What do you do on another snow day?

Winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

1.  First of all, relax.  You don’t have to DO anything on another snow day.  The Universe gives you permission to relax and lie on the couch all day–in your pajamas–if you so desire.  Breathe in, breathe out.  Simply BE.  That isn’t so hard, is it?

2.  Watch the snow fall.  Snow descends from the sky in such fascinating different ways.  As previously discussed, when the wind is a’blowin’, snow sometimes falls down and then ascends up.  Sometimes it scatters sideways.  This morning, cuddled beneath the white comforter in my jammies, it seems the flakes fall tenderly.  Can you imagine tender snow drifting downward?

Brown oak leaves dusted with snow

Brown oak leaves dusted with snow

3.  Watch a brown oak leaf tossing itself back and forth on the tree in an almost frenzied fashion.  Some years the oak leaves refuse to fall obediently to the ground in the autumn like the more predictable maple and poplar leaves.  The oak leaves hang forth.  Perhaps their stems attach more steadfastly.  Certain leaves–maybe based on location–will shudder back and forth, back and forth, day in and day out, and never release.  Some days I long for the darn leaf to simply cease its struggle and simply fall.  Lately I’ve been interpreting it as a delightful dance with the wind, OK, a fast dance, a winter-oak-leaf dance.

4.  Enough pondering about oak leaves dancing!  You catapult from the couch and open Pandora on your Kindle Fire and find that 1950’s radio station and start dancing yourself.  Set the timer if you must!  Come on, baby, do the locomotion with me!  Move those hips, shimmy, shimmy, shimmy, faster than snowflakes falling–how’s that for a good snow day work out?

More oak leaves

More oak leaves

5.  Later on perhaps, if inspired, you’ll grab the metal shovel on the front porch and clunk through the house in snowmobile suit and heavy boots to the deck and throw shovelfuls of fluffy snow (maybe six inches?  eight?) over the railing.  Don’t hurt your lower back.  Aren’t you glad you paused to stretch earlier?

6.  Play a teeny tiny game with yourself. Let your thoughts offer options about how to entertain yourself.  But don’t haphazardly follow a thought UNLESS you feel that you want to.  That’s key.  Follow your feelings on this snow day.  Only do what your feelings want.  If they want to write a blog, let them.  If they want to shovel the deck, let them.  If they want to read a book all day–they’re the boss.

7.  Eat a most delicious breakfast.  Simmer a pan of appealing grains–how about quinoa and buckwheat and oats?–before mincing some dried apricots and almonds.  Then allow yourself the sweet luxury of pure maple syrup, the sap of trees, upon your hearty grains.  Eat slowly.  Chew. Watch aforementioned dancing oak leaf or tender snow falling.

When tender falling snow blankets branches

When tender falling snow blankets branches

8.  Check your email.  You may want to avoid staring at your computer 24/7 because you’ll miss the tender snow or what your feelings may be wanting.  On the other hand, you might stumble upon a friend’s blog–like Reggie’s new photo-blog down there in South Africa–and you’ll salivate over the fresh-baked bread, never mind that you’re full from that bowl of grains.  Wouldn’t you like fresh-baked bread?  Stacy, from Dream Tree Bayou down south in Louisiana, baked some last week, too.  Reggie mentions exotic South African jam in her comment to you and you’re suddenly ecstatic with the possibility that this exists in the planet, never mind that it’s not snowing in Africa.  Do your feelings want you to bake bread?

9.  OK, I’m going to throw out some random suggestions that might appeal to you.  Put together a jigsaw puzzle.  Go snowshoeing.  Simmer soup. Paint. Neveryoumind that you think you can’t paint.  Just play! Take photos of snow.  Read a marvelous book.  Watch a delightful movie.  Write for exactly one half hour on lined paper about something that irritates you. Ask questions of your irritation.  Ask it what it wants.  Engage with it.  Find out what it wants to teach you.

