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Things to do during bad weather months
« on: April 08, 2016, 08:04:41 PM »
Thinking ahead to RE, I'm afraid I'll be lonely. SO will still be working for several more years, we have no kids and live in a really chill area away from the downtown where there are fun things like museums and such. I have all kinds of nice weather projects to keep myself occupied probably for a year or two while I decompress and all that.

If you are in a colder or harsh climate what do you do in the "stay indoors" weather? I mean like awful outside with freezing rain and many feet of snow where it is dangerous to be outdoors where you are risking frostbite, say as compared to a semi-decent day where some long johns will help you get to the grocery store and back.

Of course I'll have the forum to keep me company, that almost goes without saying.

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Re: Things to do during bad weather months
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2016, 08:28:00 PM »
Not sure where you are, Fran, but I'd say still plan to go outdoors. If you dress well, it shouldn't be dangerous (unless I guess you are in the very far North?). Those metal grip pulls over winter boots make it easy to walk on ice. It can feel so awesome to walk groceries home in cold weather (I find using knapsack saves my fingers). You get home, get them away, and warm up with blanket and hot drink.

I find the more I'm outside regularly during dark, winter months the better I feel. I haven't yet attempted deep-winter cycling here (central Ontario) but when I see people doing it, I find it really inspiring. I saw guys and gals out on our coldest days this year which was awesome. Could you invest in some good winter gear? Do you have transit connections where you could get to the fun things like museums?

For indoors, knitting seems to be a fun, meditative activity. And how about cooking while listening to music, podcasts or the radio?? Public radio can be a great way to feel some connection. Also, maybe you could get a cool from-home (or not) volunteer gig to keep you engaged and pass the time with satisfaction. 

Congrats on your FI and soon-RE :)

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Re: Things to do during bad weather months
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2016, 09:37:01 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2016, 02:22:51 AM »
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Re: Things to do during bad weather months
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2016, 03:57:19 AM »
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2016, 06:24:03 AM »
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2016, 06:50:31 AM »
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Re: Things to do during bad weather months
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2016, 07:33:13 AM »
Get a dog. You will have to get outside for a little fresh air and exercise even in the worst weather. Make sure you have the proper gear. Dog will not want to stay outside very long, of course...nor will you. So indoors I would suggest books, musical instruments, maybe stoke up the fireplace and possibly watch some Netflix or DVD boxed sets where you start at the pilot or Season 1 Episode 1 and just keep going. Do some baking, or anything that ensures the oven will need to be on. (Pot roast, whatever.) If you are into needlework at all, this would be the time. Hot drink of your choice.

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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2016, 08:48:27 AM »
I echo the sentiment to get outside anyway -- and if you like dogs, having one is a great way to be forced to get out to walk it.
Winter is a great time of year to experiment with new recipes and stock the freezer.
I like to knit and listen to audiobooks or podcasts.
Hubby brews beer.
We do jigsaw puzzles (you can find all you would ever want for pennies at thrift stores.)
It's a good time to reorganize the house or do indoor home improvement projects.
We always plan a big summer camping trip during the winter months -- we spend many happy hours researching destinations and plotting routes.
Reading -- I keep an ongoing list of books I want to read.

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« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2016, 04:12:11 PM »
I read at least a book a week, workout daily and make sure on days I can get out I go for an additional walk to clear the head. Also in winter work on my indoor projects.

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« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2016, 04:26:45 PM »
I leave Florida every summer and head either to upper elevations, or higher latitudes to get out of the heat, humidity, and hurricanes. If I were you I'd do the reverse a few weeks/year and bring or rent bikes and kayaks. There are so many great places to be active in Florida in the winter.

I'd also set a fitness goal, and heck or high-water I'd make it happen. With really cold and nasty weather it would provide a great challenge, and increase my level of badassity (as well as appreciate the warmth and shelter of my home when I returned).

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Re: Things to do during bad weather months
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2016, 08:23:00 PM »
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« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2016, 08:50:13 PM »
Learn to quilt! I love cold rainy days because it gives me an excuse to stay inside all day to sew.  I'd also love to have time to learn to paint really well.  Cooking & baking (especially bread) is lovely on cold winter days. Read. Clean.

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Re: Things to do during bad weather months
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2016, 08:54:41 PM »
I freaking love walking/jogging/biking in cold weather. I don't get much opportunity where I live, but I visited relatives this past winter during an actual cold snap (OMG snow!!!) and had a blast running forest trails during freezing temps - felt so energized and ALIVE.

