*’Manky’ is a highly descriptive term meaning ‘rotten, filthy or bad’ according to Dictionary.com and interpreted as meaning ‘unpleasant, uninviting, uninspiring, or just plain old blah’ according to moi.
Whether the weather is manky, preventing you from spending time in the great outdoors or you are simply feeling manky yourself, energy and enthusiasm can wane before you know it. So here are 30 ways to make the most of your manky day because, as the saying goes: ‘When you’ve got lemons, make lemonade!’
01. Think up a perfect, hilarious, opening line. Then call someone you’re almost guaranteed to have a laugh with and be amusing first. ‘Knock, knock’ jokes work well, for some (sad) reason!
02. Consider whether you could be an Airbnb host. It’s a great way to meet new (hopefully interesting) people, share your environment (as much or as little as you wish) and make a wee bit of money for your effort. Check out www.airbnb.com. And here’s a useful article by Kathy Peterman, about hosting.
03. Wander around your dwelling, room by room, and list anything or everything that you’d change if you had the resources (time and/or money and/or energy).
04. Create a mood board (interior design speak for a visual of colours, fabrics, images, designs for the room) or a folder to store images of the looks you’d like to live with, for inspiration later on.
05. Declutter – a drawer, a cupboard, a pile, a wardrobe, a room. Just start.
06. Have an ogle online at your favourite websites, bloggers or Facebook (including, of course, www.theripenists.com!)
07. Get crafty – knitting needles or crotchet hook and wool lurking somewhere?
08. Mend stuff you’ve been meaning to get around to – sew on buttons, take up hems, glue broken bits back together, oil that squeak, change the lightbulb.
09. Write a proper letter using pen, paper and an envelope. (You can save taking it to a post office for a better day if the weather is still bleak).
10. Watch some telly – rubbish is perfectly acceptable when mankiness prevails.
11. Daydream a little dream of better days ahead.
12. Plan a holiday – even if you can’t foresee taking a decent break in the next wee while, have a think about where you’d like to go, what you’d like to see and/or do, when circumstances make it possible. It’s good to have things to look forward to.
13. Research a mini-break to be had in the meanwhile. What and where is do-able while you’re waiting for the holiday? Even just an overnight elsewhere can be good for what ails you.
14. Look at interesting and inspiring pictures – it’s easy to lose an hour or two scrolling through Instagram, Pinterest, Houzz or magazines… no judgment here!
15. Inventory your pantry supplies and dispose of anything out of date or unrecognisable. Make a list of replacement items based on your current lifestyle, not that ‘one day I’ll whip up a cordon bleu meal’ aspirational life.
16. Now have a look at your recipes – same story. Keep only those you refer to, in real life!
17. Bake or cook something delicious. Good smells and comfort food = no more manky mood.
18. Take a nap. A long one. A really, really long one…
19. Go to a movie. Lose your mood for a couple of hours. Better yet, watch one on your computer or TV while wearing your favourite, most comfortable clothing.
20. Read – absolutely anything that takes your fancy; paper versions are best.
21. Investigate that thing you’ve been wondering about – insulating your garage door; solar energy; the tree you admire next door; Tai Chi; what ‘Neighbourly’ is all about. C’mon, you must be vaguely curious about something, surely?
22. Try deep breathing or meditation of some sort – focus inwards; be still.
23. Do a jigsaw puzzle, Sudoku, a crossword or something mind-teasing.
24. Colouring – if you haven’t got a colouring book, google and print some images. Release your inner child and colour outside of the lines!
25. Sort your photographs into some semblance of order.
26. Do something blissfully boring that you will really appreciate having done at some point in the future when you need it e.g. scanning and/or filing paperwork.
27. Rehang or relocate your art. You can gain a whole new appreciation of it, in another spot.
28. Plan your Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter meal, including where to find the specific recipes chosen, ingredients required and, if you’re really into it or just desperate, which dishes you’ll serve each food item on.
29. Bend; dance; S-t-r-e-t-c-h, do some yoga, leg lifts, star jumps – whatever gets your body moving.
30. Write a list of things to do when the weather and/or your mood is manky!
However you choose to while away the time until the mankiness lightens, lifts and leaves – enjoy it. Take comfort that this too shall pass and real life will resume before you know it!
What else needs to go on this list?