10.  Put on the tea kettle.  Press “Publish” on your latest blog post.  Curl up on the couch again with that big fluffy blanket and watch tender snow. Celebrate this space in your Little House in the Big Woods.  (Or in your sweet apartment in Queens or wherever you are when the snow’s falling outside and you can’t easily travel hither and yon…)

Would you readers like to offer some more ideas about what to do when you’re home bound on another snow day?

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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68 Responses to What do you do on another snow day?

  1. lisaspiral says:

    sounds like you had the perfect snow day. Why is it so hard to just follow the feelings instead of getting wrapped up in the darned computer. 🙂 Still, I’m glad you felt like posting.

    • Kathy says:

      Hi, Lisa, it IS so easy to get wrapped up in the computer, isn’t it? Fortunately, I was able to turn off the computer for an hour or two after writing this. Will respond to comments and turn it off again. P.S. The snowflakes are floating down in a much more lazy fashion.

  2. Ally Bean says:

    I love this line: “Follow your feelings on this snow day.”

    So with that in mind here’s what I did yesterday. I put on some classical music, turned off the sound on my iPad, and played Candy Crush + Match Dots + Farm Heroes.

    I kept a pad of paper + pen beside me because I get my best inspirations when I focus on those games with smart music in the background, allowing my mind to solve problems I didn’t even know that I had.

    • Kathy says:

      That sounds fantastic, Ally Bean! Who would have thought that inspiration could sneak in between classical music and fun games? I like your idea of writing down the thoughts. Then they’re not so easily forgotten.

  3. Reggie says:

    Hahaha! You are hilarious, Kathy! I am smiling from ear to ear. All your suggestions are soo creative and inspirational, that I *almost* wish I was homebound on a snow day too. (Though I’m not sure I’d like to be entirely homebound… to be honest… Thank goodness for blogfriends around the world.)

    May you have a cheerful snowy day, Kathy! (And I hope you enjoy that bread with exotic nightshade jam!)

    • Kathy says:

      Reggie, I was supposed to go to work at the school today but the driveway doesn’t look very navigable until Barry comes home and plows. (Sure would have loved to sample that nightshade jam. It looks so delicious, except for the name, which sounds a big frightening, given the nature of nightshade.)

      • Reggie says:

        Quite – ‘deadly nightshade’ and all that! But I am reassured that these berries are safe and delicious. 🙂

        Sorry to hear you’re stuck indoors today – but delighted to see you in the blogosphere. Sending warm hugs, and cheerful sunshine!

  4. You really are the queen of making the best of whatever life throws at you:-) Enjoy your snow day – sounds delightful…hugs, Harula xxxxx

  5. Carol says:

    Perhaps I play a game with myself, pretending to do something constructive like maybe working on my organizing project when in reality I’m simply going back and forth and in circles because I can’t decide what to do next first, and then I decide I’m hungry so I get something to eat and I might as well read a bit while I eat and when I’m done my tummy is full and I fall asleep because it is so peaceful and quiet?

    Sent from my iPad


    • Kathy says:

      Deciding what to do first–or next–can be a challenge indeed, Carol. Especially if you have a mind that is offering a lot of options. Falling asleep because it’s peaceful & quiet sounds like a good plan in a little while…

  6. Wish I was near. We could go out on our snowshoes…or doodle or knit…I could use a snow day. Instead, I am bustling about- cold here and lovely. I love snow days, usually I bake. Organize some unloved corner of the house. Nap. Paint. Doodle. Write letters. Stay warm! xo S

    • Kathy says:

      Suzi, as I just mentioned to Carol, a nap is starting to sound like a nice option this afternoon. Loved the way you spoke of “unloved corner of the house”. How interesting to think of those corners that way. I have some unloved cobwebs which could use some loving–all OVER the house!

