Summer 2019 Bucket List

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” - John Lubbock


The first day of “summer vacation” seems to be the perfect time to make a summer bucket list…even if it is only 58ºF. My biggest goal is to stay away from school for a few weeks, and here’s what I hope to do:

Carried over from my Spring Bucket List:

  • Restore Eric’s Grandpa’s glider and swing on it with my morning coffee (Too many projects and strange weather this summer. We’ll get to it next year!)

  • Sip rosé on the deck (as soon as it gets warm enough) (✓)

  • Enjoy the first bonfire of the season (✓)

  • Organize closets, cabinets, and drawers (✓)

New for summer:

  • Read a lot (✓)

  • Tend my garden (✓)

  • Take long walks with Piper (✓)

  • Spruce up our deck (✓)

  • Dine al fresco (✓)

  • Eat local strawberries in June, Door County cherries in July, and sweet corn on the cob in August (✓)

  • See a movie (Yesterday) and go to a concert (Jimmy Buffet) (✓ In fact, we saw 5 movies, went to 2 concerts and a musical!)

  • Visit the Nares exhibit and the new Paris posters at the Milwaukee Art Museum (✓)

  • Get out on the water (How is it possible that I wasn’t on the water at all this summer?)

  • Watch fireworks (and comfort Piper) (✓)

  • Take a road trip (✓)

  • Take lots of photographs (✓)

  • Redecorate Piper’s room (aka our bedroom) (✓)

  • See the Perseid meter showers in August (How did this fall off my radar? I guess because we were in Chicago that weekend. Well, next year…)

Results: 11/14 Not bad!

Spring Bucket List

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

I took this photo last April. Isn’t it amazing how different our weather and growing seasons can be from year to year?

I took this photo last April. Isn’t it amazing how different our weather and growing seasons can be from year to year?

This year, it kind of feels like spring will never arrive since we went from snow on April 14th immediately into summer on Easter Sunday then back to winter with another snow storm last weekend.

Yet, May is only two days away and everyday, when I go home, I notice something new. Spring is such a lovely time and, however short it seems, I plan to make the most of it. Just as I did last fall and during the holidays, I love the idea of intentionally planning in order to fully experience the unique beauty of the season. So to that end, here is my short-but-sweet Spring 2019 Bucket List:

  • Open all the windows and enjoy the fresh air (✓)

  • Smell the lilacs (✓)

  • Enjoy Art in Bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum (✓April 12)

  • Sip rosé on the deck

  • Visit my favorite garden centers (✓)

  • Plant new flowers in my pots at home (✓)

  • Find new outdoor furniture for the front patio (✓)

  • Restore Eric’s Grandpa’s glider and swing on it with my morning coffee

  • Dine al fresco (at home and downtown) (✓)

  • Enjoy the first bonfire of the season listening to music, sipping wine, and roasting marshmallows

  • Hike in the park with Piper (✓)

  • Road trip to Door County for the cherry blossoms (✓)

  • Hunt for trillium, forget-me-nots, and lady slippers in Potawatomi or Peninsula State Park (✓)

  • Organize my closets and drawers. (✓-)

  • Go to Delafield’s Spring Art Walk on May 31st (missed it because was hunting for trillium, forget-me-nots, lady slippers — no luck, and cherry blossoms in Door County, but I’ll catch the Fall Art Walk)

[S]he's making a list...

(346/365) I wasn't completely successful at filling my 2018 Autumn Bucket List. I didn't knit, walk in the fog, or climb the tower at Holy Hill. We didn't have a bonfire in the backyard, and for the first time since we were married, we didn't carve jack-o-lanterns or roast pumpkin seeds. Nonetheless, I love the idea of intentionally planning for seasonal delights. So, once again inspired by A Beautiful Mess, I'm making a list…

Typewriter Ornament

My 2018 Holiday Bucket List (a bit late, so I already have quite a head start):

  • Deck the halls with snowy and icy ornaments

  • Shop for gifts and send Christmas cards to friends and family ✓

  • Lovingly wrap packages like Mom and Grandma Dodo always did ✓

  • Enjoy my personal Christmas Playlist from Band-Aid to Bing ✓

  • Make paper snowflakes ✓

  • Burn candles that smell like Christmas trees and peppermint ✓

  • Cuddle with Piper by the fire ✓ (I should probably put several ✓ after this one!)

  • Take hikes and pictures in the snow (I'm dreaming of a White Christmas!) ✓

  • Watch White Christmas and It's a Wonderful Life

  • Cry when General Waverly inspects the troops at the Inn and when Harry Bailey toasts, "To my big brother, George, the richest man in town!" ✓

  • Watch Love Actually (this year with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra) ✓

  • Eat lefse and Norwegian cookies

  • Drink egg nog, hot cocoa with marshmallows, and Champagne ✓

  • Spend Christmas Eve with the Larsons and Christmas Day with the Hornes ✓

  • Go to Christmas Eve Mass and put baby Jesus in the crêche at home ✓

  • Read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas with the boys

  • Light the candles on Jesus' birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday  ✓

  • Share Linus' rendition of the Gospel of St. Luke ("That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.") ✓

  • Wrap up another year of Project 365 and begin the next chapter -- stay tuned...! ✓

List reviewed after the holiday decorations were put away. ✓ = completed (17/19)

List reviewed after the holiday decorations were put away. ✓ = completed (17/19)

Autumn Bucket List

September 19, 2018 (262/365)

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns." - George Eliot

I  💛 fall too! Recently, I read a post on Beautiful Mess that included a printable autumn bucket list. I really like the idea of intentionally planning to fully experience those magical weeks when everything is vibrant and the air is crisp and fragrant. Here’s my autumn bucket list.

  • Walk with Piper in the woods ✓

  • Climb the tower at Holy Hill

  • Decorate with white pumpkins, gourds, and Mom's "Spooky Tree” ✓

  • Burn fall-scented candles ✓

  • Spend a weekend in Door County ✓

  • Make butternut squash soup, chili, and wild rice soup ✓

  • Take a walk in the morning fog

  • Get Macintosh apples from Wood's in Fish Creek ✓

  • Enjoy a pumpkin spice latte ✓

  • Go to the Delafield Fall Art Walk and Halloween festivities ✓

  • Pick out pumpkins and carve jack-o-lanterns

  • Listen to Halloween Party Radio on Pandora ✓

  • Have a bon fire in the back yard and roast marshmallows

  • Switch from Chardonnays to nice bold Cabernets ✓

  • Wear skirts and sweaters with cozy tights and boots ✓

  • Take a drive to see the fall color ✓

  • Take lots of photos ✓

  • Drink hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick ✓

  • Roast pumpkin seeds

  • Fall clean-up: prune shrubs and perennials, rake leaves ✓

  • Go to October Ladies' Night Out in Delafield with the girls ✓

  • Watch Packers games ✓

  • Go to the Farmer's Market ✓

  • Knit a throw for the living room

  • Watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” ✓

*Reviewed on December 1st. ✓= completed (13/17)