Friday, November 8, 2013

Winter Coping Skills

Everyone I know has a way of filling their free time during the many months of dark, rainy, snowy, cold we are beginning to embark on here in Spokane, WA.  For instance, Mt. Spokane is great for snowboarding, skiing, or just hanging out and taking in the sights.  Then there's league night at Lilac lanes! You could certainly make a healthy habit out of attending every Chief's game.  Go Chiefs!Or, you may choose to experience a delicious meal at one of the many great dinning spots here in Spokane.  You could fly south for the winter with the rest of the "snow birds."  You could make use of the downtown nightlife, have a few too many and end up experiencing yet another of Spokane's attractions, It's local cabs.  I say that jokingly because I often wish I could have seen the day when crowded Spokane streets bustled with street cars, horses, and model T's.  It seems, these days, that Spokane could use a little glitz and glamour of it's glory days.  So while the Mayor and Mr. Worthy work on that, the rest of us have to find a way to bring a little glamour into our own lives.  Never is this more important than in winter.  I believe that what winter lacks in color, even though I love the tremendous white sheen of an early morning snow, knitting, crafting, and crocheting are what brings us glory, glamour, and beauty during these long winter months.  It's ok if you have 10 projects you've started and not quite finished yet.  So do I!  Think of what it means to learn, practice, and pass down a skill to your children and loved ones that will last them a lifetime.  This is certainly the time of year where many knitting needles, crochet hooks, sewing machines, glue guns, and first aid kits come out of their closets. But don't neglect your creative side this year.  No matter what you do to fill your free time this winter, remember, every culture throughout time has had one thing in common; it's ability to create and to beautify the lives of other's itself and others.  Let's take a lesson from our early ancestors, never stop creating!  Keep this winter season alive by sharing your craft(s) with your family and loved ones.  For me, this is the essence of how and why I endure these long cold winters up here and don't run screaming back to Miami.  The essence of creativity and the spirit of giving.  Whatever your crafty endeavors, I wish you all the best!