Happy Monday, dear gal. I do hope today is a beautiful spring day in your neck of the woods. The forecast shows sun peaking through the clouds for us, and I’ll take it. I find myself craving sunlight these days. We’re certainly in the middle of an odd time, aren’t we? Maybe your sense of well-being fluctuates the way mine does lately. I vacillate between feeling like I’m in some sort of creepy science fiction movie and then feeling full of hope and supernatural peace. Sun and fresh cut flowers (which I can no longer find) and green grass and robins help keep me a little more balanced, a little less in my head.
And while, for the past two weeks, I’ve managed to get on somewhat of a roll and push out blog posts that have felt (for the most part) appropriate and authentic to me, it seems that each Sunday I start questioning what I’m doing in this space…during this peculiar time. So I reevaluate and try to think about you, my dear reader. It’s so very important to me that I give you something of value but also something that lifts your spirits a bit. I want to provide a diversion, but I also don’t want to appear ignorant or foolish, like I have my head in the sand. And I also want to stay in my lane. This is a style blog. And I’m determined to be true to that…somehow.
Anyhow, I’ve planned out another week of posts, and I hope you will stop in at least occasionally to see what’s up. I promise to provide a little girl talk – some fashion and beauty and fitness stuff. But I also want to give you some tips and tools for working through these strange days…weeks…months??? Still, I don’t even want those tips and tools to all be somber and serious. You can find plenty of that elsewhere I’m sure. So I’m keeping it light. Please know that doesn’t mean all is “light and fluffy” here in my little world anymore than it is elsewhere. It just means I’m trying to do my job…the best I know how.
Ok. Enough preamble!
Let’s celebrate spring!
There are so many important spring traditions and events we may miss this year. We don’t know yet if we’ll even get to gather with our church families for Easter this year. I’m hopeful, but, honestly, not very optimistic. And I know many of you are experiencing the cancellation of weddings, graduations, parties and vacations.
Other cancellations include the opening of baseball season, band recitals, outdoor concerts, bridal showers, church picnics, ladies’ retreats and spring teas. Normally, spring is a season of sweet, if perhaps simple, celebrations. Unlike Christmas and New Years, which are full of glitter and glam and fast-paced hooplah, the celebrations of spring are more genteel. They’re full of pastel colors and tender blooms and fresh delicacies and earthy aromas. And, oh, how our winter-weary souls crave those sweet, refreshing celebrations of all that is new and fresh and alive.
So today, let’s create a Spring Bucket List of things we can still do to celebrate this sweet season. Let’s fill it with ample time outdoors, fresh-from-the-garden foods, sweet delights, pretty visuals, the sounds of the season and activities that awaken our senses and fill our lungs with big gulps of fresh air.
No, we can’t do everything we might have. But I imagine we’ll be more bent than ever on doing what we can do. Let’s celebrate spring with all we’ve got!
Here’s my Revised Spring Bucket List.
Take from my list and create your own. Share in the comments below if you have other ideas to add. I’ve got 28 fun activities on my revised spring bucket list!
Get a professional mani-pediGive yourself a mani-pedi. Paint your nails a pretty spring color, like OPI’s Dutch Tulips (a personal favorite) or Got Myself Into A Jam-Balaya (creamy peach). I love using the OPI Infinite Shine collection for my home manicures. Learn how in this post.
- Go on a picnic. Many picnic areas and playgrounds are closed right now. So you may need to pack a blanket and have your meal on the ground, the old fashioned way. Or you may just want to picnic from the tailgate of your vehicle. But pack up a yummy meal and get out somewhere new to eat it.
- Grill out in the back yard. Make the meal festive with music, decorations and fun tableware.
Host a Tea Party. Host a Virtual Tea Party. Send out invitations to several sweet friends via text or email. Request they meet you on a Zoom conference , Skype or multiple person Facetime session with their own tea steeped and their plate filled with cookies. You can sit outside if the weather permits. But enjoy the time visiting over tea with friends. You can even ask everyone to dress up a little!
- Fly a kite.
- Go on a nature hike.
- Walk barefoot in the grass.
- Ride a bike.
Visit the zoo.Host a neighborhood bear hunt. My sister-in-law recently helped her neighborhood host a bear hunt for children. All the households were encouraged to put stuffed teddy bears somewhere in their yards or on their porches. Then families could ride in their cars, golf carts or on their bikes, walk and/or pull wagons through the neighborhood so the kids could “hunt” for the bears. You can watch Kim’s Facebook post below for inspiration. (She’s going to kill me!)
Is that too cute, or what??? Yeah, she’s going to kill me.
