nice reprieve during the pandemic.  Even if it wasn’t super productive, I still enjoyed puttering around.
  7. Cactus.  This is another obsession.  I don’t even know how many specimens I have.  Too many.  The greenhouse becomes more and more packed every winter.
  8. Jewelry making.  I dabble in this,  mostly in beaded bracelets and earrings.
  9. Words with Friends/Bananagrams.  I’m pretty good at Bananagrams and during family reunions and holidays my sister and I (and sometimes a nephew or two) have some tournaments.  When we’re not together, I manage with Words with Friends.
  10. Boating.  This is our most all-consuming hobby—every weekend.  Almost exactly a year ago, we bought a 41 foot, 1964, Hatteras Double-Cabin.  We have been fixing her up ever since.This was us a year ago, before we moved it from one state to our own.This is our big-beast-of-a-boat-baby on the water.

Someday will have to post before and after pictures of the cabin.  We’re doing a lot.  The good thing is it runs and we are able to enjoy her on warm weekends.  But, even if we’re at the slip, I still enjoy the time spent there, reading and just enjoying the quietude.

Next week’s TTT topic is “Books that would make great song titles.”  Not sure I’m that creative so I will probably skip out that week.  I will definitely participate in November 17’s “Characters I Would Name a Pet After.”  I wonder if authors are included in that particular list—like T.S. Eliot.  Then, there’s all the names from Book of Practical Cats.  But, I’m getting ahead of myself…

TTT is hosted by Artsy Reader Girl.


I have to throw one bookish thing in this post:

Hot off the press!  I am soooooooooooo excited!!!!!!!!!

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