So, what's a person to do? How can you survive a very long winter?
Here are my top 10 ways to overcome winter doldrums:
10. Get on the treadmill and walk a few miles. It does wonders for your body and your attitude.
9. Watch a funny movie. Mike and I couldn't stop laughing when we recently watched the movie "Ted". Days later we still talk about the big party fight scene...
8. Challenge your sweetie to a game of Scrabble. We have the Scrabble app on our iPads, and it's easy to play a networked game while we're each covered up with afghan's in our family room. And of course I like to win, and I might have taken advantage when my sweetie was tired and sick with a cold...
7. Visit your local home and garden show. For a few dollars you can spend hours wandering through exhibits of landscaping, beautiful flowers, butterfly gardens, hot tubs and more. My favorite part was the massage recliner where I spent a wonderful 10 minutes, almost upside down in this chair. Of course, I would never spend $4000 on a chair, but it was fun to experience it.
6. Try a new restaurant. Indy is having their annual "Devour Downtown" experience, and we enjoyed a wonderful Spanish tapas meal at the Barcelona restaurant with our friends Garth and Chris. It was my first time there, and I loved trying new foods served small plate style. Add a bottle of wine and catching up with friends, and it was the perfect recipe for a Saturday night.
5. Enjoy live music. On Sunday night we went to the Slippery Noodle, and enjoyed a wonderful meal and some great blues. And the best thing about Sunday night: no cover charge and no crowds. It was a great way to spend an evening with friends where we could actually have a conversation with music in the background.
4. Organize. Ok, I know this sounds boring, but it's such a good feeling to clean out those cluttered drawers and closets. After spending a few hours cleaning out drawers in our kitchen island, I can actually find the utensil I'm looking for.
3. Try a new recipe. Comfort foods are just what I crave on a cold winter's night, and so last week we tried a new meatloaf recipe. Of course it was a bit crumbly, and maybe somewhat bland, but we had a blast cooking together and have ideas on how to improve it next time.
2. Enjoy the beauty of a snowy landscape. Despite the white background, I am finding beautiful color in the magnificent sunsets and the bright red Cardinals in the backyard.
|Photo from gardenwalkgardentalk.com|
1. Read a book. From the warmth of my house, I downloaded an e-book from my local library last week, and I was so engrossed that I finished it the same day. Nothing like a good book to help you explore the world.
I would love to hear your comments on how you enjoy the winter. I may need some new ideas to get me through the next few months...