If you love the Harry Potter book series and have not discovered the Harry Potter audio CDs, you are really missing out on something fantastic. The narrator, Jim Dale, does one of the most incredible jobs I have ever heard reading the books. The different voices he uses for each character brings them to life and gives them so much personality. His interpretation of the words and emotions are amazing. In fact, he is so good that it is hard for me to want to watch the movies more than a few times. I would much rather listen to the books, although since they are not abridged, it take a lot longer, but I am totally OK with this. And, because of the audio format, I can enjoy hours of engaging listening at times when it is not convenient or possible to read, such as while taking a walk, on a long drive, or as I am going to sleep. Combine this convenient format with the awesome story and you truly have some wonderful entertainment. All my children love listening to the audio versions of the books too. The Harry Potter series is by far the most read or listened to book in our home by ten times, no by thirty times. Just be warned that if you start listening to a book, be prepared to spend a lot of time the next few days listening to the rest of it. They are incredibly addicting.
Over thirty years ago, I fell in love with my first snow fling (snowfling). A snow fling is a long plastic tube that gets wider and is open at one end. Picture an old fashioned root beer bottle made out of plastic with the bottom cut out of it and a three foot long neck. By sticking the open end into the snow to fill it, you can pack the snow into a bullet shaped snowball. You then swing the tube like a tennis racket and the snowball comes flying out. With the right consistency of snow, proper packing, and the right throwing motion, you can hurl the snowball quite a distance. With practice, you can even get pretty good accuracy. Not only can you have a lot of fun with a snow fling, but your hands never need to touch the snow and get cold.