And supposedly exposure to cold turns white fat into brown fat (that is the burn-fast-for-energy fat) so exercising in the cold has a great benefit.

But I read, draw/paint, sew, cook and bake when the weather is bad outside.

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« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2016, 12:21:26 AM »
Many of the retirees I know cook alot in winter. They freeze their meals.

Some finally get around to making the jam from blackberries picked in the summer months.

A few have a kindle.

They have a weekly night where the community gets together to play games/cards. I've forgotten which. Started by a retiree

Even though it snows and rains for about 3 months on and off,  many go out and exercises to some extent

Many go out for coffee. The town has weekly planned coffee days.

This town has no electricity so relies on generators and solar panels. And it's in a remote area to boot

I hope you enjoy your retirement, good for you in thinking ahead :)
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« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2016, 03:09:23 PM »
Not sure if the OP drinks alcohol or not, but I have found that on a cold day, if you put a shot, or even just half a shot for the flavor, of bourbon in your hot chocolate, it is incredibly good. It doesn't sound good, but trust me, it is wonderful.

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« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2016, 02:43:06 PM »
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« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2016, 08:28:51 AM »
Yes, get outside!  Winter activities are a great way to avoid SAD, avoid putting on weight, and to keep you healthy.  With today's technical clothing, nothing should stop you.  And really, you don't need nearly as much clothing on as you would think when you're being active.  Buy some snowshoes and/or cross-country skis.  Go ice climbing (seriously, find a guiding outfit near you and try it once, you may get hooked).  Go ice skating (most major urban areas have outdoor rinks in the winter). Recreate inside -- find the nearest climbing gym near you (they are EVERYWHERE now -- except Texas (no joke, Texas lags way behind other states)) and go try it - don't be intimidated! I am a climbing guide, and I take rank beginners outdoors climbing, many for their very first time, and it can be life-changing.  There will be plenty of newbies at any local climbing gym, and you will find very nice people willing to help out, climb with you, and give you tips.  Just do it.

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« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2016, 09:01:26 AM »
Go outside.  Freezing rain is no big deal if you're just walking around.  Many feet of snow are a blast to play in, and get your heart rate up very quickly when jogging or cycling.  Buy proper clothing so that you don't risk frostbite:

- Get a pair of skipants.
- Get a half decent ski jacket.
- Get a warm hat.
- Get a scarf, buff, or face mask.
- Get a warm pair of mittens or gloves.
- Get some proper winter boots with a thick removable liner.

^ Outfitted as above you'll be toasty and comfortable well into -40 with driving wind.

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« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2016, 12:40:45 PM »
I hate cold weather and tend to hibernate in the winter.

Read
Drink tea
Watch dvds. Old favorites and rented from the library.
Drink more tea
I taught myself some rudimentary knitting and made some washcloths. During the summer I work with a BBQ vendor, and I'm going to ask him if we could sell them as 'Hand-made, reusable napkins.' Worst case scenario: I have a bunch of left over washcloths. The projects that don't turn out very well get donated to the humane society.
Yoga. You can find a bunch of guides online, and it keeps you limber and in shape during the cold months.
I'm also thinking of getting into wood working, but I'm not sure what that would entail, or if I'd need extra space (I live in an apartment). We'll see.

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« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2016, 01:49:32 PM »
Vacation. Here in the desert, during the summer months it often feels like living in a ghost town. July, especially, there is usually only a skeleton crew at work and productivity slows way down because everyone is in California or in the mountains.

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« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2016, 04:10:41 PM »
Por- uh... I mean, Books!

AZDude, I think OP might not be able to travel if their SO isn't available. I know I've got that problem. We're borderline FIRE, but wife still works, making more $ than we need/spend, BUT she can't switch it to part-time or get much time off to go anywhere. Catch-22. sucks.

Fran, good luck using Hoopla. It's like if Netflix sucked beyond words and hated you. heh. Just kidding. I use it myself, but it does mostly suck.

I think the theme from everyone here is you gotta find a hobby.

Isn't there anything you wanted to learn to do, but you didn't have 'time to waste on something like that'? Well, now you do. I always thought I could write a book, but that's all talk 'til you do it. So I did. Ended up writing six.

