Throw leftovers and some cut up veggies in an omelette/ frittata. Cuts down on food waste and saves money.


17



Go to Montgomery County Fair


5-14



Golf lessons. Grampa loved golf, if he were here he would have taught you himself.


9



take advantage of the bike trail. Bike places as a family.


11



Birthday traditions: 1) Plant something every year. 2) Birthday interview on camera or voice recording.


5



Take heart. There are lots of terrible things in the world - Poverty, disease, injustice, natural disasters...Thankfully, good FAR outweighs the bad: Love, Faith, Art, friendship, healing, creativity, community, innovation, beauty and renewal to name just a few. Focus on the good. Relish in the countless expressions of goodness. Work hard to preserve, protect, and advance them.


18



Violent thunderstorms can be dangerous. Avoid driving or being out in severe weather: car accidents, downed trees, high winds, lightning, flash floods, etc. are all potentially deadly. Don’t take your safety for granted. If the weather is severe, stay sheltered unless you absolutely positively have to be out and about.


12-14, 16, 21



Set up a dog agility course in the backyard. Use household items or toys, etc and lots of dog treats for training.


8



Teach them what to do if they hit an animal while driving on the road. (First find out what you’re supposed to do, THEN teach them.)


16



Jam is an incredible resource of fun learning activities and projects in a safe online environment. Ages 6-16.


6



To paraphrase Ted Lasso, it’s the people who think they’ve got it all figured out who delight in judging people and events. It’s better to be open minded, ask questions. Be curious, not judgmental.


15, 21



Golf lessons this year. Your grandpa loved golf. He tried to teach me when he first got sick, and those are some of my best memories of him. Great way to get fresh air and exercise too.


11



Defending yourself from a bear: NEVER run from or turn your back on a bear. Remember the rhyme: “If it’s black, fight back. If it’s brown hit the ground, if it’s white like Similac, frozen bear gonna send u back.” - Mamadou Ndiaye


16



Hike Jones Run Falls at Shenandoah National Park.


11



Violent thunderstorms can be dangerous. Avoid driving or being out in severe weather: car accidents, downed trees, high winds, lightning, flash floods, etc. are all potentially just don’t take your safety for granted if the weather is severe, stay sheltered unless you absolutely positively have to be out and about.


12-14, 16, 21



Explore the magic of Deer Valley YMCA Camp


07-13



Hand out tulip bulbs (or some sort of bulbs) at my funeral and ask people to plant a few in their yard. But NOT daffodils. I hate daffodils. And lilies, hate ‘em.) So tulips then.


21



Take out your aggression on inanimate things, never on people or animals.


9



Read up about the National Parks. Pick one to plan a trip to.


9



Look into Rustic Pathways to see the world and do some good.


15



1

Geocaching


5-11



Shelter, water, Fire, food. (Outdoor survival priorities.)


12, 17



Appalachian Mountain Club


9-13



Avoid bird seed or pet food near your home. It attracts mice, rats, ticks, etc. keep bird feeders that use seed a good distance from the house. Try liquid feeders near windows. Or use a feed tray or hulled seeds (little waste.)


20



Plan a neighborhood "Winter Olympics" for snow days. Create indoor and outdoor events.


8



Build a backyard adventure camp


8



If there’s a ever a bird in the house, close the interior doors, open the doors to the outside and shoo it out with a broom.


18