So, here we are. We’re all hunkered down in our houses. If you have kids, especially young ones, they’re probably already driving you nuts with “I’m bored.” Because this isn’t a snow day – no play dates. If you’re like me, with older kids whose schools are driving on with online-learning, you’re probably hearing a different set of complaints.
Whatever shall we do?
Well, here’s my top five tips.
5. Take a walk
Hey, we aren’t being forced to stay inside. Put a leash on Fido (if you have one), slip on a coat, and go outside. Chances are there are fewer cars out, so this might be a very quiet time. Look for flowers peeking their heads out. Listen to the birds. Feel free to snap a few photos.
And wave to any people you see. You don’t have to talk to them, but waving is nice.
4. Do a jigsaw puzzle
Nothing eats up hours of time like putting together a 3,000-piece puzzle. Because even if you are one of those magic people who can always lay their hands on the right piece and have the amazing ability to see exactly how pieces go to together (no that one obviously doesn’t fit), there’s the joy of finding the missing pieces. You know, the ones scattered by the kids/dog/cat as they race through the room because “I’m bored.”
There are also digital jigsaw puzzle apps for tablets/iPads. I like these because…no missing pieces.
3. Bake something
Dig out your favorite recipe book and thumb through it. Chances are there is SOMETHING in there that will tempt your taste buds – and you’ll have all the ingredients.
2. Do a craft
Maybe, once upon a time before kids and life, you were a great knitter, but you just haven’t had time lately. Congratulations! You have time. Dig out the knitting needles, the crochet hooks, the counted cross-stitch, the scrapbooking materials – whatever. Always meant to make a photo collage of your trip to the beach with all those photos you took 20 years ago? Now’s your chance.
Always wanted to learn a craft? Is your spouse saying, “If you’re not going to use that stuff, why don’t you get rid of it?” Now’s your chance to do it.
And the number one tip…
I’ve seen libraries offering free borrows, apps with millions of books, and no late fees. Amazon and B&N are open for e-books 24/7 (and you can order print books from them, too). And don’t we all have TBR piles stretching to the moon?
Grab a book, brew up your favorite beverage (tea/coffee/hot chocolate), take some of those yummy snacks you backed up in #3, get a quilt and get to reading, folks. Those books aren’t gonna read themselves, after all.
Readers, got any other tips? Let me know in the comments?