Stay home, stay warm and have fun this winter with tips from Christie Ridgway
by Christie Ridgway, author of Keep On Loving You
The short winter days and cold weather keeps us indoors more than other seasons. The Ridgway family has some new pastimes that might add some sparkle to your nights!
1) Jigsaw puzzles. I actually came up with the idea of setting one out during a family reunion over the summer and it was such a hit that when another side of my family came for Thanksgiving weekend, I put out another. One relative admitted at first she thought it was “hokey” but then immediately became addicted. Everyone of every age enjoyed working on it…and it took us all weekend to get the 1000-piece puzzle done (it was very hard). It inspired more than one Christmas present, which was funny. Several people gifted each other puzzles and I was given a puzzle table-topper that spins. Puzzles are inexpensive and awesome fun.
2) Coloring. This hasn’t caught on with the guys, but the girls are enjoying adult coloring books. A pretty set of pencils or pens is always pleasing. At my house, when the guys are glued to the game, we break them out and relax while coloring shells or flowers or intricate designs.
3) A game of “pulls.” I think my husband and my brother thought this up when they wanted to share the music they enjoyed with each other. Now we all play. It’s simple. You go around the room and each person brings up a song (video) they like, usually on YouTube for the others to enjoy. A great way to be exposed to new (or old) music when different generations join in. We played it on Christmas with Christmas songs and had a blast.
And of course, there’s always my favorite pastime for a winter night…or whenever! You can’t go wrong with picking up a book, especially a romance novel.
Do you have any new-to-you activities to while away winter?
About Keep On Loving You:
Mackenzie Walker has everything a single girl needs in her California mountain hometown. Family, friends, a thriving business…and memories of Zan Elliott, whose touch—and betrayal—she’s never forgotten. Now, ten years after he left town, Zan returns to manage his late grandfather’s estate…and flip Mac’s life upside down.
Documentary filmmaking has taken Zan all over the globe, yet nowhere was far enough away to make him forget Mac. Seeing her reignites their incredible chemistry. Mac’s trust won’t be easily won, especially when Zan’s inheritance jeopardizes her family’s hard-earned dreams. But every moment together is challenging Zan to stop living life through a lens and dare to let his guard down for a chance at forever…