Dear fellow coronavirus fighters, they say that spring has sprung. Which means it’s time for my 2020 spring bucket list reveal. Even though it doesn’t feel much like spring. As I type this, I am one of the few brave (silly?) people at Houston Intercontinental Airport. The place is practically empty. And I have a 3 hour layover before my flight from here to El Paso. I think this is the first time I have sat down for any length in a week. Might fall asleep mid-post!
In this recent post, I shared the benefits of creating bucket lists or activity lists. They inspire you to make goals and achieve them, to have a purpose in life this season. And purpose in this season of life. In preparation for making this year’s list, I read some of spring bucket list posts from previous years, here and here. My most ambitious list was the one I made for spring 2017, with 25 activities!
Spring this year is unlike any other. With the spread of coronavirus across the country and the world, activities I would normally enjoy doing this time of year are off limits. Travel is discouraged. For that matter, I am on self-quarantine after flying home. Restaurants and bars, gyms and theaters in El Paso are closed. At least for the time being. So, I am having to get pretty creative with this list.
My 2020 Spring Bucket List
Some seasons, I break my bucket lists into categories. Sometimes I don’t. That’s about the way I do everything. Sometimes I add garlic powder to the soup. But sometimes I don’t! Sometimes I brush my hair. Lots of days, I don’t!! Usually, but not always, because I’ve forgotten to.
For my 2020 spring bucket list, I’ve created categories. Have a look at the 20 activities on this season’s list.
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Good for the Heart
These are activities that strengthen relationships and warm my heart.
- Host Easter dinner – invite the kids to join us, set the dining room table with our good dishes, light some candles. Want to make these cutie pie napkins.
- Give each other couples massage – complete with candles, aromatherapy, soft lighting, soft music, oils, lotions, and a glass of wine.
- Listen to and finish our book together in the hot tub – also a wellness goal, just beginning When Christ and His Saints Slept: Plantagenets, Book 1 by Sharon K. Penman.
- Dress up for Easter – not sure if our church will be open for Easter service, would love for them to host a sunrise service outdoors, but not sure that will happen either, but certainly want to remember the reason for the season, and dress up for our Easter dinner at home.
Good for the Soul
A few things to warm me from the inside out.
- Tiptoe through the poppies – with all of the unseasonable rain we’ve had, our annual poppies are blooming to beat the band. All of my El Paso buddies are posting the most breathtaking photos. I can’t wait to get out in the flowers, myself!
- Pay it forward – lots of ways and reasons to treat someone this season. From the food pantry at church, to Red Cross blood donation, adding books to my neighborhood Little Free Library, donating bras to The Bra Recyclers.
- Repot and revive mom’s Phalaenopsis orchid – brought it home in my carry-on bag from Kentucky. Terrible photo but just want to show you how it looks now. Mom has kept it alive for years but it was in front of her window where she couldn’t easily see or reach it. I water it when I visit but it needs some more TLC than just H2O. Hope I can revive it to the beauty of the bloom in the second photo.
- Spruce up the yard and plants – hoping to add a few more succulents to the yard in some colorful pots, and do something more attractive in the front yard. Stay tuned.
Good for the Body
Activities that get me moving.
- Take the first dip of the year in the pool – you all know the troubles we’ve had with our pool, right? Well, I have surrendered. The pool will be 3 years old this May. It still has not passed city inspection. Had hoped to find the money to have the deck re-done, and now rust is coming up through the plaster. Shoot me. But I have promised myself to try very hard to enjoy the pool this year.
- Hike and picnic at a park or Hueco Tanks – “For thousands of years, people have trekked to these rock hills in far west Texas. In earlier times, they came for the rainwater pooled in natural rock basins, or huecos (“whey-coes”). Visitors today marvel at the imagery left by those ancient people. At Hueco Tanks, you can hike, rock climb, bird watch, study nature and history, picnic and stargaze. Visitors can take guided and self-guided tours to view rock imagery.” [source] Haven’t been out there in years. Really excited to visit again.
- Utilize exercise videos and/or compete in Wicked Wine Run – Our gym is closed so need to be training for the upcoming 5k on my own. Shouldn’t have sold our treadmill, I guess. Am the captain of our team, the “Wacky Wine-Drinking and Tee-Totaling Young Whipper Snappers.”
- Take Cia on a nature scavenger hunt – will make up my scavenger hunt list and share it here with you.
Good for the Mind
Experiences that will hopefully require and build brain power.
- Paint spring rocks – have done this several times in the past, then set them out for others to find. Really like this carrot and bunny. Going to try to paint it and some other quick designs, as well.
- Take a class or course – signed up for a mosaic class but received an email saying the class has been postponed.
- Work online jigsaw puzzles – my sister reminded me of this activity. I love working jigsaw puzzles but it is impossible to leave a puzzle out with our kittens (who are actually 6 years old and not kittens at all).
- Organize crafts and craft supplies – this was a winter goal that has been pushed into spring. Had decided that bucket list activities should be fun…but organizing is fun for me. And my crafts desperately need some love. What I purge, I will share with the children’s hospital or the Y.
Just Plain Good
- Decorate for spring and Easter – had started before I left for Mom’s but want to finish up this week. And get my Valentines stuff boxed up.
- Find a copycat recipe for a favorite restaurant dish and make it at home – I don’t have a recipe or even a restaurant in mind, so this could involve some thought.
- Make a coconut cream pie or German chocolate cake just because I like them – my birthday is in April so thinking I will make one of these for my birthday ‘cake.’ Wish I could taste my paternal grandmother ‘Bubby’s’ coconut pie just one more time.
- Host a game night or investigate Pictionary Air – PC is quite the game-player and gamer. My mom didn’t like games so we never played them when I was young. But these days, I love, love, love to play Pictionary. Want to check out Pictionary Air or the game in another of its new versions.
By my count, that’s 20 items. Most of them are free, a lot of them are outdoorsy. Would consider this a quarantine-friendly list.
Oh, girls, I didn’t get this finished at Gate 40 of the Houston Intercontinental Airport last night. So, had to finish today. In between loads of laundry and trying to put out fires for my mom. She has fallen twice in the last 24 hours. Not sure how that happens in rehab with nurses who are supposed to be helping her.
Then we all 3 called her all afternoon. And none of us could get her to answer. Finally, I called the nurses’ station. One of the nurses said when she passed mom’s door, she was sitting on the edge of her bed (why?), with a ringing phone in her hand unable to figure out how to answer it (help her?). Exhausting, heart-breaking, frustrating.
How are you filling your self-quarantine hours these days, girls? Are you holed up at home? Are stores, bars, restaurants, shopping centers, beauty salons closed where you live? If so, then put together your own spring bucket list and join us! You can leave your list in a comment or link up your bucket list post below.
Then come back on 04.21 and 05.21 to share the progress you’ve made on your spring bucket list. Can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with!
Hugs and kisses,