Sunday, June 4, 2017

My Summer Bucket List 2017

Getting things done is often 
one part work and two parts focus. 
My Bucket Lists help me to focus on the things that I want to do that aren't part of my daily routine. They also remind me to have a little fun and enjoy the season! I will change the listings to italics as I cross them off the list.

It's a rather short list this summer. 

An added note:  There's been some concern from dear friends that I will be trying to do too much. I will definitely be focused on rest and healing. I have no intention of wearing myself out. This is a list that will stretch clear to September. I just cannot face this summer if it is only to be Chemo Summer. I want to try to enjoy it as best I can. 

I'm holding on to this list very loosely. I'm holding on to Jesus very tightly.

My Summer Bucket List 2017
  • Write my Summer Bucket List
  • Write my Summer Reading List
  • Start chemo May 23
  • Finish up school records for the year—almost done!
  • Start working on school plans for next year
  • Finish school plans for Michael and Amy
  • Worship Jesus under the stars
  • Real Estate Investing (Decluttering)
  • Picnic in the park
  • Ice cream run with the kids
  • Sit by a fire and worship Jesus
  • Sew a new apron
  • Sew a new skirt or remake an old dress
  • Enjoy wildflowers throughout the house
  • Talk to strangers
  • Blow bubbles
  • S'mores
  • Read a book, or two, or three
  • ...or four or five or six!
  • Sit by water and worship Jesus
  • Sonic run for half-price shakes after 8 p.m. I chose strawberry!
  • Destination unknown picnic 
  • Eat icy cold watermelon
  • FINISH CHEMO! Hopefully by mid-September.

I may add or subtract as I go, but it's a start! My bucket lists inspire me and help me to enjoy life and get things done. I hope this list will inspire you to make your own list! I know some items will be passed on to my fall bucket list, but it is motivating!

What will you put on your bucket list?

Be blessed!

...doing what I can with what I've got where I am 
on a short shoestring budget!

Psalm 118

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  1. Listen here, Missy, I know that is pretty ambitious, so, take it easy, that is an order {{{giggling}}}.
    Gurl (ok, this is my southern talking)...please, please do take it easy, chemo will wipe you my my friend, I know, you praise the good Lord everyday. Hugs and love.

    1. Okie dokie artichokie. That's my silly talking.
      Seriously, Linda. I know that I am going to be severely limited in what I can do this summer. The thing is, if I think only of enduring chemo, without any hope of enjoying the summer, I just don't think I can do this. Even if I only do one thing a week, it will be a much better summer.

  2. Trudy Abernathy NeillJune 5, 2017 at 6:41 AM

    First off, you go girl with that sounds "doable" to me! Surround yourself in goodness of the land we live on.....your comfy home, the love of your family and friends, and animals too.....and know that every single day and night....thruout the hours, I lift you up and send you love. xo.....Trudy

  3. I think it helps to have a plan for sure! Good for you to think ahead. I have my 4 year old grandson this week and have been trying to think of things to do. I pulled picnic and 1/2 price shakes from your list! Thanks! (Arby's has 1/2price shakes from 2-4 in my area) Rest up when you need to....but enjoy when you can!! Thinking of you!!

    1. Four years old is a wonderful age!

      Picnic, zoo, swimming or water park, play in the sprinkler or hose, eat watermelon outside and drip all over, sit on the floor and play cars, toss a ball, read a book, go to a story time at a library, playground at a park, playground in a restaurant when you need to sit and get your breath while he plays, make homemade GAK , get in the car and let him tell you which way to turn at each street, wash the car- extra points by hand, sit on the ground and look at bugs. Oh there are so many wonderful things to do with four year olds!

  4. It is good to have a flexible list of thing one wants to accomplish, it always feel so good to cross off, it makes us feel good. My heart was burden when I read chemo was part of your list but my heart was encouraged to see it was not all of your list. Some things on our list we must endure, some we enjoy, some are just plain fun. Thank God there is the growing tucked into each one. Sorry you have to endure cancer and chemo, will be praying it works.


  6. Sounds like you have a lot of great worship times planned.
    This looks like a great list to me. Down time and fun time.
    Enjoy your summer.