  7. Elisa says:

    I don’t get snow days. Z does his schooling at home. I was watching snowflakes falling just outside my blogging window and coming up with words and sounds for the type of snow. Giant flakes were not falling gently lazily down. They were pinging past, yanked down like a yo-yo zips out but GIANT and straight arrow down. I did say the sound PING and Z says snow does no such thing. I am cooking for the month here. E was nice enough to do the grocery shopping for me. I’m not entirely sure yet what I will do with all of the time that I won’t have to fret. I’ll probably spend it being confused lol.

    • Kathy says:

      Elisa, how interesting to think that snow would have a sound. I am fascinated by the way you perceive. After writing this I thought about the trillion ways I did not describe the snow coming down. “Tender” was just one way, and then it shifted, and shifted back again. May you enjoy your cooking. What is your favorite dish in the whole world? OK, what meal sounds the best to you today?

  8. Kathy –
    NUMBER 4 (with a few minor edits): “Open Pandora on your MacBook Pro and click on the “Workout” radio station and start hula-hooping.”

    And NUMBER 7 (with a few minor edits): “Eat a most delicious breakfast. Confetti-dice fresh, organic vegetables, scramble them into range-free, organic eggs, then stuff the whole shootin’ match into pita halves and savor, Savor, SAVOR! ”

    Are the items that resonated with me this snow-laden morning 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Oh you and your hula-hooping! You are having such fun times these days with that hoop, Laurie, or so I ascertain. Reminds me of the folks I’ve seen hula-hooping in airport corners lately. Hmmm, all the hoopers were in Chicago. Maybe there’s something in the air down there?

      As for your breakfast, yum, yum, yum! I have all the ingredients. Maybe that shall be tomorrow’s breakfast! Your food lately has been so inspiring.

  9. It sounds like you’ve had a few, and have the snow-day routine well in hand! I make soup (yesterday was turkey with brown rice, tomatoes, cauliflower, kale and carrots) and bread (a hearty, crusty potato and egg bread as a worthy use for some fresh-from-the-hen eggs that were given me. It made great toast this morning!)and then yesterday I got decadent with chocolate-chocolate chip cookies to bring into work with me. One load of laundry, one sink-ful of dishes and a quick tidy through the house made me feel justified in being lazy the rest of the day!

    • Kathy says:

      Oh, yes, Cindy, we’ve had a few snow days this year already! It’s a wonder Cabin Fever hasn’t set in. (Which it hasn’t.) Your soup and bread and chocolate chip cookies sound heavenly. I mean heavenly! I wouldn’t have thought about putting cauliflower in the soup, but what a nice addition. Am doing laundry now and just washed that sinkful of dishes. Had a friend over for tea yesterday so did the once-over already. Hope you have a nice day!

      • Actually, Kathy, it’s just stems, leaves and core of cauliflower that I add to soup. After reading An Everlasting Meal and trying out her wonderful pesto made with only parts that I would normally throw away from broccoli or cauliflower, I’ve gotten in the habit of throwing those cleaned bits in a bag in the refrigerator, and putting them in my weekly soup pot. It adds so much flavor! The tougher the stem, the smaller the dice and the longer cooking time, that’s all!

  10. Lori D says:

    I’m shivering here in Florida in 65 degree weather. No, no, no, not because it’s cold here, but because your words and photos make me feel like I’m with you. Lovely in the moment writing.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh dear, Lori, I’m so sorry to make you shiver. Although, if you feel like you’re here right now, would you mind going to stoke the wood stove? LOL–just kidding, you don’t have to! (But thanks for your enjoyment of the writing. I appreciate that you liked it.)

  11. Susan D says:

    Yes, yes — the snow does fall tenderly at times. It’s mesmerizing. I’m having a no-work snow day. It is hard to see my usual lovely view of the bay from my sitting position. The snow has piled up on my eave for a rest. I think I can see its soft fluffy belly breathing ever so gently.

    I have cleaned, called a mechanic about my car, caught up on a week’s worth of posts, eaten a banana and a Snickers bar, paid a couple of bills, stirred a couple of pots .. and a nap is sounding absolutely doable.

