Thursday, June 20, 2024

Summer 2024 Bucket List

Once again, the summer season is upon us and, as usual, it promises to be a busy one. I've been thinking about some of the things that I'd like to do this summer. I know, in reality, I probably won't get to all of them, but having a list will certainly help me to focus on the season and remind me to enjoy it to the fullest! 

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

Summer Bucket List 2024

  • Write my summer bucket list
  • Plan my summer menus (these will be posted each week in my 'Master To-Do and Menu Plan Monday' posts) 
  • Celebrate summer birthdays with the grandlittles (there are a bunch of them!)
  • Eat watermelon
  • Welcome a new granddaughter into the family
  • Observe a full moon (June 22 - Strawberry Moon, July 21 - Buck Moon, August 19 - Sturgeon (also a seasonal Blue Moon) September 18 - Harvest Moon (supermoon)
  • Lead an evening wildflower hike at the Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site
  • Complete the following programs at work... 
    - Winged Jewels
    - Nature's Clean-up Crew
    - Spider Sniff
  • Complete the following library programs...
    - Vulture Venture
    - Ssssnake
    - Nature's Masked Bandits
  • Celebrate the 4th of July with family and friends
  • Catch lightening bugs
  • Serve as an election judge
  • Enjoy fresh-cut flowers from my garden
  • Divide irises and clean flower beds
  • Get the word out about my new Zazzle shop and add lots of new products
  • Celebrate my 63rd birthday
  • Enjoy the Perseid meteor shower
  • Listen to cicadas
  • Find a cicada shell
  • Observe a periodic cicada 
  • Paint, hide, and find rocks with the grands
  • Visit Cape Girardeau, Missouri
  • Enjoy fresh produce and herbs from my garden
  • Speak at a 4-H meeting
  • Get van serviced and any needed repairs taken care of
  • Schedule an eye exam and get new glasses

That's what's on my summer bucket list (thus far anyway...I may add to it as the season moves along). What's on yours?

Until next time...

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Spring 2024 Bucket List (UPDATE)

It's the last day of spring and time for an update on my Spring 2024 Bucket List. Items completed have been crossed through and pictures and comments in bold type and (in parenthesis) have been added where applicable. 

"For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations."
(Isaiah 61:11)

- Write my spring bucket list
- Plan my spring menus (these will be posted each week in my 'Master To-Do and Menu Plan Monday' posts)
- Celebrate Palm Sunday

Palm Leaves

- Celebrate Purim

(This is a fun picture! Look at all of those beautiful, little Queen Esthers running around there!) 💗

- Get together with the aunts

The Aunts (Bev and Geneva) and I

(These two were little girls when I was born and they lived right next door. They're more like older sisters than aunts and I love them both dearly!)

- Renew my conceal and carry permit
- Celebrate Resurrection Sunday

Sixteen of My Twenty-four Grandchildren
on Resurrection Sunday Morning

- Taste a morel mushroom

Fried Morel Mushroom

(Two were found in my backyard this by my son-in-law and another by one of the grandsons.)

- Observe the solar eclipse

Photo Taken in 2017

(Didn't make it over into totality this time as planned, but did observe the partial eclipse in backyard with children and grands.)

- Celebrate spring birthdays with the children and grands

- Gather a bouquet of ox-eye daisies

Ox-eyed Daisies

- Assist with and attend a baby shower for daughter, Amber

Amber Opening Gifts @ Her Baby Shower

Selah Hosanna Joy
8 lbs. 3 oz. - 21 inches long

- Plant a garden and watch it grow
- Observe Indian paintbrush blooming on the prairie

Indian Paintbrush

- Enjoy a rainy day
- Present spring nature programs at work and at the local library

Indian Paintbrush

Baby Bison

Grow As We Go
(Life Cycles)

- Observe sweet williams growing along the banks of a country creek

Wild Sweet Williams

- Go for a walk in the woods
- Pick up bedding and vegetable plants at the Amish Greenhouse


- Present a nature program at the Golden City, Missouri public library

Baby Bison
(Golden City)

- Attend Spring Training @ Roaring RIver State Park

Roaring River State Park
Cassville, Missouri

- Cook burgers on the grill
- Attend a 'Little House' meet and greet

Mr. Oleson Impersonator Handing
Out Candy to the Girls
Alison Arngrim 
(Nelly Oleson)
Wendi Lou Lee
(Baby Grace)
Charlotte Stewart
(Miss Beadle)
Dean Butler
(Almanzo Wilder)

- Renew tags on van
- Deep clean the kitchen
- Plant zinnias

Zinnias From My Garden

- Smell lilacs

Lilacs From My Garden

- See a brand new baby bison

(I've heard from co-workers that we have at least five new babies this year, but I've not seen a one of them as of yet.)

