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What are some indoor activities you do when you either don't feel well enough to go out or the air quality isn't good enough to go outside?

We love board games and binge watching movies. If it is just me and my girls, we will give each other manicure and pedicures. 

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  • Shea

    Cool topic!

    We definitely love movies too. We just finished watching Ninjango Lego Movie (I am trying to get Tommy into Legis but he hasnt taken to them too much yet).

    It has been so hot outside that it just drains us being out there right now. Tommy loves the WiiU nintendo game system– he is super into Zelda Breath of the Wild (which I like too, it is an amAzing game and dies teach a lot) but he could play it ALL day long– I have to watch that he doesnt play it too much. I have been tryyyying to get him off of it today, and got him to help me more on this Zelda board game that we are making. (That is how I get him off the video game– by borrowing his passion for that and sneaking in educational activities, and then ending with a fun project that can be used socially as well). In the past we have made a Donkey Kong board game where you actually learn ti drum out beats, a Luigi Mansion board game that teaches you to read a clock, a Mario Board game that teaches you to fold paper, etc. With the Zelda game I am tying in map-reading skills, North South East West Directions, and teaching Tommy to use stencils to make it. I always have Tommy help me with the drawing and gluing… He does not love coloring, so I will typically have him do a little then when he loses attention I work a little more on it. I havent been able to work on anything too long lately because I get tired so quickly, and have headaches– I am starting some supplements to see if those help. Ive really been stuck in bed still since tbe Epcot trip, and just get up to do laundry, clean, and hace little playtimes with Tommy so it is kind of a blessing that he is so into his game right now. 

  • LK

    I agree with Shea, Great topic!!

    I need to find more variety of things to do inside.  Currently, it's mainly housework – laundry, cooking/baking, cleaning up after the cooking/baking   , general housecleaning, etc.  I love reading, so reading either books, magazines (yes, mainly horse-related   ), or online articles.  Occasionally, I will get out some puzzles. 

    I'm thinking of starting a new project.  Perhaps some sort of sewing or other semi-crafty hobby.  I'm not very creative so it would have to be something that has some instructions.  

  • LK

    Shea,  You are a very creative teacher to be able to relate your son's interests to what you are teaching him.  Good for you!  Hope you start to feel rested soon!

  • Melissa G

    Shea, those are great activities for Tommy! My son Josh, always learns better when he can use his hands. When he was younger, he would practice his spelling words while bouncing a basketball. We played a lot of alphabet and number bingo too.

    Lisa, I love reading. One of my favorite authors is Karen Kingsbury. My kids make fun of me if I start reading one of her books, I get nothing else accomplished. Like forgetting to feed them, I have to say though, that never happened. 

  • LK

    Melissa,  Yes, a good book is quite enthralling!  I end up staying up way too late at night to finish it!  I've been know to read one in one day if it is really good!  

  • Shea

    LK, I know what you mean about getting stuck in chore-land at the house: cooking, baking, cleaning, laundry… Oof! But… I do want to bake soon. Perhaps for father's day I will make some cupcakes or cakepops. Yumm yumm!! A craft sounds cool too– like one of those kits from Michael's that teaches one how to knit/sew something.

    Melissa, interesting on teaching your son while bouncing a basketball… I will have to try that, it sounds fun! I need a new book too. TV just hasnt been enough lately, and a book would be good. I will keep an eye out for your author at the bookstore or library next time I go.

  • LK

    Shea,  I've never tried baking cake pops.  Is there a particular recipe you've made that is easy for a first timer?  I've baked cakes and breads for many years so I have the basics.  

    I like your idea of finding a craft/sewing/knitting kit to do.  I seem to remember learning to knit and purl when I was little.  Vague memories of a not-so-evenly-knitted, very long, very colorful "scarf" I made!!    Not sure any of that knowledge remains so I may need a beginner's kit!  

  • Melissa G

    Shea, yes please share your tricks for cake pops! I have looked at a few recipe but I am afraid to try them. 

