Along with much of North America, Chicago is becoming tired of the relentless cold weather, especially after being graced with yet another layer of unwanted snow. In waiting for spring to come, many Chicagoans have lost the wonder and magic of the season and have even come to see the snow as an annoyance. News flash: Snow can be beautiful! Snow can be magical! You can ENJOY the snow!!
Remember when the season began a few months ago? The first snow? You welcomed it then! Why should now be any different? I promise that in a few months it will become cold again and you will want your snow back. The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Most people say that they would rather it be cold with snow than cold without. If you have ever been part of this group, be sure to embrace the snow while it's still here, because before you know it, it will be gone.
This March, look at the world with the eyes of a young child. Re-experience the magic that a sprinkling of snow can bring, transforming everyday objects into masterpieces straight out of a fairytale. If it helps, you can take a camera with you to capture your favorite sights. Set these photos as wallpaper for your computer or mobile device to keep the winter blues at bay.
But in truth, the best thing you can do to lighten your mood regarding the weather is to get out and experience it. Play with your kids! Go skiing, ice skating, or sledding! Start a snowball fight! Build a snowman!! Besides, we could all use a little extra Vitamin D this winter, and what better way is there to get your exercise in? If you don't have kids of your own, go borrow some nieces or nephews. Their parents will probably appreciate you taking them out for a bit, and you'll be surprised by how much fun you'll have. If no young ones are available to share the wonder of winter with you, find someone who is "young at heart" to be your winter buddy. Then go find a park somewhere and create a unique snowman or igloo. You could even make a whole snow family complete with snow pets! Your creations will likely last longer than you expect, and you'll get some great pictures. Below is my most recent creation: a traditional snowman, but wearing a hat, eating a carrot, and sporting fancy granola bar eyes. (We didn't have any coal.)
Another interesting idea would be to take a spray bottle and fill it with water and food coloring. Spraying this on the snow colors it, making the whole white world your canvas! You could draw anything from doodles to messages to a sports field, where you could then play an actual game! Up for something new? Look into the little known sport called Pi-Ball. If you are very artistic, why not mix up a few different colors and make your lawn into a mural?
If you have enough time on your hands, this project is a really interesting idea. Fill about 500 juice cartons with colored water, freeze them, and use them to build an igloo that looks as though it is made of stained glass. The blocks are held together by a mixture of hot water and snow. The result looks amazing, especially when lit up from the inside! Here are some photos of this mosaic wonder.
Regardless of how you choose to spend the rest of your winter, be sure you don't just wait it out indoors. What a waste that would be!
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." ~ Albert Einstein