Are you ready for spring?

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Spring has sprung! This is the time when you join the rest of Manitoba in a collective sigh of relief that winter is finally drawing to a close. Spring in Manitoba starts around mid or late March and ends in May or mid-June. From temperatures of about -22.8 °C to 12.7°C, it now goes up to a comfortable 11.8 °C to 24.8 °C.

Signs of Spring

This much awaited season is at hand when you see these signs:

  1. The days begin to last longer and the nights, shorter.
  2. Did you just hear birds chirping? Yes, they are back. In fact, all the other animals are back. Rabbits and squirrels are darting around in your backyard. Also, ducks and other fowl have gone back to their usual haunts around the city.
  3. Places start to look greener as trees and plants begin to grow their leaves back.
  4. Flowers are starting to bloom!
  5. More fruits and vegetables are available at grocery stores and farmer’s markets.
  6. There is less snow on the road and in your backyard.
  7. There are April showers every now and then.
  8. More joggers and bikers are outside.

Spring is the best time for . . .

Actually, many things! But it is especially a great time to venture outdoors. Here are a few other suggestions:

  1. preparing for summer – get ready with your sunblock, flip-flops and shorts. Even though there will be days when you can’t wear them yet, it’s good to be prepared. At least you can now store your winter jacket and wear a lighter one. Getting your summer clothes ready can also remind you to get your body ready. Spring is the best time to start working out to get that bikini body for summer.
  2. family outings – Spring break is coming as well as Easter. This means more time with your kids. It’s a good thing that there are so many indoor and outdoor family activities in Manitoba during this season. Enjoy Easter egg hunts, festivals, and various spring break activities in museums and parks. Of course, you can keep it simple by enjoying a leisurely walk in your neighborhood as a bonding moment with your family. Download the Leisure Guide for more ideas for family activities this spring.
  3. barbecues! – as soon as the temperature changes to plus instead of minus, you will start smelling that all familiar aroma of barbecued meat in your neighborhood. Hosting a simple family barbecue or a get- together with friends is a great way to celebrate the end of winter and to welcome summer.
  4. building your immunity – unfortunately, the advent of spring also ushers in allergy season. The biggest cause of this is pollen, which is released by trees and plants into the air to fertilize other plants. This can cause runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing. If you are experiencing these symptoms, consult your doctor. He or she can prescribe antihistamines or other medicines to ease your allergies. Meanwhile, you can prevent pollen from getting to you by keeping your doors and windows closed, using an air purifier, cleaning your air filters, and dusting/vacuuming at least twice a week (use a mask when you do this).
  5. spring cleaning –molds and mildew may have collected in damp places in your house during winter. Good places to start cleaning up are your bathrooms, kitchen, laundry area, and basement. You can also start working on your backyard in preparation for moving your patio furniture and other accessories. If you’re done with your winter coat and boots, you can store them properly for the next season. Read Taking care of your home in summer for other tips to get your house and garden in tip top shape. Also, if you didn’t replace the batteries of your smoke detector and other house alarms in the fall, now is a good time to do so.

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