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Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Fun To Do List


The first sign of spring in my yard!

I'm having trouble with this list!
Everything I think of is actually spring cleaning instead
of stuff just for fun and enjoying the season!
The spring cleaning list is long enough!

Help me think of some fun spring things to do!
Keep in mind that spring is still quite cool here.
We have a few warm hours in the afternoon but mornings
 and evenings are still jeans/sweater/jacket weather!
  We plant our gardens after Mother's Day!
Most warm weather stuff will be reserved for the summer list!

Here's what I have so far...

  1. Plant bulbs that are stored in the freezer.
  2. Plant the veggie/herb garden.
  3. Put a spring wreath on the front door.
  4. Change the foyer table and chalk board to an Easter theme.
  5. Get that first sandal-worthy pedicure.
  6. Change the flannel sheets to warm weather ones.
  7. Take a drive and photograph the blooming trees.

78 comments:

  1. Never mind your list!
    I can't believe you have daffodils that tall!!!
    Jeans and sweater weather????
    REALLY?
    I am shocked...I thought you were more or less the same as me....weather wise....hmmmmm...perhaps I'll ask the boyfriend if we can move to Ohio!!!
    Ok......fun thing....for Spring....buy a new African Violet or a Kalanchoe...visit a nursery (the plant kind!) buy a new pot for the front step....
    Come on Betsy....there is lots to do...
    Awaiting your comments....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. haha...the bulbs from the freezer are going to go in the pots. I DO want a new african violet...great idea! And my kalanchoe survived being inside for the winter. It actually froze being left out during the first hard frost and withered up but it's come back and has a little bloom!

      Don't you still wear jeans/sweaters in the spring? It's warm enough for shorts in the afternoon but the layers go back on for the evening....at least until May.

      Our daffodils are tall! But you know, they almost always get killed by ice before they bloom or just after. I personally don't think we're done with snow yet. That would be too lucky! haha.

      Alright...adding those to my list! thank you....

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    2. We still have lots of snow here...
      Heading to the cottage tomorrow...wonder what's happening out there........

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    3. We could have snow...it's in the 30's (F) today. Grey like snow, too! I think you misunderstood me above about the jeans/sweaters. I didn't mean outside...we'll still wear coats and gloves through April. May is warm in the afternoons and cold in the mornings/evenings. My list is for the entire season..today through June 21st (and by then, hopefully your snow will be melted! ha.)

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  2. I think that sounds like a wonderful list. I need to plant some herbs... I need to find my summer blouses in the garage. Guess I didn't label the bins very well. I did find the skirts...HaHa

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    1. I just read Linda's comment....goodness has she got some work cut out for you...HaHa

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    2. Your spring is like our summer! haha. Can't believe you're wearing sleeveless things and have trees blooming already!

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  3. Wait a minute... did you finish everything on your winter list? Did I miss the snow ice cream?

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    1. I did the ice cream, yes! I forgot to post about it! Thanks for reminding me. I still have the photos...I'll do that tomorrow. The only thing I didn't do was the bird suet, but I kept the feeders full of seed, so I don't think the birds noticed. ha.

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  4. Spring!! Isn't it fun that its here?! Watch for a bluebird, maybe you'll be lucky and one or two will come to your yard this Spring! :)

    We have a lot of cleanup outside from the ice storm and from clearing out the woods beside the yard where wed like to put a Summer Splash zone :) Do you have a lot of clean up in the yard from a harder than usual winter?

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    1. Maybe I should put mealworms on my list so the bluebirds come. My friend Roy suggested that.

      Our yard looks awful! Yes, lots and lots of work to be done out there. I couldn't decide whether that counted as fun or should be on the spring cleaning list. ha.

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    2. It's usually 'fun' except when it stays chilly then it's definitely on the Spring cleaning list! :)

      Equal portions of cornmeal and peanut butter mixed together is said to be a bluebird favorite.

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    3. That is so true. I could putter in the yard all day and enjoy it if the weather is warm.

      My friend who lives about 1 mile from me says she sees bluebirds all the time! Maybe they would smell that peanut butter mixture and come over? ha.

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    4. Haha always worth a try! Is that a grapevine I see behind the Daffy's?

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    5. Those are rose bushes. I think they are called Carefree Delight.

      Maybe a smorgasbord of meal worms and peanu tbutter would be too irresistible? haha

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    6. Get the live ones if you go with mealworms. I tried the dried ones unsuccessfully.

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    7. OK...that's good to know. Ew. haha...

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  5. We don't have any sprouts here yet. Your list sounds fun. You might organize an Easter egg hunt for the boys. We always have one on Easter and it is fun. I want to plant some purple tulips this year. We had some at our last house and I miss them.
    I have already put out my Easter decor and have my pedicure. Now just need weather warm enough to wear flip flops.

