It’s only natural – we love the outdoors and can’t get enough. The barbeques, the refreshing walks, pleasure fishing, hours in the hammock, friendly get-togethers, and boat rides into the horizon are just a few of the draws that brought us to this area to begin with. It seems there is a resounding feeling from the area about spring: bring it on!
While before we know it, we’ll be celebrating spring and coasting into summer, these last few weeks can sometimes feel like an eternity. We’ve had some suggestions from our staff and readers about how to make the lingering winter days more bearable.
Remodel – add that addition you will need in spring, a boat house, pool, deck, outdoor kitchen and patio, whatever you’ll want to have once the warm weather gets here. Now is the perfect time to get a jump start so that you can have your projects complete by spring or summer.
Reading & Writing – delve into that classic book you’ve always wanted to read or re-read your favorite series. There are few things that can take us to another place and time better than a great book. Maybe even try writing one of your own – it’s a great way to get your creativity flowing and can be a great stress reliever, even if it’s a story just for your own enjoyment.
Cooking – try a new style of food or take a class. This extra time at home might be a great time to brush up on your culinary skills or try re-training your taste buds. That New Year’s Resolution might seem a lifetime away, but you still have a chance to get a great start for 2015!
Exercise – that gym membership that you bought on January 2nd? Go get your money’s worth. Many days lately have been too cold for any sort of outside exercise, so if we’re staying on our healthy living kick, we need to find other ways to stay active (besides shoveling!). For the really adventurous, take a dance class!
Step outside your comfort zone and out of the cold and see if you can develop a new skill.
Catch up on movies – whether you decide to venture to the theater or make a quick stop at Redbox, a movie is always a fun way to take a little break from your everyday.
Prioritize the good weather – finish all of those tasks that you usually do once it’s warm: spring cleaning, taxes, and maintenance on your summer toys (boat, grill, etc.) during this cold time…then you’ve got more days to enjoy the rays! While this suggestion doesn’t sound the most fun, it will pay off later.
Grill out, dine in – if you can brave the elements for a bit, fire up the grill and make the summertime favorites: hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, etc. and fashion an indoor picnic to get a little of the warm weather flavor.
Gear up for spring – stop at local gift shops and purchase apparel and gear for the coming lake season so you’re ready to go as soon as the cold snap is gone!
Venture out – yes, it’s cold, but we still need sunshine and fresh air, so take advantage of the few days we do have that are a little warmer and soak up as much as you can to get you through the season!