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Re: Things to do during bad weather months
« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2016, 06:09:32 PM »
Fly someplace sunny.
Invite friends over for dinners and games.
Binge watch a TV show.
Cook.
Read a tall stack of books.
Sit by the fire.
Learn a new Language
Exercise

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Re: Things to do during bad weather months
« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2016, 12:50:34 PM »
Do you belong to a gym?  Maybe even one with a pool, hot tub sauna?

Volunteer 1-2 times a week with something you love.

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« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2016, 05:50:02 PM »
Following :)   

Also in Canada and avoiding the US exchange rate (and passport fees and other travel costs), but LOVE traipsing around in the cold, snow or no snow! Yes to dressing comfy for it, especially at the feet. The right footwear (40 below Bogs!) can transform the whole experience.

I like the community ice fishing days (even though I don't fish), our local knitting group (even though I don't knit), arts and crafts groups (even though I don't do arts and crafts), therapy especially where it includes free tea, picking a project and working away at it to completion, organizing writing and visioning sessions, volunteering at indoor stuff, meditating, Netflix, books when my brain can hack those, visiting friends/family within a few hours drive for 3-14 days at a time, swimming and hot tub in the gorgeous community pool, ice skating indoors or out...

Lots of people into downhill skiing, but I'm not a fan of the cost of that. Cross-country is delicious. +1 to snowshoeing.

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« Reply #26 on: April 18, 2016, 07:42:25 AM »

Lots of people into downhill skiing, but I'm not a fan of the cost of that. Cross-country is delicious. +1 to snowshoeing.

So travel uphill on your own power, then ski downhill. Equipment outlay costs initially, but the gear will last a long, long time if properly cared for.  Many resorts around the country now have uphill travel policies -- some let you travel uphill before and after lift-served hours, others let you do so during operating hours via designated trails (the ones that allow the latter usually charge for an uphill pass -- I had an uphill season pass at Killington (VT) for $20; I know others charge $9-$10/day).  See here for details on various resorts' uphill travel policies:

http://www.ussma.org/resort-uphill-policies

Uphill travel requires a specific gear set (unless you just plan to snowshoe up carrying your skis on your back), namely, an Alpine Touring set-up, with AT bindings, boots, and climbing skins.  For snowboarders, a splitboard set-up is the way to go.  All can be found used for discounted rates on various snow sports forums.

http://www.ussma.org/resort-uphill-policies

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« Reply #27 on: April 18, 2016, 08:31:12 AM »
Ours doesn't offer that, but besides equipment and (required) lift access and the cost of driving there and back, the cost of parking at the local mountain puts me off. I don't mind: My free winter options keep me busy and very happy, and x-country for me requires only the skiis.

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« Reply #28 on: April 22, 2016, 01:10:18 PM »
Hoopla works really well; I like it much better than Overdrive (another library tool.) I read a lot.

I take dance classes and practice archery at an indoor location. I also belong to a gym that has no contract - it's month to month - so I don't have to pay when I'm getting all my exercise outdoors. I play both piano and guitar (amateur.) Save your mending, repairs, and indoor house projects for the winter months. (I keep a running list of stuff that needs doing, and earmark things that can wait for bad weather.) Get an exercise machine - I picked up an exer-cycle from Goodwill for three bucks. Do yoga videos.

Try and get outside during the warmest, sunniest parts of the day, if just for a few minutes. Take Vitamin D.

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« Reply #29 on: May 09, 2016, 01:23:06 PM »
I like to pick a design from ana-white.com and make furniture. You'd need a heated workshop/garage though especially for any painting or staining. 

Crocheting is easier and faster than knitting.

Read, read, read!

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« Reply #30 on: May 12, 2016, 10:59:36 AM »
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« Reply #31 on: May 15, 2016, 08:05:42 AM »
I like to pick a design from ana-white.com and make furniture. You'd need a heated workshop/garage though especially for any painting or staining. 

Thanks for this suggestion, I had never heard of that website.

Take up photography.
Learn a new language.
Refinish some furniture. With the chalk paint/shabby chic look that is popular now it is really easy and you might be able to sell some as a side gig.
Volunteer at something you are passionate about.
Learn a new skill.
If your community has a pool, get a pass and go swimming, and then luxuriate in the hot tub after.



