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Finally, warmer weather is coming, time to get outside

Apr 18, 2014

By MEGAN COOPER

Mt. Pleasant News

I looked at the 10-day forecast and I was immediately excited. The temperatures are finally warming up and I will spend as much time as I can outside.

I’m so ready for spring/summer it’s not even funny. I have avoided looking at the weather because I fear what I will see. I don’t think I can handle any more snow, not this winter anyway, maybe not even next. Definitely snowed out.

So, what do I look forward to in the warmer months? Well, for starters, concerts are starting up again. I love music and there are two festivals we are attending this year and I look forward to those a year in advance. Music is definitely a major part of my life.

I also enjoy sitting around a bonfire and hanging out with friends. Being cooped up all winter as made me ache for the outdoors and the smell of a good bonfire. If you were to ask my husband (a fireman) if he wants a bonfire, he would probably say no, considering all the brush fires last week.

The fire department and other responders did so well with all those, just to distract a bit from my ramblings. I was super proud of them, and they were busy with those fires. So, I don’t think I can talk my husband into a bonfire anytime soon, sadly.

Getting back to the point, warmer weather means fishing too. Yes, I know, you can ice fish, but that would require me to go outside where it’s cold and that just won’t happen, no matter how much you pay me…seriously.

I hope to take the kids fishing this spring/summer. I think they would really enjoy getting outside and sitting by the river, catching fish and just enjoy being outside after being cooped up so long.

Warmer weather also brings about floating on the river. There is nothing better than getting a group of friends together and gathering floatation devices and getting out on the river. It is definitely one of my favorite pastimes of the summer, because it brings about good conversation and of course, plenty of sun.

This year, my husband and I are adding softball to our summer fun. The league starts in June and we are going to be playing with some friends. I really look forward to that, because I have missed softball since high school.

Speaking of high school, this summer also brings about my 10-year high school reunion. I’m super excited to see everyone that I have lost touch with over the years. I think we are talking about renting the deck at the Bees game and catching up that way, then maybe heading to Fun City or Steamboat Days, depending on when we set the date. It should be a good time though, and I look forward to it.

As I sit here and think about all the things I want to do this summer, I find myself overwhelmed. I think we are going to be taking the kids to the Omaha Zoo at some point, and of course waterparks. There is just so much we could do, and well, I’m going to make sure that whatever we do is outside, because I fear next winter will be just as bad and I want to get out as much as I can right now.

Summer also brings about our annual trip to the Ozarks. We go with a group of friends for our anniversary and it’s a good time. I love renting the pontoon boat and getting out on the lake and spending hours upon hours outdoors.

Disc golfing is another pastime that my husband and I have. We go to East Lake or Oakland Mills and I’m getting better, I really am. Real golf we love too, and we tend to play that down where his family lives in Keosauqua. I can’t wait to get my clubs out and actually hit a few. It’s been so long.

Another favorite of mine during the warmer months is putting my hammock up in the backyard and reading a book. I probably read about two books a week right now, which is not as many as I used to, but with my hectic schedule (school, work, kids), I can only get about two in. I love reading, and it is definitely 10 times better outside, under the sun.

There are just so many activities to do with the weather warming up. I just can’t wait for summer to be here, I’m ready for that suffocating heat, and I really love it and don’t complain a bit. I would rather it be 90 degrees every day than cold.

Last weekend my husband and I took the kids in a ride our jeep. We finally took the top off and cruised around, taking pictures for work and just enjoying the weather. I think we spent about eight hours outside on Saturday, and we even got a little sun, which was okay.

My kids were in bed by 8 p.m. that night, because of all the fun they had outside. We even took part in the community Easter egg hunt at Iowa Wesleyan College. I think a good part of the town did as well, as it was really busy and kind of chaotic. It was fun though.

We were also able to open the windows and air the house out, which is a must considering we’ve all been battling colds this week. The fresh air smelled great and we even slept with them open on Saturday night. It was nice to actually feel the warm breeze, definitely something I have missed.

Since we were out and about and I had to get pictures for work, we stopped by the New London Veterans Memorial dedication and it was absolutely beautiful. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect and seeing all the veterans (they were asked to raise their hands) made my heart swell, because they had given so much for us and finally, they were getting something back that would memorialize what they did for our country. The memorial was truly beautiful and the speeches were heartfelt, it was definitely an event to see.

Overall, what I’m getting at with this column this week is to encourage you to get outside and enjoy the weather. Whether it is to exercise, play or just sit and read a book on your front porch, find something to do and get outside, it’s seriously good for you and lifts your mood. Look for community events as well, they are good excuses to enjoy the weather.

There is so much to do when the days start getting warmer and longer. Even it if you just go for a walk, it’s still being outside, where the warm air is on your skin and you start feeling so much better about everything, until the doom and gloom of winter rears it’s ugly head. But let’s not go there, I’m done with winter, as we all should be.

So, if you are looking for something to do this summer, try going to the river and go fishing, swimming, camping, have a bonfire (as long as it’s not windy and dry) or read a book outside. There is so much to do and there is a lot of fun to be had when you step outside your home.

Well, I will see you around the community and hopefully the weather stays warm and I will see you outside!

 

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