Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Baby, It's Cold Outside! by Syndi Powell
How I wish I could feel like this pup in the snow and cold. Instead, I'm more like this:
If you live anywhere in the United States (except for Hawaii), you're experiencing record low temperatures. Here in Michigan, our high temperature for the day didn't even reach zero. It's cold outside! Schools have been cancelled for almost the last week because of the snow and cold which has led to cabin fever.
So what do you do when it's too cold outside? Here's one of my favorite ideas:
Some of my favorite afternoons are spent cuddled around a quilt with a cup of tea and a book to read. However, if you need some more ideas to avoid cabin fever, here are a few:
1. Play catch up on cleaning, sleeping, organizing, etc. There's always something that need to get done but you've been putting it off. A snow day is a good time for this.
2. Watch a favorite movie or TV show to use as research. What makes it your favorite? The story/characters/images? Why does it work?
3. Crochet, knit, quilt, embroider, cook, paint. Sometimes our creativity needs a different outlet than writing. And speaking from experience, I've brainstormed ideas while I'm pushing my needle through fabric.
4. Playing board games are great ways to foster family togetherness while encouraging competition. During a power outage, my family once had a marathon game of Monopoly.
5. Read, read, read. We love to write because we love to read, and having a day when you're stuck inside is perfect for that.
What about you? What do you do when it's too cold outside?