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    1. The boys wouldn't care for an egg hunt. I think they look at those eggs and think we're crazy. haha. They don't eat any easter candy, either. They do, however, get tootsie pops and chips in their baskets. I guess I could put making the baskets on my list. I do enjoy doing that!

      I did the first pedi party last year in March and we all had pretty toes inside our boots! haha.

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    2. I have purple tulip bulbs in the freezer! great minds....

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  6. What about a spring picnic, hot soup, other warm foods wrapped up to keep them hot and eaten outside, even if it is not summer picnic weather. If you choose the right foods....

    What else, a new spring scented candle for your home, something flowery and spring like, a craft project that can be used outside in the summer like a fun tablecloth for the outside table, or some new chair cushions. An Easter tree - some branches with eggs and bunnies and things hanging from it?

    Can't think of anything else right now that isn't spring cleaning!!

    Hope that you have fun whatever you decide!! xx

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    1. ooh...thanks...I really like the idea of cushions for the patio furniture. We don't have any at the moment! And how about some fresh spring-like pillows for the couches while I'm at it? I've been itching to get my sewing machine turned on anyway! Thanks Amy....

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  7. I have to keep the flannels on the bed for a little while longer! I must be cozy!!!

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    1. Oh me, too! They aren't coming off just yet! Spring goes until June 21st, you know. It's my tradition to take the flannels off on May 1st.

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  8. My, you do love your lists don't you? lol
    I have been racking my brains thinking of a Spring job for you that you will just love.
    How about cleaning the outside windows and washing all the paintwork? Or is that the Mister's work?

    Still thinking!
    You are such an active person - I bet you've done everything already.
    I'd be so dizzy there with the flurry of activity! lol

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    1. Meant to add that I am a spontaneous sort of chap and therefore do not tend to make lists, other than shopping lists.
      One thing I shall definitely start doing is making my bird tables and nesting boxes soon. I have a few customers lined up.

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    2. Window washing is on the chore list for spring cleaning. This is the fun list...ways to enjoy the season!
      Speaking of birds...I should hang some houses in the tree! So, thanks for that reminder!

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    3. How about the first lawn cut with raised blade (if it's a hover)

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    4. Nope! That's a chore! Not fun. Well, the mister thinks it's fun. haha....

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    5. Oh, don't worry! haha...I think I've only cut the grass once in 30 years. :) And I've never washed the cars!

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  9. Im not good for lists Betsy, but I love read your lists!!lol
    This sounds fun and lovely and Im sure you will think others things ha!
    The picture look amazing! Love the Green (psst I told you, you don't need learn about pictures you take awesome pictures!
    xxx

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    1. I can't use my new camera at all. Hopefully the class will help soon! Oh my! haha.

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    2. you take amazing pictures with any camera Im sure!!

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    3. Hopefully it will get better. I'm trying not to get discouraged. But I've only read one lesson and there are 5 weeks to go. ha.

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  10. You have to plant some basil plants is nice have in summer, is lovely like smell! this is one thing I made this summer

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    1. Last year I didn't plant any herbs and I missed them! Yes, basil...I'll add it to the list! :)

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    2. I love how smell I put in all!

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    3. we ate a quoina salad tonight with fresh basil in it!

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  11. I'm glad your other readers are offering suggestions. I can't think of even one! -- Silver Fox

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    1. I thought for sure you'd suggest a road trip.

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    2. What a great idea!

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  12. I've always wanted to go and lay in a field of daffodils and stare at the sky, or lay under the blooms of a flowering tree and enjoy the smell.
    Yes, it's those simple things that I love the most.

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    1. well, that's a good one! thank you! I love the smell, too!

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  13. Planting looks like work to me! Mind you, I do like to get my hands into the earth.

    It's funny because, similar to the comment above, I was going to suggest lying on your back in the grass (when it's a tad warmer!) and just enjoying the sky, the clouds, the smells and the feeling of the earth under you. I used to love doing that as a kid. I would also love pulling a long, wide blade of grass and pressing it to my lips and whistling with it. Oh the simplicity! These days I would not be able to get back up from the ground!

    The other thing that comes to mind is to make your s'mores outside that you missed on your summer list. Not now of course, but you have until late June.

    Maybe try a couple of fun drink recipes for the summer? They don't have to be alcoholic necessarily, but something you haven't had before.

    And I'm not sure if this falls under the "work" category for you - in terms of your studio - but maybe do a new recycling project? I loved your mitts and your bee plant stakes. Maybe take a poll from your readers... "what can Betsy make out of this?" Ha! With this bunch you may have to exercise caution. :-)

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    1. yes, the garden is work. I guess the planning of it is part of spring dreaming, though.

