A Number of Hobbies Interrupted

Splurged on a LEGO set. I'm not entirely sure why it is the price it is, thirty-six dollars, maybe because it uses a large percentage of specially shaped parts other than basic rectangular blocks.
It isn't built yet, might take me a few days.
And it didn't get started on when I got it home yesterday, too much fatigue from running a couple errands and then doing a couple activities like as if I was still healthy.


Building models has been a hobby since I was 5 years old, over half a century ago.
Typical subjects have been; airplanes, both static models and flying models, army tanks, historical and sci-fi game miniatures, flying model rockets, and trains.

But these days sometimes the concentration required for precision assembly, and/or the similar level of concentration required for the painting & finishing work, is just too much for me to do. At other times, my body isn't good for it.
Additionally, there are problems with my hands which are not from CFS/ME.

So, when I'm not good for regular model kits or scratchbuilds, LEGO comes to the rescue!
And it can also be, just because it's LEGO!
And speaking of regular model kits, that International Space Station kit by Revell of Germany is so totally not a one-afternoon project!
Ends up 75cm, 30 inches, wide when done, and that's with the people being 1/2 inch, 12.5mm, tall.
Those solar panels at ends of truss are each about the size of a Boeing 747's wing.
See second photo, which has fuselage half and a wing from the 747 which carried the Space Shuttles, a Space Station solar panel part, some people, and a Lockheed Constellation propellor driven airliner from the 1940s and 1950s, a "Propliner" as to the Boeing 747 "Jetliner". All are to same scale of 1/144.
Computer keyboard and mouse provide size reference for actual size of models.


Yeah, I'll put this in, all the Space Station parts, plus a couple of 747 parts laid out on my bed.
The model is so big and spindly it has an aluminum frame to put inside it here in Earth surface 1G gravity.


It would be cool if my place looked like a combination library and museum, but with my health the mess it is, my place is mostly clutter.
Oh well, it is what it is.
And it is home.
My home.
A new grief support group my friend Liz's church started was indeed worth going to Wednesday.
It also is in same place, the meeting room in a local bake shop, where on Saturday mornings we have creative writers group, which Liz is moderator of after Judy died in June.

Then I went to library and made 2 pages progress on my sci-fi/fantasy book I have slooooooooooowly playing at writing and occasionally rewriting since 8th or 9th grade in the 1970s.

Had taken the old blue fabric loose leaf manuscript binder so as to copy a scene from about 1/2 way point which I'd not yet gotten in to the laptop my parents gave me a couple Christmases ago.


Are a number of more pages to go with it, but I got 2 done!

At home I would have had to clear off the table to have enough room to work and that would have used up me energy to do the writing.

Also, at group, they indulged me in my reading a short 1 page section of a scene where 2 of my characters are talking about losses and their grief.

They said the scene worked and was pretty good!

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