Hobbies

Blog Every Day in November is a challenge hosted by Elizabeth of Rosalilium a lifestyle blog.  Today’s topic is hobbies.

Hobby is an interesting word.  It was originally hobby-horse.  One of my hobby-horses is my fascination with words.  I wrote about hobby-horse in a post on my blog about words, Sue’s considered trifles.

Apart from blogging about words, using words and doing crossword and other word (and number) puzzles, I have other hobbies.  Any activity done for its own sake rather than to earn a living could be described as a hobby.

So my hobbies include reading, writing, music, languages, knitting, sewing and other crafts.  I also enjoy playing games, such as Scrabble.

I enjoy walking in the countryside and by the sea looking out for interesting flowers, fungi, birds and butterflies.

My hobbies which are receiving the most attention at present (apart from blogging) are knitting, sewing, reading, puzzles and music.

People who can do something they enjoy as a means of making a living are very fortunate.  Almost everyone has to do some things they do not really enjoy.  Perhaps this is good for us as it helps to build character.  If we do something we’d prefer not to have to do with a cheerful attitude rather than a resentful one, we may come to enjoy doing it eventually!

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Z is for…

Zebras in the zoo (short for zoological gardens) have this advice.  “These animals are dangerous.”  I like to read it aloud to rhyme with: “These animals are kangaroos.”

Zero and zilch are nothing.

Zone and ozone are useful in Scrabble as are zo, dzo, dzho and zho which are various spellings of the same animal’s name.  Another permissible word is ozones.

A zany has a zest for life and may be zealous, if not a zealot.

Zechariah and Zephaniah were Old Testament prophets.  Another Zechariah was the father of John the Baptist.  His prayer is the Benedictus I mentioned in B is for… Luke Chapter 1 tells the whole story around the births of John and his relative, Jesus.

Zacchaeus was a little man, but not overlooked by Jesus.  Luke 19:1-9

Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega (The first and last letter in the Greek alphabet). Revelation 1:8
I hope you have learned more about Him and know Him better through this Blogging from A to Z.

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Playing to win

When I was a child my parents did not allow me to win at board games unless I deserved to.  I suppose I was fairly competitive, but they challenged me to try hard and improve.

Nowadays the game I play most regularly is SCRABBLE.  I mostly play with (or against) members of my family.  I always check the board very carefully to see where I can make the highest score.  Rearranging letters on my rack helps me spot the possibilities for playing the coveted seven letter word with its fifty bonus points.  If I can make it into an eight letter word going from triple word square to triple word square I have the score multiplied by nine!  (It has happened occasionally.)

I also try to play in two dimensions so that I can add the score from at least two new words.  Sometimes two or three letters can be placed alongside existing words.  This style of playing tends to add to the challenge and clog up the board.

My target score is over 300 when playing against one opponent.  I expect the combined score to be over 600 and am disappointed when it is less.  Sometimes the score is over 700 as in a recent game where a total of three turns resulted in all seven letters being played.  (Yes, two of them were mine!)  I keep a reference book to hand and perhaps do not use it strictly within competition rules!!

So in response to the daily prompt my response has to be SCRABBLE!