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« Reply #32 on: May 18, 2016, 05:42:14 AM »
I've noticed a trend on these forums, and it happened on this thread... he's specifically asking about when you can't go outside.  And here are all the contrary folks "GO OUTSIDE ANYWAY!"... face-palm, smh.

I have to deal with this, as well, and I keep a running list all year of things I want to do or learn about during the cold months when I'm indoors more.  "GO OUTSIDE ANYWAY"... yeah, well, you can't be outside all day long, and there's also the darkness to deal with, too.  So I keep that list going, and it changes every year, but I have to make myself do the things on the list.  We can give you ideas all day long, but not all of them will suit you as well as a list of things you think of yourself.  I have a nifty dry-erase board that I keep that list on.  Works for rainy stormy days, too.

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« Reply #33 on: May 18, 2016, 06:12:45 AM »
I've noticed a trend on these forums, and it happened on this thread... he's specifically asking about when you can't go outside.  And here are all the contrary folks "GO OUTSIDE ANYWAY!"... face-palm, smh.

I have to deal with this, as well, and I keep a running list all year of things I want to do or learn about during the cold months when I'm indoors more.  "GO OUTSIDE ANYWAY"... yeah, well, you can't be outside all day long, and there's also the darkness to deal with, too.  So I keep that list going, and it changes every year, but I have to make myself do the things on the list.  We can give you ideas all day long, but not all of them will suit you as well as a list of things you think of yourself.  I have a nifty dry-erase board that I keep that list on.  Works for rainy stormy days, too.

A large percentage of the world deals with <insert whatever weather you don't like> on a much higher frequency than you do.

Fortunately, there are solutions to nearly all weather related problems should one spend but a few minutes looking.

https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+be+outside+in+freezing+rain&oq=how+to+be+outside+in+freezing+rain
https://www.google.com/search?q=what+to+wear+when+it%27s+below+zero
https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+stay+cool+in+100+degree+weather

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« Reply #34 on: May 18, 2016, 06:42:25 AM »
and there's also The Darkness to deal with, too.

I'm aware Justin Hawkins got the band back together and all, but I'm pretty sure they're still based out of the UK . . . so you're probably not going to be hassled by them.  Maybe for a couple days when they're on tour or something.  Also, they're really not so bad that you need to shut yourself in to your home to avoid them.

Of course, I know you are expressing fear of the band and not the actual dark period that happens every single night because . . . well . . . cheap and easy to use mass produced lights have made that concern pretty ridiculous since the 1950s.

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« Reply #35 on: May 18, 2016, 06:58:46 AM »
I've noticed a trend on these forums, and it happened on this thread... he's specifically asking about when you can't go outside.  And here are all the contrary folks "GO OUTSIDE ANYWAY!"... face-palm, smh

It is irritating when we do that.

At the same time, there are an awful lot of ideas on here for indoor activities.

And, I would say that in a discussion it's okay to acknowledge that while some temps and weather are indeed super harsh, that there are ways to go outside (i.e., that there is rarely a true "can't go outside at any point within 24 hours" issue, as for an asthmatic during a local wildfire), and that a couple of hours of outdoor activity in today's gear can eliminate depression in many people, which can be critical for people in cold, dark, short-day climates, and that many of the indoor activities are experienced as infinitely more enjoyable after having gone outside. We've got people responding from minus 40 climates + wind chill, those connected with people living in Antarctica, etc, which is a pretty decent score for such a question! Great ideas, great responses.

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Re: Things to do during bad weather months
« Reply #36 on: May 18, 2016, 07:44:12 AM »
I've noticed a trend on these forums, and it happened on this thread... he's specifically asking about when you can't go outside.  And here are all the contrary folks "GO OUTSIDE ANYWAY!"... face-palm, smh

It is irritating when we do that.

At the same time, there are an awful lot of ideas on here for indoor activities.

And, I would say that in a discussion it's okay to acknowledge that while some temps and weather are indeed super harsh, that there are ways to go outside (i.e., that there is rarely a true "can't go outside at any point within 24 hours" issue, as for an asthmatic during a local wildfire), and that a couple of hours of outdoor activity in today's gear can eliminate depression in many people, which can be critical for people in cold, dark, short-day climates, and that many of the indoor activities are experienced as infinitely more enjoyable after having gone outside. We've got people responding from minus 40 climates + wind chill, those connected with people living in Antarctica, etc, which is a pretty decent score for such a question! Great ideas, great responses.

