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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In the digital age, we have more hobbies and interests available than ever. Even our favorite pastimes like reading books and watching television have changed. The Internet. Social media. Digital photography. What’s next for you?

For a long list of modern alternatives, take a look at this list: http://www.notsoboringlife.com/list-of-hobbies/

What is your short list for 2012 and beyond?

 

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If these are the top 50 hobbies in the world, what are your top five?

Reading
Watching TV
Family Time
Going to Movies
Fishing
Computer
Gardening
Renting Movies
Walking
Exercise
Listening to Music
Entertaining
Hunting
Team Sports
Shopping
Traveling
Sleeping
Socializing
Sewing
Golf
Church Activities
Relaxing
Playing Music
Housework
Crafts
Watching Sports
Bicycling
Playing Cards
Hiking
Cooking
Eating Out
Dating Online
Swimming
Camping
Skiing
Working on Cars
Writing
Boating
Motorcycling
Animal Care
Bowling
Painting
Running
Dancing
Horseback Riding
Tennis
Theater
Billiards
Beach
Volunteer Work

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After soundly beating my buddy in a game of chess, I got excited to do a little research on some of my hobbies. Enjoy!

Chess Openings: Sicilian Defense

The Sicilian Defense is widely considered the best defense against white’s e4 opening move. Here we discuss various lines in the sicilian defense and key concepts to consider when you play the sicilian. Make sure to check out more great chess content…

fish on.: Ole Ray!

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The past two days Tony and I guided a group of guys on some morning fly fishing trips. We have been getting started early to beat the heat and the fishing has been great. Once the sun gets up high the bite has been slowing

Trials Riding on Killer rocks in Moab – Jeremy VanSchoonhoven

This video features my good friend Jeremy VanSchoonhoven. He was a finalist last year on America’s Got Talent! He is a professional Trial Bike rider. He performs all over the world. And you can book him for an event through his manager. Here is her c…

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Making Heirloom Jewelry

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Making Heirloom Jewelry. Jewelry and Coffee with Rena Episode 6. by Rena Klingenberg. What makes jewelry heirloom-quality, and a look at three heirloom jewelry items from my great-grandmother.

Tropical Turquoise Bracelet: Mokume Gane – Jewelry Making Journal

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by Lorraine Vogel. (Delray Beach, Florida). This bracelet is made of polymer clay. The turquoise, blue, black and white pattern is created using the mokume gane technique of layering clay, stamping it and then shaving off the stamped

Handmade Jewellery Making Design Pendant Temprell

Commissioned handmade pendant in silver, 22.60ct blue topaz, pearls supplied by customer. Any piece of jewellery can be repaired, re-modelled, handmade or designed on CAD using matrix. All work is carried out on the premises by our team of jewellery …

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