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Feeling Restless

I don't get like this very often, but I am just feeling very restless. Our weather has been crazy, either storming, pouring down rain, or the heat and humidity is so bad you can't get out. Yesterday was nice but couldn't get out, today is supposed to be nice, but Grace comes home so really can't go do anything. The oppressive heat and humidity is due back tomorrow. 

How do you beat the bad weather blues?

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  • LK

    Melissa, I read your title to this thread and immediately thought "That's how I often feel!"  It is so very hard when the weather is not healthy for us to be out in.  Like you and others here, between the weather triggers and everything else in life there are some day when I get "cabin fever."  I wish I could say I have a cure, but I do not, unfortunately.  

    It is harder since DH and I are empty nesters.  When our kids were at home they would always break up the monotony!     

    My ways of dealing with this are to try something new – knit, crochet, etc.  Or try a new pattern in these crafts.  Sometimes I turn on some music I haven't listened to in awhile.  I need to break out our old turntable and put on the LPs!!  

    I used to (in the days before asthma) rearrange furniture in the family room for instance.  Now the thought of stirring up all that dust scares the daylights out of me.  

    What have you found that helps you, Melissa?

  • Pljohns

    yep-same here  There are days that I’m restless because I can’t get out from the weather and then there are days I CAN to get out and can’t becuase there isn’t time before I have something else to do.  I haven’t found a cure either-I play jigsaw puzzles on my iPad or surf (dangerous for me-I tend to shop when I surf).  If I have enough time, I try to make cards but there are days I’m too restless to settle into that too.

    If someone finds a cure for this, please share it!!

  • Melissa G

    Sometimes watching a new movie helps, but I haven't really found anything that really helps. Now that the kids are getting older, I want to find a hobby that I can actually do and finish. 

  • SHN2014

    This is a great topic! I struggle with this as well, especially this summer with so many hot and humid days. I will sometimes go to a mall so that I can walk around inside. The only problem with that is I need to be aware of any perfume shops and make sure I don't get too close to them. But walking around in a large enclosed area where there are people around and lots of things to see helps me. And there are usually nicely spaced out areas to sit if I start to get out of breath. 

    We have a pretty humid day today and I plan to head over to one of our local malls this afternoon, just so I can get out. 

    SHN

  • Pljohns

    SHN214-that’s a great plan and as long as you can stay clear of the perfume shops, that would be great.  I haven’t been to our mall in several months.  I just never seem to have the time to get out anymore.  I need to go and see what’s out for fall-I need some new sweaters-but I have no idea when I’ll find the time to do that.

  • Melissa G

    SHN2014, I think you nailed it!….just need to be around other people at time! Because there are times I feel like there is not life outside our four walls! 

  • LK
    Melissa G posted:

     Because there are times I feel like there is not life outside our four walls! 

    I hear you on this, Melissa!  Don't want to be a recluse but some days . . .  

  • K8sMom2002

    Melissa, hugs on the restlessness!

    Everyone has had such great ideas and insights! I hope they help!

    I think outside human contact is important. I think that's why I value my walking/talking time that I have with friends and family in the evenings. I may not be able to SEE them, but I can talk with them and catch up and get the endorphins from walking. 

  • LK

    Cynthia,  Outside human contact is what I need!  

    Our internet had been sporadic for quite a while so I called and a technician came and replaced almost all of the old cables and so far it is working well.  The downside is that DH said if it keeps working so well he is going to start working from home more often!!    I really, really don't want that much togetherness!!  When he is working from home and has a break, he just comes and starts talking to me whether I am busy doing something or not.  

  • Pljohns

    Oh Lisa-my DH working from home would not be a good thing either-I need some space!

  • Melissa G

    I totally agree!! I tease with my dh, when he retires, he is getting a part-time job. No way could I handle him being home 24/7. 

  • Melissa G

    I am very restless today. Probably because I am feeling soo much better! My neck is pretty much back to "normal" and I am ready to get some stuff done. Bekah has music this afternoon, hate having to go out in this heat then home for the rest of the night. I hope the weather breaks soon. 

  • Pljohns

    I"m ready for fall too Melissa.  I"m just antsy today-ready for 11:45 to get here so I can leave for my surgeon's appointment.

