Active, I enjoy a nice hike, a long walk on the beach, museums and art galleries, horseback riding and working with my llamas, yet occasionally a good book will grab my attention. I love music and prefer playing cards and board games to watching basic TV. However, on occasion, a great movie with some popcorn or a bowl of ice cream is also a good way to relax after the day! Another past-time is to set out on a day trip without an agenda, stopping as the whim hits! I have found this to be a great way to go antiquing.
In addition to working about our small farm, I volunteer as a coordinator for an international exchange program, placing students with families and often hosting the program chaperones. I have been active in this endeavor for over a dozen years and enjoy the interaction with other cultures.
Partially due to my exposure to different cultures I am rather eclectic in my food choices; rice noodles, seaweed wraps, udon noodles, Indian curries, garam masala, chorizo, et cetera, all find their way into my pantry. I know my way around the kitchen and thanks to the many chaperones I have hosted, I can cook several Japanese dishes, some Russian foods, Thai cuisine, a few Greek appetizers, Spanish dishes and a myriad of totally vegetarian dishes. Having grown up on the coast I also learned how to cook seafood (love shrimp and choppiano) along with the standard American fare.
In the slower times of the year when the farm does not demand attention, I dabble in jewelry making and the fiber arts (using some of the fiber from my llamas) to create items such as felted purses, scarves, and wall art.
A daily motto of mine is to laugh often, dance when I can, sing (usually in the shower) and live each day to its' fullest!