Splashdancer, It sounds like you have distrations that can be used on low and higher pain days. Thats great. I have a large Sudoku word book that I use mainly at night to keep my mind busy.
Pete, we all know that fishing is a great distracter for you but what makes it special is the stories that go with it. Your writing helps others as we laugh with you. It is always good to hear that you are out enjoying life even with the pain.
Chart, I had not planned on dropping by chat last night but glad I did. I once had a pastor friend who made baby blankets. He started after having surgery while recovering. Then as he would sit at the hospital with people, he would work on the blankets and then give them away to all the members of his church that had babies.
WB, I could not even imagine taking a drawing class. When teaching and using a white board, the students were very amused at my stick figures. Maybe I could teach a class on creative stick figures. I could see how the art and sculpting classes could be a strain with the back and neck problems.
Dani, I think your bumblebees are your greatest distractions. It has to be rewarding when your distractions also help with the bonding with them. When my kids were little, they always looked forward to days when mom left for shopping or errands and dad was in charge. I would set them at the dining room table and get the shaving cream out. They would draw and have fun getting it all over them. It was easy to clean up and they ngot their baths as well.
Right now I have been slowly landscaping my yard, 20 yards of dirt, 5 yards of sand, 6 yards of bark, 5 yards of rock and more plants and trees than my wife thought were necessary. That project is now complete. I have had several paeople ask if I would do their yards. I am also doing some counseling for a local pastor who is moving to a new church in May. There is a chance that I will be taking over part time at the church for a year or two after he leaves. I have also had conversations with several leaders from the denomination I am with and they would like me to think about starting another leadership school. I am taking it slowly as I see what my pain levels are and what I can do without getting back into the situation I was in before with the stress and long hours.
Have a blessed day.