Winter months in Kansas City can bring snow, ice, and plenty of boredom. Freezing temps and nasty weather can mean we’re stuck inside for days or even weeks at a time with nothing to do but stare at the walls or worse, watch daytime TV. Fortunately, finding ways to stimulate your mind and keep your hands busy can make the winter months more enjoyable. Here are six new hobbies you can try that won’t take up much space indoors and won’t break the bank.

1. Pickling and Canning. Most people think of canning as an activity for the summer, when gardens are bursting with fresh produce. Why not try canning in the winter, when grocery stores offer an entirely different selection of fruits and vegetables? Try cranberry salsa, pickled beets, or apple butter, or search for other winter canning recipes online or at the library. If you’re new to canning, you’ll have to invest in a canning pot and mason jars, but the rest of the equipment you’ll need, such as mixing bowls or measuring cups, you probably already have around the kitchen.

2. Card Tricks. You probably already have a pack of cards at home, and it’s easy to find hundreds of card tricks in library books, on card magic websites, or on YouTube. Practice in front of a mirror until you’re ready to show off your magic to family and friends.

3. Writing. Even if you’re not looking to write the great American novel, chances are, you have something important to say! There’s no right or wrong way to express your creativity, whether it’s through poetry, short stories, or journal writing. Want to reach an audience? Try setting up a free blog on a site such as WordPress.org or Blogger.com, and wait for the comments to roll in.

4. Online learning. It’s great to attend classes at a local college, library, or community center, but what do you do when icy roads have you stuck indoors? Fortunately, hundreds of web sites offer online learning for free. You can even find video lectures from universities such as Harvard and MIT. Do a quick Google search and you’ll discover you can learn anything, whether it’s a second language, car maintenance, or Calculus.

5. Indoor Gardening. Have a sunny window? Gather some pots, soil, and seeds, and you can create a nice patch of green in the middle of winter. Try growing a variety of herbs, lettuce, or root vegetables.

6. Start a Club. Do you have some friends or family members who are also looking for winter hobbies? Book clubs are always popular, but you could start a club based on any common interest, such as board games, cooking, or crafts. Simply come up with a few simple ground rules, such as how often you’ll meet, where you’ll meet, and who is bringing the snacks, and you’ll be ready to go!

No matter which hobby you choose, there’s no better place to do it than the senior living community at Lazy Acres in Belton. To learn more, give us a call anytime during our regular business hours at (816) 331-4886 or fill out our online contact form anytime!