  • Pljohns

    Thank goodness when our DS were little, they both LOVED lego's and Thomas the Train (when they were a LOT younger).  Once they got old enough to play some computer games, that helped out a lot too.  Neither one of them are big on going outside and never have been-no matter how much I tried-so they are sort of content to stay inside.

    As for me-I play solitare or find a word on my ipad and do jigsaw puzzles on the ipad(a lot better than having puzzle pieces everywere) and there are tons of free ones.  I use to scrapbook all the time and still wish I had the time to but I'm restricted to making cards now and don't have much time to do that.  I guess I'm a crafty person-I do counted cross stitch, crochet, sew, cards/scrapbooking and I use to knit but that was way too long ago.  DS#1 use to scrapbook with me when DS#2 was down for a nap and he still laughs and remembers the "tootsie roll parties" we had-he LOVED the flavored tootsie rolls and I would give him like 4 and we would scrapbook and he would eat those-where has the time gone…..

  • Amber Says Shine

    I'm not sure it's an activity, but I love watching baseball!  I also do lots of the things already mentioned above.  I cross-stitch, read, meditate, listen to music, bake, cook, clean, and if I'm feeling the need to move, I'll practice a little yoga (was a registered teacher at one point, now I just do it for me).  I love organizing playlists and my digital picture files, too.  

  • Pljohns

    Aside from the "fun stuff" I've got the house cleaning like everyone else does too

  • LK

    Took my mom shopping today and ended up buying a round knitting loom for me to try out. It'll give me something to learn and hopefully I can make useful hats and scarfs.

  • LK

    You are inspiring me to start on this new project of mine!    

  • Shea

    So I have this cake pop kit someone gave me as a gift and I followed these instructions snd made them three tines thus far and they turned out yummy!

  • Shea

    Today I worked gard dusting, vacuuming, washing the sheets, and mowing another third of the lawn before my electric mower died. I decided I really needed a second battery for it so after showering and chsnging I went to Hone Depot and got the battery (last one too). So I will have to finish tomorrow after both batteries are fully charged.

     

    Cool on the purchase and plans LK– let us know how it goes with your creations!

    I also made a purchase to help Tommy and I about how to make video game drawings.  (After all my hard work around the house and for the house I decided I needed an escape from the house, so we went to the outdoor mall which has a huge bookstore. I got Tommy and I each a treat from the Cafe and looked at books and I decided to buy the How to Draw Video Game Characters book because it looked really good. Then we walked the outdoor mall to get exercise in ( it has lots of shade and we took breaks to play and shop too). We have picked out our first picture to try to draw– but most of them on the book look awesome, so I know we will get our use out of it!

     

  • LK

    Shea,  thank you for taking and posting the pictures of cake pops!  Looks like fun!  you did a lot of house- and yardwork today!  Good for you!  Are you recovered from your trip the other day?  I'm glad you and your son had a nice time at the outdoor mall and found a neat book!

  • Shea

    I wouldnt say I am recovered… I really didnt plan on doing all of that stuff today. I just was coughing and noticed how dusty it had gotten in my room, so I started dusting while on the phone dealing with nonsense that I dont even want to talk about but I had to keep clearing my throat, and coufhing, and sounded horrible. Thennn I was like– jeez this place just needs to be vacuumed. Then after vacuuming everything, I was like– I need to wash these sheets it has been over a week. THEN Tommy wanted to play outside so I was like Fiiiine I need to get outta this house before I see something else that needs to be cleaned. But OMG the lawn is growing because of all the rain and the neighbor just mowed his so mine looks really outta control — so I was like fiiiiiiiiine Ill mow the lawn but only if I get a Starbucks and out of here after!!! The lawn mower died before I could quite finish and I was super hot and sweaty. Then I took a shower. A bug was on me. That was horrible. I practically ran outta the house with my eyes closed so I didnt get trapped in there by something else needing to be done… Escaaaape!!! To the… ANYWHERE but here… And so I did all the other stuff up in my previous post. 

