Today is cold — 21 degrees this morning — but spring is in the air. Temperatures will rise into the 60s next week and so the last of the snow will melt. Already I’ve spotted a forsythia blooming and some daffodil shoots are pushing up in grassy patches.
In honor of the changing seasons — and thanks to a nudge in a recent comment — I am posting my spring fun list. Here’s what I hope to do by the time summer rolls around!
Document what comes up in the new yard. As long time readers know, we bought a new (very old) house this fall. Renovations will finally start this month, so we won’t be inside the house much any more, but outside, there is a neglected, walled garden. A more modest version of The Secret Garden, perhaps. It’s going to be exciting to see what grows and what trees flower. I also plan to sit on the porch of my current house and enjoy the magnolias, plum trees, and dogwoods for one last spring.
Go outside after dinner. More days than not. As the light lingers longer, this becomes more appealing.
Gawk at other people’s flowers. We’ll visit the area botanical gardens: Longwood, Morris. Maybe Tyler too. I might do a solo Longwood trip during a weekday some time. I’d love to see some cherry trees. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to DC two years ago — PA recently lifted the travel restrictions and we will see what phase DC is in by late March — but Philly has some nice cherry trees too if that can’t happen.
Take a spring break road trip. Most likely to a few spots in PA — like our “Grand Canyon,” Gettysburg, maybe Hawk Mountain Preserve… I really need to plan this but the logistical details of home renovations have been occupying about 99 percent of my non-work, non-toddler-focused mental capacity.
Get the baby baptized. At an outdoor ceremony — a full year after the last attempt was canceled. My parents will be fully vaccinated by then and we plan to celebrate with them. I also have plans to sing the Hallelujah Chorus. Masked and far apart from my fellow singers, but we celebrate Easter as we can.
Bike. Once solo, once with the family. I could always bike on some local paths but I might get ambitious and go farther afield.
Do a 10-mile run. I’m not signed up for any races but my husband and I often run the Broad Street 10-miler and so this would be the equivalent of that. Successfully completing a 10-mile long run would also mean that I am in half-marathon ready shape, should the opportunity to run one arise over the next 6 months or so. Spring and fall are prime running seasons around here.
Visit the Philadelphia Art Museum. In keeping with the theme of spring, I’d like to take particular notice of the floral still lifes.
Do a flower puzzle. I already own a Floret Farm two-sided one, so I should do the second side!
Listen to spring music. As in Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, the Spring section from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons — and I welcome other ideas. Do any works of music (or books?) say “spring” to you?
Photo: Cherry blossoms from two years ago