Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 7 : Winter 2011 - Page 61

sugaring tour, try ice skating, and much more – many of these types of activities are completely free or for a nominal fee, including the equipment. Staying Inside When the weather is lousy and you need to stay inside . . . 1. Put on a play. Write and act out a short story. Your children or grandchildren will love watching themselves (or you) for years to come. 2. Prepare a special meal. Try new recipes, eat by candlelight, use the “nice” dinnerware, etc. If you have children, get them involved. Let them help with the cooking and setting the table. It’s also fun to have a theme or challenge meal like a backwards dinner (wear your clothes backwards, eat dessert first, use the opposite end of the utensil - except for the knives of course!) or have an everything has to be eaten with chopsticks meal. and get rid of items you just don’t need or use. Store the items in labeled boxes or totes until the weather is warm enough for a yard sale or use an online service, such as eBay, for selling any time of year. To motivate kids to help out, decide together on something that the family can do or purchase using the profits, like a weekend getaway or new bikes. Whether indoors or out, these are just a few of the countless ways you and your family can beat the winter doldrums. Make it a point to be active rather than hibernate when the first snowflake falls. Doing so can create lifelong memories and make for a happier, healthier you! Healthy You is a free community program from Cary Medical Center that addresses your overall well-being including physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health. For program information or calendar of events, log on to www.carymedicalcenter.org or call Cary Medical Center’s Public Relations Department at 498-1361. 3. Have a spa day at home. Take turns giving and receiving a massage, polish your nails, soak your feet, listen to soothing music, meditate, light some candles, and relax. 4. Play games. Dust off the board games stacked in the closet and have a family and/or friend game night. Try a new game or have your guests bring their own favorite game to try. 5. Grow a plant. From a seedling in a paper cup to a large terrarium, growing plants inside is a fun way to add color and life to your home. Kids will especially like caring for their own plant and watching it grow. 6. Host a dance party. Get your family’s favorite music together for an evening of movin’ and groovin’. Make it a karaoke party for even more fun and laughs. 7. Make a time capsule. Fill a large jar with items that reflect this moment in time, such as newspaper clippings, music CDs, photographs, and a television guide. Be sure to add a personal note. Seal the jar tightly and write on the outside when it should be opened. Bury it in the yard or place it in storage (e.g. the attic). File the exact location of jar in your will, safe, or file cabinet. 8. Learn something new. Teach yourself how to juggle, cr