The first category in my Winter Box.
Whims. Those sudden playful impulsive moments - often frivolous and child-like. The ideas and urges that strike us in an instant and are often quashed almost as quickly by the voice of our sensible adult.
I didn't dislike winter as a child and I think one of the reasons for this is because I was much more playful. So this winter I will be listening to my whims and indulging them as often as I can!
Of course the essence of whims is their spontaneity and if possible they should be acted upon there and then (and I will be), but often there are valid reasons why we can't - time/resources/circumstances etc, but that doesn't mean we have to abandon them. This is where the box comes in.
One section of it will be for whim reminders. Pictures torn from magazines of things to make/cook/create, or places to go... Scraps of paper with scribbled ideas... Knitting needles and wool for that hat you had the urge to knit... A programme of events because you had the sudden desire to go to a Christmas carol concert... A quick sketch of a snow sculpture... A nice pen and paper for that letter/card you wanted to write (real mail is a joy!)... A beach pebble for the winter day out to the sea you fancied... A new mug, only to be used for the most deluxe hot chocolate to be drunk under the winter stars with hot water bottle and blankets... (It's fun, I promise!)
I'm keeping this part fairly frivolous - these are lightweight, playful whims. Things I can pick at random from my box on the days I'm lacking inspiration and joy.
And if you're joining in, don't let your inner adult or anyone else talk you out of them!
One day a few years ago after a heavy snowfall I phoned a friend nearby who couldn't get to work and asked her if she wanted to go sledging. Her first words were: 'But we're adults!'
I eventually convinced her that it was ok for grown ups to go sledging, and we made some makeshift sledges out of heavy duty bin bags stuffed with pillows (comfortable and frighteningly fast!) and spent a happy afternoon sliding down the hill, avoiding molehills and the icy stream at the bottom. (Tip: tuck the top half of your clothing into the bottom half so you don't get snow in your trousers...) We laughed a lot. It was so much fun and she told me afterwards that it was the first time she had ever been sledging...
Another time when the village was pretty much snowed in, the same friend and I spontaneously decided to walk a few miles over the snowy fields to a much loved tearoom to eat cake. Neither of us were sure how to get there cross country (we both thought we were following the other who knew the way!) but we enjoyed the icy scenery and found our way quite easily. The owners were delighted to see us and happily fed my friend's dog cheese scones in the kitchen while we enjoyed tea and cake in front of the fire. We were their only customers that day!
Whatever your whims are, give them some life. You don't need to wait for someone else to be free/willing to join you - take yourself out for some joy. I've had just as much fun doing things alone, and even (at the risk of sounding weird) taken an imaginary friend at times! I told you playfulness didn't need to stop after childhood!
So whether it's a winter picnic (wonderful, I recommend it), a fairy garden, or breakfast in bed, have some playful fun this winter...
Next time... Wishes.
(Long post today as it may be a week or so until I can post again.)
These posts can all be found in the Plans category - see below.