For most of the year we are careless and carefree with our outdoor time. We have lots of it! We don't have to conserve it. We can spread a project out over months and months, casually puttering and occasionally toiling away. Mowing here and there, planting a bit, maybe repairing something. A bike ride now and then, perhaps some barbeque. Maybe even a roadtrip or vacation. It's a joyous time and we are blissful in our enjoyment of it. Long daylight hours and months of sunshine conspire to make us all models of inefficiency.
But Winter. We have been taught to believe that Winter is the enemy. Cold, dark Winter. The perfect villain. Stealing away our beautiful weather and ability to be productive. Bad, Winter! Right?
What if I told you that was false? What if I said that being forced indoors for Winter is really a blessing in disguise? Don't believe me? It's true! Winter is awesome! Winter is the wonderland of time for projects that don't get greenlighted during the rest of the year. The best part is, you don't even need to leave the house.
The great thing about sewing is you can make new stuff or fix old stuff. New is good, it's fun, but it isn't the only game in town. I have spent days repairing dog jackets, curtains, and patching blue jeans. Also, necessity doesn't have to be your driving force. I can burn up many evenings making catnip toys for the cats, beds for the dogs, decorations for the house. Sewing is so free form, you only need an imagination to get started.
Don't need surgery? Fantastic! Fire up that home gym and get yourself in shape for Spring. Your garden will thank you.
And there are other things. Reading! Real reading, not just cat memes on the internet. Book reading. Hundreds of pages at a time. Whether topics are light or heavy, reading is the gym for your brain. Workout that muscle, reignite your passion for a subject long dormant, expand your vocabulary. Become a student of the world again. It's past time. Resolve to read a book a month. Put aside 15 minutes to read each day and see if you can stop. It's amazingly addictive. Try it.
You can also knit, crochet, learn or relearn how to play a musical instrument. Take a class online. Study a foreign language. Bottle your own beer. If you get really bored, Spring cleaning is waiting for you. If all else fails and you still need a time suck, try blogging. I guarantee you will lose hours faster than quarters in a slot machine.
The point is, rethink your winter. Your indoor time is precious too and should be a source of great enjoyment and even productivity. Busy hands beat idle hands, and sure make the winter fly by. Next year, make plans to have the best winter ever. Your mind and body will thank you.