A nice stack of books on your night stand will come in handy. You need a variety to choose from. I like to have David Sedaris books in constant rotation. He is funny and you can read as little or as much as you want. My older son, Leonard, is always adding books to my pile. Apparently A Tale Dark & Grimm is the new must read. I will have to get in the mood to read that one.
I always have a Prairie Sherrie pick in the pile; she just loaned me The Orchardist. I haven't started it yet because I am still recovering from the new Amy Tan book, The Valley of Amazement. It was very good, especially if you have ANY unanswered questions about being a courtesan. Possible Spoiler Alert! The Valley of Amazement ended exactly like Tan's Joy Luck Club. (I think around page 700 Amy just wanted to finish the damn book.)
Rearrange your furniture in as many rooms as possible. It gives you a new perspective. Prairie Grlz interior designer, Nate Berkus says: You generally need more furniture than you think, so experiment at home to see what works. Go borrow the sideboard from the dining room to tell if a large piece will comfortably fit in your living room. I also look at how other people lay out their rooms, whether it's at a friend's house or in design magazines.
It NEVER looks like this.
Prairie Eydie says: Be ready to sweat and do all the arranging yourself. For some reason family members want to question where you want the sofa. You don't need that second guessing. Also, be forgiving of all the "crap" you find under your furniture. Once I found a dead mouse under my area rug. The mouse was a piece of jerky, a look of surprise on his lil' dried face. (This is one of Prairie Pa's favorite stories.)
And. If you remember nothing I've ever said, remember this. Never underestimate the power of fresh flowers.
P.S. There may even be a PART THREE to "Prairie Eydie's Top Tips to Get Through Those Winter Blues" because I forgot to mention how Costco has been getting me through the polar vortexes.