    So no I am not really recovered. Just trying to get there. But it feels better in the clean house. And less embarrassing with the front lawn mowed at least. My cough seems to be OK now, although I did have to use all my inhalers when out walking the outdoor mall and got winded/wheezy/difficulty breathing. My hand broke out again randomly with a rash and the veins seemed bulgy and irritated. I dont really know what's up with that. Everything I eat seems to bother my acid reflux. And I am stressed about life stuff– like this freaking final hearing and my lawyer not answering my email, my ex just unresponsive as always.. Me annoyed and frustrated and ignored and that makes me lose faith… and I am having my period for the first time in months which is just more horrible than I remember I wish it would just stop all together. 

    I spent about 30 minutes drawing an coloring cards for our board game and that was fun. I almost have the bed made back up. 

  • LK

    Shea,  I am sorry it has been such a rough day for you!  Your description reminded me of the title of a book our kids liked when they were little "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"  by Judith Viorst.   I don't remember any of the story but the title always stuck with me.  

    I know those days where one thing leads to another and another and another.  You are right – sometimes you just have to have a change of scenery.  

    Do you think the current stress is just making everything else worse?  I know it would for me.  I hope you are able to take a breath and know that it will all work out in the long run.  You have done such a marvelous job with your move, teaching your son, getting settled in a new place and the list goes on.  You can handle this.  We have confidence in you.  

  • Pljohns

    Shea-I'm so sorry that yesterday was so tough!!!  I can't tell you how much I admire you for getting everything done that you did!  You are an amazing Mom and amazing person-you just keep on going-like the energizer bunny-take a lickin' and keep on tickin'.  Your books sound like a ton of fun for you and Tommy and something different for you to do.  I hope today is better and hope you are feeling better.

    Lisa-did you get started on your loom?  You will do great with it-I just can feel it-

  • Melissa G

    Shea, thank you for posting those pics! I didn't know they had cake pop kits! Much easier than the stuff I had found. Guess the girls and I will be experimenting some this summer. I hope you have a better day today!

  • LK

    You are too kind, Lynn!  

    Yep!  I started on the round knitting loom!  It is quite easy once you get the first few rows done.  If you don't count me having to take half the stitches in one row off to repair a missed.     It's fun!

    Here are a couple of pictures of it so far.

    I had forgotten how the edges curl and thought I was getting the stitches too tight so I looked up reasons why it curls.  The most common reason as far as I could tell is that it's just the nature of the stockinette stitch.  One side of the knitting is smaller and tighter than the other side so it tends to curl.  The solutions are to add tassels or do a different kind of stitch on the edges.  With it being the first one I'm doing I'm going to go with putting tassels on the ends.  Maybe after I get better at it I will learn other stitches.

     

  • Shea

    Oh wow Lisa that is so good and you got so much done already! That is inspiring!

    And thank you all on the well-wishes after yesterday– so many good things came out of all the hard work that, it was just tough… PLJohns what you said made me laugh "takin a lickin and just kept tickin" seems to describe my day (and life) well enough! Today I am resting more, taking it easy on myself, and staying in. 

    Tommy and I made our drawing on our cards from the You Can Draw book — he did so anazing (his is on the left and mine is on the right). It was fun– he got tired with the coloring, and I separated the steps into smaller steps for him one at a time so he could see them better– I am really proud of him for staying in the lines doing well following directions, (and finishing even when he wanted to quit). And it will be fun to use the cards for our game.  

  • Shea

    Oh and Melissa, yes I dont think I could make them without the kit… It was a gift so Im not sure where it is from. But they are super yummy. I really want some– Im definitely going to have to make them!

  • Pljohns

    Shea-WOW-you guys did AMAZING-I can't draw a stick person and make it look like a stick person, much less anything else.   You and Tommy both did an amazing job on those!  Your cake pops look super yummy-I'e had one but it's been a long time and I don't remember where-never made them but I'm sure Dh and DS#1 would make them disappear very quickly.

     

  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, my goodness … cake pops and great video game drawings and knitting! I've missed a bunch!

