Man, I hate winter.
Quite apart from the monotonous colour of the landscape and the congealing of flesh upon exposure to the wind, there’s the element of cabin fever that starts to set in in February.
Katherine and I have been rattling off each other lately, irritating each other for no good reason. Part of it is that John is gone for longer each day in winter (it took him 1.5 hours to get home last night, a run he can do in 25 min in summer). So we’re car-less for longer each day and alone together for longer each day. Eleven hours together straight is a lot. For anyone.
So I’ve developed a bunch of coping strategies to get through and stave off boredom:
- reading together time – we curl up together on the couch with a stack of books each and read. Actually, I read and she squirms. Sometimes I read to her (she loves The Hobbit) and sometimes we talk.
- baking things
- colouring sheets and worksheets from this site, among others. Katherine is really enjoying the worksheets and her numbers and letters are getting more and more recognisable
- throwing the ball down the stairs for the dogs. I sit at the top and throw. Three dogs plough down the stairs and ricochet off the wall at the bottom. Katherine laughs at the resulting pile-up. Luckily the wall has concrete behind it…
- Train tracks – today we built one that later tripped me up in three separate rooms.
- The library – Katherine will happily read by herself at the local library for an hour or two while I peruse the gardening section or somesuch. The library is, happily, within walking distance.
- Art supplies – I’ve laid in a good stock of clay, paint, glue and paper and we’re doing various weird things with them. Mostly they involve Katherine coming up with an idea and implementing it with more glue than paper and more execution than planning, but it kills time.
- Planting things – we have basil, snowpeas and lettuce growing. Next week we start a sprout garden.
I’m open to some other suggestions. Anyone have some things to do indoors with a kid in winter that won’t break the bank, cause adult brain stultification or involve hours in front of some screen or other?