  7. I love your attitude! Prayers for your health!

  8. I agree...I love your attitude as well...and THAT'S half the battle :)

  9. Praying for you, sweet friend. :)

  10. Always enjoy reading your bucket lists!
    I think you should just follow your heart.
    Do things you love, and that bring you happiness and joy.

    I have learned if I set too big size goals, then it has a tendency to overwhelm me, I think I do best with smaller blocks. They seem to help me stay focused better, so I can accomplish things.

    Today I need to put up poles for green beans I planted at my son's house. I saw runners on them yesterday. There is nothing there to use.
    So I have loaded up my base to my garden windmill, it's about six foot high. I have crammed it into the little car, literally! To drive it down there.
    I will use it on one end of the rows to hold it up.
    He does have an old satellite small pole about three feet high stuck out near the garden. I am taking one of my husband's old carved walking sticks.
    I am going to lash it to the pole in the ground for the other end.
    I didn't really have any line or twine to use either. I found some old pieces of clothes line, and a very much ragged dog tie out line to use to the hold up the bean vines.
    I hope just using what I have it should work.
    After stuffing that stand into the car, getting it back out will be the real chore.
    Guess that's enough of a list to do for the day.
    Oh, and it is raining too, so I wil be playing in the mud while I'm at it.
    Just teasing of course, but truthful.

    Hoping for many good days of summer blessedness for you Laura, remembering you daily in prayer

  11. Normal life is empowering. How wise you are to recognise this. Praying for you.

  12. Thank you so much for the reminder! We need to make a list here so that we stop the focus on my husband's brain injury and just get back to living life!

  13. Laura, you are still in my prayers, continuously!
    I know you need to do more than "simply endure" chemo. I love that you are present enough in yourself to set a goal. I will be proud of and for you if you simply take a few stitches during treatment, read a chapter in your book, or, better yet, enter a study cycle in your Bible that is reserved simply while your are getting the treatments. Do what you can, what the Good Lord gives you the strength and energy to do.
    Know that there are many sweet ladies & gentlemen, and more than a few churches who are holding you up in prayer. We all want to see you come through this, with that smile & never-ending faith in tact!
    Smiles, well wishes, blessings, etc to you and your family! All my love, Laurie

  14. Laura, my Summer Bucket List in on my to-do list this week. You inspired me several seasons ago. Seasonal things weren't such a big deal in SoCal because there weren't really seasons where I lived. We had Hot, Hotter, & Fire! Most were holiday related. But here? The only time we can get shaved ice is between Mem. Day & Labor Day. The only time we can do the lazy river is the same. And when the season ends and either the snow shack is closed or the pools are drained, I always regret that I didn't write it down and DO IT.

    Since my husband was unemployed for a couple of months, money is tighter than normal. So, I've been thinking of some lesser expensive things to do. I already set up my summer reading shelf with the books I plan to read. (I'm way too ambitious!!) Other things are:
    * start some local geocaching for exercise and fun.
    * I'm going to stray from my normal shaved ice flavor and try cherry.
    * I will have my annual bologna sandwich with mustard and Lay's chips(in the sandwich) in August as a salute to all those sandwiches eaten while camping in the Cali mountains as a kid.
    *Play croquet
    * Finish making my C'mas cards by Labor Day.
    * Complete my bible study on Genesis.

    I'll have many more, but that's where I'm starting!!

  15. I think this is doable as well. Praying daily for you dealing well with the Chemo. Our God is good.

  16. I love the idea of worshipping Jesus by the Fire. Blessings friend.

  17. Wonderful list, remember to rest. I will be praying for you!

  18. Laura, You are a walking, talking testimony to the Love and Grace of God. Your faith and courage in whatever trials you face never ceases to amaze me. You are such an encouragement to me. I am keeping you in my prayers and think of you daily...don't overdo things dear's also nice to praise God while laying down resting..(winking) God bless you, Karla

    1. I can't really overdo Karla. I just get too tired to easily. God bless you dear. In a few months, I'm sure I'll need all the encouragement I can get. I'm having a good day today. I'll have my next round of chemo Tuesday.

  19. Love your bucket list.. Fun stuff is fantastic and the list helps things stay in perspective.. Do what you feel like doing .. and enjoy those fun things.
    Don't over do and keep up that positive Jesus loving attitude.. hugs.

  20. So many wonderful things on this list! Thanks for sharing!


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