I’m just wondering what hobbies people have and whether you’ve had to acquire new ones or adapt your old ones as your MS progressed.

I used to love hiking but can’t do it any more, so I sit on the back porch in my rocking chair and watch nature from a distance. I bought a decent pair of binoculars and have begun paying attention to the various birds. I also set out suet blocks so I can bring the birds to the porch without having to deal with heavy bags of seed.

I’ve also gotten back into my childhood hobby of stamp collecting, but I can’t help but wonder how long I’ll be able to handle those little pieces of paper.

Hi Norasmum, I read and watch tv…I did like cross stitch, can’t anymore due to painful/spasms in hands, I did jigsaws, can’t seen to do them anymore I too like watching the birds and my hubby feeds them on my behalf…nature is so lovely, roll on spring.

Jean x x

Hi, i used to like walking, reading and cross stitch but i cant do them - i still read abit but it has to be something light hearted and doesnt require much concentration. My daughter keeps chickens so they are most of the birds i get in the garden, they are quite funny to watch. I still work so when i get home im ready to watch tv and chill. I would be interested in any good ideas for the future

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I’ve become the same way with books! I’ve always loved to read, and when I bought my dream house the first thing I installed were a dozen bookcases, but I’ve found I can’t read any more. Once in a while I can do a light, fluffy romance or murder mystery, but nothing that requires any thought. Very frustrating.

Hi NorasMum and others,

Put as a list:-

  1. I like watching wildlife from my kitchen .

  2. Doing crosswords online - guardian does good quick or cryptic ones that you can check your answer or it fills them in for you.

  1. Reading my kindle - hand strap on the cover makes it easier to read. Can change print size, font etc.

  2. Doing jigsaws - just done a lovely one with whimsy shapes , animal shapes, very clever.

  3. Online games like solitaire or mahjong.

Used to play bridge at a bridge club. As my hands deteriorated I used a card holder. Finally had to stop as it took me too long to sort my cards and brain fog hindered me too. Sad having to stop but Covid did that anyway!

Used to make my own greetings cards but sense of touch gone so quite difficult.

  1. Anything that I can do while sitting down with a coffee and a biscuit!!

Interested to hear other peoples hobbies


I’m fortunate that I still have the use of my right hand so cross stitch is my main hobby. I have a fancy frame to clamp the hoop to which will come into its own when i can’t hold the hoop any more. I can’t hold a book now so my kindle is invaluable. Plus when I’m awake in the middle of the night, I can read without disturbing my other half. Jean, I used to love jigsaws as well and recently came across A marvellous on line site with free jigsaws of differing complexity to do, either on a tablet or a PC and you don’t have to log in or set up an account. I’m now doing a couple a week. And on the days when none of the above appeal, you can’t beat a good old box set.

Have you seen the seat stands? I find the floor frame quite difficult to use. Same position as you, still have my completed ones to enjoy one of which is much admired, the millenium one, took me ages!

We’re in our 40s as well and take COVID very seriously. I wouldn’t necessarily call them “hobbies”, but I’ve been doing the following new/different activities in these last 10 month: - Cooking new dishes more & trying new ingredients I’ve never had before. Going on drives. I want to start walking around some outdoor areas like the zoo & outdoor shopping malls. Help my fiance with college task - he wanted o use My fiance’s gotten back into plane modelling a little, which he always loved. Maybe start some bicycling, but I’d have to get my bike from my parents’ garage & fiance’ would still have to buy one. Also I’ve always liked photography…even took a course in college, so when I go places, I’ve been taking more photos

I keep up with the forum and am awaiting a good new series on TV.

I used to paint watercolours and may dig out my art stuff.

It was a nice thing to do because my cr*ppy hands could still make a picture even though I can’t sign my own name!

I try new ingredients. A shop just across the road sells gnocci and it is lovely pan fried in butter and garlic. In fact I’m going to get some once I feel up to facing the pigging weather. I am grateful for the sheepskin gloves I bought 2 years ago!

Like Jen (Goldrat) I enjoy coffee and biscuits, later on I enjoy a gin and tonic.

My kindle is the best thing i ever bought.

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My hobbies are many & varied. I like playing the piano, guitar, harmonium. I am an avid reader, I love water sports, sailing, cycling, walking my dogs, playing casinor games, travelling & meeting people from different countries.

I love long walks very early in the morning. Mornings are just so beautiful… Especially if you live in a nice area with some nature around. In the evening i mostly watch some episodes, sometimes at night too if i find something very interesting. I’ve even purchased myself a new device for that - firestick (my best’s friend recommendation). My newest hobby so far - baking :upside_down_face:, i can’t live without a nice cookie and recently i started to bake them myself. It can be a really fun thing to do, especially if you have a friend over!

For me it’s enough to stay outside, that is, I live right on the edge of the forest, and every morning it’s quiet, and I rest, and sometimes I miss the noise, and I go to clubs, to look at the asses of women or young girls who are looking for a man with lots of money XD. Besides walking, I love playing at a casino sometimes, usually at Sports Betting & Live Odds | Sports Bet Quick & Easy with Leon these days. That’s not as interesting as dating girls, though, which attracts me more than playing at a casino.

Hobbies wise I do a lot of cooking & baking, yoga, meditation, I volunteer at a local Centre, exercise (when I have the strength!).

I also enjoy watching good tv series & movies , reading, and going to acupuncture once a month.

I think it’s so important to have hobbies , no matter how big or small.

Hi. Over the 20 plus years I’ve had MS, I dabbled in many hobbies is short story writing… don’t have the stamina or patience for a full length novel…quilting, rag doll making…carry cots and bedding for dolls…aprons…bags…cards…bookmarks… jewellery…drawing…Now my hands and fingers aren’t working right, I have little ability for anything much. I used to see for hours but now just 30 minutes is enough. Last year I joined in the massive brigade of masks makers. I made. 60. Also made 40 cushions for charity and friends. I read a bit too. Keep looking and you’ll find something you enjoy xx

I study foreign languages, travel a lot, make music - I play synthesizer and sing (if no one can hear), knit everything for free in winter, train my cats and dog, ride a bike, run in the morning. I used to sew a lot, but now I’m too lazy to buy any clothes. Now I’m into collecting 1000-piece puzzles and making paintings out of them. And I started exercising more regularly and went to the Finnish sauna every Saturday. I feel great.

I run marathons. I have completed 5/6 World Majors and I’m currently training for another to qualify for the Boston marathon. MS is a bit of a hinderance when it comes to running fast, but I’ll give it all I’ve got.

I have a few favorite hobbies. The first is cooking. I really like when my friends come to me to taste a new dessert or a delicious dinner. The second is writing music. I do it exclusively for myself and my loved ones and they really like it! And the last is drawing. It takes the most time so I don’t always have time to study and turn to for help. I don’t know how to draw people very well, but I can draw animals, nature and buildings quite coolly. I am happy that I have things that I like to do because without them I wouldn’t be so interesting to live

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I love buying old things: furniture, jewellery, home appliances, children’s toys. I spend a lot of free time checking different auctions and reviews about them here and second hand markets and looking for an interesting things to buy. Everything in the top condition of course. I have few very good pieces at home which i want to keep for the next generations in our family.