- Make fresh squeezed lemonade. Here’s my recipe for wonderful fresh squeezed lemonade: In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine 1 cup water and 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar. Heat until the sugar is dissolved to make a simple syrup. Refrigerate syrup until you’re ready to make the lemonade. Squeeze enough lemons (or limes!) to yield 1 1/2 cups juice (probably 6-8 lemons). In a pitcher, combine the simple syrup, the fruit juice and 7 cups fresh water. Stir well. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices. Enjoy!
- Take a stroll in the rain. Use your umbrella or a rain coat. Wear rain boots or go barefooted. Splash in puddles!
- Find a rainbow. Double points for a double rainbow! Take a picture and post it on Facebook and/or Instagram. Remember, God sent the rainbow to remind us of His faithfulness.
- Buy a new spring dress. There’s still hope that you’re going to get to dress up for something this spring. But if not this spring, surely this summer! Here are some beautiful selections I found that are on sale.
Enjoy an outdoor concert.Enjoy a streamed concert…outdoors. As more and more concerts are being cancelled, artists are streaming their music live so that we can all listen in for free. You can get an updated list of free streamed concerts here. Some artists are charging a fee, but most are free. Still you can make a donation or leave a tip, too. Take the music outside with your phone or other mobile device, and enjoy it under the stars or as the day winds down.
- Change out your winter wardrobe for your spring wardrobe. I’ve got tips for purging your closet and reorganizing in this previous post.
- Do some spring cleaning. Wash the windows, the blinds, the shower curtains, etc.
- Throw a frisbee.
- Hang a new set of wind chimes.
- Go on a Spring Scavenger Hunt. Take photos of everything you see: tulips, daffodils, azaleas, dogwood trees, baby animals, ducks, robins, children playing, people riding bikes, people riding in a car with the convertible top down, kites flying. Add your own ideas to the list!
Attend a baseball game.Throw a baseball or softball with your husband, children or grandchildren (whoever is in your household!). Make a trip to the Farmer’s Market. Plant a vegetable, flower or herb garden.
- Eat ice cream on a cone.
Eat from food trucks. Tailgate with friends. Sunday morning when I was out on a walk I came upon a group of women who had circled their cars together in an open parking lot. They were each sitting at the open tailgate of their own vehicles, enjoying conversation and beverages from thermoses. I asked if I could snap a photo and share their idea with you! This, sweet gal, is intentional friendship. I love it!
- Dine al fresco. Take your breakfast, lunch and/or dinner out onto your back patio, deck or yard. I think the more time we spend outdoors right now, the better!
- Dye Easter eggs.
Participate in an Easter egg hunt. Egg your friends’ yards. Yesterday morning as I walked James out to his car as he left for church, he looked down into the yard and said, “We’ve been egged!” Thinking he meant we’d had eggs thrown at our house, I walked out into the yard to look for the debris. But what I found was this large pink plastic Easter egg. Some friends from church had tossed it into our yard sometime during the night. Inside, I found a sweet little announcement of the birth of their new grand daughter. But you could just as easily fill eggs with hopeful sentiments, scriptures and well wishes, then toss them into the yards of your friends. I’m not sure I’d toss them into all the neighbors’ yards; some people may not appreciate the gesture. But I bet your friends would. (Make sure you use clean hands when you pack and distribute the eggs. Maybe even wipe them down with sanitizing wipes before tossing.)
- Hand wash your car.
- Prepare a spring brunch. On the menu? Yummy spring specialties like roasted asparagus, strawberry spinach salad, spring risotto, ham & Swiss quiche, and my favorite Strawberry Triple Layer Cake. Yes, you’d love to have someone over for brunch. But even if you can’t do that, you can still enjoy a festive meal featuring flavors of this season.
A word to the wise
I’ve tried only to include activities that help us practice social distancing and smart health standards. But if you find that any of these activities would compromise those behaviors for you, please don’t do them. While we’ve been given guidelines for social distancing, they are different throughout the country and we should all do our part to help prevent the spread of this virus. Bottom line? Be smart.
Do you have other ideas to add to our “revised” Spring Bucket List? I’d love to hear your ideas for ways to celebrate spring in this time of social distancing. Thank you so much for visiting Dressed for My Day today.
In the spirit of encouraging us to stay positive during these trying days of social distancing, midlife influencer Robin LaMonte recently wrote a blog post called Is Your Glass Half Full or Half Empty. She ended her post by sharing other encouraging posts by midlife bloggers, including this one. You might enjoy visiting Robin and reading her post, as well as the others she linked to there.
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As we enjoy spring – the new growth from the earth, the baby animals and the lengthening and warming of the days – let’s not forget to praise the Lord. He is the one who created the pleasures of this world for our enjoyment and provision. Isn’t He amazingly creative and good? Let’s be sure to marvel in the beauty of the world, but more importantly let’s marvel at God’s glory seen throughout.
May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works. ~ Psalm 104:31