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Things You Can Do On a Cold Wet Day

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by Lynne Cargill (subscribe)
I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business is designed to help children experience history through school incursions.
Published May 30th 2013
"Too cold to go out, Too wet to play ball" says Dr Seuss "So we sat in the House and did nothing at all".

Perhaps boring for children but sounds like heaven to me.

Wet weekend forecast? Too tired/broke/chilly/sick to go out to the movies or dinner? Well, here's the plan.

Prepare ahead the night before:


a). Rush through the housework, paperwork, shopping and other boring duties. Just do what HAS to be done for next week. Does it really matter if you haven't done all the washing? It's not going to dry anyway.

b). Close the curtains, turn off the alarms.

c) Deter interruptions - send the kids to Granny's, put a message on the phone saying you're in a LONG meeting, spread the word that you have a highly contagious virus and are in quarantine, lock the doors. DO NOT tell anyone you are resting or they'll feel obliged to annoy you.

Rush through the vital housework.


a). Get out your favourite pajamas / trackies /slob clothes. Slippers, socks... You must be comfortable.

b). Make a pile of all the fun things you've been wanting to do: books you haven't read, nail polish you never have time to apply, lotions and potions for a facial / CDs / DVDs, birthday cards for the next month to write thoughtful, unhurried messages in, photos to sort, knitting, phone calls to return calmly.

c). Put aside some snacks, water and some easy to prepare meals - left overs, soup or casserole ingredients in the slow cooker, the phone number for your favourite delivered food. Don't eat junk all day or you'll just feel sick at the end of the day.

d). Consider a thermos for your hot drink.

e). Hot water bottle, heat pack, teddy.

3. Create a "NEST"

This could be

a). Your bed - make it with clean sheets, LOTS of pillows and cuddly blankets.

b). The sofa - pillows, throws, doona

c). A long deep hot bath - oils (they disperse better with some milk in the bath), heater, bath pillow, candles, eye mask, clean towels.

Crate a cosy 'nest' to spend the day in.

4. On the WET DAY:

Wake up early so you can have the pleasure of knowing you are going to spend the day exactly how you wish to.

Now you can catch up on all that reading or you can go back to sleep in your clean sheets.

"Your mother will not mind at all if you do".
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