Originally Posted by Jammie
Oh, I wish Aiangel was here right now cause she had a lot of cool things to help us northerns through the cold drab winters.
She had some ideas of decor in your home to make things easier. The only thing I can think of is burning aromatic candles, doing crosswords, watching tv, computering, and exercise. PLENTY of exercise.
I work fulltime, but I also have a huge problem getting through the winters. They're BORING!!!
Can you at least get out and see a movie or go out to dinner when your DH has a night off? And be sure to make a point to get to any Christmas concert or Parade of Lights or anything that is offered in your community.
Wow...let me see..
There are a few tricks that I use to help me with the dreary winter months. (We are just not getting those type of conditions at the moment though!
I work from home, and am in my office the majority of the time. Since this is 'my' room, I have made it into a special room.
I chose a theme, and mine was the beach and water. It reminds me of summer and hot wonderful sunshine.
My walls are painted a cheerful color that even on the most dreary of days cheer me up. The color for me is Coral Pebble--looks like a melon color! I have a bay window and two floor to ceiling windows in this tiny room. Chose gauzy curtains that offer privacy yet allow the natural light from outside to slip in. The color is aqua to remind me of water. My floor resembles light stone which remind me of sand.
This did not set me back much money wise as it only took a gallon of paint, and I got the curtains on clearance. I have the half-moon windows at the top of the regular windows and just went to the fabric store and got white sheer fabric to drape across the tops and tie on the sides. did this with my window seat as well, this is the whimsical side of me that reminds me of fairy tales; princesses and hope and dreams from years ago. I guess one could say it brings out the child in me which gives me an immediate mood boost!
So, a cheery room can make all the difference, creating a reading nook also brightened my day. In the dining room, I put a small chair and ottoman covered in a girlie fabric by a window and stuck a small table and lamp beside it, on the back is a seafoam green throw for the chilly nights, and a book is always on the table beckoning me to sit a spell and read.
My kitchen has floresent lighting which makes this room bright and cheerful and I bake quite a bit.
Music is an immediate and cheap way to lift your spirits. I have direct-tv so I listen to whatever suits my fancy as I work. At the moment, it is Christmas music, but most days it is the cinema movie music all the way to disney music.
Scented candles in the bathroom invite you to take a long soak, which we all know works wonders for a fowl mood.
When there is someone here, we play board games and/or cards.
My dh worked nights for years and I had to be creative with two young boys who were noisy!
I started doing crafts that interested me, such as embroidery and quilting. I also journaled.
On the days you can use the car, weekends or some time, hit the library and get books for you and for your child.
Don't laugh, but coloring books uplift the spirit as well.
Make some friends, and have one night a month to get together at different houses, someone will be glad to pick you up. you can all make sandwiches, dip or whatever and have a mini-party, play cards, board games, do facials or pedicures and manicures.
Just think beyond the box and there are numerous things that you can do to while away those winter days.
Volunteer somewhere and make lists on those nights you can't get a car to do things. Then when you have the car, your lists are made!
I like older people, they are so full of wisdom and can really teach me things. Such as baking from scratch an honest to goodness pick me uper!
Sewing different stitches for unusual ways to sew or quilt. You are making their day by making them feel useful and at the same time, you recieve so much blessings from it as well.
hope this gets your creative juices flowing....blessings..aiangel_writer