The first snowflake drifted towards your window an hour ago. Now, the ground is blanketed and work and school have been cancelled. You have free time, a rare luxury. What can you do to fill in those hours between your morning coffee and bedtime tea when it’s so cold outside? Here are five suggestions to get you started on a relaxing and fun snowy day:

Binge Reading

Avid readers know that there is nothing better than a trilogy from a favorite author—except a trilogy and free time to read the whole thing! Grab book one of your favorite genre. Fluff up your pillows and set your drink on the bedside table. Today is the day to consume volumes of romance or action while staying in your pajamas. If you’re not a fan of reading books yourself, buy an audiobook or two online and listen to them while working on something productive in the house.

TV Show Marathon

Now is a great time to catch up on your favorite TV shows. That boxed collection of Once Upon a Time from Pristine Sales has been waiting for such a time as this. Pop in the DVD and snuggle up on the sofa. Run away with your favorite characters as the snow piles up outside. If you’re snowed in for more than a day, you’ll have plenty of special features to get through in addition to the episodes themselves.

Stroll down Memory Lane

Grab up those boxes of photos that have been cluttering the closet for years. Now is the perfect time to go through them. Make a scrap book. Sort them for your children. You could even scan them and save them to a DVD. This is not a chore, but a stroll down memory lane. You will laugh and maybe even cry. Poignant and bittersweet, these memories will fill your snowy day with warmth.

Knots to Knitting

An unexpected free day is the perfect time to learn how to knit, crochet or paint. Online tutorials and videos will have you taming those knots into sweaters and scarves. Pick up your brushes and finally finish that sea scene you started months ago. This way, you’ll have something to show for your hours of free time that can inspire you in the future.

Secret Recipes

“It’s a secret family recipe.” You’ve said this for years when a loved-one asked how you made that pie. Now is the time to finally write down those recipes for future generations. Measure out your “pinches” and “dabs.” Add in special techniques to make the dough rise. Give your “secret ingredient” a name. Put it all in a book for your future granddaughter to enjoy when she gets married. It is important not to lose secret recipes when a loved-one passes, and the baking will keep your house nice and warm to boot!

What could be better than unexpected free time? But don’t let it go to waste sitting around bored or sleeping. Indulge in a bit of laziness so you can hit the ground running when the snow melts.