Winnipeg has a Code Red, and we locked down again until the middle of December or maybe longer during this COVID-19 pandemic. I really hope it will help to “flatten the curve” and bring down the number of COVID-19 cases. People must stay home now, which is very good, but unluckily there are lots of things that we will miss in our social lives.
We need something to do, something that can lift up our mood and bring more positive emotions while we have this difficult situation.
Here are my ideas that I am happily sharing with you.
Now while we are sitting at home, it is perfect time to learn something new, find a hobby and to do something interesting.
- Any art form: calligraphy, doodling, drawing, crafting, quilting, felting, knitting, embroidery, sewing, doll-making, scrap-booking, pottery, crocheting, woodworking
- Learn new skills: playing guitar, piano or other instruments, magic tricks or new language
- Online courses on Coursera, EdX or Udemy
- Candle or soap making
- Exercise, yoga, Pilates, weight lifting, meditation
- Model building, trains, airplanes and automobiles
- Home projects like renovations, fixing stuff or restoring your old furniture
- Table games like Monopoly, puzzles, chess, card games, crossword, Legos, bingo
- Cake decorating, baking or try new recipes
Books to read:
- Erich Maria Remarque – Arch of Triumph
- Ayn Rand – Atlas Shrugged
- Arthur Hailey – The Moneychangers
- Dan Brown – Origin
- Jean-Christophe Grange – The passenger
- Stephen King – 11/22/63
Movies to watch:
- The Gentlemen
- Knives Out
- Enola Holmes
- The Queen’s Gambit – TV show
Winter drink to try:
For this coming cold weather, I can recommend trying a very good hot drink. It is Gluehwein, German/Austrian winter drink. It is easy to make, and very cozy and delicious.
- 1 bottle red wine (any basic bottle of dry red wine)
- ¾ cup white sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 orange ( slice)
- 10 whole cloves (also you can add star anise and cardamom)
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and give them a quick stir
- Heat until the wine just barely reaches a simmer over medium-high heat. Avoid letting it bubble — you don’t want to boil off the alcohol. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes.
- Using a fine mesh strainer, remove and discard the orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks and star anise
- Serve warm in mugs, topped with your favorite garnishes.
Enjoy the drink !