While others are on spring break, we’re staying home.It’s tempting to envy those who are lounging on the beach right about now, staring at the sea or walking barefoot along the shore for a mile or more. It’s hard not to hanker for a big glass of southern-brewed sweet tea, steamed shrimp served with homemade cocktail sauce and a side of coleslaw and hush puppies. I can practically smell the salty water and catch the gleam of a chipped clam shell tumbling in waves that darken the sand and leave behind ribbons of foam.We’re going to look for ways to treat ourselves right here in our home town. While our friends are indulging in the metaphorical equivalent of a double-layer chocolate cake with icing and sprinkles, we’re hunting down butter, milk, vanilla, and a bag of powdered sugar to whip up a little butter-cream frosting for ourselves. We won’t have anywhere to spread it, but we can keep the bowl nearby…to sneak a teaspoonful now and then.I mean it figuratively. That is, I’m imagining a bike ride to the park as a teaspoonful of icing. Movie night? Icing. Sleeping in? Lounging in the hammock with a good book? Snapping photos for no particular reason other than curiosity and fun? Icing, icing, icing.Recently I snapped photos of our two apple “trees”, celebrating the blossoms. Could this be the year we get a little fruit?And the lilac bush, nothing more than a collection of scraggly twigs, decided to bloom for the first time this year: three sugar-sweet clusters. They don’t look like much, but something about lilacs…I lean over, breathe deeply and feel like I’ve taken in a whiff of heaven. The lilacs make me realize we need to nurture our senses this week. We need to get outside and enjoy color, form, texture and aromas. We need to find ways to feed our bodies, minds and souls. Maybe we can pay to swim at the local indoor pool. Maybe we’ll eat out at the local pizza place and sit on the patio that overlooks the walking trail.Maybe I’ll look for a bag of shrimp at the store and steam them with Old Bay seasoning. I could try making hush puppies for the first time. I could brew some sweet tea.I don’t know…now that I think about it, maybe we could use a literal bowl of icing on hand, as well?