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Oh my….I was feeling the same way today. It's been too hot to spend time outdoors . It gets boring at times. No one to call because everyone else is working. If any of you is a holiday cook and/or baker….you can look through recipes and plan ahead. Start writing out next year's calendar if you are like me and get them free in the mail. I made some macaroni salad earlier to keep busy.  Hope you all stay well. I will be thinking of you! Debbie

  • K8sMom2002

    What a great idea, Debbie! Holidays tend to sneak up on me. I hate to say it, but Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before I know it. 

    And as for "boring" with no one to call — we're here! There's usually someone hanging around the forums no matter what time of the day. 

    I'd love to compare notes on holiday dishes … what's your favorite "it's not the holiday if you don't have this" dish?

  • Deborah Bartlett

    My favorite "wouldn't be without " happens to be stuffed shells. I make sauce from scratch and include spinach in the filling. . What are some of your favorite holiday stand-bys? 

    Has anyone ever made stained glass window cookies? I think if I start digging out the recipes now…I should have a nice assortment of goodies to give to folks.

    Yes…..Turkey Day (as my Dad called it) is right around the corner and so is Christmas. Also time to look into cookie recipes if you plan on doing a cookie swap. 

    Thanks for being here. 

    Debbie

  • Melissa G

    I have never made "stained glass" cookies before but I bet my youngest would love making them! We love to bake here. I want to make baked good baskets to give away this year to help keep the cost down.

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Good idea! I have done that too. I also buy nice holiday plates at the Dollar Tree. People can reuse the plates. I think people really appreciate the home baked gifts. People who work alot don't have time to bake and they love getting cookies. 🍪 Many times I make cupcakes because you can make alot for a low cost. I know for me baking keeps my mind off of my COPD and asthma. 

  • Melissa G

    I love our local Dollar Tree! We have found some pretty amazing stuff in there. I made a fall flower bouquet from there, my dh thought the flowers were from the florist. 

  • LK

    Deborah,  I love the words at the bottom of your posts!  

    "Live each day with hope and enjoy it with a smile!"

    Well said!!  

    The closest cookie I have made to the stained glass ones are thumbprint cookies.

    I love baking cookies to give away at the holidays.  I also have a deliciously moist pumpkin bread recipe that I make and give to family and friends.

  • LK

    Deborah, That is very kind of you to say so!  The bread does disappear quickly!    Have to make it when no one is home or it almost gets eaten before it is cool enough to cut!  

  • K8sMom2002

    Deborah, I've seen a recipe or two for … haven't done them before because most of the hard candies that are called for have corn syrup in them, and until now with DD's corn allergy, corn syrup has been off limits. But now that she's passed a corn syrup challenge … hmmm … I can do it!

    Have you found a good recipe? What's your favorite hard candy to use?

    Lisa, I adore pumpkin bread, and DD likes pumpkin bread better than pumpkin pie. So every Thanksgiving I wind up having to make both a pumpkin pie AND a loaf of pumpkin bread. What's your recipe?

  • LK

    Here's the Pumpkin Bread recipe. Don't have any idea where I got it from. I've been making it for at least 20 yrs. 

    You have to sometimes leave the loaves in the oven longer than the stated times. I always test the centers with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, they're done, like a cake.

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I usually use Lifesavers. They come in so many colors. You can make a hole with an ice pick in the cookies before baking and after they cool you can spray them with clear coat and tie a ribbon through the hole to give as Christmas ornaments.I have a few good recipes. 

  • Melissa G

    I love older recipes! From my experience they typically work out and I normally have those ingredients on hand. I have one from my grandmother, it's the best homemade biscuits. Every time I make then I think of her. 

    Deborah that is good idea about using lifesavers! I never would have thought of that!

  • LK

    I love the old recipes, too!  I have one of my mom's old Betty Crocker cookbooks from the early 1960s.  It has some good basic recipes.  My grandmother was a fabulous cook and could make so many thing from scratch.  I have a mixing spoon that was hers and whenever I use it I feel like I am a better cook!    Well, maybe I'm not, but I do feel closer to her when I use it!

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Yes….and Lifesavers are sort of inexpensive so you don't have to break the bank buying different colors and flavors.

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma
    Deborah Bartlett posted:

    My favorite "wouldn't be without " happens to be stuffed shells. I make sauce from scratch and include spinach in the filling. . What are some of your favorite holiday stand-bys? 

