Keeping busy while you’re at home
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home. Until you start getting antsy, of course, and feeling like every day is Groundhog Day*. To help you stave off the “antsies,” we asked our contributors, all of whom are local to the Fauquier and Prince William areas, for their ideas on things to do, watch, explore, and learn while we’re all on lockdown. They’ve come up with a great list with ideas that will appeal to adults and children alike, and we hope it helps the days pass happily for all of you.
*Great movie, by the way. Fun for the whole family!
Get Outside Locally
- Go for a hike at Sky Meadows, Whitney State Forest, James S. Long Regional Park, or another one of our local parks. Check out piedmontlifestyle.com/outdoor/finding-summer-fun-is-a-walk-in-the-park/
- Drive Skyline Drive and see the gorgeous spring landscape unfolding before us
- Take a historical driving tour, scavenger hunt, or go geocaching. These activities are available on the Mosby Heritage Area Association’s website: mosbyheritagearea.org
- Hike the Trillium Trail at G.R. Thompson State Wildlife Management Area and enjoy one of the largest areas of Large Flowered Trillium in the Mid-Atlantic. They should be in bloom late April – mid May.
Home and Garden
- Spring clean your house
- Declutter and organize
- Clean your car
- Take a household inventory for insurance purposes. Film each room in your house to document its contents
- Finally sort through the thousands of photos you’ve been meaning to organize
- Get in the kitchen: try some new recipes or baking projects
- Home projects: paint a room, refinish some furniture
- Get into the yard: With a little extra time at home during the start of gardening season, you can have your dream garden this year! Whether you’re thinking flowers or vegetables, research and plan and prepare the soil now. Do some heavy clearing before the leaves and vines come out and it gets too hot.
Caring for yourself
- Make it a point to get with friends online via zoom or facetime…you can have virtual coffee. Or wine!
- Continue your regular exercise regimen, or start a new routine. There are plenty of videos online, and some local gyms are offering classes by video
- Show yourself some TLC with an in-home spa day. Do some yoga or meditation, give yourself a facial and a manicure. Whatever makes you feel taken care of.
Teach your dog a new trick, play with him more in the backyard, or just spend some time with him.
Get started on genealogy research. A TON of this can be done online. Take the opportunity to chat by phone or online with older relatives to get their stories (record them if you can, so you have them telling their stories in their own voice.). To start, Ancestry.com has a free trial period, and familysearch.org is free. There are many Facebook groups for beginner genealogists as well. More information on getting started at piedmontlifestyle.com/family/looking-to-the-past/
- Take up an old hobby, or start a new one
- Crafts, sewing, scrapbooking, beading
- Reading: tackle a new series. Your local library has many digital options, or support your local bookstore; Open Book in Old Town Warrenton offers audiobooks through libro.fm
- Take up photography, on your iPhone or DSLR
- Research travel. We can’t go anywhere now, but eventually we will be able to travel again. We can always dream. If you research where to go, what to see, and where to stay now, you’ll be more prepared to book it when you can.
- Play an instrument that’s been neglected
- Jigsaw puzzles, old fashioned games
- Watch wildlife: Animal webcams at the national zoo are available at nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams
- Learn to start your own podcast or blog
Many museums and performance venues are offering online options. Take a virtual tour, watch a classic movie, play, or musical right on your computer. Resources: playbill.com, kennedy-center.org/digitalstage
Learn something new
Take a class to learn something new. There are so many educational opportunities on the internet; there is literally nothing you can’t learn. Some, like Great Courses, charge a fee, but many are free. And there’s always YouTube!
Local history learning opportunities:
- Mount Vernon: mountvernon.org/virtualtour
- Virginia History: virginiahistory.org/your-visit/virginia-history-home
- Colonial Williamsburg: colonialwilliamsburg.org/learn/explore-from-home/
- National Museum of the Marine Corps: virtualusmcmuseum.com
Go around the world!
- The Louvre www.louvre.fr/en
- Metropolitan Museum of Art www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/met-360-project
- The Smithsonian www.si.edu
- The British Museum, London. britishmuseum.withgoogle.com
- Museum of the American Revolution www.amrevmuseum-virtualtour.org