It is about time to put this “Spring Bucket List” to rest, once and for all. But before I do, let’s take a look at this final progress report on all of my hopeful spring activities. I want to thank my sweet friends for joining in on this post. And I am super stoked (which is a word I don’t even use!) about having some more lovelies joining for the “Summer Bucket List” post on June 21. If you are a blogger and would like to join us, please holler! And if you don’t blog but do summer, share photos of your activities with us on Instagram using #SummerBucketList17.
A Final Look at My List
Spring has been pretty hectic. To be honest, I haven’t done real well at consulting my list as PC and I planned our weekend activities the past few months. In a panic this weekend, I was scrambling to realize a few of the activities I knew we hadn’t completed.
Oh, boy-oh-boy, looking at the list again right now, I didn’t get busy enough this weekend. Instead of sleeping at night, I should have been:
- Hiking and picnicking
- Playing catch
- While feeding some ducks
Here at home, I should have been:
- Scrapbooking Easter (even though I haven’t finished all the Christmases past)
- Bible journaling with one hand
- While working on my mosaic with the other
- And then winding up the weekend by decluttering my entire house
And had I done all of that, I wouldn’t feel so bad about having missed the “Tequila, Taco and Cerveza Fest” the first weekend of the month. As it is, I missed it and accomplishing all the other bulleted items, to boot. Instead, I was babysitting and cuddling this little dumpling all week and weekend.
Time well spent, I think most all of you would agree. Even if it wasn’t on my “Spring Bucket List”. Here are a few experiences we did manage to mark off my list.
Watch a Sunrise or Sunset
I have begun doing Miracle Mornings after my friend Casey Rooney, who blogs at caseyrooney.com introduced me to the book by Hal Elrod.
It requires that the reader wake up approximately an hour earlier than usual in order to follow a routine that promises to transform her life by increasing energy, motivation and focus. And we have been up earlier to brush the pool every morning. So, I have seen a number of sunrises in the past few weeks.
Last night, we enjoyed watching the sun set over the Franklin Mountains from our hot tub.
With the light from the spa reflecting on our faces, you get a good sense of how we would look as ogres.
See what I mean?
Read on the Balcony or Patio
I promise we did this. Just forgot to take a picture. But you can trust me.
Start Reading a New Book Together
In an effort to be able to mark this off the list, we selected a book to read together this afternoon. Another Audible edition, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman.
We thoroughly enjoyed listening to the author’s debut novel, A Man Called Ove, in October when we drove out to Phoenix for the Men’s Over 50 World Series. Ran into a snag downloading Audible onto my Nook so we haven’t listened to the book yet but we are both looking forward to getting started tomorrow.
Decorate for Spring and Easter
I got on this early in April but just forgot to take pictures. And now I have started taking it all down in order to begin thinking about decorating for summer. Climbed up on the island to take these photos tonight of what’s left of the springiness above my kitchen cabinets.
Work in the Yard, Gardening Around the Pool
We worked today and have more to do tomorrow around the pool. Both of us enjoy being outside, working to create our paraiso. Please click here to see the gardening projects we have completed so far.
Pay it Forward
Would like to report that I had done something really earth-shakingly inspirational for this spring bucket list activity. Maybe this summer. I did donate to the postal carriers’ food drive on May 13.
As a substitute librarian, I work in different libraries wherever a librarian is out on leave. This school year, I have had long-term assignments in four different schools. I try to bring a little something special to each library. At Cooley, the library had been sadly neglected for years. Megan, the new librarian this year, has worked wonders transforming this space from dark and dusty to bright and welcoming. But she is out on maternity leave, so I bought a few little things to help dress it up. Chinese lanterns, felt cut-outs, beach-themed die cuts. I also purchased a Bath and Body Works Wallflower for the library in their stress-relief eucalyptus mint fragrance. The kids loved it. And the teachers. And the custodians. One custodian mentioned how nice the library always smelled and wanted to know what it was. I bought a Wallflower for her with the stress relief scent.
Nothing that it is going to change the world. But it brought a smile to the faces of a few.
Work on My Elephant Pictures
Haven’t worked on my elephant collage yet. Summer activity? But I have been working on a little on my cross stitch. Check out my little bit of progress.
Remember, slow and steady wins the race.
Not sure what race I am running, though.
What did you enjoy doing this spring? Was it a planned activity or something you did spontaneously? Would love to hear about your spring in a comment below.
And then hope you will come back on June 21 for the reveal of my “Summer Bucket List”, which may or may not look familiar! Seeing as there are a number of activities I didn’t get to this spring. OR maybe between now and then, I will be able to check off (not to be confused with the name of the Star Trek navigation officer Chekov) a couple of these pending activities.
Please show my sweet bucket list buddies some love by stopping by for their “Spring Bucket List” final progress reports. