Spring Treasure: First things First

So, for winter it sure is mild and rainy. Its scary, thought provoking and unstable what is happening with mother nature all over the world. Don’t get me wrong, winter is not my favourite season so I am quite glad that it’s not freezing and hard to get around.
Wednesday was the type of day, weather wise, that I look out the window with concentration on how I want my outdoor space to look and function. What needs to be fixed, what plans do I want to carry out, what are the priorities and which will I focus my budget and attention on first.
Also, there are cracks that shine a little “ooww… we can go to the zoo, lie in the grass, get ice cream from the caboose by that forest trail”.

This is MY internal road map to a Spring day dream and readiness plan.

As daunting as some of this weather is; I see it as inspiration and the perfect time to put together my game plan.
Usually February is the coldest month and I feel that I just want to be done with winter. But, this is also a great opportunity to lift spirits and use your time spent indoors wisely.

All that being said, here is a sampling of what I list within my road map and some suggestions to get the ball rolling on what you want to do when the hibernation period ends.

1} I have a folder that I keep a collection of pamphlets and/or magazine articles for products, themes, places, plant guides, techniques and really anything that catches my eye.
I like to look through this first to spark my memory and put perspective on what my real passions are going to be this year.

2} I place whatever I have chosen out on the table, then start to make a brainstorming list.
While jotting this list down I keep in mind my space, my daughter, potential gatherings, lifestyle changes, my budget, time allowance as well as how I want to feel while I am using this space.
So far, my list looks as follows:
Front yard
• mulch
Back yard
• make curtains for sunny side of pergola
• plant ground cover, possibly creeping Jenny or lemon thyme, at side of deck/house
• in veg garden: peas, tomatoes, zucchini, flowers
• a fruit bush
• a Japanese maple at back and grasses or bamboo along fence for privacy and drainage.
• choose a space for Sofia- get the sandbox with an umbrella picnic table
• fix grass patches- sod or seed ??
Activities
• Sofia chooses something to take care of and plant
• sign her up for Sportball program
• family camping weekend
( this list is huge, so I won’t bore you)
Me
• “date” my husband; have a once a month adult only date
• shop my closet and choose 5 clothing items to repurpose into something else
• purge and organize photography magazines into 1 book; just choose what articles I want to keep

3} Once you have your main visions down, take it all in. Go back to it a few times.
Fine tune, delete, add specific notes. You’ll want to also break it down into a timeline in terms of priority.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You could just number each point at the side or highlight in different colours and jot down at the top which colour represents what. You could span the projects out throughout the summer as well.

This really helps me to not miss something. Life is busy and full of surprises, so I make lists for everything.

Plus, as soon as the sun is warm, growth is poking through the dirt and it is mild enough for sweaters and raincoats; we will be spending every moment possible exploring outside.

In all honesty, I probably won’t accomplish everything on this list. Nevertheless, I will strive to. I will start with what’s important and from there I will live in the moment, focus and enjoy the life around me.

I hope this is helpful in recognizing and focussing your potential projects.

For inspiration and added guidance, check these out:
• Pinterest- search Dawn or carpediemmama
•http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/preschool-outdoor.htm
• search your citys’ visitor and local events page. We also have an Activities guide distributed each season that lists programs and classes held at the local libraries, markets and community centres. Maybe this is the year for Mommy to take that art class or dance lesson. Think about yourself, not just the kids.
• If you want a garden, but don’t have a yard; look for a Community Garden near you. They’re great!

FYI~ I will have many posts throughout this month and following through to the end of April within this Spring Treasure collection. Keep an eye out for a calendar of events for this season and what to expect for when these posts will start up again in September.
Thank you for reading.

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