Celebrate the month of May – ideas for activities

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I invite you celebrate the month of May with me. This month might well mark the tag-end of isolation. For most of us, relaxation of even a few restrictions has come as welcome relief. For others, especially older or more frail people, there may be a still be a way to go until we see what happens with COVID-19.

In either case, this could be time to change how we think and how we act. Tiny creative changes integrated into the day take very little time, but they may make a major difference to our lives.

Earlier, I wrote a blog, ‘Twenty fun things to do in 2020‘. The need to be socially distant and self-isolated caused me to rethink because my plans then depended on freedom to be out and about. My world is different now and so my new list accommodates the change.

Reflections in lake

Ways to celebrate the month of May

These activities could be once-off actions just for fun or to celebrate the month of May. Others might blossom into tiny creative habits that last, as well as new ways to think and act.

I got the idea for this blog from Tara Leaver and her blog, Freedom through Art although I often make lists of fun things to try.

Here’s my list

  • Wear perfume even if you are staying one. Put it in the creases of your elbows and knees. You never know who you might bump into.
  • Flirt with your clothes. Try different combinations and come up with a new outfit. An especially good activity at the change of seasons, as in Perth at the moment.
  • Go barefoot for an hour or two.
  • Use the best china.
  • Tidy one drawer.
  • Sew something small – a lavender bag, a bookmark, a potholder a pincushion.04
  • Change the buttons on a cardigan to a different style or colour (or a few colours, for fun).
  • Write a haiku about a place you love.
  • Go for a photo walk around your neighbourhood. Photograph anything that catches your eye. Don’t overthink it, just snap away. Go through them later and look for possible paintings or do-it-yourself, gardening or craft projects.
  • Ask yourself questions, such as ‘What if I tried…. instead of….?’ or ‘How can I make this easier?’ or ‘How does this work?’
  • Go to You Tube and learn a new song.
  • Finish a project you’ve already started.
  • Start a new craft project – crochet, art-journalling, card-making, woodwork – whatever pleases you.
  • Find an art gallery or museum online and meander for an hour.
  • Make a simple card and send it to someone you love.
  • Make a vision board and put it where you see it often.
  • Revamp a piece of furniture with a coat or two of paint and new hardware.
  • Write a list of all the things you want to do ‘after’.
  • Write or paint or clean the house to music.
  • Decorate some stones and leave them in the park for others to find.
  • Put some books you are ready to let go on a bus-stop. Fun to check when they are taken.
  • Paint or draw a little landscape of an imaginary place.
  • Listen to a TED talk for inspiration or a new perspective. Here is a favourites list from Tara Leaver, artist and art teacher:   her top ten TED talk favourites.
  • Draw or doodle while chilling out in the evening.
  • Buy some wonderfully colourful vegetables. Photograph them before you cook them, and afterwards.
  • Knit a scarf in amazing colours.
  • Be kind others and especially to yourself.
  • Smile when no one is watching.
  • Walk in the rain and enjoy the sound on an umbrella. My new umbrella is a delicious buttery yellow and I can’t wait to try it.
  • Clean your teeth or write your name with your non-dominant hand. Note what you experience.
  • Clear a small space in your house and leave it empty to welcome something new. (A drawer, a shelf, a corner.)
  • Add your own wild ideas.
  • Make a to-do list for tomorrow. Decorate it with wild colours.


Stay safe. Be kind.

20 replies on “Celebrate the month of May – ideas for activities”

    1. Yes, it is, Susan. I’ve done a few of the things on it and that’s made a difference to how I’m thinking and going about the normal life I live. I think the list should be titled, ‘Things to do after the revolution’ because I think our world will be very different after this.

      1. I’m certain you are correct about the new world. I haven’t a clue what our new look supermarkets look like because I haven’t been to one since March 12th but I think it’s a safe bet to assume that the screens at checkouts will become the norm forever more. Just maybe we might also see a reduction of flu if our safety measures stay in place a while longer. As you enter your winter flu season you might be the first country to notice.

        1. I haven’t been to a shop for so long I’m not sure I’d remember what to do. We are loving our weekly shopping delivery to the door of our apartment block. We bring the goodies up in the shopping trolley as we used to from the car. Good to have family to top up fresh fruit and milk.

          Some restrictions are being gradually lifted because we have had no new cases for the last seven days in Western Australia and only 14 cases still active. But they sstill suggest that vulnerable people should continue to self-isolate until we see if new spikes occur. Quite content to stay home.

            1. Amazing how much we spent ‘before’ on coffees out and movies and nothing in particular.

          1. I think Australia has done extremely well. Our new cases are reducing and we’re on the down slope but I believe the death toll is now higher than Italy. We have more citizens than Italy, but we have lost far too many.

            1. Yes, Australia generally and WA in particular have done well. Such a good place to be right now. We watch with horror the death rate in other countries. A friend of my daughter, a doctor, contracted the disease very early on after a dinner party with friends (before such things were restricted) who had been overseas. He is the only person we know or know of who has had COVID-19.

            2. I know of one family here in the village, early on they came back from Italy with it, mum was hospitalised straight away and the rest of the family quarantined at home.
              We have friends who are certain they both had it.

              Much of the virus came from those returning from Italy and France following skiing trips, and those expats returning from their Spanish homes and bringing the virus with them, or so I have read.
              We have done fairly well in Yorkshire compared to the south, the Midlands and the North East, but let’s not speak too soon.

            3. Apart from China, it has of course been imported into all the other countries by people returning from overseas. It’s good Yorkshire and your part of the world have been relatively safe. Let’s pray it stays that way. We have had surprisingly little community acquired illness. I think that’s because we were prepared fairly well with contact tracing teams who acted like detectives to find out who might be carriers. Our biggest problem (in Perth as well as Sydney and Melbourne) has been cruise ships arriving with passengers and crew all very ill and needing to be cared for in our city hospitals.

    1. Like many people I know, I needed a bit of a change of pace and some new direction, Susan. It was great fun thinking up the list. And since I wrote the blog, I’ve thought up about twenty more equally fun things to do. The result, I’ve been energised and become enthusiastic about my life in isolation.

  1. Don’t know what I would do without your lists dear friend. Nor how i could live without your beautiful photos. maybe that will be your destiny in the next life – photographer – am sure it would be very welcomed. Ys, i know i am bonkers. xx

    1. You are a dear friend, Elizabeth, to humour me and my lists. Glad you like the photos, too

  2. I totally LOVE all your list items Maureen .. some I’ve already done … drawers and cupboards are ‘Marie Condo’d ‘ within an inch of their lives … but others are quirky and I’ll give them a try!

    1. Great feedback, Rachel, thank you. Are you self-isolating? Yes, the MC thing has got to me, as well, but I still had one drawer that didn’t conform. Stay safe.

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