    Shea, you deserve a quiet day today! I think you and Tommy did super on your drawings. Sending good, calming on your final hearing. Just think — this will be your FINAL hearing. All done and over with, right?

    Lisa, very cool on the loom! 

    The one indoor activity I want to do is not so creative — there's a movie that has just come back on Netflix that I want to see. I was going to watch it during the weekend when I was at the beach, but I didn't get to. It's a period British drama, so nobody in my house would like to see it. Hard to take two hours for myself, though!

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma
    Shea posted:

    Cool topic!

    I have been tryyyying to get him off of it today, and got him to help me more on this Zelda board game that we are making. (That is how I get him off the video game– by borrowing his passion for that and sneaking in educational activities, and then ending with a fun project that can be used socially as well). In the past we have made a Donkey Kong board game where you actually learn ti drum out beats, a Luigi Mansion board game that teaches you to read a clock, a Mario Board game that teaches you to fold paper, etc. With the Zelda game I am tying in map-reading skills, North South East West Directions, and teaching Tommy to use stencils to make it. 

    Shea, this is awesome and impressive!! I wouldn't even know how to begin creating a game like this.  Do you follow a template or do you create it all on your own?  I'd love to do something like this with Olivia.  

    So cool!

    Brenda 

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma
    LK posted:

    Took my mom shopping today and ended up buying a round knitting loom for me to try out. It'll give me something to learn and hopefully I can make useful hats and scarfs.

    Knitting is such a relaxing hobby…I love the very idea of being able to create something beautiful out of yarn simply by using two needles…it's very cathartic and always makes me feel happy. I learned to knit when my sister was pregnant with my niece in 2005. It took me 6 months to make that blanket (I made the mistake of casting on too many loops and ended up with a blanket that would fit an adult)…When she gets ready to go to college in 5 years, I'm going to remind her that she needs to take that blanket with her!  

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma
    LK posted:

    You are too kind, Lynn!  

    Yep!  I started on the round knitting loom!  It is quite easy once you get the first few rows done.  If you don't count me having to take half the stitches in one row off to repair a missed.     It's fun!

    Here are a couple of pictures of it so far.

    Lisa, I  that yarn!! What type is it and where did you buy it?

    Brenda

  • Kathy P

    Such fun things to do!

    I used to knit and crochet a lot. I haven't done much lately and I have a half done lace scarf. 

    I also used to see. But fabric is so expensive these days. When I was a teen, my grandmother would buy bags of factory fall-off – random pieces from the end if the bolt or around a flaw. We'd sort through and match things. Sometimes we'd find enough pieces to make an entire outfit. 

    These days, I don't really have many indoor activities. I'd have to say cooking and baking. Maybe adding in photography or making videos. 

  • LK

    Thank you, Brenda!  The yarn is by Lion Brand Yarns.  It's Wool-Ease, Thick & Quick.  The color is Hudson Bay 610.  We got it at the local Michael's craft store.  

    I have two crocheted (?)  blankets my great-grandmother made.  The loops are very airy so I guess they must have been made with very large needles.  Sure are pretty!

    Anyone who knits or used to and would like to share helpful hints, I'm all ears!!  

  • LK

    Kathy,  What fine memories you must have sewing with your grandma!  I bet the lace scarf is beautiful! 

    I remember way back in the days of large fabric and sewing notions stores that my grandma would go shopping and spend hours looking at patterns, fabrics, button and thread colors.  I was too young then to enjoy it but those stores had an amazing selection of items.

  • Kathy P

    I do have great memories! We would go to the big fabric store and search the remnants and sale patterns. We would also knit and crochet together sitting on her porch. I actually taught her! I taught myself from a book then taught her. 

  • LK

    Kathy,  Those are some wonderful memories of spending time with your grandma!  That is so neat that she was willing to learn how to do it from you!  Good for you for teaching her!  I am sure she was so proud of you!

  • Kathy P

    She was. We lived close and I spent a lot of time at her house! Always ticked off my mom I used to sit in the porch with my guitar too. Now when I hear my DD playing her guitar, I'm transported back there with a big smile. 

