Strawberry Picking

Strawberry Picking

Are strawberries in season yet? Go to your local farmers’ market or roadside berry stand. Depending on where you live, you may have to drive some distance to get to one, but see what you can do. Whatever is there, enjoy browsing and sampling whatever is in season. If...
Happy box for kids

Happy box for kids

As part of my kids homeschool, we are working through their Girl Scout badge books. My Brownie-age daughter was given an assignment to make a “happy box” to open when she is feeling anxious, stressed, or sad. This reminded me of the comfort drawer! A...
High, Low, Buffalo

High, Low, Buffalo

At dinnertime tonight, play “High, Low, Buffalo” with your family. (If it sounds like a game, kids may be more likely to participate.) Each person shares the high point of their day, the low point of their day, and then any third random thing (“buffalo”). I like this...
Use Your Dining Room

Use Your Dining Room

If you have a rarely used formal dining room in your home, use it. Plan a night to serve dinner there. Use placemats or a tablecloth, good china, cloth napkins, taper candles, etc. even if you are just serving spaghetti and meatballs. This may force everyone to clean...
Your Own Easter Parade

Your Own Easter Parade

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, and I wish for you to have a wonderful and peaceful day. Normally I suggest that you plan your own Easter “parade”, which just means dressing in your Easter finest and taking a walk. This year, that is not a feasible suggestion....
Rainy Day Puzzle

Rainy Day Puzzle

If social isolation, or just April showers, are making everyone stir-crazy – get out a jigsaw puzzle. It could even be a Christmas puzzle. But just find a corner where you can set up a card table and put the puzzle out. Don’t say anything. See what happens....