Picking up old hobbies + my current hobbies :)

Hey, everybody! Today I am going to talk about something very frugal! And that topic is some of my old and current hobbies!

Besides being frugal, in my past, I have always been an artist. I knew that I was an artist when I first started school and I held up a piece of artwork in kindergarten and then said to myself, “I am an artist!” Not bad for self realizing a life purpose at young age. πŸ˜‰ Then later on in life when I was in my 20’s, I realized I am also an awesome cool writer as well. πŸ™‚ Still working on becoming a cool published writer though. Someday! πŸ˜€

But the frugal hobby I have recently picked back up was art. For the past few years, I was not drawing a lot of art because I was not really inspired by a lot of things in order for me to draw a really cool picture. But since recently, I decided to pick my pencil up again and start drawing artwork! I’m really excited to be able to possibly share a few of my pieces on my blog even though my blog is not really about my art. But hey, it’s my blog and doing art is pretty frugal, so I would say it fits right in. πŸ™‚ Especially if the artwork is on printer paper and can be stored away easily. That always satisfies my minimalist side of me and artistic side of me.

I have one recent piece that I will not show here in this blog post, but in another blog post series about my art. So please stayed tune for that! πŸ™‚

My art style I specialize in is traditional art. Black and white pen art especially. In the 6th grade, I was taught by a fabulous art teacher the techniques of crosshatching and pointillism using a black ink pen and it has stayed with me since. I would like to branch out into to color someday, but me and color don’t really mix. But maybe someday. πŸ™‚

I will also tell you about my current hobbies as well. One of my hobbies, or lifestyle, is also being a minimalist. Contrary to popular belief, minimalism just isn’t all white walls with white furniture or living out of a backpack. My wonderful readers, minimalism is anything you want it to be! πŸ˜€ Only having what you need and love… AΒ place for everything and everything in its place… That is minimalism to me. πŸ™‚ And I must say I roll with the minimalist wave pretty well! Although I can be a little messy at times like falling behind on my laundry. πŸ˜› But doesn’t everyone? πŸ™‚

As I have said earlier, I also like to write. Either working on my current original story or sometimes a fanfiction is something I like to do. And blogging, of course! πŸ™‚

Another hobby I enjoy participating in is reading manga and watching anime. Well, I like reading my favorite manga series more instead of watching them. πŸ™‚ I have been participating in this hobby ever since grade school and I enjoy it a lot. ❀ It is always nice to dive into other worlds and read about cool characters in manga, or Japanese comics, doing cool things. I enjoy watching anime (Japanese cartoons) as well because I am always exposed to cool Japanese music, or J-Pop songs, from anime that I love listening to sometimes. Of course, the only reason I do not like watching anime very much compared to reading manga is that sometimes anime is just an advertisement to get you to read a manga. It works a lot of the time, but it is always incomplete never finishing a series it starts. That’s what makes me mad about it. But some anime does not pull this dirty trick and actually continues a series and becomes an ongoing show. Those kinds of anime usually are some I can appreciate. πŸ™‚

Also, besides minimalism, I also like being organized. Did you know that I liked being organized so much that I wanted to become a professional organizer? Well yeeeeeaah… That didn’t happen. But I can tell you that my closet is very spick and span and you could find almost anything in it since everything is so orderly. Yup, talk about the good life right there, haha. πŸ™‚

And my last hobby is cooking! Sometimes on the weekends, I like to try out new recipes I find on cooking blogs and cross my fingers they turn out successful. Most do, but a few are duds. The dud ones always suck because you spend so much money buying the ingredients for them and then they turn out bad. I mean, really? 😑 So yeah, cooking is always an adventure! πŸ™‚

Alas, I believe that wraps up all of my hobbies I have currently! All of them are pretty fun and mostly frugal activities that I participate in! However, expensive hobbies I avoid like theΒ plague. These hobbies include anythingΒ thatΒ needs pricey clothing or equipment. Just… no. > _>

What are your hobbies?

What Did I Do/Buy This Presidents’ Day Weekend? (February 17-19, 2018)

Heya’ everybody! I hope to get things back to normal blog post wise around here this week, but I certainly was a working on some hobbies of mine all last week and this weekend! Today’s post is a special 3-day post since not a lot of exciting things happened to me this weekend, so come see what I did! πŸ™‚

On Saturday, I went to See’s Candy and got a free sample! I also tried their mint scotchmellow chocolate that was really good and tasted like chocolate chip mint ice cream! Yummo! Then I went to Goodwill to just peruse the aisles when I came across a rope cat scratcher. Naturally, it didn’t have a price tag on it, so I had to inquire somebody about that. They then came out from the back and told me it was 10 bucks. 10 BUCKS FOR A USED SMALL CAT SCRATCHER. When I can get one new at Wal-Mart for 12 bucks. Sheesh, who are they kidding? Goodwill, you are a thrift store, not a department store! As you can guess, that thing did not come home with me.

