That’s what this winter has been around these parts. Brutal. Polar Vortex. 6 snow days. Ice. We’ve seen it all! Kids climbing up the walls. Messes piling up along with them. If you’re in the same boat and had it up to here like an 8 ft. snowbank then keep reading to learn how to beat this brutal winter.
Keep On The Sunny Side
We should heed the advice of Mary Poppins: “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down…” In this case the medicine is this brutal winter and the spoonful of sugar is humor.
Here are some ideas:
Is having to shovel record amounts of snow every day interfering with your life? Are you getting tired of being stuck indoors to workout? Why not solve both problems by multitasking shoveling with exercise. Consider it a great way to get in shape for swimsuit season, because yes, it is right around the corner.
Show Old Man Winter who’s boss with the boss workout below. Not only will you get in great shape you’ll also turn this boring task into something fun.
Surviving School Cancelations:
I think we’ve had a weather-related cancellation every week since winter break! Here’s hoping the kids won’t be in school until 4th of July!
At first my kids were excited for a snow day. We did art projects, baked cookies, conducted snow related science experiments and played games. It was as magical as the glittery snow falling outside.
Then we had our 6th snow day. The kids were like “
No one wanted to do anything. I was tired of trying to entertain them and they were tired of being entertained. Have your kids been home a lot more this winter? Is it worse than summer time boredom?
Scrap the Pinterest ideas! Time to get real. Here is the real survival guide for snow days this winter:
Don’t Get Frostbit By Polar Vortex
How cold did it get by you? In my neck of the woods we tanked to -46 windchill -32 actual temperature. We set records!
Did you know when you’re setting records you can still live life to the fullest? How do you do that? Take advantage of all of the cool things (no pun intented) you can do when it’s this cold.
Blow bubbles outside and watch them freeze.
Enjoy playing with snow from the warmth of your home thanks to poorly insulated doors.
Boil water and watch it freeze mid-air when you throw it outside.
My favorite, make soda and beer slushies in minutes.
Cure Cabin Fever By Tearing Apart Your Cabin
Stuck inside and tired of staring at the same walls? Maybe it’s a perfect time to change your scenery. That’s what we decided to do. Hey, we’re not going anywhere why not?
On a whim, we decided to rip out a low hanging cupboard that annoyed us. Then we decided to pick a new paint color for our kitchen because we never cared for the color when we moved in. And why not add buying a new buffet, start refinishing it, and install new pendant lights. Repainting the cabinets will happen too.
If anything taking on a project helps pass the time when daytime TV just isn’t cutting it.
I think we can all agree winter 2019 is proving to be hard. We can grumble and complain, but that doesn’t change the weather if anything just puts us in a bad mood. I hope these ideas
If all else fails I highly recommend reading “The Long Winter” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. At least we don’t have to worry about quilts freezing overnight and having to dig out trains stuck in the snow to get food to an entire town. Talk about a brutal winter!