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Old 02-08-2008, 11:37 AM   #31
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it depends on the season, so since it's winter, my favourite things to do would be skiing and solo backpacking.

skiing is a heart pounding, thrill a second rush as you try to find a line down the mountain that allows you to fly. not much of an explanation needed there.

being alone in a frozen, snow covered forest for a few days and nights is an amazing thing. once you got the basics for survival set up(shelter, fire, water, food), you get to see a side of nature that few get to experience. going solo means you're that much closer to disaster, but you also can blend in and see what things are like when no one's around. the white snow is like the canvas upon which the world is painted.
the few animals around leave tracks that can be followed (don't follow the bigger ones with claws, lol), so you can often see them doing their own wintery things.
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Old 02-08-2008, 12:05 PM   #32
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Apart from obviously cooking, what is one or two of your favourite things to do....
Great question, Cath... so hard to narrow it down to one or two.

The great outdoors... Love the beach - watching the sun rise (or set) over the ocean. Digging my toes in the sand, and having the waves wash over me. Sitting by a waterfall w a picnic lunch & a libation w a so. One of my fave places is called coffee camp (a campsite) - when the snow melts & rushes down the mountains into several pools of water - walking from pool to pool & laying out on the flat boulders overlooking the rushing water while the warm sun washes over me. Yosemite was one of my fave outdoor spots. Hiking through trails there & the Santa Monica mountains.

Dancing, the nightlife, watching fireworks, my work, watching old movies. Indoors, creating something from nothing - cooking, (watching a souffle rise), sewing, fashion design, needlework, decorating - anything creative - gives me a sense of pride, accomplishment & giving the finished project/labor of love to my friends.
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Old 02-08-2008, 12:48 PM   #33
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well expect a corn pone answer from me.
giving praise and being thankful for blessings/miracles/treaures.
waking up with all my faculties, everything in working order.
thinking of my husband all day every day.
smelling my children heads and grands.
cooking/baking/kitchening.
going into markets all around the world, food/grocers that is.
eating chocolate, smelling horses.
praying for friends/family I love.
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:21 PM   #34
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I absolutely LOVE the beach! Not just fond of it, I LOVE it! I am never as happy, relaxed, content, peaceful as I am when sitting on the beach. Doesn't matter if the water is too cold or too wild to go swimming, I'm happy soaking up the sea air, the gulls, the waves, the BEACHINESS of it all. I would rather it be a very sparsely populated beach, with no kids or cell phones, so I can enjoy the sound of the surf, but if not, then I wear earplugs.

My second favorite thing to do is hunt for mushrooms in the woods. Taught by my Polish relatives, I pick only 5 kinds that I'm sure of. It's a treasure hunt every day I go!

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Old 02-08-2008, 02:37 PM   #35
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it depends on the season, so since it's winter, my favourite things to do would be skiing and solo backpacking.

skiing is a heart pounding, thrill a second rush as you try to find a line down the mountain that allows you to fly. not much of an explanation needed there.

being alone in a frozen, snow covered forest for a few days and nights is an amazing thing. once you got the basics for survival set up(shelter, fire, water, food), you get to see a side of nature that few get to experience. going solo means you're that much closer to disaster, but you also can blend in and see what things are like when no one's around. the white snow is like the canvas upon which the world is painted.
the few animals around leave tracks that can be followed (don't follow the bigger ones with claws, lol), so you can often see them doing their own wintery things.
Just ALWAYS, leave a map with you DW to show where you will be and NEVER stray from your plans!!
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Old 02-08-2008, 03:18 PM   #36
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I love cuddling under a blanket on the couch with DH and my son, sipping tea and watching a movie.
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I absolutely LOVE the beach! Not just fond of it, I LOVE it! I am never as happy, relaxed, content, peaceful as I am when sitting on the beach. Doesn't matter if the water is too cold or too wild to go swimming, I'm happy soaking up the sea air, the gulls, the waves, the BEACHINESS of it all. I would rather it be a very sparsely populated beach, with no kids or cell phones, so I can enjoy the sound of the surf, but if not, then I wear earplugs.
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We must be related because I can't think of anyplace I'd rather be than laying on the beach. In fact, I've been annoyed that we've had warm enough weather recently that I could have been on the beach if I hadn't gotten the flu.
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Old 02-08-2008, 04:08 PM   #38
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Not sure I can narrow it down to just 2 since there are several favorite things other than cooking.

Being with the family and doing things with them is first and foremost
Sewing (includes quilting and embroidery)
Watching movies (especially in HD)
Gardening
Plotting on what to buy next
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Old 02-08-2008, 04:08 PM   #39
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For the first time in 27 years, IT AIN"T SMOKING!!
I like knitting now. LOL But, it takes a lot of patience, so, I'm just now on my second panel for a throw. LOL!!
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Old 02-08-2008, 04:44 PM   #40
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We live about 20 mins from the Hunter Valley vineyards and I love to take a drive up there, visit the chocolate and cheese shops and try wines with my husband.
Wine tasting in the Hunter Valley is a wonderful way to pass a day or two... done it many times. I lived in the area for several years (Warners Bay, Toronto, New Lambton, and Thornton) and always enjoyed a trip to the vineyards.

I now love to ski, but I don't think I'm quite the thrill-seeker as Bucky. I just love being in the Alpine environment... sure... I get a few thrills but am just as happy just going slow and enjoying the crisp mountain air. I stop frequently to take pictures. I just got back from a week in Whitefish, Montana with the Ski Club and had an awesome time. I was able to incorporate several of my 'favourite things to do'.
1. Spending time with my lady
2. Enjoying nature
3. Skiing
4. Photography

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