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Don’t let ugly weather ruin summer dreams

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It’s April and it’s snowing. Today, I took a statement straight out of my daughter’s vocabulary. As we were getting into the van, I not so quietly declared, "stupid snow!"


She’s a pre-teen so to her everything is stupid. Well today, I couldn’t help but feel that this weather truly was stupid.


To my surprise, she turned to me and said, "Mom, don’t let it get in your way! "


 I let this resonate for a few moments and then asked her what she meant.  


"Your day, don’t let it get in the way of your day today," she said.


Simple words, yet they brought me so much pause. I was letting the weather get in my way every single day, making me sad and grumpy.

 
In light of my daughter’s words, I started to wonder how I could push this unwelcome weather from my mind and what I could do to bring a little bit of warmth and sunshine into my home.  
If spring is still going to be a while, we can try a few of these.


1. Treat yourself to a few magazines or a new book and spend the afternoon at your favorite coffee shop. Don’t look at your watch, don’t think about what you should be doing. Just relax, taking in the sounds, and lose yourself in your reading.


2. Bake! If you have kids, ask them to each pick their favourite recipes, shop for the ingredients, and bring sweet, savoury or spicy aromas into your kitchen. Instant warmth!
3. Movie marathon. Throw caution to the wind and, this one time, don’t worry about how many hours you spend watching TV. Rent a season of your favourite show or the three sequels to your favourite movie. Just do it!


4. Plan your summer online. If you’re not on Pinterest, go ahead and sign up. It is the cheapest way to dream. Create a summer board and peruse the pins. You can plan your summer feasts, backyard parties, your garden, your dream yard.


5. Clean your closet. It’s not the most fun thing to do, but starting on your closet will get you ready to rotate to summer clothes.


So basically, even if spring is coming too slowly this year, try to keep busy, dream a little, and be grateful that we have an opportunity to breathe and to dream between seasons. 

Tannis Ross is a community correspondent for St. Vital.

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