Spring is far from over. According to my calendar, summer begins on June 20! That said, yesterday was in the 80s and I’m mentally already feeling like a high school senior whose major exams are over.
I’m not really sure why. It’s not like I’ve accomplished anything major lately (other than surviving a Monday morning dentist appointment for all of us minus the baby — and the kids were honestly really good! Even the 6-year-old, who the dentist has decreed will be the “Boss of Floss” and convince the others to tackle that chore…) But summer-itis has set in nonetheless.
So I thought I’d go ahead and post my update on how I did on the Spring Fun List — my early March musings on how I could best appreciate the season. Here’s what made it into the schedule so far.
Document what comes up in the new yard. Oh, has this been a treat. We had weeping cherries bloom for a while, and a whole row of forsythia along the driveway. Those are now all gone to leaf, but a different grove of cherries has blossomed — I had worried they weren’t going to given how late they were. We have Japanese snow blossoms and lilacs and viburnums. We got a spring clean up done in the neglected walled garden and some peonies came up, and Virginia bluebells. All is not wonderful in nature there — we just had a giant tree crash onto our driveway in a windstorm — but it is pretty and I enjoyed seeing my magnolia bloom here at the current house one last time too.
Go outside after dinner. I often read on the porch when I can. Plus the dog is in general getting people out in the backyard more!
Gawk at other people’s flowers. I made a solo trip to Longwood but before peak tulip season alas. The kids and I went to Tyler arboretum. I went to Stoneleigh, which is a local garden. And I went to Holland Ridge Farm in New Jersey twice! We didn’t go to DC to see the cherry trees but maybe that can happen some future year.
Take a spring break road trip. We made it to Gettysburg, went biking in the Lehigh Gorge, and I took the 6-year-old to Hawk Mountain Preserve. Plus some other local things (you can read about spring break here).
Get the baby baptized. Yep, in late March. I also sang a lot of Easter music, and got to sing in a live in-the-sanctuary service for the first time in a year too.
Bike. I went on two family trips — to the Lehigh Gorge and Valley Forge, and then on one solo jaunt around the neighborhood. That was just a quick one, but perhaps a proof-of-concept. I now know it really works as a 20-minute break. I should do this more often.
Do a 10-mile run. Nope. I did make it to 8 though! Maybe I’ll do 10 before June 20….
Visit the Philadelphia Art Museum. My daughter and I went with the mission of taking photos of 30 depictions of flowers. We did — it was a lot of fun and there was no whining about it! I highly recommend this as a way to take kids to art museums. It won’t keep a kid interested all day, but it did buy me 45 minutes.
Do a flower puzzle. I’ve been going a bit overboard here. I did a 1000-piece hummingbird Buffalo brand one, the back side of the 500-piece Floret Farm one I already owned, plus a 750-piece depiction of a Brooklyn flower market. I’m currently working on a 1000-piece summer cottage scene, but it has a lot of flowers too.
Listen to spring music. I have been doing so — Vivaldi’s spring from The Four Seasons, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Beethoven’s sixth (Pastoral). Curiously, I had these in my play list and somehow the choral movement of Beethoven’s Ninth got in there too and it came on while I was in the school pick-up line the other day. Wow, is that an ecstatic experience to be having while inching forward behind the next SUV…
What have you enjoyed this spring?