I know that the stroke people can not really get into any of the crafts I talk about, but I'm hoping that it will give some ideas to caregivers who find themselves at home more, and may need something of their own to do.
So Aug 2015, I begun to have some time to actually DO something and began to crochet again, and think about all my crafts I hadn't really had time for since Feb 2012. Then this Dec 2015, I decided to get into tatting. Since I had to learn it from scratch, it was something that took all of my attention. It had been a long time since I had time to lose myself in an interest (that was not cleaning of some kind!)
I haven't read much lately, I had a spurt of reading on my kindle, and got lots of free books - there is also a free kindle ap from amazon, if you don't have a kindle, so you can still read books for free (or buy others). I get a list from bookgorilla.com of types of books I'm interested in and many are free, others discounted. When I first started reading, I only had time for a few sentences at a time, but eventually learned I could read (or crochet/tat/knit/whatever) after he went to bed, so got into it more. This seems obvious, but in the beginning I was too tired to not crash every time he did. Not now, I have time because I'm not as tired, unless something obvious, like weed-eating all day, ha, ha.
Here's a sample of something I tatted recently: