It’s been a long and cold week for most of Northern America. This past week was frought with squalls of snow drifts, freezing winds, and ice breaking temperatures cold enough to keep you hibernated until the defrost of Spring shows it’s flowery petals. All this chilly weather makes me want to warm up with a thick fleece blanket while sipping slowly on a mug of hot apple cider dusted with cinnamon. This warm libation got me to wondering what else can I warm up to do, especially when stuck indoors while the great freeze is happening outside. Perhaps a to do list can help me raise the temperature.
As some of you may know, I decided to go unplugged at the beginning of the New Year and vowed to do this for the entire year of 2014. So anything electronic related can not be on my warm up list here. So what is there to do when I’d like to stay busy while stuck indoors?
Well organizing my house can certainly be put on the list and trust me there’s always something to be organized and reorganized in my house. Just the other day I was organizing my meditation room. Yes (embarrassed grin), even that room got cluttered. I know, I know, a bit counter productive. So clearing out that space made my mind do a big Ahhhhhhh… Even my plants I have in there are thanking me now.
Along the lines of reorganizing goes rearranging. Sometimes in life I just got to rearrange things, like my furniture for starters. Moving the couch, the bed, the dressers, and the TV stand around can warm me up in no time. Plus it’s like getting a new place when things are shuffled in different positions.
I can also cook up some new concoction in the kitchen and that will surely heat things up, especially if I add some spicyness to my dish du jour. I like to experiment with various ethnic foods, such as Coconut Curry Chicken, Mexican Jambalaya, and of course the American favorite; Chili. I also like to make big pots of soup simmering so slowly on a Sunday afternoon. Think Chicken Noodle soup, Roasted Beef Stew, or a bowl of Baked Potato with Bacon. Mmmm…..
Another way I can warm up is to exercise! Yah, that’s right, I said the E word. Lately I’ve been getting warm on my Gazelle. Sometimes I mix it up by popping in my salsa dance dvd or get flushed with the Total gym unit. I also melt things off with some pilates or some yoga. Can you tell I get bored easily with exercises? I guess it doesn’t matter just as long as I keep moving to stay warm and getting fit is a bonus.
Cuddling with my cats is another way I can keep heated. My 20 pound fat cat, especially, is a great foot warmer. He doesn’t seem to mind when I sneak my feet under him to warm up my toes. However, sometimes he thinks I’m playing the mouse under the blanket game and then my foot warmer turns into the foot shredder. Ouch! Not cozy at all!
The last thing on my warm up list is snuggling with my husband. I’ll let you use your imagination how we warm up together.
Keeping it heated inside when it’s less than zero outside can get you thinking of different ways to use your time, especiallly if you’re like me and decided to go unplugged. So far I’ve been decluttering my space with some organization, sprucing up my place with some furniture shifting, cooking things up in the kitchen, getting fit, and making time for my family. I’m sure there’s plenty of other things I can do to get warmed up. If you’re stuck indoors like me and trying to keep warm I hope this gave you some ideas to get toasty. If you’re lucky enough to be using your air conditioner I hope you are getting outside and enjoying the warmth of the sun.