Cabin Fever? Try This!

Is the cold and snow getting you down? It snowed heavily yesterday, causing the cancellation of activities and the stranding of one child at someone's home overnight. If we took snow days, today would be one. Sure, it's beautiful, but it mostly it just makes me feel hemmed in.

Yes, you can just wait it out. That usually works well in southern Indiana with our fickle weather. By next weekend, we're expecting highs in the 60s!

But while you wait for spring to arrive, I have a prescription to the winter blues that works for kids and adults alike: make something!

There's nothing like letting your creative juices flow to happily fill indoor hours and refresh your weary self.

Twyla Tharp, a choreographer originally from Indiana, said this:

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

That's how we deal with cabin fever around here.

Paul's been working on a wooden mallet made from some trees he cut from the farm a couple of years ago. Ben built a bird feeder and is planning a bat house.

Scrap project in process
No surprise for me - I'm sewing with scraps. Faith, too, has been trying some improv quilting for a throw quilt in navys and grays.

Amanda has creative times built into her life as a design student, and she's not too unhappy that most Saturdays find her tucked away in a design studio working on some project or other. My oldest girls this weekend each turned some of their creative energies lose in their kitchens by baking some scrumptious cakes.

Sphere Amanda made for a design class - no glue or tape!

It doesn't matter what medium you choose - fabric, wood, paper, paint, food, music, or something else entirely. Creativity is a great antidote to winter doldrums!


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