Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The Last Day of Summer and Summer Bucket List 2022 Update

It's the last day of summer and here in southwest Missouri it's going out with a bang! Temperatures have been in the upper 90's all week with heat indices in the triple digits, BUT relief is within sight! If all goes according to forecast, tomorrow (the first day of fall) should be glorious! I'm very much looking forward to it!

In the meantime, it's time to take a look at my summer bucket list and see how I did I made a pretty good dent in it. Let's take a look, shall we?

Purple Coneflowers

" see and know of your own selves
that summer is now nigh at hand." 
(Luke 21:30)

1. Write my summer bucket list
2. Plan my summer menus (these will be posted weekly in my 'Master List and Menu Plan Monday' posts)
3. Celebrate summer birthdays with the grandlittles (there are a bunch of them!) 👧🎂👦

Birthday Pancake Served to Granddaughter
Audrey @ Fort Rock Family Camp
July 9, 2022

4. Lead a wildflower hike at Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site 🌼

Gray-headed Coneflower

5. Celebrate Independence Day 💖☆💙

Independence Day 2022

7. Eat watermelon 🍉
8. Welcome another new granddaughter into the family 👶

Bethany Annabelle Grace
9.6 pounds and 21 inches long
August 6, 2022

9. Observe a full moon (July 13 - Buck Moon, August 11 - Sturgeon Moon, September 10 - Harvest Moon) 🌕

Full Moon - Summer 2022

10. Make red, white, and blue jello 💖☆💙
11. Make homemade ice cream 🍨
12. Catch a lightening bug 🐛 

Lightening Bug
(a.k.a. - Firefly)

13. Enjoy the Perseid meteor shower ⭐🌠🌟
14. Celebrate my 61st birthday 🎂

Celebrating My 61st Birthday
With Family

15. Go visit some of my husband and I's old haunts in the Kansas City area 🏙

V's Italiano Ristorante

Corinthian Hall

J.C. Nichol's Fountain

City Market in the River Quay

16. Explore some area Route 66 sites 
17. Go stargazing 🌟
18. Grill burgers on the grill 🍔
19. Go geocaching 🧭
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 my garden 🍅
24. Attend a free summer movie @ the Plaza Theater in Lamar 🎥
25. Enjoy a banana split 🍌
26. Attend a Kansas City Royals baseball game ⚾

Kansas City Royals v. the White Sox Double Header
August 9, 2022

27. Photograph, journal, and record new-to-me nature finds 🐍
28. Enjoy a summer storm ⛈

Summer Storm

29. Hike a new trail 🥾
30. Enjoy a campfire 🔥
31. Lead at evening hike at Prairie State Park 🌜

Evening Stroll @ Prairie State Park
August 12, 2022

32. Collect, tumble, and polish rocks and gemstones 💎
33. Preserve what I can of the summer bounty 🌽

My garden didn't do well this year at all,
but I did get a few things out of it. Most of the
produce I put up was from other people.

34. Cut flowers fresh from the garden and make a bouquet 🎕

My Zinnias

35. Visit Red Oak II @ Carthage, Missouri
36. Work Hug-A-Herp Day at Prairie State Park 🐢

Six-lined Racerunner

37. Get an eye exam and new glasses 👀
38. Get past the one-year anniversary of my husband's death 💔
39. Go to the family reunion on my dad's side
40. Attend Corey and Heather's (oldest granddaughter) wedding 👨👩

Heather and Corey's Wedding
September 10, 2022

Well, that's the highlights of my summer. Did you write a summer bucket list? If so, how'd you do with yours?

Until next time...

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