    Has anyone ever made stained glass window cookies? I think if I start digging out the recipes now…I should have a nice assortment of goodies to give to folks.

    Yes…..Turkey Day (as my Dad called it) is right around the corner and so is Christmas. Also time to look into cookie recipes if you plan on doing a cookie swap. 

    Thanks for being here. 

    Debbie

    Ooh, what are stained glass cookies?  They sound too pretty to eat  but, I bet they are tasty! My 7 yo DD would probably love to make them too!

  • K8sMom2002

    Brenda, here are two photos of different stained glass cookie versions … 

    Deborah, how do you think they made the more elaborate cookies? I'd love to do something like that! Maybe some sort of cookie press?

    And I'm wondering … since all the recipes I've seen is that you take hard candy in the color/flavor that you want and crush it up … do you think you could use colored sugar instead?

    The reason I'm asking is that, while the elaborate ones are very cool, if you used Life Savers or lollipops, different colored ones have different flavors … I can't imagine using watermelon for green and strawberry or wild cherry for red in a single Christmas cookie!

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I see the more fancy cookies seem to have been formed with intricate cookie cutters or a cookie press.

    What I have done is buy cookie cutters that cone in a stack. Let's say trees or stars. They may have 5 of the same shape but they graduate in size. Use the largest one you choose. Then find a size maybe 2 sizes smaller to make the hole in the center where you place your crushed candies. I know alot of children like sour candy. You can buy some softballs and use them. They come in all different colors.

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Colored sugar could burn and stick to the cookie sheet. If you put it on cookies before baking, the sugar that falls off the cookies kind of burns. You could try it and see how it comes out. 

  • LK
    Deborah Bartlett posted:

    Sounds like you've got quite a talent for baking!

    Not sure I have a talent for it, but I do enjoy it!  Luckily my DH (Dear Husband) is always eager to eat whatever I bake!     I used to love baking yeast breads as well.  Nothing like the smell of breads or cookies baking to make a house smell so good!

    Sounds like you know quite a bit about baking cookies yourself!

  • Deborah Bartlett

    When the month of September rolls around I start thinking about the crisp fall air and pumpkins and gourds and Indian corn and blankies on the couch and pajamas and baking!!!! I love looking online for ideas I haven't thought of. Gee….we will have to have a virtual cookie swap!

  • LK

    Oh, wouldn't that be fun!      

    I love baking in the fall and winter!

  • LK

    Speaking of baking, when I mixed up the pan cookies yesterday before dinner I did not wear my mask.  Most of the time lately I have worn it since all the dry ingredients' particles in the air usually get my asthma going.  Well, didn't bother me yesterday!!!  Yahoo!!  Small victories are so invigorating!  I know full well that it may be short lived but I am reveling in the moment!  

  • Melissa G

    Lisa that is great!!! And I agree there is nothing like fresh baked breads or cookies! When I was baking a lot for Grace's bake sale our house smelled lovely.

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Oh I am so glad it didn't trigger your asthma. I know if I am around powdered sugar it triggers my asthma. I can almost smell cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves….autumn!

  • Melissa G

    Whenever I use black pepper, I sneeze a lot! Never use to do that, now my dh can always tell when I have have added black pepper to anything when I am cooking because I start sneezing. 

  • LK

    Thank you, Deborah!

    Melissa,  Is it when you grind black pepper or even when you use the already ground black pepper?  Wonder what in the pepper makes you sneeze!

  • K8sMom2002
    Deborah Bartlett posted:

    When the month of September rolls around I start thinking about the crisp fall air and pumpkins and gourds and Indian corn and blankies on the couch and pajamas and baking!!!! I love looking online for ideas I haven't thought of. Gee….we will have to have a virtual cookie swap!

    Ooh, love the virtual cookie swap!

    Here ya go — just in time for fall … and sure, I "virtually" made 'em!

  • Melissa G

    Nope, I don't grind it….I never had problems til the last few years…

    Cynthia, the cookies are beautiful, great job…

  • Melissa G

    Rain is in the forecast every day this week. I am going to have to find something to keep me preoccupied or I am going to go stir crazy. 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Ok….then stir like crazy and make some comforting homemade soup. Supposed to rain here tomorrow. I am hoping we don't get any part of hurricane Florence up here.🌀🚫