Citrus Though you can get them all year round in most stores, oranges and other citrus are in season now. This means good prices and the best flavor. Grab a bag of oranges or a couple grapefruit next time you’re out, and start your day with one! Jesse and I shared two today.
Correspondence I think one of the causes of cabin fever is focusing too much on ourselves. An anecdote to that is reaching out to others. I sat on the couch this morning during Jesse’s nap and wrote two notes to friends I don’t see often, especially in winter. It was so fun to think how a handwritten note would brighten their day, mine was brightened by the very act! In one I even tucked a little scrap of vintage fabric I found at a thrift store – it’s recipient is a quilter and I knew she would love it.
Chopin Even if you don’t usually prefer classical music, you may enjoy the piece I listened to today. Chopin’s Piano Concerto #1 was lively and warm, though not overpowering. He wrote it and played it for his girlfriend before he the night before he moved out of town. The soloist who played it in the piece I listened to said it was “music that makes you feel loved.” I had to agree. You can watch and hear the actual performance I listened to on youtube, or just tune your radio to the local classical station for a change and let your ears be pampered.
Chilly Chores (if this were Scategories, I’d be getting double points, there, folks) It’s hard enough to get in good exercise even when the temperatures are moderate, let alone below freezing with a wind-chill! But we should try to get out anyway. I made three trips to the dumpster, two to the mailbox, and it was invigorating! It also made me all the more thankful for our warm, cozy house when I got back inside.
Chai Browsing a blog I came across a recipe for chia tea. I don’t drink caffeine, but I decided it was worth experimenting making it without the black tea and see if it’s still good. Now, I’m not a chia connoisseur, but I thought it was pretty yummy! Especially with lots of fresh, whole cow’s milk from the local dairy. I’m not going to recommend a specific recipe to you, ’cause mine is still in the experimental stage, but here’s where I went for ideas.
Cranford Any fan of the Jane Austin movies will love this film based on several books by her near contemporary, Elizabeth Gaskill (she also wrote “Wives and Daughters” and “North and South”) The BBC did a great job with “Cranford” and it has brightened my whole week as I have carved out little moments to watch an episode or two. It’s not available for sale yet in the US, but you can watch it on YouTube, as I have been. The episode with the cat and the lace was hilarious!
And if that isn’t enough to cure your winter blues, I also recommend cooking a new recipe, crocheting, cleaning, and calisthenics, all of which I tried this week, with good success! Also, keep an eye on this blog, as the Wordless Weekend hopes to cheer you up!
Do you have a cure for cabin fever? Share it with us in a comment (those always brighten our day)! Or make a list on your own blog (it doesn’t have to all start with one letter – this was just coincidence!), and we’ll link to it! Have a lovely, cozy day!