Four little field mice who live in the sky.
Who grows the four-leaf clovers in June?
"Who scatters snowflakes? Who melts the ice?
4. Invite friends over.
Frederick cleared his throat waited a moment, and then, as if from a stage, he said:
1. Get outside every single day.
Who dims the daylight? Who lights the moon?
Four little field mice… like you and I.
9. Turn the lights on.
When Frederick had finished, they all applauded. "Frederick,” they said, “you are a poet!”
One is the Springmouse who turns on the showers,
Frederick blushed, took a bow, and said shyly, “I know it.”
And Winter is last… with little cold feet.
2. Plant an indoor garden.
Think of a year with one less… or one more!"
6. Start a supper club.
I am going to read a new book, Frederick.
You may raise an eyebrow or even laugh aloud, but this is real, folks. Nothing is more miserable than having cold feet, and I highly recommend spending the money on a few great pairs of wool socks that will keep your feet toasty warm and dry all day long.?
Then comes the Summer who paints in the flowers.
It's important to stay active throughout the winter months. Cycle to work. Walk your kids to school. Shovel snow. Go on weekend hikes with family or friends. Plan a winter camping trip. Visit local festivals. Just don't hibernate!
There was a stone wall on the meadow. In that wall, not far from the barn and the granary, a chatty family of field mice had their home. As the winter was coming, they all had to collect food day and night, except a mouse whose name was Frederick. They asked him why he didn't work. He said he did work. He gathered sunrays for the dark winter. He gathered colors for the gray winter. He gathered words for the silent winter. Then winter days came. At the beginning, they had many food to eat. But as time went by, their food became less and less every day. They remembered Frederick's gathering and asked him to show them. Frederick climbed onto a big stone. He asked them to close their eyes and feel the warm sunrays and the plants' colors. They asked, "What about the words?"
This might sound environment-unfriendly, but if it prevents depression and makes you more productive, it's worth the tradeoff. Use LED bulbs so the energy cost can be pretty low.
The Fallmouse is next with walnuts and wheat.
3. Cook cozy, cold-weather fare.
Today is Wednesday.
Who spoils the weather? Who makes it nice?
Meet once a month, alternating between people's houses, and take turns choosing a theme and assigning dishes. Or you could make a batch of spaghetti and sauce and whoever wants to join can show up to eat if they bring a bottle of wine, garlic bread, or dessert.
Aren’t we lucky the seasons are four?
10. Invest in some really great socks.
7. Make a reading list.
8. Keep the windows uncovered.
Keeping curtains open or using gauzy transparent ones to allow sunlight to enter the home. This will brighten the space, boost your mood, and make the short days feel just a wee bit longer.
I love taking hot bubble baths on winter evenings and drinking homemade matcha lattes or chai tea in the afternoons. My husband and I watch a favorite show and eat popcorn in front of the fireplace after kids have gone to bed.
You can grow vegetables indoors or simply surround yourself with houseplants that add a cheery, peaceful vibe to a room.
5. Create rituals you enjoy.
Host informal gatherings on weekend evenings. No one will complain about curling up on a living room sofa to play board games for hours or to watch a movie together. Host a spa night with friends.
Embrace how the change in seasons affects your diet. Make slow simmering stews and braises, spicy curries, heaps of soups, and fresh homemade breads. Winter is the best time to bake. Turning on the oven can warm your house and make the kitchen a gathering point for the family.
If you're going out less in the evenings, then you should have more time to tackle all those books you wish you could read. Make winter your reading season, with dedicated hours spent in silence, traveling the world from the comfort of your couch. Set a goal, i.e. one book per week.