I'm still working on tilling the garden (with a hoe), and cleared out the flower beds last week. It's easy to want to do 87 million projects here, but I'm trying to focus on one thing at a time. The vegetable garden is at the top of my list. When I was a kid I'd never had a garden, so this is a totally new experience. If you have kids you can plant a small garden in a small space (even start with indoor herb gardens or starts). There are tons of books, and online resources available to help you get started. Many communities have community gardens that you and your kids can participate in and enjoy.
It's good to spend time reading and educating yourself (and kids) about what it takes to have a garden. It's good physical work, and the bonus of growing your own food is amazing (so I'm told). The spring weather is starting here, although it's still cold at night. My new experience was hearing the wind machines that roar like helicopters to keep the new buds on the trees warm. Longer days, and sunshine are definitely motivators to get out and work on the garden (and once that's up and running...I'm on to getting ducks!!).
Enjoy where you are at! Coastal, country, and city living all have benefits! To learn to be content is where you are can be difficult, but it's amazing when you start seeing all the wonders around you!