I’m on record as not loving spring. Mud, allergies, sheets of rain – meh. Give me the hazy hot days of summer, thank you very much. But for better or for worse, spring is one fourth of the seasons of the year, so I do try to make the best of it with all the spring activities (at least, when I can breathe). I think we did spring right this year – daffodil picking, hiking the bluebell trail, enjoying the blossoms in the neighborhood. I didn’t check every item off my list (read on) but I did enough that I can say this was not a lost season. In spring, that’s really all I’m looking for.
A MUST: hike the Bluebell Loop Trail at Bull Run during peak week.Done! This is indeed a must, and we’ve made a point of getting to Bull Run to hike the bluebell trail every spring for the past three years. I had a brief moment of panic when the park reported on Facebook that a freak storm had destroyed all the bluebells, but then I realized that it was April 1st, and I could breathe again.
- Help Peanut and
Nugget hunt for eggs in the churchyard after ajoyous Easter service. Hmmm – I’m calling this one-third done. We did go to church on Easter, and Nugget did hunt for eggs in the courtyard, but I didn’t get to enjoy watching him because I was dragging his sister home as she finished off a massive temper tantrum that started toward the end of the service. Keeping it real, folks.
Host my mother-in-law, my parents and our dear family friends on successive weekends in April.Done! Grandma visited Easter weekend (she missed the above excitement, because she was already on her flight back to Florida, lucky duck) and the following weekend my parents and our family friends stopped by for an overnight on their way back north after spending a month on Hilton Head Island (must be nice, amirite). It was such a treat to see all those beloved faces two weekends in a row.
Stock up on the gear that Steve and I will need for our kayaking trip to the San Juan Islands this summer. My REI dividends just arrived and will be put to good use!Done! We set up a date night and booked a gear fitting appointment, and came home laden with shopping bags. The dividends were indeed put to good use, and I’m hoping that we also get lots of good use out of our purchases over the years. (Steve came home with the Nemo sleeping bag he’s testing out in the picture above – can’t you tell how happy and contented he is? It’s stuffed with real down, so wasn’t for me, but I ended up with a cozy Marmot sleeping bag stuffed with recycled synthetic down and am snug as a bug.)
Related: get into eco-touring shape with regular gym-going during the week and weekend paddling as soon as the boathouse opens.Done! I’ve been hitting the gym a few days a week, running on other days, and we’ve made it out for two mornings of paddling, including a windy day on the Anacostia last weekend – that was a workout indeed. I don’t know if I’ll ever feel really in eco-touring shape, but I’m doing my best.
- Read Wives and Daughters, by Elizabeth Gaskell. Didn’t. Darn library deadlines.
Clear the winter detritus off the back patio, stock up on herbs, veggies and fruit (!!!) and get my container garden started for the season.Done! The garden is planted and is producing already – wahoo! Check in with me throughout the summer for gardening updates.
- Get my dad’s old camera fixed and cleaned, and start shooting film. Another one I’m calling one-third done. I took the camera in for an estimate and it took the store three weeks to get back to me – frustrating – and then the estimate was so expensive I’m now not sure I want to go forward. I really want to get the camera fixed, and I really want to shoot film, so I might see if they will do a payment plan. Otherwise, this item may appear again on the fall list. After all the gear we needed for our upcoming trip, I’m just not in the mood to make another big purchase right now.
- Listen to the new Decemberists limited edition EP, Traveling On, on my record player by an open window. Haven’t done this as of press time, but I still might. My windows are open most nights right now. So… maybe Saturday night?
Take a photography walk with my dSLR through my neighborhood once the blossoms are out.Three-quarters done? I didn’t bust out the dSLR, but I did take a photography walk and captured the redbud blossoms – my favorite! – blooming all over Old Town. Get a load of that purple! I probably could have gotten better snaps with my actual camera, but the iPhone worked fine.
Not too shabby! Like I said, not being a major spring lover, I had to motivate myself a little bit to do these things, and obviously not all of them got done. But I did feel like I had a nice season. Even at its best, for me, spring is just the opening act – I’m a summer girl at heart. The mercury is rising every day, and so is my mood, and Litha is still ahead of us – check in with me on Friday for my summer list!