How To Beat The Winter Blues
No matter where you live, it helps to have a strategy to slog through these cold months. I retreat to the kitchen where I lean heavily on comfort foods. (Recently I made Coq Au Riesling from Saturday’s Wall Street Journal.) In last week’s newsletter I asked for your survival tips. Thanks to everyone who emailed and tweeted me back. Here are some of my favorites:
From Lisa Weed…
- Organize your material things on grey days.
- Take advantage of the sunny days and get outside. Lisa walks her Corgi.
- Exercise (This is a big one for me too!)
From Faith Efird…
- Make soup from scratch. “I like to keep a big pot of vegetable soup and make homemade croutons from French or Italian bread. Just use good extra virgin olive oil and garlic powder.”
- Stock your Kindle with new books.
From Kristin Clarke…
- Take care of those financial chores! “With my teen stuck at home, I’ve been having her do some “financial chores.” So far she has sorted and packaged a big bowl of loose change in her room to deposit into her savings, tracked the receipts of some errant buys that need proof of price to get full value back, chosen the charity to give this year’s 5% of her allowance to, begun browsing a new scholarship directory to get a jump on college prep, consolidated the crumpled dollars and debit card receipts she has stuffed in 4 wallets and jean pockets, paid me back the $20 she owes me as her part of an expensive school dance dress that was over my budget, clipped coupons, and negotiated a reduced group rate at the restaurant that she and 23 friends are going to before the Sadies dance tomorrow.”