    I loved reading about your snow day, and others’ snow days, too. Thank you for this 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Susan D, it is a delight to hear from you–as always! So you live in a cave now in mid-January. Is that what you’re saying? *grin* I, for one, am glad that you can see snow’s soft fluffy belly breathing. How many people can see that? Happy to hear about the small parts of your day. I have something I want you to read…so would SO like to find a day to get together IF it will quit snowing, IF all cars will work properly and IF the Universe deems!

  12. After reading your post I can’t wait for our next snow day!


  13. Brenda Hardie says:

    Hi Kathy,
    I wish I could spend a snow day deep in the woods…watching the snow fall quietly to the ground and the oak leaves dancing in the breeze. That would be my dream come true. Being cuddled up inside, with a blazing fire in the woodstove and watching the birdies play in the snow while looking for tidbits to eat and keeping a watchful eye on the edge of the woods for deer to come wandering out. ♥ It would be pure heaven for me ♥

    The #9 paragraph mentions some things I love to do…puzzles, reading, cooking, watching movies—-plus..cross stitching and playing with our new puppy. And—–the other thing you mentioned really hits home with me now—writing down something that is irritating—I just did that the other night and have been praying about it every day and night since then.

    You are my dear friend and I love seeing your beautiful pictures from your special home in the northwoods ♥

    • Kathy says:

      Brenda, I always smile to read of your desire to live in a little house in a big woods. You would love it–I am sure. (Except for that part about shoveling, plowing, carrying in wood…) Someone recently told me: It’s so hard to live in the north in winter, isn’t it? It sounds like your soul desires the peace & quiet of being completely surrounded by silence & wilderness. I hope you can give yourself many spells in your life where this peace of nature can encompass you–if only for brief times of revitalization.

      • Brenda Hardie says:

        Kathy, I don’t think my lifelong dream of living in the northwoods will come true anymore. My body is no longer capable of doing the work necessary for living in the woods, or for wandering around to explore the woods and enjoy the God given beauty all around. This past year has been filled with so many losses in my life and I am trying so hard to replace those losses with new beginnings. The very first one is our new puppy, Gracie who has warmed my heart and helped heal the heartache from losing my precious Chloe in October. I’m not sure if God will bring new beginnings for the other losses but I pray every night that He’ll guide me to the life He wants me to live. My heart still aches at the loss of my lifelong dream because nature really feels like home to me. And the other worry is making my entire soul and spirit feel afraid for the future so please keep me in your prayers so I can hear God’s word and direction. Thank you Kathy ♥

  14. sybil says:

    I play with the cats and dogs. Read a book on exploring the back-roads of Nova Scotia. Done a puzzle (only 300 pieces-more than that and I feel over-whelmed). Done some sleuthing on the internet. Found out how my Great-Uncle died when he was only 28, down in California. Hmmm. Perhaps that might make a good blog post … Now look what you’ve done ! I have to stop leaving this comment and go work on a new post …

    • Kathy says:

      Sybil, it’s interesting to ponder when something puts us in under-whelm or over-whelm. Puzzles are fun, but I always call my township job like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle, so never want to put together a puzzle at the same time I’m collecting taxes. (That might not make sense. Let me know if it doesn’t make sense.) How cool that you could find out about your great-uncle during your sleuthing mission. Sorry to hear that he died so young. Hope to read a blog post about it asap.

  15. Barb says:

    You know that snow rarely keeps me indoors, but we’ve had so much gusting wind this past week that I began to get cabin fever. I can hear the wind in the night and instead of welcoming it, I say, “Oh, no!” A breeze I like but the gusts! I play in the snow, Kathy. Snow is delight to me. I just wish it wouldn’t be keeping company with wind. I like your oak leaves. No oaks in Summit County. I miss their steadfast ways.

    • Kathy says:

      Barb, I know you’re a regular outdoors girl, but those strong winds can keep even the hardiest inside. I wish you calmer breezes in the upcoming week. (and smiled at your observation about the oak’s steadfast ways.)

