By: Kathryn Jackson
If you’re anything like me, this was a particularly hard winter season. The cold weather and early sunsets of winter typically bring my spirits down, but coupled with social distancing and our work-and-school-and-play-from-home schedule, I experienced a few more down days than usual. But hallelujah! The first day of spring came on March 20. As we look ahead to warmer weather, outdoor gatherings, more available vaccinations, my spirits are rising, and my mind is spinning with plans for the days to come.
Check out five ways we plan to make the most of this spring:
- Plant a Garden
Of all the years, this one seems most appropriate for starting a garden. With the hope and healing that 2021 has to offer, my family will commemorate the season by creating something that will come to life before our eyes. Our goal is to make homemade salsa this summer, entirely from ingredients we grew ourselves.
- Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space
This year, we’re determined to make our outdoor space beautiful. We dedicated a small portion of our budget to purchasing outdoor twinkle lights, hanging flowers, and tiki torches to keep mosquitos away. We’re excited to enjoy the refreshed space during socially distanced hangouts with friends and family.
- Host a “Hello Neighbor” Hour
The pandemic made it tough to connect with our neighbors, who we typically have over for chili nights or Christmas celebrations throughout the winter. This spring, we’re planning a come-and-go “hello neighbor” hour in our front yard to intentionally connect with neighbors in a safe way.
- Take Your Dining Outdoors
One of our favorite tips for savoring the spring is to dine outside often. We purchased a cheap folding table on Facebook Marketplace that we can easily take outside. To give it that extra bit of pizazz, I cover it with a pretty tablecloth, light candles, and use flowers as a centerpiece. It feels magical.
- Go Sightseeing in Your Neighborhood
Every Christmas, we drive around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights. Similarly, every spring, we take a bike ride or walk around the neighborhood to look at flowers, trees, and landscaping. It’s gives us a chance to practice gratitude for the beauty that’s right in front of us.