Monday, September 21, 2020

Summer Bucket List 2020 Update

Normally, I don't like posting two posts in one day, but here it is...a Monday AND the last day of Summer 2020, so what's a girl to do???

And, I have to admit, I didn't mind summer so much this year, as I do most! In fact, the season fairly flew by without notice, leaving many fond memories behind. 

I am extremely thankful, too! Summer and I usually don't get along so well and this one was actually enjoyable! 🌞

Here is my Summer 2020 update and, please note, that I am posting this post as originally written with completed items marked through with a line and notes made in bold type where appropriate. I have added a few pictures, too! 😊

Zucchini Growing in Our Garden Last Summer

Here are some things that I'm looking forward to this summer and hope to accomplish throughout the course of it.

1. Write my summer bucket list
2. Plan my summer menus (these will be posted weekly in my 'Home Management' posts)

(My weekly 'Home Management' Posts are now posted as Master List and Menu Planning Monday posts. They have been simplified and basically focus on my weekly 'to do' list and menu plan.)

3. Celebrate summer birthdays with the grandlittles (and, believe me, there are a BUNCH of them!) πŸ‘§πŸŽ‚πŸ‘¦

Summertime Treats


4. Eat watermelon πŸ‰
5. Celebrate Independence Day with the fam πŸ’–πŸ’™6. Observe a full moon πŸŒ•

Full Moon

7. 
Go to the zoo 🐧
8. Make red, white, and blue jello πŸ’–πŸ’™
9. Make homemade ice cream 🍨

(Instead of ice cream mixes this year, I tried my hand at homemade strawberry ice cream using fresh ingredients and it turned out great! Next I want to try pumpkin!) πŸ˜‹

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

10. Catch a lightening bug 
11. Celebrate my birthday with a banana split 🍌 (it's an annual tradition)
12. Take a vacation (even if just for a few days and is somewhere close by) πŸš—
13. Enjoy the Perseid meteor shower ⭐🌠🌟

Complete the following outdoor programs at work...

14. Lead a scheduled wildflower hike at Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site in June
15. Lead an evening stroll at Prairie State Park in July
16. Lead an evening stroll at Prairie State Park in August

Leading An Evening Stroll In Late August

17. Go stargazing 🌟
18. Grill burgers on the grill πŸ”
19. Take a night hike 🌜

Late Evening Fading Into Night Out
On The Tallgrass Priarie At Night


20. Play in cool water on a hot day 🀽
21. Go camping ⛺
22. Visit a state park that I've never been to before
23. Enjoy fresh produce and herbs out of our own garden 🌱

Fresh Basil

24. Take a walk in the rain
25. Visit a botanical garden 🌸
26. Get together with the aunts
27. Go to Wonders of Wildlife with dd 🐠
28. Enjoy a summer storm
29. Hike a new trail πŸ₯Ύ
30. Host a bonfire πŸ”₯

(We didn't get a chance to host a bonfire over the summer, but on the last Friday before autumn our youngest son and his wife invited us over to have hot dogs roasted over a fire in their backyard, so, at least, we got to attend one. I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities for bonfires come autumn!) 🧑

31. Observe, sketch, or photograph at least a dozen new and interesting things found in nature πŸ„πŸ›πŸŒπŸŒ»πŸΎπŸΉπŸπŸπŸΈπŸžπŸŸπŸ’ 

- observed Comet Neowise a number of times when it was passing through
- observed several Mississippi kites performing acrobatic feats over tallgrass prairie
- discovered three different places where passion flowers grow

Passion Flower

Monarch Butterfly

Milkweed Seed

Tiger Swallowtail

Barn Swallow

Dragonfly

Little Brown Mushrooms

Monarch Caterpillar

White Thistle

Owl Feather

Regal Fritillary 

32. Collect rocks
33. Preserve what I can of the summer bounty 🌽



34. Replace broken stepping stones in front of the house

35. Continue with efforts to go-through, use-up, clear-out, clean-up, re-purpose, recycle, and give-away what I can around here

(Haven't done as much of this as I'd like, but have definitely made progress in this area.)

36. Organize cookbooks and recipes 🍳

(Have organized the cookbooks and gathered up the recipes that I had scattered all over the place. I am now printing off free recipe cards that I found online and, every once in a while, I take a few minutes to copy off a recipe or two and add it to my recipe box. It will take a while to complete this project, but, at least I've got a good head start on it.)

Morning Glories

37. Be alert to opportunities that lend myself available as the hands and feet of Jesus on this hurting and troubled earth
38. Take, at least, 650,000 steps 🦢
39. Walk 100 miles πŸ‘Ÿ

(Didn't keep track as well as I had planned to, but put in a definite 63 miles that I know of.) 

40. Lose 20 pounds over the season πŸ‘‡

(Didn't quite meet my goal. Have lost and kept off about somewhere between 15 though.)

That's it for my Summer 2020 update! Tomorrow I plan on posting my Autumn Bucket List for 2020! πŸπŸ‚πŸ

Until then...
~Rebecca

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2 comments:

  1. Congrats...you certainly have marked off a lot of fun things on your list. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  2. You crossed quite a bit off your summer bucket list! Reading about your homemade ice cream and wanting to try pumpkin makes me think of WWW ice cream (or maybe it was just WW) that used to be around here, small shop set back from the road. He had the best ice cream with fresh flavors like that! Not sure if you'd have heard of it? Our kids were small so it was maybe 10-12 years ago. Looking forward to seeing your Fall Bucket list.

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