The weather gods are going to be very unkind to South Africans over the next few days. As the temperature plummets, the Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal might even see some snowfall. While the snow can be exciting, the howling wind and pelting rain is a different story altogether. RAâ€™EESA PATHER rounds upÂ Â nine ways to keep busy and not go crazy with cabin fever as the ice sets in.
1. Make a game of it
Whether youâ€™re cracking open the boardgames, or shooting down the baddies in Call of Duty, games are a fun way to pass time. Plus a little competitive banter can turn a dreary day into an exciting one.
2. Turn on the TV
As South Africans we all groan that DStv is useless apart from the news and sports channels, but thatâ€™s why we have DVDs and the cinema. Warm buttery popcorn, a good film, and a cosy day indoors. Not bad for a winterâ€™s day.
3. Whip up a cake
Forget Tim Noakes or whatever diet buzz youâ€™re following. Itâ€™s cold and we need to survive. Get out the baking utensils and all the sugary good stuff you can find. Whatâ€™s better than cutting into a warm cake on an icy day? Even if the cake flops, itâ€™ll still taste good.
4. Make a fire
Crackling wood, sâ€™mores, and the wholesome comfort of home. Who said thereâ€™s no warmth in winter? Just donâ€™t burn the house down.
5. Build a fort
Being indoors might get the kids feeling bored and restless. Grab some blankets, a few chairs, and pile young â€™uns under a fort. Itâ€™ll keep them entertained, so you can get some rest.
6. Take a nap
When the wind starts howling, and the rain starts falling, then evidently, itâ€™s time to take a nap. Winter doesnâ€™t have to be a snoozefest, but how are we really supposed to stay awake without the sunlight?
7. Read a book
For the bookworms, winter is the opportune season to cuddle up with a great book. If youâ€™re new to reading and promised youâ€™d always try that great novel your friend told you about, then carpe diem because thereâ€™s nothing better than a good a bit of reading on a gray, wintry day. Also, you might want to go old school and use a book book instead of an e-book. You never know when Eskom might shut down the electricity.
8. Dress in layers
In times of coldness, layer up. Tank tops, vests, a couple of sweatshirts, jerseys, and a few pair of socks might get the feeling back into your fingertips. You might look like a snowman, but we promise you wonâ€™t be as cold.
Also, for the ladies, those layers will come in handy when they boys start texting: â€œHey bae, itâ€™s so cold. How about we cuddle to stay warm?â€. Riiiight.
9. Donâ€™t let winter stop you
Yes, itâ€™s cold and wet and windy, but itâ€™s just winter. Go to that party that your friend invited you to. Even if your hair gets wet, dance it off. Had plans to go on a hike? Take a walk in the park? Do it. After all, as Ranulph Fiennes said: â€œThereâ€™s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.â€