The crew has a challenge for us this week. What are our Spring Routines? Well… honestly I don’t know. We work in the garden, go for long walks, enjoy the spring flowers… you know… springtime in small-town Ontario. Nothing too fancy for us here. As I sit here though I have to remember that not everyone lives in small-town Ontario. 🙂 So let’s talk a bit about my neck of the woods and what’s normal for us in the spring.
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I have a teen boy in the house. Every year around this time he gets antsy to build and create. He once again wants to build an air-propelled weapon. Last year he modified his old marshmallow gun to create a weapon that could propel an arrow more than 100 feet. He accidentally broke a piece on it so it no longer works ergo… the need to build a new one! He’s on the hunt to find the parts. It was rather quite impressive how far it would shoot.
Springtime in Small-Town Ontario
Going for walks in the spring… soaking in the warmth of the sun, enjoying the light after a winter of dark. I have to tell you, it’s one of my favourite things. It’s wonderful to see the geese back in the park, to see the beauty of our local dam and waterways, and even to see the white squirrels running about.
Being out in the sun is good for us. Did you know it helps us to regulate our serotonin levels? It’s UV rays help us absorb chemicals and minerals. The Vitamin D we gain from being out in the sun for even 15 minutes helps us to fight autoimmune diseases, and the exercise we get gains us a better night’s sleep. Early morning walks help to shrink fat cells which is rather cool! 🙂 Sunlight helps boost a chemical in your brain called serotonin which keeps us more balanced and happy over the course of a day. Rather good to know the benefits of being outside eh?
Since I have that teen… the spring is a great way to encourage him to get off his duff and out in the nice weather. I have to admit, it’s not a hard sell in the spring. It is probably the easiest time of the year for me to get him out and about. I’ve noticed that the more he is outside the better his eczema is too!
Running errands to the store, getting out with local friends, and just gadding about. It’s GOOD for a teen boy! I love letting him use his muscles helping me in the garden, doing yard work, or even doing spring cleaning.
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Getting Out in the Gardens
Springtime is a great way for the enterprising teen in your life to make a few dollars. Last year my son started some crabapple trees, helped me dig up extra gooseberry bush starters, and got some maple trees growing.
This spring he’s working with me to sell them. Half for me, half for him. He thinks it’s a good deal since he struggles yet with marketing. As he helps with clean up he discovers other items we can put up on the marketplace as well, like our excess feedbags from the rabbits, flower pots we’re not using this year, and more. It’s good to see him thinking about possibilities.
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