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Across Our State

Rainy days, winter break

by Jerri Honeyford

It has been WET across the State, so I think it might be safe to discontinue the prayers for snow in the mountains that we began last year during the drought!

I'm happy for the ski resort owners whose business really suffered then. But if you don't ski, what do you do these rainy days?

Read. Curl up with a good book from your local library. Reread one of the classics from your own book shelf. Have a friend read the same book and discuss it over coffee.

Visit web sites, including the one from your State Library-statelib.wa.gov. There you are able to read Washington newspapers, do research in government, consumer, historical and genealogical topics. Keep up with what is going on in your city, county, and state. They all publish documents and have websites of interest on various topics.

Knit. My granddaughter made me a scarf for Christmas. I love it and it took her less than a skein of yarn and a weekend to make it. If she can do it, we can.

Be caring. Send a card or visit someone that can't get outdoors. Take someone who can't drive to the store or to their treatment center. Bake some banana bread for a grieving family. Call your pastor with a word of appreciation. Add to the short supply of random acts of kindness.

Visit museums. We have such wonderful local and regional museums that are fun in addition to being educational. I've told you about some of my favorites-Maryhill just an hour and a half from Sunnyside, the Museum of Flight adjacent to Boeing Field, the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, the Capitol Museum in Olympia, and don't forget our Sunnyside Museum. Bickleton is working on a Carousel Museum. The Ag Museum in Union Gap has a fantastic collection.

This will be the last year in the commemoration of the Lewis and Clark bicentennial with events all along their return route. In addition there are historical homes, buildings, and even ships that are being restored all around the state. Choose your interest and you will find a place to see, perhaps even help along.

Plan your garden or your next project. Winter is really the break from outside work-a time to dream and plan for other seasons ahead.

The question I am asked the most is "What do you do when you're in Olympia?" Remember you're asking this question to a person who went to school every school day for 17 years and then went to school for another 33 years. I have a long list of "Things to do, Places to see, and People to meet." Plus, for all those years of brown-bag eating, I love to go out to lunch!

Happy rainy days to all of you.

Jerri Honeyford, wife of Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside), presents her Across our State column as a means to keep local residents informed on what is currently happening in Olympia.

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