This is sort of an extension of Thrifty Thursday, but also what's on my mind. I've been down a bit, feeling a little smooshed by life, worried about people I Iove, and just tired. Sunday I spent a bit of time looking for ideas to shore up my mood, but not add a lot of costs. Of course inflation is kicking our but, but others are hurting more and I feel committed to not cut back my giving efforts. Doing positive things for others is a natural mood lifter, unless I feel unappreciated ( which is part of my down mood.) I've added to my list over the week. Obviously there's some unique local things, but likely you have something similar.
Tennis nights: We have everything we need to get some exercise, out of the house, and maybe improve a hobby I've wanted to spend more time doing. I vow to get DH out a few times. He's a fair player, or used to be.
Local Ball Games: I'm loaded with young family still active in sports so if if wanted, could easily find a game or two during the week. Soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse-yiu name it. But we've got a local city ball team, plus a pro men's team soccer and sort of semi pro women's, plus our St Paul Saints baseball with tickets much more affordable than MLB. Plus, we've got a twin team plus all the little hamlet's have them too. My daughter plays softball in Wednesday nights too. Nothing's finer on a perfect summer evening than watching a ball game. If you're a sports fan, this might be your ticket. Just check your city web site for teams or sports organizations and what might be offered if you don't have a direct messenger to the schedules. My parents and FIL loved this right up until they passed away.
Free concerts and movies at the river: So far I've learned the concerts are weekly on Thursdays to early August, and movies are monthly on Friday nights.
Library/ Community Center Events Many won't work due to time, but check out your library or community center for meetups or special events. I saw an Intro to 3D printing in August that might be worth taking the afternoon off. Our library has recently added a computer and varied printer lab, plus seeing machines for use! Maybe I'll learn to do something. Also, check out Eventbrite and use filters to see what free or low cost classes or speakers might be coming up. I used to pre-Covid and when I was in the office find a few speaking events for after work.
Local Vineyards: We do have them in Minnesota and one not too far. They open their grounds for wandering and picnics. On Sunday afternoons, they have live outdoor jazz performances until September. I'm thinking of Anne when I write this. I figure a bottle now and then direct from the source is justifiable. They have low cost tastings so I can try before buying, but they have a country white and country rose I already know I like and at $15 a bottle, you can't beat it.
Pizza Farms: This is the year we will get to one. Explore Minnesota has the list of those in the the area. Yes, we'll drive there but it's dinner and entertainment.
YaDa YaDa... But I'm putting berry picking on the list. It's an activity that tells me to enjoy summer now, and remember it fondly in January when tasting the frozen or canned bounty. Extend this to Farmers Markets and roadside stands. As for berry picking, my sister coordinates a fun group ( always room for more) and we both car pool road trip to the blueberry farm, and head to a nearby Hamlet for a deserved cocktail.
Of course there's still the year round activities that for the price of a beverage or two and maybe some food, is good for a night out. Trivia venues on Tuesday and Wednesday, bingo on Wednesday or now we learned about Vingo on Fridays. My friends music school hosts concerts every Tuesday, and while I seldom can make those, she has ad hoc throughout the year. She has a parallel non profit with the school that sponsor's these and we are supporters.
I'll keep looking up ideas throughout summer. Time will fly and all too soon the evenings will start being shorter. But as we approach the longest day of the year, I want to maximize each one. Share what you're doing locally?