Longtime blog readers know that I often craft seasonal fun lists. Generally for summer and the holidays, and more recently for fall, winter, and spring, I’ve posted lists of activities I want to do during these times of year that make the season feel like the season. Strawberry picking in June, ice skating in winter, that sort of thing.
I don’t always create such lists (honestly, this winter has not been terribly conducive to it, and I didn’t make one) but I try to make these lists for a reason: They help me plan in big and little adventures!
This week the Tranquility by Tuesday Challenge has been focusing on Rule #6: One big adventure, one little adventure. Putting in two memorable things each week won’t disrupt good routines, but doing so changes the experience of time from “more of the same” to something more interesting. We have things to look forward to! Plus, we don’t say “where did the time go?” when we remember where the time went.
Going on a leaf-peeping trip to upstate New York makes a fall memory. Picking tulips from the endless rows at Holland Ridge Farms makes a spring memory. When I see these entries on past time logs, I can pull up the day and the scene from the recesses of my mind and enjoy it again. These things are not lost to the past.
We shall see how this spring goes but here are a few things I’d like to do for my Spring Fun List:
- Go see the cherry blossoms in DC. I’ve been looking for the forecasts and trying to protect a few open days in mid/late March to make the trip. I’ll likely take the train down on a weekday, take in the marvelousness, and then turn around to come back by kid activity time…
- Pick tulips at Holland Ridge Farms in New Jersey. This may also wind up as a weekday trip but perhaps I can convince a family member or two to go!
- Go to the Philadelphia Flower Show. This is coming up this weekend!
- Do flower puzzles. I just pulled a 1000-piece hummingbird and flower puzzle out of the garage (I did it two years ago) and I’m putting it together now. I own three others that will also make for good spring puzzle fun. And frugal fun since these puzzles are repeats!
- Gaze at my own cherry trees. This new (old) house has a row of cherry trees that bloom in late April and I need to just go sit outside on those days and take them in. A picnic lunch under the blooms could be a little Tuesday adventure.
- Sing in The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass – my choir is doing this Carol Barnett number in late April.
- Listen to Appalachian Spring in the car. I did this all last spring during kid shuttling and I began to appreciate Aaron Copland’s masterpiece more and more. Maybe I’ll listen to this and one other spring themed masterwork.
Have you made seasonal fun lists? Are you making one for this spring? Please let me know!
In other news: Wondering what the TBT Challenge is? We’re working through my nine favorite time management rules over the course of nine weeks. These nine rules are featured in my most recent book, Tranquility by Tuesday. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I’d really appreciate it if you’d give it a read!
Photo: Holland Ridge Farms, in portrait mode