Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Welcome Spring and Winter Bucket List End-of-Season Update

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Greetings, Dear Readers! πŸ’—

What a thrill it is to officially say good-bye to winter and hello to the long-awaited spring! πŸŒ·πŸ€πŸŒΉπŸŒΌπŸŒΈ

My heart goes out to all those folks in Nebraska, Iowa, and northern Missouri that are dealing with record flooding right now and, along with it, the loss of homes, livestock, and livelihood. Then, there are those further to the north and west that are dealing with the devastating effects of recent blizzards. What a wild winter it's been and, unfortunately, in some areas of our nation, it's not over yet. To those that are in the effected areas, our thoughts and prayers are with you and will continue to be in the days ahead. πŸ™

In comparison to the weightiness of all that, my measly little winter bucket list seems frivolous and unimportant, but it is what it is and it's what I wrote, so I will update as follows...

Things that were accomplished will be crossed through like this and any notes that I want to add will be found in parenthesis and in bold type (like this).

Here we go...

A Snow-Capped Bird's Nest At Prairie State Park
Taken January 15, 2018

My Winter Bucket List 2019

1. Write my winter bucket list
2. Plan my winter menus (this will be done weekly through my  'Happy Homemaker Monday' posts)

(This works really well for me. By keeping track of weekly menu plans in the HHM posts, I stay on track with them about 90% of the time.)

3. Celebrate the Christmas season with family and friends

Our Son-in-law, Phillip, and our Grandson, Isaiah πŸŽ„
4. Ring in the New Year with family and friends
5. Celebrate winter birthdays with the grandlittles

Granddaughter, Mary, and I
Granddaughter, Sarah and I
Grandson Silas
Grandson, Jed, and I
Grandson, Dante, and I
Granddaughter, Kira

6. Watch lunar eclipse on January 20th

Our youngest son took this gorgeous photo of January 20th's super blood wolf moon eclipse! He's had a lot of recognition for this photo and has had it made into a variety of products on Etsy. I love the tote bags and have ordered two of them myself. Here's the link in case anyone else is interested:
7. Invite family and friends for soup and bread
8. Celebrate Valentine's Day

We celebrated Valentine's Day by making sweet treats for,
and delivering them to, the children and grands.
9. Celebrate John and I's 31st wedding anniversary

That evening John and I celebrated our 31st Wedding Anniversary by
making a special dinner and enjoying an evening at home.
10. Hang a new bird feeder

Received this beautiful bird feeder as a Christmas gift!
11. Deep-clean the kitchen

(Perhaps I will do this as part of spring cleaning? We'll see!) 😏

12. Drink hot cocoa
13. Plan 2019's vegetable garden
14. Play in the snow
15. Watch 'Little House on the Prairie' - Seasons 1 through 9

(Yes, I, actually watched all nine seasons over the course of the winter and enjoyed every single episode! πŸ˜Š I hadn't seen most of them for more than a quarter century!) 😲

16. Read Pioneer Girl - The Annotated Autobiographyby Laura Ingalls Wilder

(Loved it!!!)

17. Plan and complete winter programs at work -

      A) Animals in Winter (library)

Animals in Winter
by Henrietta Bancroft and Richard G Van Gelder

      B) Let it Snow (library)

Coffee Filter Snowflake

      C) Meet the Mustelids (homeschool)

The Badger
One of 55 members of the mustelid family found worldwide.
18. Take a CPR class through work

(Finally got 'er done! Yeah!) 😊

19. Finish a set of black bear cloth napkins
20. Make chili
21. Watch the winter birds at the feeders

Goldfinch at Our Feeder
22. Drink hot tea
23. View frosty-breathed bison with snow-covered backs

(We didn't get a lot of snow, so this was the best I could do.) 😞

24. Take a winter hike

Winter Hiking At Prairie State Park

25. Enjoy a full moon on a snowy night
26. Start a book project that I've got in mind
27. Make snow ice cream

(They got plenty of snow to the north of us, but, unfortunately, here in Liberal, we never got enough snow to make snow ice cream.) 😒

28. Break icicles off the edge of the roof
29. Shampoo carpets

(I can't get this one done until I get my Rug Doctor fixed...which I plan on doing on my next trip to Joplin. A word of warning to anyone who is thinking of purchasing one...they work great, but, apparently, they are notorious for vibrating so hard that it breaks the housing on the motor. The repairman that I talked to said that it is a common problem.) 😞

30. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with family and friends

St. Patrick's Day Treats For The Grands

That's what was on my winter bucket list. What was on yours? 

Until next time...

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  1. Whew, you got a lot done. I love your posts as we share a lot of the same things, especially our weather. lol I missed the snow this year, no snow ice cream for us either. have a great week! ~jackie~ aka Gdazee

  2. Thanks, Jackie! I appreciate your taking the time to stop in and leave a comment. It is very encouraging! You have a great week and weekend ahead and, hopefully, I'll see you again soon! Blessings! <3


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