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Updated on October 21, 2016
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I learned about making sheep's wool during my stay in South Africa. An interesting process to oversee.

My experiences

Olives picked and ready for milling.
Olives picked and ready for milling. | Source
Walnuts picked in September.
Walnuts picked in September. | Source
Acorns on  the oak tree.
Acorns on the oak tree. | Source
Walnuts dried   and ready for eating.
Walnuts dried and ready for eating. | Source

Walnut picking

Stay Active daily

Daily chores are small and are not effective if I am not using my energy, and prefer to stay active and carry on each day with activities that burn out energy.

Sedentary lifestyles make me lazy and inactive.

Sitting at the computer and browsing online does not appeal to me.

Occasionally, I do browse on-line this happens on cold, windy, and rainy days.

On sunny and clear days I like the outdoors.

September is the month for picking figs. Most people dry figs in the sun the natural way.

The days spent outdoors is a happy time.

  • Also, the season for walnuts.

I picked walnuts in September, when I noticed the squirrel pick the nuts first, I knew it was time to get up there and pick our share of nuts too.

We left more than a dozen walnuts for the squirrel.

The black small squirrels with a white patch down the middle of its chest, it is very fast in running up the road to hide the nuts.

I watched the squirrel many times carry a nut from other trees close by and the small creature disappears past us to its den.

We are in it the way of the squirrel.

A few times the squirrel dropped the nut and it did manage to hop after the nut, find it, and off it went with the nut.

This happens while crossing the street or when a vehicle suddenly speeds by.

The noises of the vehicle disturbs the route of the squirrel. An interesting pass time.

Often I see the squirrel hop about on our oak tree. I tried to get a photo but not clear enough.

The squirrel is fast and cautious of its surroundings.

In November I prepare for olive picking, an active approach. I don't climb up step ladders, or trees. I pick wherever is reachable on the much lower branches.

Around these times the weather is great, sunny and clear skies.

I enjoy such activities.

I often make nut liquor from the green walnuts nuts when picked at an earlier stage.

This year I let go of that thought.

I peeled off the green skin from the walnuts to allow for a better product in the winter.

The peel on the shell if left on causes mold and the nuts don't dry as well.

Nuts were picked at a much later stage when fully grown.

Olive picking is an energetic activity as when picking the nuts.

  • I found another activity!

Acorn picking is one of my best activities. An annual activity and keeps me on my toes.

I call it an activity because I am active and enjoy the new developments each day.

To be involved in an energetic activities is a great idea to avoid growing fat and unhealthy.

Walnuts are a main ingredient in Christmas cakes, and makes a good snack.

Pickled walnuts is another idea if you have the time.

Olives are picked when green, or when gone dark in color.

If picked when green the oil is bitter.

When olives are picked ripe or dark in color the oil is not bitter.

A local oil mill down the road is where we had our olives milled for the extra virgin oil.

Olive oil is used for cooking, pickles and for a good skin tone.You can have a smaller tummy if you had one teaspoon olive oily daily.

Acorns can be eaten but I am sure you won't take a chance on that.

For centuries pigs ate acorns and in some places pigs are fed acorns even to this day.

  • I enjoy picking acorns!

Our oak tree on the side of our drive way has more acorns than last year.

Each time I pick an acorn the next one falls off the tree.

I spend an hour, sometimes two hours picking acorns.

I prefer to be outdoors on sunny days.

Exploring nature is a wonderful part of my day.

I came across a pretty picture of mushrooms and had to capture the feature.

These mushrooms are not edible!

My new discoveries have taught me of the surroundings I sometimes take for granted.

I feel fitter and alive when outdoors.

I noticed a change in myself since spending more time outdoors.

I feel relaxed and less stressful.

Too much time spent indoors can make you feel like a couch potato.

I chose to be this way.

I am responsible and reliable for what I make my life.

Winter in Croatia as most people complain of is depressing and boring.

I don't see that way.

When you think of life as boring and depressing you will lead your way to that feeling.

I chose not to think of boring.

Seasons are different times of each year.

To feel happy and alive you got to make that life for yourself.

The five month of winter in Croatia can make one feel bored and depressed. During which time I make sure my days are occupied with some activity.

When the weather gets rough and cold I stay indoors.

I don't allow the winter days to get to my head.

I spend time reading, watching movies, baking, cooking healthy meals and with good conversations.

Playing card games or board games is still a good idea for me.

Since September I got occupied with small activities. My daily schedule allows for a positive meaning.

The choices you make changes the way you think about life.

You can choose to go the negative way, or the positive way.

I chose to make my life a better one in Croatia.

Some people don't know how to cope with boredom.

The simple chores around the home can allow for active days and meaningful moments.

Winter activities are interesting if you make the approach with a good mind.

In January it gets very cold and snow falls around the area is a great experience.

The outdoor activities are mostly gardening and farming.

The attitude plays an important role.

Lifestyle changes are enormous, and when don't know how to grasp these moments with a clear mind everything can fall apart easily.

I didn't understand many challenges and events but I decided to take on these challenges with a positive mind.

The climate in Croatia is different to the one in South Africa.

Sunshine all year round in South Africa in Croatia summer and winter is Mediterranean weather and not what I had experienced from before.

