COVID Hobbies

Author life, Contest, crafts Comments: 30

That’s a funny title. Right? It’s not like COVID is a hobby, but I do find myself spending more times on hobbies than in the past. Maybe it’s because my brain is tired, or maybe it’s because I need something that is a little more encouraging and optimistic than the evening news.

I have lots of hobbies. Maybe too many, if that’s possible. But I’d have to say my top 3 hobbies are the following:

Knitting. I’m sort of knitting like a crazy person. I’ll write 500 words, then go and knit a few rows. I’ve long been a “crafter,” and I rediscovered my love of knitting a few years ago.  Honestly, there’s just something very soothing about it. Isn’t this little dress cute? I don’t even have any grandchildren, but I’m sure I’ll find someone to gift it to.

Gardening. I also have thrown myself into more gardening this year. Now these sunflowers are just a fluke. They popped up, and we decided to leave them for the birds. But I also have squash, cucumbers, green beans, bell peppers and tomatoes.

It’s so much fun to go outside and pluck a few things for dinner. I didn’t have the time to really dedicate myself to gardening before quarantine, but now I look forward to spending a little time in the morning and a little time in the evening in my garden.

Reading. If you know me, you know I’m a big reader. Since I was pretty young, I’ve always toted home a stack of books from the library. I’m still doing it too! Recently we went camping along the Medina River in the Texas Hill Country, and you know I spent most of my time sitting and reading. lol. It’s peaceful though, and I love the way a book can take me away.

So what about you? Are you “hobbying” a little more with COVID? Leave me a comment below and you’ll be entered to win a box of books. They’ll be “back copies” which means books that have been previously released (earlier in the year or even in previous years). I’ll sign them generically, and if it’s something you already have you can gift it to a friend or library. Our winners from the last blog were Terri Schmidt, Kimberly Kiesey and Gerri Moore.  Ladies, you should receive an email from me or from my assistant, Kristy Kreymer–so check your email!



Announcements for this week

  • Security Breach will release in paperback and ebook next week. This is a compilation of all 4 of my cyber novellas. They’re good clean suspense stories with a light thread of faith in them. If you haven’t tried them, check this out! And I’ll be sending out the paperback link next week in my newsletter. For now, the ebook link to all vendors is here.
  • I just saw the first draft of my cover for Dead Broke, and I can’t wait to share it with you. This will be the second release in my Agatha’s Amish B&B cozy mystery series. The cover should be finalized in the next few days. It’s fun, fun, fun.
  • I have a Goodreads giveaway going on for Security Breach. It ends on July 7th, so if you’re a member of Goodreads, enter now! Of course you’re free to purchase a copy for a friend while you’re waiting to see if you win.

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30 thoughts on “COVID Hobbies

  1. Alice Boor

    We live in an apartment building, but we have a small container garden. Tomatoes, green peppers, and a few begonias. I like to crochet, and read! I would carry home stacks of books,too, along with my parents and brother.

  2. Linda McFarland

    I started out working jigsaw puzzles then got bored. Mainly just knocking down my TBR pile. A box of books would help to get it back to normal. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  3. Debbie Earls

    I have been spending more time in my flower beds and cooking. I have read a lot which is my most favorite thing to do. I love your sunflowers! They are one of my favorite flowers. Thank you for what you do. Love your books!

  4. Donna Bascle

    I’ve actually taken up a new hobby recently – painting. And I’m like bing learning all about it. I’ve even sold a few pieces! It’s been very relaxing and peaceful and I’m enjoying it tremendously.

  5. Janie K

    Yes, definitely spending more time on hobbies. Reading more and have made 60 plus face masks for family and friends. Started a cross stitch sampler and getting ready to cut fabric for a quilt. Would enjoy the reading while outdoors but it’s too hot here!

  6. pjkappe

    I am a 24/7 caregiver for my husband with PD.During my down time I love to read!I’ve read 30 books so far this year!Thank you for this chance to win some of your books!

  7. beth

    I loved your cyber novellas! Don’t put me in the book drawing because I pre-order everything you write!
    I’ve been reading and cooking.

  8. Liz Whelan

    My Favorite Hobby is Reading first, than Paint by Numbers second, & Word Search third. Keeps me busy while I’ve been home for the last 15 weeks. I never could grasp doing knitting. My Mom, tried to teach me when I was a kid, I couldn’t sit still long enough. LOL.

