Herald and Journal
Herald & Journal, March 15, 1999

The never-ending cabin fever


I've written about cabin fever before . . . several years ago. I still get it every winter.

In a way, I'm glad I don't have to get out in the cold snowy weather anymore. Except to visit the doctor or go to church. I don't waste any time from the door to the car.

There are various ways to combat cabin fever. TV helps, but that can get old. Reading helps, but that can get old, too, although I've read some great books while confined to the cabin.

Here in the senior apartment complex where we live, there are various card parties in operation. I'm not a card player. They play a game here called Sheepshead. Never heard of that game before. There are various eating and entertainment events set up all the time.

There's some sitting around in groups looking out the window saying things like:

"Wonder how cold it is."

"Looks like snow."

"I hope it's nice when I have to go out tomorrow."

We still get a seed catalog every year. That helps. There's sitting around with the guys talking about sports like:

"The Packers sure had a bad year, didn't they?"

"The Vikings were robbed with that missed field goal."

"How about the breakup of the Bulls . . . Jackson, Jordan, Pippin gone."

You can talk about sports just so long because it gets depressing.

How about that wrestler who got elected governor of Minnesota? That's good for a few minutes of conservation.

But I think the thing that's going on that really gives you cabin fever is the endless impeachment proceedings of the president of the United States. You can't get away from it. As I write this column, it's still going on. I would be surprised if by the time you read this it's all over.

If there's any consolation, spring is almost here, that is according to the calendar. I'll take spring fever over cabin fever anytime.

A closed mouth gathers no foot.

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