From the familiar creaks in the floorboards to your favorite easy chair, there's no place like a warm, cozy home. Here in New Jersey it’s week five of the stay-in-place order. Warm and cozy has turned into a dampened energy level, lack of motivation and general going stir-crazy. Many of my friends are challenged with home schooling, unemployment, and no social contact with friends and family. Before you take up permanent residence on your couch or start to sleep out of sheer boredom, there is good news. Check out this list of ideas to help you (and the whole family) beat cabin fever. HOW TO BEAT CABIN FEVER 1. Break out a good book. You had to know that would be my first suggestion. All joking aside, read an uplifting story. For suggestions and reviews, check out goodreads.com. 2. For Medieval Romance enthusiasts, you can read Chapter One from The Maxwell Ghost here. 3. Start a new hobby. A few ideas include knitting, stained glass, Soduku (for those who have read my bio, you know where I keep my Soduku book) and fiction writing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a fan tell me that they have an idea for a story. NOW is the time to write it. 4. Actually, stay-in-place creates a need to make a meal plan for the week (or weeks), create your shopping list, and place your order for pick up or delivery. 5. Try a new recipe. I’ve included one for you in this newsletter. 6. Start scrapbooking. 7. Do a puzzle. It’s a little old-school, but still fun. There are some awesome available on Amazon. 8. Pull out some old board games or a pack of cards. One of my favorite’s is scrabble. My husband and I play. However you can play Words with Friends online with those that cannot be with you. 9. Engage in some pre-spring cleaning. You’ll have more time to enjoy the great outdoors once you can go out again. 10. Rearrange your furniture. Sometimes a few moves is all it takes to make your place look new. 11. Have a movie and popcorn night. Dig out an old favorite or stream or rent something new. You can also watch a with family and friends using Netflix Party 12. Research your family history and create a family tree. 13. Catch up on those shows you’ve been threatening to watch but never have time. Like Tiger King, or something more to your liking. I’m all caught on The Crown and Westworld. You can see where my head is. 14. Go for a walk, even a 15-minute one. PLEASE, wear a mask or at least cover your mouth and nose. 15. If you enjoy museums, you can take a virtual tour. The good news is you avoid the gift shop. Here are some links to places you may enjoy. Here is Versailles, Pyramid of Giz, and Harry Potter’s Magical Train. 16. Speaking of Harry Potter, here is a link to an online game for the whole family, https://emulatoronline.com/games/harry-potter/
Did I mention read a book...
Historical Serenade-Seven Tales of Romance
From authors Lane McFarland, April Holthaus, Barbara Bettis, Dawn Marie Hamilton, Karen Muir, Ria Cantrell, and Ruth A. Casie comes a collection of Historical and Time Travel Romances.
Let them serenade you with their spell-binding tales filled with danger, deception, revenge, honor, and passion as they take you back in time on a journey spanning the Medieval Highlands through England's Golden Age to North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. THE MAXWELL GHOST by Ruth A. Casie Traitors, deception, murders, and ghosts run rampant at Caerlaverock Castle. Jamie Collins and Laura Reynolds, long-time friends, find their destinies intertwined with hidden passions, but all is in jeopardy when Laura becomes the murderer's next target. Jamie will find he needs some ghostly assistance to save Laura and declare his love. No magic... it a love that lasts an eternity. Buy Link - https://amzn.to/2VpudNk
RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of historical swashbuckling action-adventures and contemporary romance with enough action to keep you turning pages. Her stories feature strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. She lives in New Jersey with her hero, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she found her voice, she was a speech therapist (pun intended), client liaison for a corrugated manufacturer, and vice president at an international bank where she was a product/ marketing manager, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing romance. She hopes her stories become your favorite adventures. For more information, please visit RuthACasie.com or visit her on Facebook, @RuthACasie, Twitter, @RuthACasie, Instagram RuthACasie, or Pinterest RuthACasie Social Media Links: Website: https://ruthacasie.com/
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