Friday, January 23, 2009

Cabin Fever Friday Five

Singing Owl poses this F5:
Sorry for the late posting! My daughter's car won't start, and I just returned from driving her to work. I think she made need a block heater. Speaking of that...
Here in snow country we are settled in to what is a very long stretch of potentially boring days. The holidays are over. It is a very long time till we will get outside on a regular basis. The snow that seemed so beautiful at first is now dirty and the snow banks are piling up. Our vehicles are all the same shade of brownish grey, but if we go to the car wash our doors will freeze shut. People get grumpy. Of course, not everyone lives in a cold climate, but even in warmer places the days till springtime can get long. Help! Please give us five suggestions for combating cabin fever and staying cheerful in our monochromatic world?

Wow...that doesn't happen here on the Crystal Coast. But we did spend 5 days trapped in Virginia Beach with no power following Huuricane Isabel some years ago. Even had a wedding in the middle of it. So here are some thoughts from sunny-coastal-land:
1: Time to dust off the board games and coloring books. Seriously. You can regress and be silly, or you can produce a work of art to brighten things up.
2: I'm a crafter, so time cooped up at home is project time. Scrapbook. Crochet. Paint. Do whatever seems like fun.
3: We do have grey days. I tend to want to wear a lot of reds--somehow that cheers me up. Maybe add red accessories to the house?
4: We eat well when we're stuck inside. I bake cookies, make stew, and there's a mean cheddar-beer bread recipe in one of the old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook that's guaranteed to perk us up.
5: When it's below freezing, which is rare, the WonderMutt can't stay out all day, as he is accustomed to. So we have lots of extra play time and cuddle time. Puppy kisses always cheer me up!

Bonus: snow pics!


  1. The snow pics were a great bonus. I used to do counted cross stitch...maybe time to do another small project.

  2. Great play!

    That cheddar beer bread sounds wonderful!

  3. Our li'l Gertie is the first dog I've been person to who actually aims for the lips when she gives kisses...she is so funny.

  4. i do decorate with red! lots of red... carpet; a throw, pillows... a chair, some garlands, some candlesticks... it works. there's no place i'd rather be than on my couch - snug in red. (but there's that sermon that needs finishing...)

  5. From reading the F.F. posts today it has become quite clear that I need to get a dog!

  6. Hooray for the cheddar-beer bread, and the puppy kisses! (Old-dog kisses are pretty special too!)

  7. I would like to try that cheddar-beer bread!


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