Use these ideas to shake off the winter blues

Oh, for the love of sunshine and gentle breezes ... Spring, for heaven’s sake, get here already!

For those who are ready to see more green grass and less gray sky, here are some ideas for getting in the spring spirit, even if it means being defiant of those lingering storms shaking more white stuff on the Grand Valley.

PLANT SOMETHING

Pick out a plant that later can be turned outside, such as a flower, herb or tomato.

Or you could plant a container of grass. In a month, it could be used in an arrangement for Easter eggs. No mowing involved.

WASH YOUR CAR

So what if it means it will rain or snow tomorrow. Just get the grime off. A clean car drives better, anyway.

If you can’t bring yourself to clean the outside of your car, then tackle the inside. Pull out the trash, vacuum and go over the upholstery.

WEAR FLIP-FLOPS

Shed those slippers for something lighter. And while you’re at it, get your toenails in shape for when it’s warm enough to wear flip-flops more often. (Yes, men, this includes you.)

GO FOR A WALK

Pick out a trail in the desert and go for a hike. Swing your arms high, simply because you can.

Walk around the block and take your dog if you have one. It is probably ready for spring as well.

Walk a golf course and actually play. Many local courses opened recently.

Now, it’s said that you’re supposed to “keep your enemies closer,” so in that vein, rent some snowshoes and march down a trail at Skyway, County Line or Ward Lake ski areas on Grand Mesa. Glare at the snow. Perhaps it will melt a bit under the heat of your gaze. Be nice, though, to the cross-country skiers and stay out of the groomed tracks.

OPEN YOUR WINDOWS

Bring some fresh air inside your home or car. Nothing smells better than fresh air. (Well, maybe chocolate.)

GO FLY A KITE

No really. Go fly a kite. The day doesn’t need to be warm. It just needs to be a little windy.

LOOK FOR ROBINS

Pay attention to how many robins there are outside your house or apartment.

You could even create a game out of it. For every robin a child spots — OK, adults can play too — he or she gets a jelly bean. With Easter less than a month away, jelly beans are easy to find at the store.

While you’re looking for robins, you might as well check out the other birds around. Get a bird book to help you identify what you see.

SPRING CLEAN

Give your home a good sprucing up. Go room by room, clearing clutter and dust. Don’t forget to go over the pictures on the walls.

No need to tackle the whole house at once, unless you really want to (overachiever).

Go through your clothes closet. If you haven’t worn an item in the past year, donate it to charity. Ahem, that does not include pitted-out white shirts. Those need to become rags to be used for the aforementioned cleaning.

Go through your holiday decorations. Again, if it hasn’t been used, give it to charity.

LOOK AT ART, DRINK WINE

Explore the art and wine in Palisade with the free Pig Tails and Wine Trails Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 15. Start at The Blue Pig Gallery, 119 W. Third St.

Even if you can’t make the free tour, don’t hesitate to walk around Palisade or Grand Junction and visit art galleries. Gallery owners are nice people, and they will answer any questions you might have about art.

GET A NEW ‘DO

While waiting for the season to change, change something about yourself. Get a new haircut, maybe even a new color. Consider bangs. Consider layers. Consider cutting off your long hair. Don’t consider a mullet.

GO FOR A RIDE

Wipe off the winter dust, pump up the tires and, in general, get your bike ready for spring and summer. If you don’t feel comfortable doing a tune-up yourself, there are plenty of bike shops willing to help you out.

Then let the spring breezes play with your hair, put on your helmet and go for a ride.

THROW A THEME PARTY

Spring is a convenient theme, but simply having the party is more important than even the theme. Getting together with friends can be rejuvenating and warm you inside and out.

Not quite up for an all-out party? (Blame all the spring cleaning.) Go for a small picnic in your backyard or at a park with your family or a friend or two.

SING INTO SPRING

Find a song for spring. It must be a song you hear for the first time this month. So head to a local music store. Chances are, you’ll hear more than one tune you’ll like.


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