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post #1 of 7 Old 01-25-2020, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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What R U Trying—Part 2: Hobby as Neurobics

HOBBY AS NEUROBIC EXERCISE

Got pocket-sized book for 2018 Christmas, called KEEP YOUR BRAIN ALIVE: 83 Neurobic Exercises to Help Prevent Memory Loss & Increase Mental Fitness. Book says use all five senses in ways to build new or stronger connections in brain with an amazing graph showing how unusual experiences light up and build new areas of the brain.

On next to last page (long time getting through if few days practicing each suggestion), the “neurobic exercise” is titled Start a New Hobby. Authors mention: Fly fishing, archery, photography, woodworking, cooking; mastering new gadgets like computers and videos, musical instruments, windsurfing, snowboarding; learning to touch type if still hunting and pecking; building model cars or airplanes while wearing a patch over one eye.

Authors are men, so perhaps they’re not thinking of hobbies traditionally popular with women, such as some seen on previous HorseForum thread — gel painting, quilting, cross-stitch, decoupage. However, those seem to fit their book’s advice about using several senses and, I think, might be one reason women have previously lived longer and healthier lives than men.

It would be great if those who mentioned hobbies being tried in the earlier What Are You Trying thread, would post pictures of their projects here or tell us, since we again into winter activities, if those or new things are being tried this year. (I failed last summer in my plan to teach mule to drag travois; not much more successful at learning WordPress for new blog, see below.)

Therefore, again, am talking about my blog as I must make it my better-studied hobby in 2020 since want to encourage all again to take up yoga, which I’m sure falls into the category of good “new hobby” and Neurobic Exercise (includes 20 poses), which will then possibly lead to other healthier Blue Zone life-style habits.

My new favorite book THE HAPPINESS PROJECT, with author a very successful blogger, tells about her struggles ten years ago when she started blog. Says experts told her you must post every day, you must send blog link to other famous bloggers, you must write for publications. She did. All sounds like more work than I want to do. For now, will concentrate on figuring out how to find section on WP telling me if any real readers or just robot scam-type readers which ask me to link to their pages.

As said before, hope others will post with pictures about what they tried since last post or will try in 2020. I’ve never said before, but hear real yoga pros saying — “Namaste!”

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Very kind of the HF SuperModerator to help make post fit guidelines and to tell me that a signature line could be added with my blog’s link, which is NOT commercial at this time (perhaps someday if anyone interested in subject of health and I write persuasively, since retirement income would be most welcome), but for now only published in hopes of encouraging people to live healthier, perhaps join me in my attempts to do so, since spending 20-years in eldercare gave me an inside look at what kinds of things might be down the road if we don’t try harder to have healthy lifestyles. Will be interesting now to see if I managed to go into CP and get “signature” figured out. As said before, so much to learn!

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Learning WordPress is Slow

As said earlier, my hobby for this year will be to focus on learning how to blog better using WordPress. An important part of blogging is supposed to be seeing how many people have visited.

Even though I searched to find out what kind of “widget” to add so that I can see how many people have visited, I ended up frustrated after two hours of watching WordPress videos and still no closer to figuring out how to make the visitor count show up. Other people do it, it can’t be that hard! Oh well, leave it for another day when more time available. Time to call farrier, see if still able to come out since shelter-in-place and only essential travel orders.

NOTE TO ALL: This link was added as a separate thread, as it seemed important to me to tell people what I read about hobbies being VERY valuable to keep mind active and brain strong as we age. Therefore, I’ll add to this thread every once in awhile to make sure it doesn’t deactivate, but would like to encourage others to add their hobbies here, too. Let’s keep both Hobby threads alive!

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NPR Requests Isolation Songs

“I Am, said I, to No One There,” (Neal Diamond), I sing as red-tailed hawks circle overhead and screech “We see you!” to affirm my being.

Went well with morning reading from Mark Nepo’s AWAKENING book, which told me
is the “speaking of one’s heart,” which makes us human.

That thought goes well with hiking down hill and thinking what to write each day in my blog called Healthy2aHundred.

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Birds Don't Need Ornithologists to Fly

I woke this morning frustrated by my lack of website skills after seeing son’s gorgeous 3-page wedding invitation site. I want immediately to make a beautiful thing like that for our Annual All-family Birthday Celebration to be held on hill above house next month.

Worry is how to get birthday website made? Does son use a technical person in India that can help me? I’ve thought of that as to making my Healthy2aHundred website better; I know it’s possible, but it takes time to research.

Still feeling discouraged at lack of technical skills, I then read morning’s AWAKENING: Birds don’t need ornithologists to fly. Duh. Why not just an old-fashioned style invitation that I copy and mail or hand deliver? Stop thinking every creative endeavor now needs to be so up-to-date and fancy!

As I’ve tried to encourage with farm kids in past summers when they help me lead llamas for pack-trip conditioning — learning basic old-fashioned skills is very important. “How many days,” I ask them, “will a bale of hay last if feeding llamas 1/6th bale each day?” or, much harder, if planning to leave and preparing them to feed my dogs, I’d say, “If each morning and evening the big dog gets 1-1/2 cup of food and small dog gets 1/2 cup, how many days will a 5-quart bag of food last?” (Difficult questions for kids to answer when put on spot, but we figure it out together.)

I breathe a sigh of relief once realize I can make invitation by hand as always done before; do yoga, then head uphill with happy dog to take photo of what we call Great-Grandpa’s Memorial Rock where birthday celebration will be held for first time in 2020.

Cross fingers that paper invitation gets quickly made and sent, skies stay clear, temperatures stay warm and all stay well!
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Side Hustles for Extra Income

I’m laughing out loud when article describing ten “side hustles” for extra income during these difficult times makes it sound so easy and, most likely, profitable to simply start a blog. Happy to see that at least they acknowledge that writing frequently can be difficult to maintain.

Another side hustle there is making “niche” websites or YouTube videos. I remembered that when googled cemetery name at which I want to bury parents eventually and a YouTube video popped up to walk me about that beautiful little rural cemetery and show me that “green burials” are possible in its “meadow.” Definitely someone has found a niche, but I wonder if they are earning income from their specialty or, like me, simply enjoying the process of creating and hoping that someone else finds their information useful.

The article said under both blog and niche website that it will be profitable to offer for sale the information you can assuredly write up in a form people will be eager to buy. Dreamers, is what I think, but definitely falls into category of “trying new things” that I’m hoping will keep my brain working well for many years more.

For now, figuring out how to link newest Balance and Core-Strength Video on YouTube to home page of blog is enough challenge for me. If you'd like to add 8-minutes of exercise twice a week to your life, click on link below at signature line and try to find it so you can join me in staying healthy.

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Blog Hobby Frustrating

I got an email telling me that WordPress had “improved” things. Went into my administrator page to post about successful pack trip with 2 mules and 1 llama. Found that all I can do now is put the title in. Not able to figure out how to add text or photos of the high country. Very frustrating, since I don’t have time to be watching videos about how to use WordPress or calling their support department.

HorseForum makes it easy to post. YouTube makes it easy to post. Why can’t WordPress leave well enough alone and allow us to keep using the “old” system which was working for me?

Nothing to be done except to leave it with title only for now, as I need another llama to go on next planned trip, which is too rocky for mules to pass through.

I decide to find a nicely trained pack llama with no balking habit, since haven’t had the best luck with “rescue” or backyard llamas turning into willing packers. However, at a price I want to pay that’s looking impossible since high demand right now for pack llamas has driven prices to record levels with all selling fast.

Therefore, I’ll keep working with my second balky llama until she seems willing to work for the several hours needed on trail without refusal. Definitely blogging will wait!

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