Cabin Fever

Posted 03-31-2012 at 10:06 AM by HollyRay

Have you ever watched Muppet Treasure Island? If you have you might recall the song “Cabin Fever” in which they are all going mad due to their close quarters and lack of scenery change. This song is becoming my anthem. I’ve been in Georgia for 6 weeks, 4 of those weeks I have been left in either a hotel room or my new empty house, nothing within walking distance, no car, no anything.

My children and I have been rather bored just sitting and being, you can only play hide and seek so many times. Today it has been the hottest it has been since moving here, everyone is hot, tired, and fuses are short. We’ve run in the water, made cookies, went for a walk, and we are all still bored to pieces. It makes you realize that being stuck at home with your belongings may be dreary, but being stuck at home when it’s empty is down right depressing. How often have we complained of nothing to do? How often have I looked at my house and just threw up my hands and said “I need a break from this place!”  I’ve felt that way so often in my life, but as I sit here with just my computer, even the internet is becoming boring.

The bad news is I have 6 more weeks of living without my belongings, the good news is our car has arrived in the states so soon I will have a car and the ability to go get some groceries which is more exciting than I can say. When my belongings do get here I have a feeling it will be like Christmas.

What do you do to fight off cabin fever?

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8 Responses to “Cabin Fever”

  1. sofiamama on March 31st, 2012 4:49 pm


    I was hopeing you could tell me! lol.

  2. rumblepurr on April 1st, 2012 5:24 pm


    Pick up some craft materials and boxes the next time you get groceries.

    Write a mini book-
    Crayons or other colored pens, White printer paper several sheets fold them all in half and sew with thick string/yarn or staple together.
    Kids tell you the story, you write it down at the bottom of the page, they color a picture at the top. If they are older they can do it all. Then have story time :)

    Make puppets for a puppet show-
    Glue, Popsicle sticks, scissors, paper and crayons.
    Each child designs 2 figures, colors, you cut out if they are to young, glue on sticks. An empty box turned over is the stage. Ad lib as ya-all go!

    Find the neighbors!!!!

    Grab some big empty boxes the next time your in town. That will occupy them for HOURS. You can cut windows and doors and color with crayons. Tape them together to make tunnels or 2 story club houses.

    Visit the library with a utility bill in your name and get a library card to borrow books and DVD’s to keep you and LO’s busy.

    Take funny face pictures. Make a treasure hunt.

    Pretend to be amoebas, under your blankets, and ooze across the floor, gobbling up any other amoebas so you all have to travel together to get the last ones.

    Have Fun!!

  3. alioberg on April 2nd, 2012 6:22 am


    I will totally follow this post! I have been living out of suitcases since 12 Jan and we have 3 more weeks to go in TLF. Thanksfully my car is only 3 weeks away as well. At this point I miss my car more than our household items. This has been the longest PCS ever! My oldest is 2 1/2 so it has been hard keeping her entertained. I will try some of these ideas. Good luck with your move!

  4. robinbird74 on April 2nd, 2012 3:24 pm


    Once you get your car, get yourselves to the nearest library. A stack of books can certainly pass the time…And also some audio books for the kids to listen to if you need a break !

  5. Mommy2Austin on April 2nd, 2012 5:58 pm


    Finger knitting :) Simple, fun, and quickly rewarding. Also, easy for the kids to do too.

  6. TangerineTea on April 3rd, 2012 7:52 am


    I think even more than the belongings and car and empty house causing boredom it also contributes to a mental feeling of being literally “unsettled”. Adults and children alike can become accustomed to their home, belongings, routine and while it may not be novel, the familiarity is certainly comforting and gives a sense of place. When you take everything away it can be unnerving. Whatever transition you are going through, once your things arrive you can put your house together and begin to have a routine again. I am sure there will be lots of joy as everyone rediscovers their beloved accouterments and routines :) and you all can settle in to your new environment and move on. We are going through this right now as we half packed and half sold off items in preparation for what was to be an expedited transfer, when unexpected changes occurred within DH’s company occurred that have stalled it. So we are in limbo too with a similar situation regarding transportation since DH’s car broke down at the same time so he is using mine while he works on his. All this with the impending birth of baby #2 in a couple months. These odd spots in life aren’t easy!

  7. naura on April 3rd, 2012 5:55 pm


    we’re in alaska doing about the same thing.

  8. naura on April 3rd, 2012 5:55 pm


    I forgot to add its below freezing outside.

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