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11 Things to Do When You Have Nothing to Do


Sometimes I have a hard time thinking of a topic for my next blog post, so I spend a lot of time googling “blogging ideas.” I was reading this list of prompts when #360 struck my fancy: “Write a list of 10 things that can be done to stave off boredom.” Now, mind you, I can’t remember the last time I was bored. You’re bored when you have nothing to engage you. I’m too busy to be bored. So I fantasized  about what I would do if I had free time.*

  1. Read the books in your TBR pile. (If you’re not a bookaholic, you might not know that TBR means To Be Read.)
  2. Go somewhere fun to people-watch—a park, the mall (do people still go to malls?), a coffee shop, a bench downtown.
  3. Take a day trip to that nearby tourist trap you’ve never been to, or a museum, or a zoo, or a botanical garden, or a cathedral.
  4. Go on a hike, or on a walk around a neighborhood you’ve never been to. (Use your best judgment—in some towns, an unknown neighborhood is not a safe place to stroll.)
  5. See if you can find 20 things to photograph in your home, your backyard, or your apartment complex. Choose your artsiest photo, get it printed out as an 8 x 10, frame it and hang it on your wall (or give it as a gift).
  6. Doodle.
  7. If you’re a writer, daydream and/or brainstorm ideas. (If you’re a blogger, make up a list of prompts and send them to me! Help! Or post it on your blog, and give us a link in the comments.)
  8. If you have CDs or records, look through them for ones you haven’t heard in a long time, and listen to them.
  9. Dig out your old clarinet, or accordion, or whatever instrument is under your bed gathering dust, and play it.
  10. Remember that needlepoint kit/ model car kit/ macramé project/ fancy recipe you were going to make? Work on that.
  11. Write a snail mail letter to a person you know who would appreciate it. (Hint: choose an older person, someone who thinks Facebook is newfangled.)

*You can also do any of these things when you’re bored.

Guest Post: The Things That Make Life Beautiful, by Katie of The Grief Reality


Thank you to Katie of The Grief Reality for permission to repost this wonderful article of beauty and joy.

  1. A morning cup of coffee, just the way you like it.
  2. Long autumnal walks with leaves that crunch under your wellies.
  3. All of the music that your favourite bands are yet to release.
  4. The concerts you are yet to attend.
  5. Walks along the coast that are so windy the breath is taken right out of you.
  6. When you come across a little cafe that sells gluten free baked goods! 
  7. Barbecues that go on late into the night until the flames have died down to orange glowing embers.
  8. The feeling after a long laugh.
  9. Weekends away in cosy cabins.

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Post-Pandemic Bucket List

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If the pandemic ended tomorrow, what would you do?

Jump for joy! Celebrate! Hug all my friends! Hug all my enemies! (Would anyone even have an enemy in a pandemic-free world? With all that happiness? Not likely.) But seriously, we’ve all missed out on so many things we were looking forward to. Maybe we should make lists and prioritize.

Here are some of the things I will want to do:

  • Help my daughter plan her wedding. Her boyfriend proposed a year ago, and the plan was to be married by now. But Covid.
  • Travel. But first my hubby needs to get stronger. (We were supposed to go to my fifty-year high school reunion in New Jersey this past August, but Covid.) Maybe Singapore, even if we don’t leave the airport. (You saw this yesterday if you follow my Creative Juice. If you don’t, why not?)
  • Have a dinner party. We didn’t do a family Thanksgiving dinner. I don’t know what we’ll do for Christmas. But I’d love to have a big blast when the pandemic’s over.
  • Go to a writer’s conference. It’s been ages since I’ve been to one.
  • Go on a writer’s retreat. I actually dreamt about that this week. I need some undisturbed writing time.
  • Rejoin all my activities that got canceled. Like church choir and handbell choir, the Piecemakers quilting ministry, and Phoenix International Folk Dancers.
  • See all my friends whom I’ve only seen on Facetime and Zoom for so long.
  • Get a mani pedi.
  • Go to the movies.
  • Go out for dinner.
  • Go to the library.
  • Retail therapy. At a physical store. Trying on clothes.
  • Go hiking. I could probably do that now. The parks were closed for a while. A couple of weeks ago I drove to South Mountain Park, and the entire parking lot was packed. Duh—I went on a Sunday. I should have known better. So much for social distancing. I left and walked around the neighborhood instead.

Now it’s your turn. What are you looking forward to doing when there are no longer any restrictions? Share in the comments below.