spare time, a brace and a bit, an entirely new groove
Very often just ‘puttering’ around the house or yard, mowing the lawn, tinkering with an automobile, or making playthings for the children, will give the mind the mind the desired relaxation...
I know a woman who just loves to ‘putter around’ as she calls it. Her hobbies consist of
sixty guinea pigs,
thirty cabbage plants,
and three children...
Your mind travels in an entirely new groove.
Rowland Haynes, sampled from
Albert Sidney Gregg, “Making Use of the Hours that Go to Waste. An interview, on the value of indulging in a good, live hobby, with Rowland Haynes, graduate of the Invisible University of Spare Time.” in The New Success (Marden’s Magazine, Orison Swett Marden, editor), 5:1 (New York, January 1921) : 105-108, 153 : link
same (via hathitrust) : link
Albert Sidney Gregg (1866-1929), author of Ways that Win in Church Finance (1902), Methodist minister, anti-saloon activist, writer in periodicals.
Orison Swett Marden (1848-1924), New Thought-oriented inspirational writer; wikipedia :