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snow farm

Cabin fever is approaching.

I’m a firm believer that if I’m going to be stuck inside, I’m going to make the most of it. Though it hasn’t been too cold (yet) here in Ohio, I know that, someday soon, below freezing wind chills, low temperatures and tons of snow will be here.

So, what are some things I can do to occupy myself on those winter days?

Make hot chocolate

There’s nothing better than some wonderfully warm and soothing hot chocolate to start the day. There’s plenty of hot chocolate recipes out there on the internet. Some recipes are thick, creamy and decadent. Others are simple and straightforward. I’m a fan of the decadent kind.

Slate.com argues that super sweet hot chocolate isn’t necessarily the way to go. I disagree.

For any recipe I begin with whole milk and dark chocolate. Having said that, The Stir has a list of ingredients to try in your hot chocolate, this winter. Some of the ingredients are typical (like mint or coffee), others, like lavender extract, are more avant-garde.

If all else fails, try a little bit of Irish Cream in your hot chocolate. 

Catch up on reading

I’m not as avid as a reader as I used to be. There was a time when I’d load my arms with five books from my local library and read them all before my two weeks were up.

Don’t get me wrong, I still read, but my materials have changed a bit.

I use Evernote to save interesting articles, photos, ideas and other things for later. It’s nice because the app has a web-browser extension that syncs with any computer I’m on.

What’s even better is when I save the article or webpage, I can access it from any device I want.

Plan B:

If I’m out of articles, I’ll continue reading George R. R. Martin’s A Songs of Fire and Ice series.

Balance the budget

I’ve never been a fan of poverty. I’ve had experience with a diet consisting of instant noodles, baked potatoes and bologna sandwiches. I’d rather not revisit that period of my life. So when I do have some free time during snow days , I try to make sure I’m keeping up with my monthly budget.

My tool for budgeting? Mint.com. Mint keeps all of my finances in one place. My student loans, car loan, credit cards, savings, checking and any (none) investments.

I can set budgets for things like fast food or gasoline. If I go over budget, Mint sends an alert to my email and/or phone.

A spring to-do list

It’s obvious, I’m a fan of lists. I make lists for everything, the work I have to do during the day, housework, deadlines, goals, everything.

Making a list not only visualizes your tasks, it makes completing a task more enjoyable. Crossing something off a list pleasing.

Anyways, making a spring to-do list can be important. Kudzu.com has a decent list of spring maintenance projects that homeowners might want to consider.

Talk with family and friends

We’re in a strange crossroads in society. We have hundreds of ways to keep in touch, but I feel like we’re talking to each other less now than we were just a few years ago.

Being stuck inside stinks. Take the chance to catch up with your family members and friends you haven’t spoken to for a while. Use Facebook, Skype, texting, whatever gets your communication across.

 

Will is Farm and Dairy's newest writer. He's recently moved to Lisbon, Ohio where he lives in a church turned community theater. He enjoys writing (of course), theater and hiking.
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