Both the warmth and my sinuses have alerted me to the fact that spring has returned. What a beautiful time of year! Since I grew up in PA, spring to me has always meant a break from the bleak winter, a tease of the warmth to come, and brilliant colors to gaze upon after several months of mind-numbing browns and grays. Oh yes, and it has also always meant a lot of sneezing as well.
I am feeling some Spring Fever, and know that the hot and humid Houston summer will be here in the blink of an eye. Here are some ways that I am taking advantage of this fresh and vibrant time of year.
- Take a Yoga or Meditation Routine Outdoors: It might completely change your practice by changing locations to your backyard, in the middle of a park, on the beach, etc. You might even be able to find a group that offers this so that you won’t be alone. Here in Houston, Discovery Green offers free yoga outdoors on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.
- Hunt for Four-Leaf Clovers: Four-leaf clovers are caused by a mutation on a normal, three-leaf clover plant. This mutation typically occurs once in every 10,000 clovers, which means this could either be the best activity to keep your kids busy ever, or a very discouraging one. There are some plants who imitate true clovers, but you can tell that you have found a legitimate four-leaf clover if the fourth leaf is smaller than the others. If you are lucky enough to find one, press it for keeping or make yourself a charm by drying it and placing it in a clear charm holder from a craft store. If you want to send the kids out to find their own, offer them a pot of gold at the end of their long journey by making a copycat version of McDonald’s Shamrock milkshake.
- Go for a Hike: Not only will this give you a great exercise session, but you can spot all of the beautiful new greenery and blooms. Nature will be unfolding before your very eyes!
- Take a Photo in a Field of Wildflowers: Bluebonnets are famous in Texas, and so is getting your picture taken in a field of them (check this website for sightings within a 60-mile radius of Houston, Texas). If you want to skip the possibility of snake bites and the potential hazards of parking on the side of a road, check out Mercer Arboretum which offers free admission and a spot to take photos. If you are not in Texas, use this U.S. Forest Service to find wildflower viewing in your own area.
- Pick Strawberries: Strawberry season has begun here in Houston. If you want to pick your own, check out Froberg’s Vegetable and Fruit Farm in Alvin, about 26 miles outside of Houston. Paul and I picked our own last week and made Strawberry Shortcake with our sweet finds. Use this resource to find pick-your-own farms in your area.
Cartoon courtesy of Cartoon Resource.