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma
    LK posted:

    Thank you, Brenda!  The yarn is by Lion Brand Yarns.  It's Wool-Ease, Thick & Quick.  The color is Hudson Bay 610.  We got it at the local Michael's craft store.  

    I have two crocheted (?)  blankets my great-grandmother made.  The loops are very airy so I guess they must have been made with very large needles.  Sure are pretty!

    Anyone who knits or used to and would like to share helpful hints, I'm all ears!!  

    You're welcome!  That's great–I've used Lion Brand before..Hudson Bay is such a pretty color! 

    Even though I've been knitting for 13 years, I've only done scarves and blankets…things with straight lines.  Anything with a hole or a curve (sweater, hat) is a little intimidating 

    – Brenda

  • LK

    I've been looking into local knitting classes but the thought of sitting near someone who is wearing perfume or some such strong scents is making me hesitant.  Knowing that some of you have learned on your own is inspiring.  Thank you!

  • LK

    Melissa,  Great idea!  I'm showing my age again!  I don't automatically think of those kinds of ways to learn a new craft!  

  • Melissa G

    Lol! I l have learned more from you-tube for taking care of Bekah's central lines, (her picc line and then her portacath) then any of the nurses ever taught me. It is typically my go to when I want to learn something. 

  • LK

    Marie,  How could I forget working on my ancestry tree!  Thanks for mentioning that!  Also, solitaire, word games.

  • Shea

    Thank you all on the pic tyre and board game compliments .I find it reading working on a project even if it is just a little bit every few days, and watching it come to completion. I think it is good for Tommy too. 

    Brenda, I don't use a template and I often don't have a super-solid plan to even start. Each game is different and I try to make different "essences" that help bring the vibe of the video game to the board game. Some have spaces that go around the board, some spiral inwards, this one we are doing now is a grid design and there is a lot to be figured out still… Picking out pieces help make the game: do you want to use dice, spinners, cards, a combo, or something else completely… Is it going to be competitive or cooperative or a combo? You can collect things for points or just make it who finished first or defeating certain challenges… And, like I mentioned, you don't have to have all the answers to those questions when you start, you just kinda work at it like piece by piece and occasionally think ahead about where it is going and discuss it. Tommy is great at making decisions when given options and I am great at coming up with options but horrible at making decisions, so we  make a good team!I

    LK it is tough joining classes when scents bother you but it sounds fun being in a class too. Maybe there is a way to let people know and see if you have a bigger well ventilated space where you can request a few chairs space between you and anyone wearing scents? But doing it just at home when you can sounds fun too!

  • Pljohns

    The only class I ever took was the Wilton cake decorating classes-before I had asthma.  I was a stay at home mom and things were super tight.  I scrapped enough to take the classes by telling DH I could sell cupcakes and cakes to make up for it-and I did! To this day I still love to decorate cakes.  I had a booming business because I could make speciality cakes (diabetic ones etc), could decorate them and would deliver them.  It gave us some extra $ and I had a blast with it.  I still have everything to decorate with and sometimes I do a cake or two.  I did a bride and groom cake for my parents 50th wedding anniversary a few years back-not tier cakes but a full sheet cake each18x24-it was an undertaking but they loved them.

  • LK

    Shea,  I imagine you and your DS working together building a game is a lesson in teaching, creativity and planning that would put most regular classrooms to shame.   Thank you for the good suggestions to ask about if I take a class.  

    Lynn,  That sounds like so much fun to take a cake decorating class!  I am sure you excelled at baking and decorating cakes!  Do you have any pictures of ones you did in the past?

  • Pljohns

    I don't know about excelling at it-my roses always looked like they had been trampled but I had fun at it and made enough extra $$ that it took some of the strain off me staying home.  I did find a few pictures that I'd totally forgotten about

  • LK

    Those cakes are fabulous!!  The sawmill cake is brilliant!    The rose spray cake is so lovely!