- Observe a bird's nest with eggs in it
- Clean out and organize the garage

(I've worked on it and have definitely made a big difference, but it's still not finished so I'm not counting it.) 

- Pay closer attention to labels and start eliminating health and beauty products that contain sls

That's it for this season! I hope you and yours have had a lovely spring and are looking forward to the warm summer months ahead!

Until next time...

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Monday, June 17, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - June 17, 2024

It's Monday afternoon and I'm just now getting a chance to sit down and vist with you. How was your week and weekend?

Black Swallowtail and Regal Frittilary Butterflies
on Butterfly Weed

My week here was full (programs, work, and an unexpected trip to Arkansas) and my weekend was actually productive.

I finished the diamond painting journal that one of my granddaughters surprised me with. It's really nice and was fun to do. I didn't even know that there was such a thing! 



I hardly ever have a Saturday off, but, it just so happens, that I did this past weekend. I used the time off to work on getting my new Zazzle shop set up. They were having issues over the weekend and, even though I added several new products, nothing was showing up. I think they're up now, but I will check again here in a bit just to be sure. If you get a chance, please, check it out  and give me some feedback. I'd really appreciate it! I'll be adding more new products soon. 

Clouded Sulpher Butterfly on Pale Purple Cone Flower

Please pray for Tiger (one of Fiona's two-year-old kittens). She came in with a limp and swollen foot Saturday night. She slept pretty much all day yesterday, but is eating and drinking and acting quite a bit better today. I'm starting to think that she might have gotten stung by something. Please pray for complete health and healing in her foot.

Tiger When She Was a Baby

This week's master 'to-do' list...

- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Pick up a few bulk items at the Amish store and go grocery shopping
- Lead an evening wildflower hike
- Get my Zazzle shop up and running and add a few new products
- Work (Hug-A-Herp Day is Saturday)

Lady Bug

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Mini tacos with black beans
Tuesday - Stuffed pepper casserole
Wednesday - Out
Thursday - Out
Friday - Turkey Italian sausage with fried cabbage and baked potato
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Cheeseburgers and macaroni and cheese

Bumble Bee on Common Milkweed

That's it for today! I hope your Monday is going well and that your week is off to a great start! 

Until next time...

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Monday, June 10, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - June 10, 2024

After a stormy, hot, and muggy weekend, it's a beautiful morning here in southwest Missouri! The sun is shining and, at the moment, we're sitting at a cool 68 degrees; a high of 79 is expected. 

Pale Purple Coneflower

How was your week and weekend? Most of my week here centered around work. I was invited to present a program at the Golden City Public Library on Tuesday. It was the first time that I had presented at that location. There was a nice turnout and I really enjoyed it!

I worked from home on Wednesday and at the park on Friday and Saturday. 
Friday morning I presented a program on cicadas. The children had a great deal of fun learning about the life cycle of a cicada, about how to tell the difference between an annual cicada and a periodic cicada, about 2024's duel emergance of Broods XIX and XIII, making cicada notebooks to take home, and exploring the picnic area. It was a lot of fun!

Annual Cicada

Periodic Cicada

Friday night we celebrated granddaughter, Kelly's, second birthday...

...and Saturday night Shawn and Dee invited me out to eat after work. Afterwards, we went for a drive and I showed them some of my favorite area places. It was nice getting out with old friends and extended family. I really enjoyed it! 

Queen Anne's Lace

Well, it's time to get on with it! Let's take a look at this week's to-do list and menu plan, shall we?

Butterfly Weed

This week's master to-do list...

- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Present 'Grow as we Go' at the local library
- Go through progam boxes and locate supplies for upcoming summer programs
- Figure mid-month budget and bills
- Work on setting up an online shop
- WIsh daughter-in-law, Christy, a Happy Birthday
- Work


This week's menu plan...

Monday - Turkey Italian sausage with fried cabbage, baked potato, and corn on the cob
Tuesday - Stuffed pepper casserole with corn-on-the cob
Wednesday - Meatballs with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables
Thursday - Turkey burger with oven fries
Friday - Homemade pizza
Saturday - Tuna and noodles with peas
Sunday - Beef Tacos

That's it for today! Have a nice Monday and a great week ahead!

Until next time...

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