Lately I’ve come to a realization. I’m not yet 50 but my hobbies have turned into the hobbies of someone much older.

Many evenings my choice of entertainment is working a puzzle and watching British mystery shows. Not to mention the fact that I collect antique tea sets and have them scattered on shelves around the house as well.

I’ve been hooked on the puzzles since a hibernation vacation near the beginning pandemic. I can’t even tell you how many I’ve worked over the past year or more. I even got six puzzles for Christmas. One was an “Elf” puzzle that took a week because it was one of the harder puzzles I’ve finished.

The mystery shows, however, are all thanks to my mom. She has a few subscription services that have them on it and I’ve watched them with her when I’m down at her house. And to be honest, now I’m hooked. If I watch one at her house I go back and catch what I’ve missed once I get home.

Her favorites are shows like “Vera,” “Shetland” and “Midsomer Murders.” There have been so many murders in Midsomer I’m not sure why anyone would want to live there.

Some of them are your typical cheesy who-done-it shows. Others are very well written and addictive.

I enjoy British shows in general so I’ve noticed many people in these shows that I’ve seen in other shows. When I watch with mom it’s like a game of “what show did I see that person in.”

I may have the interest of someone older than myself but I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ll confess, it’s relaxing. Most of the time, in the midst of the murder mystery, you get glimpses of the English countryside speckled with sheep and cottages. The subject matter may not be relaxing but the scenery is. I can imagine myself sitting in a cottage with that kind of view.

With all the craziness going on in the world today, everyone needs something relaxing, something they can do to calm the nerves and distract from the craziness of the day.

For me, I have my mystery shows and puzzles. I feel older just typing that sentence. But that’s OK, it gives me a small glimpse into the hobbies some take on in retired life. A life I envy about my mother by the way. She has no schedule, no alarm clock and her time is her own to do with as she pleases. That retired life is how she’s been able to binge mystery shows that she’s been able to introduce to me.

Some of my hobbies may be a bit old school but it helps me keep relaxed in times of chaos.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1416 bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1416 bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.