  16. dorannrule says:

    Great post Kathy! I can just picture you watching the oak leaves wave in the wind. I like to use my snow days to organize things. Lately I am “cleaning” up my computer files even when it rains. I still have old photographs in boxes too and would like to get them sorted and into albums. Then I have an idea to clean and reorganize just one closet. Sounds industrious I know, but I usually give in to the call of the couch and a good book instead. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Glad you enjoyed this, Dor. Know what you mean about using snow days to organize. I like to do that, too. Have recently caught up filing my computer photos in proper folders. However, there’s a spare closet which really needs cleaning. Unfortunately, it’s cold inside of it–so may wait for spring!

  17. I’m late, I’m late…I missed the snow party! There were a few flakes floating around higher elevations around here…not around me.
    I must have missed half of life’s joys by not knowing how to reallllly cook.
    Intriguing post and comments.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh no, not this winter–you can’t be late. It keeps snowing and snowing. Weird, we got 12 inches on Thursday night, but the little town ten miles away where i work at the school only got five inches. Oh, you must take up cooking, Linda! You will love creating healthy marvels.

  18. rita kowats says:

    Kathy, your presence to nature has wrought a holy sea change in you that so nourishes me in return. Thank you. This is exquisite.

  19. Stacy says:

    I would offer suggestions, but *sigh*, there are no snow days down here. But….I do like the contemplation that your snow days foster. That and the 50’s radio. I like to listen to 40’s radio – even if it’s not snowing! ❤

    • Kathy says:

      You are so right, Stacy–no snows down your way, are there? Think long endless pouring rain days with sideways wind. Think about them going on for five months a year. (tee hee, I’m kiddin’. The sun is shining here right now!) As to 40’s radio, I’ve never tried listening to that. Must give it a try!

  20. Feeling like it’s a bit unfair that we have beautiful, sunny 50-degree weather here Kathy!

  21. Bonnie says:

    I do believe that I have seen tender snow, a few times in the last month or so. I’m enjoying Reggie’s new picture blog too. I could almost smell the bread. Stay warm.

    • Kathy says:

      Bonnie, I don’t remember labeling snow as “tender” before, but am glad you know exactly what that looks like. Isn’t it fabulous when we can smell bread through the computer? 🙂

  22. Dana says:

    Your snow day sounds absolutely perfect, Kathy! This year, I am trying to implement “Tender Tuesdays”, which involve… nothing in particular. Just tenderness! The only thing I write in my daytimer is “Tender Tuesday”, and then I just do whatever my feelings lead me to do… even if I “do” nothing all day. Just like your wonderful snow day! Loved reading this post– so gentle and flowing.

    • Kathy says:

      Dana, isn’t that feeling “tender” absolutely precious? And such a reminder to be tender with ourselves–and others. I love your idea about Tender Tuesdays. Snow days do have the capacity to be so gentle and flowing, especially if we don’t beat ourselves up because we *think* we should be doing something productive.

  23. Kathy, you have gotten very good at photographing anything remotely or directly connected to your wintry weather. I do not envy you. Repeat. I do not envy you. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Yvonne, thank you! (If I’m the slightest bit good at snow photography it’s because that’s all we see for seven months of the year!) Glad you don’t envy me. Enjoy your Texas warmth. 🙂

  24. They all sound like great things to do on a snow day. Going out and taking pictures would be one of the first things on MY list 🙂

  25. Make soup. The long, slow, scrumptious way. You have all day. You can mess with it as the spirit moves. It makes the house smell wonderful, keeps the kitchen toasty warm, and warms your very soul when you eat it. A loaf of freshly baked bread to go with it is truly a gift from the gods.

    • Kathy says:

      Esther, slow-cooked soup is the best. It’s a wonderful way to simply relax and smell the veggies when the wind howls outside and the snow piles up. And, yes, that bread–a gift from the gods indeed. I am getting hungry!

