Friday, January 23, 2009

A Cabin Fever Friday Five

I host the Rev Gals Friday Five this week.

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.

Here are mine. Now I just need to DO them!

1. Have a party. I'd like to have a beach party if my house were larger. Without the beach of course, but with towels, tropical music, summer food, and so on. Alas, my home is small. My backyard is large, but parties in the snow are no good...

2. So many a small dinner party. Bright colors on the table, flowers (from the supermarket), happy food, fun and games.

3. Movie night with girlfriends...popcorn...pajamas...sappy chick flick or two...problem is I have to get Ken out of the house.

4. When we lived near Minneapolis we'd go to the Como Park Conservatory. I posted pictures of a winter trip there a couple of years ago. It is fabulous to go inside a humid space and see brightly colored flowers and lush greenery. I haven't found a local place that fits the bill, but I do think a trip to The Domes in Milwauikee (not all that far away) is in order soon.

5. Indoor games are a must...dig out the Monopoly, or cards, or whatever you can find, make buffalo wings and other junky food and have fun.


Terri said...

when my kids were little we played a lot of board games....scrabble, rummikub...I like the idea of an indoor beach party!

Sally said...

Oh Singing Owl I wish I were close enough to join you for a movie night I have a suspicion we'd get along fine.

Elaine (aka...Purple) said...

Combine the dinner gathering with games...and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

Lori said...

Party!!! That's a great idea. I like the beach party idea.

Movie nights and board games.

Boy if we were neighbors there would never be a dull moment.

Julie said...

We sometimes will have an indoor picnic...just spread out the blanket on the living room floor and eat right there. Cold weather makes one creative! Thanks for the fun today with today's five! :)

Anonymous said...

The games are fun...tonight was our night for "Shrek Monopoly"!

Ruth said...

Hmmmm... This weekend I'm moving 45 miles north. That should make for an interesting winter adventure. At the very least we'll have good stories to tell down the road a bit.

Another thing to do this weekend, which I can't cuz of the move, is to go to the snow sculpture gardens in St Paul. Granted, you have to live in the Twin Cities area but if you don't have the good fortune to be here, you could make your own. Might make for an interesting neighborhood project. See who can build the most interesting, tallest, etc.

Diane M. Roth said...

movie nights! can I come over?

also, liked #5. :)

RevAnne said...

Like the idea of a movie night. A friend suggested a "Mamma Mia" sing-a-long...I'm ready!
And yes, you probably do need a dog!