Electronics projects: state variable oscillator, ultra low distortion (-120 db or better), based on a design published long ago in Audio Magazine; just the bare board for which I finally scrounged enough parts to assemble. Except maybe two opamps out of eight used. Verifying performance will be tough.
Repairing two audio power amps, including a GAS Son of Ampzilla which I updated from the original--it doesn't work right and my old Leach amplifier--another Audio project, and resurrecting a Heathkit AA-1800 audio power amp that's missing a major part
Modifying outdoor FM antenna (easy), building very high gain FM antenna from scratch, based on a Peter Korner design (hard, much tubing to precisely cut, insulators, no money for parts )
Other projects on-going but stalled for lack of motivation and money. Cleaning up my ever-messy bench and workroom, maintaining geriatric test equipment, always on-going
Learning more electronics theory: always on-going and I'm a very poor student, I think due to ADD
Just deal with it, dude. You don't need medication for any of that shit. I went off depression medication years ago and pulled myself out of it. I also haven't medicated my ADD in about 7 years. I dealt with my own shit instead of using my "problems" as excuses and crutches. You create your own happiness. Get to it.
FL> I subscribed to PE until it folded, and quite a few other electronic/audio magazines. Had to get rid of most of the collection when I moved west. My oldest and last remaining subscription to the Audio Amateur died last year thanks to poverty, and my electronic projects have similarly stalled because of no money for parts. I make do with resources on the Internet (diyAudio.com) and attend a local audio club, if I can afford the gas money.
No idea if there are any art groups that meet around here; I know of local artists on DA but I can't afford to attend area conventions where I could meet them, apart from Donna Barr. She's...intense. Scary intense.
I've tried for decades to deal with depression, nothing has worked. I no longer believe anything can be done for it nor for ADD. It has affected every aspect of my life, and if I can't learn to cope with it, then nothing will change for the better. I can't emphasize this enough. I've spent too much of my life just passively toughing it out.
Getting employed is my current priority, a great source of frustration and despair in itself. Been the VocRehab route, essentially useless.
Is there a life drawing class in your area that you could join? It would definitely benefit you for multiple reasons, you would get more in touch with your creativity, you would learn the skills you need to draw representational art, AND you get to socialize with other people. Life drawing groups vary in age, from teenagers practicing for college exams to seniors who want to take up a new hobby...