Each year we anxiously await the news from Punxsutawney Phil. Will spring come early or are will we experience a longer winter? Waiting for spring to really arrive can seem endless. As it’s been stated, the waiting is the hardest part, and we know you are anxious to get your swimming pool open.
At Hawaiian Pool Builders, we have eleven ways to keep you content while waiting for spring.
Relax in the hot tub
With your attached hot tub from Hawaiian Pools, you can steam up the wintry nights with a dip in the hot tub. It’s great for soothing sore muscles while star gazing. Bring a fluffy robe and slippers to keep warm on the way back into the house.
Sit by a cozy fire
After coming in, and while still wrapped in your warm, fluffy robe, sit by the cozy fire and sip on some hot cocoa or mulled apple cider.
Invite guests over for games and snacks
Though the sun is shining longer into the day it’s still dark and cold by early evening. Invite guests over mid-afternoon to play games, chat and otherwise enjoy everyone’s company. Depending on the size of the group, you could set up a few stations. A table for cards or a puzzle table will give your guests choices. That way, by the time it is dark and cold, everyone will be ready to scamper home, and will have had a fun time.
Read a book or two
A cold, winter afternoon or evening is the perfect time to catch up on those books you’ve wanted to read, but, simply haven’t had the time. Not only is it great for personal reading, it’s a good opportunity to gather your children and crack open a book and read to them. They will enjoy it as much as you do.
Plan a movie and popcorn night
There are so many options to watch movies now. You no longer have to plan a trip to the ‘movie store’ to decide what you and your family want to watch. With the time saved you could watch two! Perhaps eating in the living room would be a treat for your group and could create a fond memory.
That’s a few of the fun things you can do while you wait for spring. Here’s some practical things you can also get done. Any little projects you’ve been looking at while thinking, I’ll get to it later, work really well as winter projects. Whether it’s pulling out a tote of clothes you have stashed for your kids and seeing if they’ve grown enough to fit into them yet, or changing out that shower curtain that has the giant rip in it, winter means you’ve got time to get things done!
The winter months are the perfect time to take inventory of your home. Taking inventory can equal a good de-clutter. Assess the things you keep holding onto; and see if you can give them away or throw them away. Think about clothing; Spring is coming, and you’ll be switching out your dresser drawers. Now’s a good time to get rid of items you don’t need hanging around in your closet.
Sort tools/sewing notions/junk drawers
Going through all the miscellaneous items in the house and organizing them can offer a real sense of satisfaction. Re-do your pantry and take stock of items that you have and need to use up, and what you want to replenish.
The comforter that needs new binding, the hems on shirts, skirts or pants – winter months offer a great time to sit and get things done that get put off in the summer. The shelving in the storage room may need some reinforcement.
Get ready for the garden
Now’s the time to order your garden seeds. Plant them indoors first, and you’ll reap a harvest of fresh produce earlier than waiting until April or May.
We all think of doing this type of activity with a fresh harvest, but, you can buy good tomatoes, green beans and other produce now in the winter. Take the time to make a large pot of tomato sauce now, and you’ll be ready to go in the summer when you don’t want to heat up your kitchen.
Yes, it’s still cold out, but there are plenty of ways you can get outside. Bundle up and go for a walk in one of the many parks available. You’ll be surprised as you can see the beginnings of color popping up through the snow. The birds are chirping, and the water fowl are making themselves known. Go sledding in the ‘last chance’ of the season. Of course, there could be many ‘last chances’, so take them all.
Now that you have eleven ways to wait for spring, the time to open your in-ground swimming pool from Hawaiian Pools will be here before you know it!