Part of the problem is that people put themselves into artificial dilemmas when they phrase questions like this.

"What can I do when the weather forces me to stay indoors?" is the wrong question and not really that great. A better question is, "how can I enjoy the times when I dislike the wintery weather?"


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Re: Things to do during bad weather months
« Reply #37 on: June 08, 2016, 08:50:11 PM »
Sew. Make quilt tops. Make quilts. Learn to applique and you will always have handwork to do. Learn to make clothes/alter clothes to fit you better.

Bake. Try out recipes for new cakes and cookies. Make bread or biscuits until you are satisfied that you are the best baker you can be. Become a better cook by reading cookbooks and trying out new things. Make soup.

Knit or crochet or cross-stitch. Sketch. Create beauty.

Listen to podcasts or public radio while you do all the above. Or listen to the radio or books on CD.

Teach yourself new skills in home repair through books and YouTube tutorials.

Learn to can. Make lemon curd and orange marmalade. YouTube has awesome how-to videos. Canning and jam making is delicious and frugal.

Play cards and board games. Have people over for game night. Play Bunco and Yahtzee.

Do sit-ups and push-ups and yoga in the house.

Write letters to faraway friends and loved ones.

I am rarely bored. Anxious sometimes, but hardly ever bored, if there is nothing else to do, I watch gardening videos and read gardening books and dream about spring.

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Re: Things to do during bad weather months
« Reply #38 on: June 09, 2016, 01:18:38 PM »
I like being outdoors in the winter.  Ice fishing, trapping, hiking, cutting firewood, etc.
Then have a nice hot fire in the woodstove afterwards.

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« Reply #39 on: June 11, 2016, 09:10:41 AM »
These comments are also helpful to those of us living in areas where winters are a great time to be outside, and summers mean a lot of indoor time in the shade/air-conditioning.

I just came across an article about an advice guide for single women from the 1930s (when it was just beginning to be common for women to have jobs and live alone in cities). The author advised that you should have two really engaging hobbies--one for at home, and one that encouraged you to get out of the house. I thought that was good advice.

http://www.vox.com/2016/5/30/11784576/live-alone-like-it-marjorie-hillis-1936

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« Reply #40 on: June 11, 2016, 01:21:35 PM »

http://www.vox.com/2016/5/30/11784576/live-alone-like-it-marjorie-hillis-1936

Live Alone and Like It: The Classic Guide for the Single Woman,  sounds like such a fascinating book. The summary in this link makes me want to read it.  My library doesn't have it, but I just put in a request for them to get it. Thanks for the suggestion!

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« Reply #41 on: July 11, 2016, 08:29:13 PM »
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Re: Things to do during bad weather months
« Reply #43 on: July 21, 2016, 10:54:32 AM »
Learn how to make really awesome bread! or pretzels!  or croissants! or hand-pulled Chinese noodles!

Noodles... yaaaaaaaas!  This is my husband's obsession.

http://www.marthastewart.com/864573/biang-biang-noodles

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Re: Things to do during bad weather months
« Reply #44 on: July 21, 2016, 11:05:01 AM »

http://www.vox.com/2016/5/30/11784576/live-alone-like-it-marjorie-hillis-1936

Live Alone and Like It: The Classic Guide for the Single Woman,  sounds like such a fascinating book. The summary in this link makes me want to read it.  My library doesn't have it, but I just put in a request for them to get it. Thanks for the suggestion!

Oh, you are in for a TREAT - that book is delightful. I mean, it does have some weird 30s ideas about how many bedjackets you ought to have, but it's all about making the most of the life you have rather than waiting around for the life you think you deserve to show up - very mustachian!

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Re: Things to do during bad weather months
« Reply #45 on: July 21, 2016, 11:11:18 AM »
We live in New England so the winters here are pretty long.

We still get outside to snowshoe and ski.  I want to learn cross country skiing.  We have a home gym in our basement so we keep physically active.

For hobbies, I like to crochet and bake (still working on the perfect loaf of whole wheat bread).

Family life also takes a lot of our time too. 


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Re: Things to do during bad weather months
« Reply #46 on: July 25, 2016, 11:24:09 AM »
still working on the perfect loaf of whole wheat bread

The key is to not use whole wheat flour.  I've had pretty good results mixing a couple tablespoons of psyllium fiber into white bread dough, although you have to play a bit with the water content to get the consistency just right.