Who does not love spring when more days brighten the skies, birds sing joyfully, and trees start sprouting new leaves that are smart? Even here in the California desert where I live, wildflowers blossom, jacaranda trees burst with purple blossoms, and cacti burst with flowers in vibrant colours.
Since a lack of sunlight during brief, winter days can negatively affect older adults’ moods, are not you baby boomers ready to observe this spectacular time of year? I’ve recorded six fun spring actions baby boomers can appreciate as weather permits, regardless of your age.
Have a Spring Break
Who says college students are the only ones that will take a spring break? We baby boomers get itchy feet also and there are a number of sunny places to go to.
This is the best time to see one of the National Parks before the summer crowds hit. But since there is 58 from the U.S., there is a lot more to see!
Need to remain closer to home? A weekend excursion to a nearby beach or lake might be just the ticket. Or just enjoy a Sunday drive on a street you have never taken before. Rent a convertible for additional fun and wind your way into a nearby city or park you have been meaning to research.
Plant a Garden
One of my favourite activities is picking out seeds or plants in the garden center with my grandchildren and planting them once we get home.
The joy of walking outdoors, enjoying the beauty of greenery shining from sunlight, the sound of bees buzzing nearby, plopping an irresistible strawberry into your mouth, then gathering vegetables and deliciously aromatic herbs for a recipe – what better way to celebrate spring!
If you do not have space for a garden, see a Farmer’s Market.
Eat Al Fresco
Spring is finally here and we’ve got that precious additional hour’s daylight. Head outdoors, have a picnic in the park or any other scenic place, and enjoy eating fresh food with a view.
Or throw a bright and cheerful tablecloth on your patio table, add some fresh-cut blossoms into soup cans painted in spring colours, and a couple of floral napkins. Then enjoy a magical spring dinner with friends or family outside to welcome the season.
Feeling lazy? Eat out at a local cafe.
Change out your drapes with a sheer, billowy, or natural fabric. You might even need to paint a room a vibrant spring shade or bring new life to old furniture with a coat of white paint. If you are doing some spring cleaning, be sure and wash your windows so that you can enjoy your view outside.
Purchase some gaudy tulips or daffodils with their bright, cheery colors or clip some spring blossoms and display them into your dwelling.
Be certain and open your windows to hear a spring shower or just enjoy a gentle spring breeze. Simply take a few calming deep breaths and revel in all that fresh air.
Play External with Your Grandchildren
Love some gardening or have a fancy picnic at the park.
Build a bird house together and bring wildlife you can enjoy watching together.
Or introduce your grandma to some traditional outdoor games such as Kick-the-Can, Red Rover, Red Light-Green Light, or Duck-Duck-Goose. They will love it!
Have a Hike
This is a no-brainer, but wear your hiking boots, pack some snacks and water, and go find the wonderful outdoors. All of us know that baby boomers will need to keep moving to remain healthy and this is an enjoyable way to do it.
No real surprise, a new study shows that walking or trekking in nature can bring you inner peace, joy, and happiness. I would highly recommend it!
If your health doesn’t permit a vigorous hike, have a gentle stroll on a deserted beach with your loved one or have a walk round the block.
These are simply a couple ideas, I’m confident you can come up with more. Whatever you decide to do, discard that winter coat when the weather allows, grab a pair of scandals, and get out there and enjoy the fleeting glory of spring!