Inspiration short #13: Play in the snow!

by Danielle Charles

This is the time of year when cabin fever begins to set in. Those long restful days of our feet up by the fire that sounded so delicious during the busy month of December begin to get monotonous and tiring by the end of January.  Restlessness sets in, then what feels a little like claustrophobia. Before you know it, you’re on the computer looking at ticket prices to the Caribbean.

Is all that winter napping wearing you out?

But there is a very simple remedy for cabin fever, and it costs a good deal less than round trip airfare to Jamaica. Do you want to know what it is? I call it,  “go out of your cabin!”.  A little fresh air and some movement will do wonders for that restless, stagnant feeling that comes from too much time indoors.

Sassafras and Taliesin demonstrate "going out of the cabin"

Perhaps even better than simply going out of your cabin, how about going out your cabin for the purpose of playing in that magnificent white powder blanketing everything with its soft, silvery sheen?  There is enormous potential for a good time when it comes to snow. I’ve always found that the people who tolerate winter the best are those who get out there and make the best of what it has to offer.  So if you’ve got a bad case of cabin fever, you know just what you’ve got to do.

Here are 10 enormously fun ways to enjoy the snow:

  • Make a snow angel
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Build your own snow fort (perfect for those ginormous piles left by the plows)
  • Make a snow sculpture (snowman, snow-woman, or how about a snow elephant!)
  • Lay in the snow (especially nice in the forest when out of breath from snowshoeing or cross country skiing)
  • Go sledding
  • Downhill or Cross country Ski
  • Go snowshoeing
  • Make a snow cone using maple syrup or your own herbal syrup (elderberry, rosehip, etc)
  • Go ice skating (ok, ice is not exactly snow, I know, but it does involve frozen water, wintertime and is very fun!)

Herbal snow cone made with rose petal syrup

Now you’ve no excuse. Get out there in the fresh wintry air and have some fun!