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When the weather outside is frightful, but inside is so delightful...and there's really no place you can go...



So, my area is currently under a winter weather advisory, the state stinks at snow removal and management, and the residents haven't the slightest clue how to drive in it.

I do know how to drive in it. Where I come from, if you don't, you stay home for most of 5-6 months of the year. However, that doesn't prevent other people from crashing into me, so I stay home...and it got me to thinking.

Bad weather that keeps you mostly indoors is a good time to bond with those inside with you. Your spouse, your kids, your pets...

What are some of the ways you bond and pass the time when it's better indoors than outdoors? What are some great activities to keep you occupied, sane, and not yelling at each other?


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Well there was an inch of snow this morning here in OK so my sons vo tech shut down....Dh doesn't start his new job until Monday. It is my regular day off....so all four of us were here together. I made a big nrunch about 11 since we all slept in. And Dh went after Chinese for dinner. We have a fire in the fireplace.....Dh is brushing up on AUTOCADcivil3d....and I am vegging next to him.

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I'm a Canadian so hardly unused to it, but for the last five days I have basically been writing seven hours a day. That's cuz I'm on sabbatical with the luxury of never having to leave the house.

Then my hubby comes home and we watch television together.

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I'm Canadian so hardly unused to it, but for the last five days I have basically been writing seven hours a day. That's cuz I'm on sabbatical with the luxury of never having to leave the house.

Then my hubby comes home and we watch television together.

Oh. I also purge stuff. Bookcases, closets, bathrooms. It's awesome.

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Originally Posted By: AntigoneRisen
.......Bad weather that keeps you mostly indoors is a good time to bond with those inside with you. Your spouse, your kids, your pets...

What are some of the ways you bond and pass the time when it's better indoors than outdoors? What are some great activities to keep you occupied, sane, and not yelling at each other?


I don't know........I never get to just stay home and bond with anyone or anything. It's just work, work, work......., even the geckos give me the side eye like 'when r u leaving'....... I'm jealous. wink

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Ahhh, AR, you've made me nostalgic. Love your snow scene.

When I lived in snow country, I loved a snowy day, especially a blizzard. My absolute favorite thing to do when the kids were young was to build a big fire. We'd get comforters and pillows and make a cozy nest on the floor as close to the fire as we could. The dogs were invited.

We'd talk and snack and read books or tell scary stories. I remember reading Edgar Allen Poe to them. They loved it and asked for more. Poe became part of the tradition.

Often we'd play "Best and Worst," which was just sharing the best--and the worst--thing that had happened during our day, or an event we'd experienced separately or together. It was a window into the kids' thoughts and feelings, especially when they shared their reactions to the "worst" of something. At 40 and 45, they remember Best and Worst fondly.

So do I. Snow, a fire, cozy nest, dogs, kids, sharing. Good memories.

ETA: Orchid, you posted while I was composing. Your post made me sad. I realize that you don't get snowy days, but surely there are storms when everyone hunkers down and life stops for a day, or a few hours. Maybe a cup of that delicious coconut coffee with your son? If you don't have a dog or a cat--go out and find one! They are soooo bond-able. I sometimes think they are the only source of unconditional love on the planet.
hug hug from the mainland.

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Even though we have snowy days I'm much like Orchid here. It's just work work work mostly.

If I'm home without structured career work? Then there's filing, laundry, floor cleaning, bathrooms, 3 meals expected to be cooked and cleaned up after, window blinds, dusting, an endless list.

Sometimes we will watch TV or some movies. Me on the bed, hubby at his computer desk. But I'm frequently working even when we do that. And husband is still on the internet. frown


When we open to this moment and don't judge it or try to change it, even when we're suffering and wish it were otherwise, we tap into the spaciousness of mind that allows us to move forward skillfully, with discernment and joy. -- Sharon Salzberg
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Ok, we have rainy days and creaky houses (pier and pillar style sitting on dirt - no other foundation and on a hillside), so huddling indoors can be well.......interesting. Haven't gone for a house ride yet but the engineers came out and give us new cement pillars (the original ones were actually wearing out).

We live in an expensive neighborhood that was built in the 70's. Outside looks great but inside shows the wear (right down to the foundations).