  26. Heather says:

    I read all your suggestions about snow day wishes, and had a thought all queued up about what else to do, and then I read your new comment-reply handling system…and grinned 🙂 On my next snow day, I’m going to take special care to send you heartfelt well wishes. Also, I’m happy that you’ve settled into an internet routine that’s working (for now). Sometimes, when you’re trying to stay connected through a blog, and flickr, and facebook, you feel like you can’t keep up with the physical faces around you that are so warm and caring. I’ve been unplugging more on the weekends. Setting things to publish and then not looking back for a couple days.
    Uh-oh – just read the comment above about freshly baked bread. Think this is the universe telling me to really, really make that cardamom nisu!

    • Kathy says:

      Ha ha, did you like that long sentence explaining my comment-reply handling system? I DO stare with mesmerized interest at every comment! Oh, and am feeling much more light & content after moving away from Facebook for a while. Spending more time staying connected with the physical moment–I like how you put it. Unplugging during the weekends sounds good–except that’s my time to catch up on favorite blogs. Cardamom nisu…sounds delicious!

      • Heather says:

        Well, my job has me pretty firmly plugged in during the day. Almost all of my job is done online, and the parts that aren’t are still done on a laptop and then hooked into to other databases over the web. So, for me, the weekend is about closing the laptop for long stretches and not worrying about virtual worlds. Perhaps weekdays work better for you? Or anytime that makes you happy 🙂

  27. lucindalines says:

    Great ideas. Today, I need to catch up on reading blog posts, just wish it were a snow day and nothing else were going on, but life here never seems to slow down.

    • Kathy says:

      Jeez, Lucinda, that darned Life! She keeps having her own ideas about what we should be doing…grin… The weekends are my time for catching up in the blogosphere.

  28. KJ says:

    We have had quite a few of those recently in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. In fact we have been treated to a wide variety of wintry weather, some of which you only see in very cold conditions. 2 ice storms so far, many little 1″ snow falls, several 4-6″ snow falls, lots of days where lake affect squalls have made it down to this part of far northern Virginia, and one big 10″ snow fall. We were also treated to freezing fog one morning which presented a photographers dreamland complete with hoarfrost, and a fogbow. While they are not up here yet on my blog, they are on my instagram account. I update that one much more than this one. This one runs a couple weeks behind usually. As for what I do on a snow day, well, often I find myself outdoors freezing my fingers off taking photos. To me that is every bit as relaxing as sitting indoors and watching it fall. This winter has presented alot of winter photography opportunities as it has been colder and snowier than it has in the past several years, with an emphasis on COLDER. I mean below zero actual air temperature colder, with windchills of -15 to -25 degrees. It used to get that cold regularly here in the 70’s and 80s, but our climate has substantially warmed since then. This winter has been a treat as it has been a REAL winter, with REAL cold, and the ground has been snowcovered for most of it so far. Enjoy what nature brings to you and puts in front of you! Or at least try to. I’m the type that likes is like this when it is supposed to be winter. Ill be ready for springtime in mid march. =o)

    • Kathy says:

      KJ, thank you for sharing about your winter and your photography. I love hoar frost. Such beauty can be created from nature… Today is a sunshiny day with blue sky and bright snow all around. Hope you are enjoying your day, as well. P.S. We don’t get springtime until mid-April. Sometimes later. Sigh…

  29. Kathy, I used to watch the leaves on my father’s chestnut tree from his bedroom window when I was visiting him. Its brown leaves stayed fastened for the winter – not even a heavy snowfall would prune them off. Only when the new leaves emerged in the spring would they release their grip, pushed away by the next generation.

    One thing I like to do when snowbound is log on to Ancestry.com and explore new research possibilities…

    • Kathy says:

      Barbara, your words sound musical here. I was once in love with a chestnut tree, as well. One existed (still exists) in my hometown downstate. We would pass it every day we walked to junior high. It is strange how very fond we can grow of trees like this–as if they are special friends. I am so delighted this friend still exists.

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