In SoCal we get some sun during the winter but not every day. It's off-road season here and that's more fun in the rain. That helps alot but I'm not independently wealthy so M-F it's work.
Gaming helps, I just got my 10 year Helmet from XBox live.
I also took up welding, got a cheap flux core wire fed welder from Harbor Freight. Practice, Practice, Practice. Things are no longer falling apart but they are not pretty yet. If I find enough things to work on I might make the move to a true MIG with more adjustability. In the meantime I am working on mastering the art of not blowing holes in thin metal, thick(er) stuff is easy. Obviously the cheapo welder will eventually be a limitation and I'm not working on anything that will save someones life (or not).
BTW - The wife is understanding about the "man" things, especially going 150+ on a race track on the CBR! Probably because I'm doing that for my mid life crisis instead of looking for younger women.