The little things I do for myself to be happy and active shows me that person I did not know in my past.

Experiences are not always good or bad sometimes in between.

Some people I know do get bored in the winter and complain lots of the summer days. It is either too hot or too cold.

  • Life is what you make of it!

  • It is easier said than done!

People get bored at work or at home.

The idea is to be happy with new beginnings and make your life happy.

It is easy to fall into the old boring routine of things. Change that attitude!

Bring on a bright idea and be creative.

I learned to do different in my daily plans, getting up each day with a new agenda.

Whether a rainy day or a sunny day I know how to keep my mind occupied.

The long winters in Croatia can be very cold and make outdoors impossible.

When I have such good days I make sure to enjoy the activities to the fullest.

Olive Picking

Winter activities

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Acorn Picking

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I hear people say they are bored and I don't understand. How can someone be bored with life? There is simply too much to do and enjoy....love this article.

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      Daniel J. Belcher, jr. 18 months ago

      Excellent article with many ideal for staying active.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 18 months ago from The Caribbean

      Devika, you share the crux of the matter right here. "The idea is to be happy with new beginnings and make your life happy." You seem to enjoy a good environment with lots of wholesome activity. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Craig 18 months ago from New York

      What great, and productive activities you have. I would love to be able to pick walnuts. I'm not to crazy about olives, but then there is olive oil!

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful pass times with us.

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      CrisSp 18 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Pickled walnuts? I've never heard of that but sounds interesting.

      Good vibes in this hub. I'm pretty sure I'd enjoy those activities too specially exploring...love exploring!

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 18 months ago from Norfolk

      DDE

      Hi Devika,

      I very much enjoyed this article. It is one of your best and is spoken right from the heart. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 18 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I feel the same as you. I get bored if I'm on the computer too much. I enjoy TV and reading. I also like to travel south in the winter. I am an avid bird feeder. I also enjoy keeping my home clean and decorated for the different seasons. There's too much to do to be bored. Life is to be lived.....

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      John Hansen 18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for sharing how you keep active Devika. It was interesting to share in all your activities. Well written.

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      Devika Primić 18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi billybuc You are right! There is too much to do in a day. Thank you

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      Devika Primić 18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Daniel J. Belcher, jr. thank you for stopping by very much appreciated.

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      Devika Primić 18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello MsDora thank kindly for stopping by. I enjoy the activities very much.

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      Devika Primić 18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      tillsontitan thank kindly for commenting. Have a lovely weekend!

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      Devika Primić 18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Cris Sp Thank you for sharing your views here. Walnut pickles are a great idea but I let that thought go. I enjoy snacking on walnuts. I enjoy exploring nature.

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      Devika Primić 18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Sallybea So glad you came by. I enjoy exploring outdoors the little activities make me feel great. Thank you

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      Devika Primić 18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      always exploring, Thank you kindly for stopping by. It is such a pleasure for me to take part in these activities.

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      Devika Primić 18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Jodah Thank you for sharing your comment here. I appreciate your time.

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      Dave 18 months ago from Lancashire north west England

      Your love of life and love of nature are intertwined in this well written and heart felt work,which was a pleasure to read. Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi D.A.L. thank you very much for an encouraging comment. I enjoy reading your hubs.Always informative and interesting to learn of the different plants and birds.

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      Reynold Jay 18 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      It makes good sense to me --the picking of acorns, walnuts, and more. It sounds easy to describe it, but I know from picking blueberries that it is great exercise and exhausting! Little wonder workers are paid to be "pickers." Great article.

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      Devika Primić 18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Reynold Jay thank you for commenting I appreciate it.

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      poetryman6969 18 months ago

      I am not sure what one can do with acorns. I had heard that native Americans used acorns for food but that they require extensive processing.

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      Devika Primić 18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      poetryman6969 Acorns are eaten as survival food and does require a lot of processing. The acorns are rinsed out in water numerous times to get rid off the bitterness. Thank you for stopping by, always appreciated.

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      FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA

      This was enjoyable. The olive picking sounds very interesting. We often don't think about where the olives come from and how they get to our table.

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      Devika Primić 18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi FlourishAnyway So glad you stopped by. Olive trees are unique and I like the evergreen trees. Thank you for commenting.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 16 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Not getting bored is all about being active with one pastime or other or working and what best way to do it than outdoors with the cool breeze or the mild sun falling on oneself.

      Good to see you enjoy being out and enjoying whatever you do.

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      Devika Primić 16 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      rajan jolly, Thank you for stopping by always appreciated.

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      RTalloni 16 months ago from the short journey

      Staying busy and balancing sedentary activities with livelier pursuits is a healthy lifestyle. Whether it is simple chores or seasonal projects, it's important to plan ahead and be brave about doing new things, as you mention.

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      Devika Primić 16 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      RTalloni thank you for sharing your comment here I appreciate you stopping by.

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      DREAM ON 16 months ago

      DDE You have found wonderful ways not just to keep busy but to exercise and stay healthy. Great tips for all of us when we get bored. Thank you for such an interesting hub.

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      Devika Primić 16 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      DREAM ON thank you for stopping by always appreciated.

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