      I like laying in the grass....watching clouds. I'll have to put that on my list...very fun. As soon as the ground isn't mushy. haha.

      I did get the s'mores done in the fall....always fun!

      The drink recipes sound good...I may save that one for the summer list! yum!

      This bunch? Oh my....it is a unique group, isn't it? haha.....I wonder what they would come up with!? !?

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  14. Ah yes - maybe it was the picnic that was missed? I see someone has suggested a cool weather picnic above. I have never done that. But I have done a winter picnic before. It was such fun. Chilly. Yup. But fun. We did it seated on a hayride, with chili and garlic bread. Nothing fancy! And I also brought red-checkered table cloths to put over the bales of hay. Ha!

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    1. That sounds cute....cold, but cute! ha.

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  15. What? No spring fling?
    Don't shake your head at your wing
    I meant pick up and throw something
    Such a dirty mind you bring

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    1. all the flinging
      that I'll be doing
      is on the chore list
      so don't hiss.
      Flinging things that are old
      and things that are cold.
      Things that are dirty, too
      and things I no longer want to view.
      Away I will fling them
      and rid myself of them
      as I clean each nook and cranny
      so don't get a bur up your fanny.
      hahaha.....

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    2. hahaha wow that is a lot of flinging
      Your ears may end up ringing

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    3. You better duck
      as things I chuck!

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  16. That is quite a long list Betsy..best of luck with the stuff..

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    1. Yeah, maybe I should just stop at the original seven! haha.

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  17. the heads are just starting to peek up here...
    it was a nice warm day the first day of spring
    but snow coming on tuesday...oy...

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    1. Oh, I keep saying we are not done with winter weather! It's only March!
      We'll have another snow before it's over. And I'll be the only one that likes it. haha.

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    2. And me! Don't forget me!

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    3. oh yes...you and me! haha. My eyes have begun to itch and Spencer's nose is running....spring allergies. We feel better when things are frozen!

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  18. I think you need to set up a mud kitchen. haha!
    My snowdrops are just peeking through that layer of old leaves. I have no clue when we'll see daffodils.
    Fun spring stuff... hmmm...
    How about cooking up a nice lemon meringue pie?
    Take a bike ride?
    Fly a kite?
    :0)

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    1. I like those ideas! I really do! I was trying to think of something spring-ish to bake or cook and hadn't thought of anything yet.
      Pinterest probably has some good ideas, too.

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    2. Open the windows.
      Buy a new umbrella
      Plan a road trip to visit Linda and tell me when you're going.

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    3. haha. If I ever go to Linda's, I'll swing by and pick you up! :)

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    4. I think a pretty new umbrella is a great idea!

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    5. My kitchen probably will be mud with spring rains and cats running through the cat flap. haha. Oh wait, that's not what you meant. :)

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    6. Not quite the mud kitchen I was imagining... I will be thinking of you now when there are muddy paw prints running across my floor.
      Too bad there isn't some kind damp paw pad that they have to run across before hitting the clean floor. Then again, knowing cats, they'd fly over on the way in and walk across it on the way out instead.

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    7. I have laid out a few old rugs at the cat flap, which have helped tremendously. It's fine until it rains! ha.

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  19. Wait. You have daffodils? Now? We have rock solid ground and piles of snow. How did that happen?

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    1. They come up too early every year! They usually get killed by ice or frost just as they open. Silly things. Nothing else is even hinting at coming up!

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  20. Daffodils are quite common here in England! Looks like yours will open soon and you never know, maybe you won't have to watch them die with frost after all! Your list is a good one and I know you'll enjoy doing those fun things in between the chores of spring cleaning. I'm sending wishes of warm, sunny weather now so you don't have to wait until May to do some of those things on your list!

    I want to know when you plan on baking that pie. I'll schedule my visit around that day! (smiling)

    Have a lovely day, Sunshine.
    Vince xo

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    1. Well, don't hold your breath....I hear we're getting snow next week! :) Maybe I'll bring a bouquet in and cross that one off my list earlier than expected! ha. And yeah...I need some fun things to do in between the spring cleaning chores!

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  21. Make something with 'springtime' foods like strawberries and asparagus :-)

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  22. Hi Betsy .. yes Spring is definitely springing .. I sat outside the British Museum today - by the Viking ship model they've erected in the garden just outside ... it was warm and lovely ... now for the cold chill to hit this weekend - and it's colder down here ... I'm into the A-Z, nearly finished by cleaning ... enjoy - and I love you froze your bulbs ... cheers Hilary

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    1. I bought all the bulbs in the fall and didn't get them in the ground...so into the freezer they went. They are sleeping in there until I take them out. haha....

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  23. That's quite a list. But spring is worth it, I'm sure you agree. :)

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  24. I love spring! And your flowers look like they're going to bloom beautifully!

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