Anyways........on days like that I make soup. We have this type of sausage called Portuguese sausage (softer than linguisa) and we make portuguese bean soup. Good eating food. That or homemade chili (hawaiian style).

Something good and warm.

As for pets, I decided not to have anymore. It was too hard to lose my last dog (Fluffi) and then 2 cats later. The 2 parakeets flew away when we were moving (literally opened their cage door and took while we temporarily hung their cage out on the porch as we were cleaning out the house to move).

I can't complain. I've been to snow (Lake Tahoe) and it's fun for a while but I can see how it can become a chore.

Still I'm not trying to be a downer, just sharing.........Today is sunshine and we just went through our cold spell....... mid 60's (yea.....u all r laughing right)? Some of us freeze and get out our spring jackets. LOL!!!!

I love family time but can't say the family loves my family time.....sigh.....there's my challenge, slow learners.

Off to work.....again.....

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We currently don't have any snow on the ground around here but I have used the snow blower twice so far this winter. While we don't have snow, the temperature outside today is single digits (that's Fahrenheit, folks) and the low last night was in the negative realm.

Of course it's supposed to be almost 50 again on Tuesday, which is almost picnic weather in these parts. So far the long range predictions have been pretty accurate. In the fall they said it would be warmer than normal with more precipitation than normal and so far that seems to be holding up.

So, while we could go almost anywhere we want to today, that it feels like Talkeetna outside today means we're staying inside anyway. Caught up on some shows we missed early in the week and my wife and granddaughter are binge watching MacGyver.

I also had a couple of projects that I spent some time on today so it was pretty much like any other day... Fixed the doors on one of the closets, cleaned my fryer so I could use it for dinner (French fries) with pulled pork (not the slow cooker kind). I started stripping an old bookcase this afternoon that I want to refinish and I cleaned up and organized some of my fishing tackle.


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On days we were stuck inside for any number of reasons: snow, rain, hurricances--coup d'etats....my family would play cut-throat monopoly or poker. My daughter even made our own customized monopoly game with all the places we've lived around the world.


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Originally Posted By: star*fish
On days we were stuck inside for any number of reasons: snow, rain, hurricances--coup d'etats....my family would play cut-throat monopoly or poker. My daughter even made our own customized monopoly game with all the places we've lived around the world.


How cool!!!

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When I was a kid, we played a lot of Farkle, which only takes 6 dice, a piece of scratch paper, and something to write with. It goes great with hot chocolate.


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We grew up in a tiny town but my parents had an old fashioned wood cook stove that doubled as a hot water heater (pipes routed within), clothes dryer (lines hanging overhead) in addition to being a cook top, grill and oven.

All the neighbors would come over when it snowed and the power was out and we'd eat dinner, dry out snow-clothes and play board games and card games by candlelight. Sometimes our friends would bring sleeping bags and we'd have a sleepover because often our house was the only one on our street with heat.

Sometimes I miss those days of yesteryear.....snowstorms and subsequent power-outages created long-lasting memories of life in small town USA.


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I have found memories of being without electricity, too. Of course, we had a coal furnace and a lot of coleman lanterns.

Small town yesteryear...


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What is this snow that everyone is talking about?

Just kidding - since we moved to Florida a year and a half ago, I like the idea that we won't face any more snowstorms in the foreseeable future. However, we did have a hurricane pass by a few months ago, and lost power for a couple of hours.

One thing I always enjoyed was playing board games. We have some of the old classics - multiple flavors of Monopoly, Risk, Life, etc.

Years ago, we had a flood in the house a day before a huge snowstorm, so the water mitigation people had come in, ripped up the floor, and had large, loud blowers all over the basement. We stayed mostly upstairs because of that, but that was the day my kids saw the original Ghostbusters for the first time upstairs on the TV in our master bedroom.


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I like playing board games. I'm a particular fan of Catan.


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I like Scrabble......

Anyone ever play WAR (with a deck of cards)?

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We used to play War when we were kids.


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we had a game called Spit, which was War with some extra rules.


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I think my grandmother called spit "Spite and Malice". Not unlike a few of the marriages we read about here on MA.


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