Hello friends, with our current world crisis I know some of you are feeling a bit cut off from your normal. I thought it would be a nice idea to share some things that might help pass the time and add comfort while you stay healthy and practice physical distancing during the pandemic.
If you have young ones at home and the dreaded “I’m bored” starts ringing in your ears. Try a fun board game, or bring on the oldies! Simon Says or Charades. Build a House of Cards or drag out the puzzles Grandma gave you for Christmas. Just say no to electronics, playing together is pure comfort.
If you have older children you may be able to get them to the card table if there are wages at stack. Maybe candy, fruit cereal, chocolate chips, pretzels, etc. will draw you all together and we know family fun is a big comfort for everyone.
If the weather permits you can play hide and go seek in your yard. Or set up a treasure hunt. Create a map and hide treats or coins for them to find. Great practice for Easter egg hunting ( wink).
You are probably stocked to the brim with food right now so comfort food will be an easy one. I think almost everyone likes Macaroni and Cheese, a hearty bowl of Soup or Chili is also yummy and a warm tummy is an instant comfort. Of course, you can never go wrong with a big bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup. I made a chicken and veggie noodle soup a while ago and put it in the freezer. We’ll be eating that soon.
Bake cookies! Nothing says comfort like making something delicious in the kitchen with everyone involved. No need to get fancy, just make chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, or Rice Krispie treats. Use what you have in your pantry. It always tastes best when it’s made with love ( sorry a bit corny).
For those without children, I say, Binge It! There are so many wonderful shows to watch, either on your television or your electronic devices. Find comfort in snuggling under a blanket and pick a show you haven’t seen in ages or one you have always wanted to watch. We are binging Battlestar Galactica, one of our all-time favorite science fiction series, and Manifest.
Comfort comes in things you wear and surround yourself with too. So put on your favorite slouchy sweatshirt or grab your favorite slippers. You aren’t going anywhere and they say pure comfort.
I love reading a good book in front of a fireplace when it’s cold or in a room filled with sunlight. It brings me comfort. Or video messaging our loved ones with a free app called Marco Polo. I don’t have a fancy phone so no facetime. I also find comfort listening to music.