From the Archives: Spring 2010 issue of Lupus Now
Try Something New!
Daffodils and tulips begin to bloom, animals come out of hibernation, and people toss aside their cozy quilts and peek their heads outside. It’s spring! Everything seems new and fresh -- a perfect time to adopt a new, simple pleasure. Try one of these activities in your town!
- For the next few Saturdays, rise a bit earlier than usual, head out to a park for a nature hike, and enjoy the budding spring plants. Pick a different outdoor area each week. In Seattle, home to 400 parks and open areas, you could spend many weekends traveling different paths.
- Find an art-house theater and take in a movie you might not typically choose.
- Dig into a small plot at a community garden and enjoy the company of other gardeners as your seedlings take root and produce flowers, fruit, and veggies. In the 68 square miles that make up Washington, DC, you will find more than 42 such secret gardens.
- Rip a new recipe from the food section of the newspaper and whip it up for yourself, or get more daring and try it out on a few friends.
- Join a book club at the local library. In Portland, OR, the public libraries have an ongoing "Read the Classics" group.
- Plant herbs in little pots to sit in the kitchen window so you’ll have fresh seasonings all spring and summer. You can find plants at garden centers and even some large grocery stores.
- Sign up for a class at a museum. At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, you can drop in for the monthly "Rock and Roll Night School" to learn about some of the most famous music ever made.
- Decorate your mailbox. Cover it with some pretty contact paper, or paint on a coat of primer and use stencils or freehand designs to make the patterns. Your curb will be the talk of the neighborhood!
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