Winter is coming in. As we head into the next few months of pandemic living, confined predominantly to our homes, we’ll need to find things to keep us busy.
Let’s start by embracing the outdoors – despite the cold.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a backyard, now is the time to winter-proof it. Get your hands on a table and chairs that can withstand snow to act as an outdoor gathering spot for friends and family. A firepit, or outdoor heaters, is a great way to draw people near and enjoy cozy warmth. Twinkle lights, or maybe event Christmas lights, make a nice addition to a backyard, too.
Of course, if you’re going to be spending time in the backyard in sub-zero temperatures, you’ll want to dress accordingly. Invest in high-quality base-layers and waterproof outer layers to keep you warm and dry while enjoying some fresh air.
Having a hot beverage on hand is a sure-way to feel warm and fuzzy regardless of the elements surrounding you. If you don’t have a kettle, consider aesthetics when you buy one. A beautiful kettle (like this one, available at De Mello, my favourite coffee shop), on the stove always delights prospective home-buyers.
Beyond the backyard, why not take a winter nature walk, hike, or snowshoe. There are tons of places within Toronto that will transport you to a winter wonderland. My favourite walks in the city include Sherwood Park (especially if you have a furry friend to join you), The Brickworks, Earl Bales Park and The Beltline. If you’re looking for something out of the city, consider Wasaga Beach, or Bronte Creek.
At home, why not work on the home improvement ideas you thought of during the first wave of COVID, but never got around to doing? If you want ideas for getting the most bang for your buck, check out this blog post.
For more family-inclusive fun, stock up on board-games, colouring books, or puzzles. If you invest in an art-forward puzzle, you can even turn it into a statement art piece for your front-hall or bathroom once you’ve finished.
How are you staying occupied at home? If you’ve got ideas, I want to hear them!