When we lived in Illinois, I began doing needlework to pass the time, especially during the winter.
Embroidery is a great craft for beginners & experienced crafters alike. BHG has put together some cute artwork you can create using embroidery hoops. I have done things like this in the past. In fact, Katy would create simple art using hoops when she was young.
Relax on the porch, put on some music, pour a glass of wine & enjoy one (or more) of these simple projects.