I didn’t find anything besides that though. 😦 Came home with nothing. Sometimes that happens.

Money Spent on Saturday

Two Chocolate Pieces – $1.85

Total Amount Spent: $1.85

On Sunday, LOCAunt came up to visit us for a few days and we had Chinese food for dinner! Man, was that ever good! I think I gained like 2 pounds though because I ate so much… Just gotta’ start over again I guess.Β Oh well, I think the food I ate was worth it. πŸ™‚

I don’t believe I spent any money on Sunday though. Lot’s of visiting with LOCAunt. πŸ™‚

Money Spent on Sunday

Total Amount Spent: $0.00

On Monday, LOCMom, LOCAunt, and I met up with LOCCousinJ at Goodwill for 50% off day and LOCCousinJ bought a cute pair of Wrangler jeans for her daughter, LOCCousinO! As for me, I did not find a new pea coat like jacket or shorts that I was looking for, but oh well. Can’t win em’ all. πŸ™‚

After Goodwill, we all went home and I played Mancala with LOCAunt and we each won a game! Mancala is a great way to make time pass by. πŸ˜€

Money Spent on Monday

Blue Sweater – $4.00

Total Amount Spent: $4.00

So all and all, pretty quiet this weekend! But my life is usually quiet besides shopping trips and grocery shopping, so I can’t complain too much. πŸ™‚

How was your weekend?

What did I do/buy this weekend? (February 10-11, 2018)

Heya’ everybody! Sorry for the late blog post! I had a lot of fun this weekend! Come and see what I did! πŸ™‚

Well last Saturday, LOCMom and I went up to Weaverville, CA to see the annual Chinese New Year Lion Dance! It’s the Year of the Dog, ya’ll! This year, instead of kids performing the Lion Dance, there was a Chinese martial arts group performing the dance and they were absolutely super! Really talented those people were!

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And the inside of the California State Park’s Weaverville Joss House Temple!

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Sorry for the red circles in the pictures on two pics. I just felt the need to blot out these people’s faces because if it were me being photographed randomly really well and uploaded to a blog, I would like permission first. πŸ˜‰ Didn’t do that for everyone in the pics, but I edited out the most obvious well captured faces. πŸ™‚

Also, LOCMom’s friends were with us at the Lion Dance and we had lunch together after the big show! The food was good, but my fries could have been a little warmer. Oh well. πŸ™‚ LOCmom’s friends then left and after checking out the local art shop and me hanging a memory on a Memory Tree in it, we drove home and relaxed all day!

Also bought a Starbucks’Β glass cup ornament at Starbucks for 40% off for next Christmas since LOCMom likes Starbucks a lot. It was really cute and she picked it out herself, so I just had to get it! πŸ˜€

Money Spent on Saturday

  • Starbucks Ornament – (around $4.50)
  • Postage Stamps (for leftover Valentine’s cards) – $10.00

Total Amount Spent: $14.50

On Sunday, I decided to hit up Goodwill and found two things there! A card shuffler and a shower mat. Alas, the shower mat was brand new in its package, but didn’t work for my tub floor. Booooooooo. 😦 I have tried numerous shower mats for that flippin’ shower floor and none of them have worked in theΒ past except my last one which was 15 bucks. I decided after the shower mat I bought at Goodwill that I will not be buying anymore. However, the card shuffler worked great! And I only paid $2.19 for it. πŸ™‚ Not a bad deal since they go for like 10 bucks each on Amazon last time I checked! LOCMom has been wanting a card shuffler for a while and I happily bought the one I came across at Goodwill that day. πŸ™‚

I also hit up the dollar store for a few small things as well. πŸ™‚

Then after Dollar Tree, LOCMom and I went to feed the birds! And oh my god, there were SO MANY PIGEONS THERE! Like, there was like, 200 hundred of them at least. I heard in a movie or TV show once they were called “rats with wings” and I must agree that they did act like a bunch of hungry rats with wings…

Here are three picturesΒ of all of them!

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And the last one…

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See? Crazy huh? O _O There was so many of them even the duckies and the geese didn’t want to eat around them. Little piggies!

Then to end the day, LOCmom made a nice meatloaf dinner for LOCAuntV who came over and visited with us for a bit! It’s always nice to see her and catch up. πŸ™‚

Money Spent on Sunday

  • Circle Hair Brush (OCC Gift) (Dollar Tree Item) – $1.00
  • Hershey’s Cookie and Cream Candy Bar (Dollar Tree Candy) – $0.89
  • Shower Mat (New in package) (Goodwill item) – $4.19
  • Card Shuffler (Goodwill Item) – $2.19

Total Amount Spent: $8.27

So yeah… My shower mat failed, but at least I got a cool card shuffler! Battery operated! πŸ™‚ I fear that this month may be a bit spendy, but I will try to make everything work! ^_^

How was your weekend?