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Tractorholic
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Well I have lost interest in my tractors , and even the drive to go look at them and see what I can fix or improve... I feared a time like this would happen but was hoping it would be later rather than sooner.
So if you don't see or hear from me you may know why.
 
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Give it a little time, Keith. I'm going through a bit of that right now, but it's more from being unable to do a lot because of the weather. The main focus has shifted to getting the trailer fixed before the real cold hits our area. I have too many unfinished projects, at least in my thinking.
 

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Keith,that has happened to me before.I got over it,and I suspect that you will too.
 

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I go through periods of time like this just about every year. My advice would be to take some purposeful time off from them and get involved with something else. Maybe a project in the house. Something that will beat the winter blues and get your mind and hands working. Give it until spring before making any decisions. If you still feel this way in April or May, well then maybe your interests are being pulled in another direction.

I'm going through a period right now where another hobby has crept in and is taking much of my time. The trouble is, I'm really enjoying it. I haven't been out to work in the shop for well over a month and I'm ok with that. I don't see the tractors leaving any time soon though. I've tried to sell all of them and go a different direction at least a half dozen times. That's when I usually end up buying another one. Take the time now and see what happens. We'll be here when you get back.
 

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I think all of us can relate to what Keith is feeling at this time. Taking a break is ok and actually a good thing. This does not mean you are done with the GT's but you are just charging your battery. Hang in there!
 

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Yea like the others have said it's just winter blues . Come spring you'll have a yard project that needs a special attachment/tool or some other feature that your GTs don't have and then you'll be back in the shop again showing us that great fab. work that we all have seen come from you , Al
 

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Winter doldrums? I find I drift in and out of some hobbies but have more or less been at the GT thing pretty consistently for 2 years now. A break away from it will be a help. I find that when I am using them during the summer months I am much more interested in working on them. You may want to give some thought to a change within the hobby to another brand which means lots of new stuff ot learn. Or perhaps you have a dream tractor that you've always wanted. Now may be the time to start looking for it!
 

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It never hurts, to walk away for a while, and regroup. I'm guessing Nikolas

has your attention. That's great. Family first.

When you think you might want to fire up the GT hobby again, maybe a

good way to get motivated, is to pick a "Tractor of the Month" theme that's

coming up, and bore right into that project.

Pop in and say Hi.
 

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We all need "mental health breaks" from time to time. We do the things we have to and try to do the things we want to. This time of year with much less sun light is depressing for many of us. It is a physical condition that causes mental symptoms. We probably should be hibernating.LOL

Find something else for awhile that works for you. I read alot of books at this time and putter in my basement. A multivitamin may help too. Try not to make big changes at this time of year. They are often regretted.

Good Luck to all of us.
 

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It'll pass Keith...guaranteed! We all go through it more than once! Besides, it doesn't mean you have to stay away, as we are just as much a social group as anything. You have issues, then we're here to share them with, compare notes, get therapy from friends. :thumbs:
 

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Been there many times over the years.The good thing is that tractors always have a way of getting you back onto them and of course doing repairs/modifications to either them or the attachments.Its good to have other hobbies as well,kinda gives a person a break from doing the same thing over and over.Doing different things and trying to solve different problems,helps keep our minds active and possibly keep us from getting poorer minds later on in life.Some how no matter what I always tend to come back to working on tractors eventually.Going to try and start finishing off my basement starting next week.Its been on hold now for 19 yrs.Its about 1/2 done,guess whats pushing me is that our grandson wants his own living space and has been asking about moving downstairs.So figured may as well get to it and getter done.Larry
 

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Yeah I don't know if my interests are Ecclectic or Fickle? I have hardly touched the GT's since I got the 1500. But when it comes to getting them ready for mowing season I'll get back to them.

Have not had any of my rifles out of the vault in over two years and am getting the urge. The same goes for my metal detectors? Have to keep mixing things up to prevent Burn Out! This is more than a GT Forum, it is a Social Club.

I may have other interests but check in often to see what everyone else is up to.
 

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Keith as everyone else has said we all go through this from time to time and it is good to take a break from it. You have a new family and I'm sure that has your interest and that is great! That's the way it should be, but also think about the great time's you will have with Nikolas working on the tractors.

You also have a wealth of knowledge so weather you work on them or not, we still enjoy your input and comments. Above all we enjoy your friendship. So go enjoy your new family and have a great time, but please pop in once in a while and let us know how your doing.
 

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This happened to me recently. I sold EVERYTHING. A few months later I traded my 4 wheeler for a tractor. My problem ending up being redundancy of working on Garden Tractors because it got to the point where there challenge was gone. I figured I would step up to something larger but I am finding out the little garden tractors and BIG tractors are one of the same. The main reason I got into the GT's is because I enjoyed getting something that was junk and bringing it back to life.
 
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