Winter Madness...

@dfinster (3538)
United States
February 28, 2007 10:13pm CST
Well, it's Wednesday night ad where I live we're in the middle of another huge snowstorm. Last weekend we had a storm that left us with 13 inches of snow and the on that's starting tonight is supposed to bring another 11-12 inches. They say the groundhog didn't see his shadow and we're supposed to be having an early spring. But with this storm just 4 days after the other one it feels like spring is never going to come. The dogs is going crazy because of all his pent up energy and so is my family. We've watched just about every movie we've ever wanted to see and played every game we know a million times. We're all definately running out of things to keep us happily occupied. I wanted to know what everybody else does for fun when this happens. It sure would be nice to have a little something new to occupy these long weeks and weekends that the whole family can enjoy. Any suggestions???
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
1 Mar 07
I can suggest a couple of things. I love puzzles and never get enough of them, with so many varieties it can be fun family experience, especially when each person works on a different part of the puzzle. You could also take a trip to your local craft/hobby store to find some indoor projects. My daughter is into jewelry making the kits cost about 299 to 3.99 at Wal-Mart and make up to 5 items, once you get proficient at it you can go to the bead store and pick out your own beads and string. Their are kinds of hobbies and art projects to do in the long winter months when everyone is cooped up and getting on each others nerves. I love to crochet and there are many beginning pattern books to get you started. You didn't say if you have kids I'm just taking that family means kids. You didn't mention ages either so I don't know if these ideas will work if you have really little ones. I hope that you get some wonderful ideas here. :)
@dfinster (3538)
• United States
1 Mar 07
Sorry about forgetting to put in my daughter's age. That would've helped a little more. She's 8 and I think the jewelry making would be fun for her. After she finishes a project she can wear it to school to show her friends. I'll have to see what they have for kits like that. Thanks a lot.
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@sasklily (240)
• Canada
1 Mar 07
Winter is dragging,isn't it? And the boredom really is setting in; I'm starting to count the days left till we can expect some Spring weather. The computer, T.V., jigsaw puzzles, crafts, seem to be the order of the wintertime. Baking and filling the freezer with warm-up dishes can take up some of the time. Some casseroles, stews, soups and pies will look pretty good when you're tired from all the Spring yard work. (And don't forget containers of cookies).
@dfinster (3538)
• United States
1 Mar 07
Yeah, winter is definately dragging. I feel like if it went any slower it would be going in reverse, LOL! Jigsaw puzzles are a good idea that I kind of forgot about. My daughter really likes to do those and so do I, I'll hav to pick a few up the next time I go to town. Thanks.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
1 Mar 07
My kids love baking during the snow days. The great thing about that is...baking helps to warm the kitchen too! :) Even the little ones like helping! They will get things out and throw things away. Then they get to taste test and lick the bowl. LOL And when we are done, they get the best part...eating it! ha ha
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@dfinster (3538)
• United States
1 Mar 07
We like the baking thing too and like you said we've been doing quite a bit of it. My daughter likes the eating at th end and so do I..so much that I'm afraid I'll eventually have a hard time getting out the door when it warms up again. LOL!
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• United States
1 Mar 07
Tell you what, you send down the cold weather to me, and I will send you the warm weather we have all year around. Deal? Here are some suggestions to answer your question now. 1: Bake some cookies 2: Make dough water and flour) and build a castle together. Os somthing else y'all would enjoy. 3: Make a suggestion box together. Get a shoe box, or another large box. Paint or cover it. Then when finished, each week open it up as a family. It is a box that each person can drop a note into about anything. You read them, and they are worked on. Good or bad. 4: Take a bunch of decks of cards, and run them on the floor thoughout the house like a road. Build houses around them from the cards. It's fun and takes time.
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@dfinster (3538)
• United States
2 Mar 07
Great ideas. My daughter checked these out with me last night and she was really excited about the castle builing thing! In fact, I don't think I'll make it through the weekend until we try it, LOL! As far as the weather, I just have to figure out how to package it up and send it to you, 'cuz you can definatley have all you want. I'd be more than happy to soak up a little sun, LOL! Keep cool down there, wherever it is!
• United States
2 Mar 07
I'm in the desert of Arizona in the USA. The winter is lovely, but the summers are beastly. Hope you have fun building the castle.
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@classy56 (2884)
• United States
1 Mar 07
awww.you are getting the winter blues..an i know how thats feel.seems like this has been a long winter an i think the groundhog lied lol..you could get the stuff for everyone to start some flowers from seeds.let the kids start their own flower garden an by time spring gets here they will be ready to plant in the ground.they can even start a veggie garden.or hve them to make something to put out in the yard for this spring.have them to cut stuff up out of milk jugs an paint them an glue them on a stick.they can created there own design..this is fun to watch them do this.their minds can run wild. trying to think of stuff to make.
@dfinster (3538)
• United States
2 Mar 07
Oooooo...grat ida. I plant a ton of annuals each year in April or May. Whenever it gets warm enough. I've got a million planters to fill and 3 big flower beds. This idea can save me some money. Actually if the flowers we planted came out fairly nice it would save me quite a bit of money. Thanks a lot! As far as that groundhog, I don't think I'll take anything he says seriously again! LOL!
• Philippines
1 Mar 07
I was shocked when I heard a string of bad news taking place in various states of the US akin to heavy snowfall and some snowstorm. Since I live in a tropical country, I never had the privilege of experiencing the joys of having snowtime around. I never thought that snow can fall that hard as to cause so many road accidents and when it gets too thick, travel by land becomes impossible. Then, came the news about the devastations caused by a snowstorm. So, there are snowstorms,too! Where was I all these years? Now, I've been thinking how difficult can times be once caught in situations like this. Everyone shall be forced to stay home where the things which keep our hands full are too few. My suggestions are too few but, perhaps it will help. If you have some books around, now will be the best time to read them all. Do some knitting if it is your hobby or crosstitch. These activities will keep you busy somehow.
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@dfinster (3538)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I have 2 or 3 cross stitch projects going and am thinking I may actually finish them all before spring! You have no idea how I envy you living in a tropical country right now, LOL! Lucky, lucky!
• Canada
1 Mar 07
Honestly, we thought Spring was breaking early here. Vancouver has seen WAY too much snow this winter - the worst winter we've had for 20+ years apparently. But last night, when we headed out, we headed out right into the middle of a freak snowstorm. It put down a centimeter or so, and has all melted now thankfully but still .... it was unexpected. I used to love baking with the kids when it snowed. They loved to get messy helping with mixing and putting ingredients in the bowl and so on - and the best part of all? Scraping the bowl afterwards.
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@dfinster (3538)
• United States
2 Mar 07
We definatley thought spring was onit's ay here too until about a week and a half ago when we got more snow than we have in like 15 years. Loved it when I was a kid, but hate it everytime I drive to work in it! The baking thing seems to be something all kids like and I guess I'm gonna have to find a few new things to make if this snow keeps coming!
• United States
1 Mar 07
Oh gosh, the winter doldrums. I try to cook, paint, draw, play with the dogs, surf the net, clean the house, anything that will keep my mind off the snow and cold outside. I also do a lot of reading, so I don't think I have much to offer in the way of suggestions for the family. Sorry!
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@dfinster (3538)
• United States
1 Mar 07
I do all those things too, I guess I just am getting more and more impatient as winter drags on. I like to read a lot but haven't really looked for any books. I'll have to look for a good one soon. Time flys for me if I can lose myself in a good book.
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• China
1 Mar 07
Thinks of the reunion ,this year celebrates the new year many not togo home ,a little misses homeland pulls
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