  9. CJ

    Glad you are finding many hobbies during this time! I especially love your knitting projects, and wish I could focus and stay with knitting….simple projects, but seems it is a fleeting thought before I hop on to something else, or read!
    I know you like to sew also, SO… Have you made any nice fitting face masks, w/ easy patterns? I am looking for a comfy fitting mask with ties rather than ear loops, or one to make!
    We too have a garden, but no volunteer sunflowers! With my back and knee problems, I am not much good out there! lol
    I did plant some potato peelings (with eyes), and now have more than half dozen potato plants! My hubby did the rest of the planting….corn, string beans, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers….but it was late this year as we had a very WET June with more than twice the normal rainfall! I am anxious to see IF potato peelings will actually produce potatoes! I love digging potatoes!
    Don’t work too hard and stay safe, friend!
    Blessings, C

  10. Deb Simmering

    I just bought a new sewing machine, so I have been making masks for the kids at my church, of course reading is number one, and gardening. We saw our first peppers and tomatoes coming on. We planted tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, leaf lettuce, peppers and basil

  11. Gloria A

    COVID hasn’t changed my life a lot since we are retired. I love to knit and crochet as well. I have been doing a lot of reading and working with houseplants. I have thought about starting a jigsaw puzzle. We are renovating so life is a little in a mess anyway.

  12. Pat Shrader

    Hi Vannetta!
    Reading – I had a shameful amount of unread books in my closet. Since we had to stay at home, for the most part during covid , I started in on this pile of books. I had fiftyish books, and am now down to seven. It’s been very enjoyable, and helped from getting cabin fever. Satisfying to see the pile go down, and passed them along to friends.
    Blessings from Florida! ✝️

  13. Cori Dahmen

    I love the title “COVID Hobbies” because it’s so appropriate. I’d also list reading, but I would add repurposing (taking something old, mixing it up a bit and making something pretty or useful with it) and paper crafting to the mix. I wish I could knit, but I turn all thumbs when I try. My first grandchild, Breck, is due any day and I’d love to be able knit her a dress like the adorable one you crafted. I’m determined to try gardening next summer, once our new fence is up, as I agree completely that plucking something fresh from the garden is the perfect way to dine in the summer. Happy hobby-ing!

  14. Linda Barber

    I’ve also been reading, gardening, and researching my family tree. Just recently “discovered” a second cousin — matched DNA! Researching his family now.

  15. Donna Miller

    Good Evening, Miss Vannetta ! ! ! Both my Sister and I are retired (10 and almost 5 years) so we have had extra time for hobbies before NYS PAUSE. We have been very busy since end of March when I realized our Church Knitting/Crochet group’s Mission project would most likely require more Prayer Shawls for Church family/friends for COVID/COVID Stresses, first line medical care givers and so on. The 2 of us have made at least 18 – 19 shawls since then. We are also huge readers, so we take yarn breaks to relax with some good books ! Like you, our gardens have received some extra attention. Add to this keeping up with our PT. for our total knee replacements We also watch movies, love the classics (TCM AMC And more) as we crochet. The past 2-3 weeks I have added doing jig-saw puzzles in memory of our Mom that passed June of 2017. Thank you so much for sharing your talent of writing some really great books ! I have started putting together the information I have of our family history and writing down the stories that I heard while growing up.
    Donna Miller

  16. Anne Rightler

    I’ve been sewing a bit more than usual. My latest projects have been aprons and table runners mostly to gift to friends. I picked up 4 quilts from the quilt today and need to gent them trimmed and bound. So I have a little work cut out for me to do over the next week or so. Love the little knitted dress.

  17. Melanie K

    I had a baby girl May 5, so my ‘hobby’ has been cherishing the time with her and all the snuggles I can get! ❤️

  18. Margaret Persinger

    Hi Vanetta
    I LOVE LOVE the little knitted dress! Im staying busy quilting and working at the quilt shop here in San Angelo, all between visits to MDA with the hubs. What would we do without our hobbies!
    BLessings, Margaret

  19. Marilyn Ridgway

    I have worked many jigsaw puzzles since Covid 19 started, reading and morning walks now with nicer weather. I baked and left on front porches earlier during Covid 19 shut down. I’m volunteering at our local food pantry also.
    I don’t have a good place for the front yard that would have way to much sun. I do have a cherry tomato plant in a pot that’s given me a few tomatoes already. I do have flower beds I enjoy working in besides of mowing my yard.

  20. Neva

    I’m finishing an embroidery tea towel that I started a few years back. Need to get it done. Getting too hard to see those stitches.

  21. CA

    I am so blessed to be able to have time to read after a career as a public school teacher. I just finished Dead Wrong, and I was pleased to read a novel that shows Amish folks as regular human beings and not as stereotypes. (I live very near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.) Thank you for a story that shows grace. I’m looking forward to more in the series.

  22. Sandi Jones

    Hi Vannetta!
    This was my first (and definitely not my last) book I have read that you authored. It was what I enjoy when reading a cozy mystery and even more when it has a Christian thread running through it! I am checking out which book to get next – probably the next book in this series!
    One side note – I worked with Charlie Robert’s Mom at Sight & Sound Theatre when she came to help open our new location in Branson, MO. She was a precious woman of God!
    My new covid hobby is watercolour painting! . Perhaps I should call it abstract watercolour art! It is therapeutic as I am a full time caregiver to my 93 year young Mom.
    Ok, this is getting long. Thanks for your Christian values that extend in your books! Keep up the good work!!
    In HIS Grip,
    Sandi Jones