Monday, January 06, 2014

Refuge From the Cold

Brrr!  We have some frigid weather coming our way and if you're anything like me, you want to stay indoors  where it is warm and cozy.  Here are a few ideas of things you can do to beat the negative temps but still ward off the cabin fever.

Brush up on your photography skills.

A beautiful bird was eating it's fill of seed and nuts.



When I'm home alone, I enjoy sitting in our bay window and watching what is going on outside. There are always birds out looking for food when there is snow on the ground.  We keep some nuts or birdseed handy and toss a scoopful out when the little critters come a knockin'.  When you see a good photo op, grab the camera of your choice and snap away.  Photographing wildlife is a great way to brush up on your skills since your subject is constantly moving and isn't always right in front of you like a bowl of fruit.


Don't have any birds around your house?  Anything will work.  If you're expecting a big snowstorm, sometimes its fun to take pictures of an object early in the storm and then a few hours later to gain reference so you know how tall your snow boots need to be!  :)

Host band practice.


All my siblings are very competitive when it comes to games.


If you're looking for an impromptu party idea but don't have time to plan anything formal, give some friends a call for a few games of Band Hero.  Plan to toss together some snack foods and beverages of your choice and warm up those pipes!


Other fun games to play:  Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, Wii Bowling, Wii Resort games or bust out some board games like Scattergories or Win, Lose or Draw.

Bake!  And then be your own taste tester.


I love to pull out some of our favorite recipes and bake the day away.  If you have little hands in the kitchen, it doubles the fun.  I can remember baking with my grandma when I was little.


It's always fun to pass on the tradition.

Our friend's daughter enjoys decorating the cookies...and eating them!

Get your read on.
If any of you know me, you know I LOVE to read.  I read everything from political/legal thrillers to romance novels to biographies and have bookshelves full of my faves.  One of the best ways to share your love of books is by hosting a book club.

There are tons of websites that host book clubs and provide reading guides, Q&As with the authors and even provide lists of questions to discuss at club meetings.  I've found a site that takes it one step further.
Sutter Homes Wines' website hosts a whole section devoted to book clubs.

 Sutter Home Book Club
This is how the Sutter Home's site is set up.  You just choose the book out of their reading list.

They give you a synopsis of the book, a bit about the author and provide some ideas for wine pairing (from Sutter Home, of course) and recommendations for a meal to accompany your get-together.

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I have lots of ideas for things I can do during this cold spell.  What are some things you like to do to keep out of the cold weather?

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