If you live in a winter climate like I do, you’re finding yourself stuck with indoor activities right now, so I’m going to name ten things I enjoy doing for little or no cost in the winter.These are all things that I fill my time with indoors, and each of them has little or no cost.

I don’t expect you’ll enjoy all of these. Instead, I suggest reading all of these and trying one or two of them (or more, if you like). Everyone is different and everyone has different passions.

Play a board or card game
First of all, if you associate board games and card games with endless, boring games of Monopoly from your youth, you’re missing out. Monopoly was first published in an early version in 1910. Comparing Monopoly to a modern board game is like comparing a Model T to a Lexus.

Try playing a more modern board game, like Settlers of Catan or Ticket to Ride. Look for a local hobby shop in your area and ask for a demonstration of the game if you don’t have access to a copy, just to see if you enjoy it. Board games can make for a great holiday gift.

If nothing else, a standard $1 deck of playing cards can provide lots and lots of gaming. You can play poker, euchre, pitch, bridge, rummy… the list goes on and on. There are also many, many solitaire games to play.

Read (or re-read) a book
My shelves have quite a few great unread books sitting on them, right next to a big pile of some of the greatest books I’ve ever read. There are few better ways to burn a few hours than to read a great book.

If you don’t have any books available to you, visit your local library. There are thousands upon thousands of books available there for free borrowing.

I could list hundreds of books that I’ve enjoyed over the years. The key, though, is to find something you enjoy, whether it’s something challenging or a complete page-turner. READ MORE> http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Simple-Dollar/2011/1202/Ten-free-winter-activities

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Music and singing are among the world’s most popular hobbies.

 

If you want to know about instruments that are commonly used in many places worldwide, according to some surveys, the ten most popular are the piano, the guitar, the violin, the viola, the cello, the electric guitar, drums, the flute, the clarinet, and the piccolo.

One reason the piano may be so popular is it works so well with a variety of musical genres. Experts use if for country, rock, pop, jazz, and classical. You may even have a favorite player who does your kind of music on the piano. A good player can play several chords in harmony, creating a pleasing sound. Because a player only has to use his or her fingers, and occasionally a foot, is not as tiring as some other instruments. For instance, one may tire more quickly playing a trumpet.

Guitars are also very popular, with the instrument being more recognized than any other in some areas of the United States and Western Europe. As with a piano, a guitar is used by those who want to play many types of music including country, blues, folk, rock, mariachi, tejano, and others. Another reason for the popularity a guitar may be that a novice can learn to play many chords in only hours. There are also many kinds of sounds one can play including loud, soft, harsh, loud, and tender.

http://www.callistomusica.com/2011/09/26/most-popular-musical-instruments/

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Some hobbies can provide a good source of income during these challenging times.

 

There are a variety of hobby ideas that are more enjoyable and creative to keep one′s mind and hands busy. Hobby activities stimulate people to think in an unusual way for creating various products. Hobbies are the ones that keep you busy; they are enjoyable and bring in the harmony of happiness and self contention. Hobby ideas differ from one person to another depending on their interest and lifestyle that keeps them connected with some valuable leisure time. They are more specific based on the individual, as hobby ideas differ for children, women, men and couples together.

http://www.hobbyarchive.com/

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So many people want to play music, but they have no ability, no talent and no time to learn to play a musical instrument.  I saw a great contest where people compete to play music and have fun doing it. The best part is this instrument seems to need no lessons, no training and no hassle. Tell me what you think when you see this site

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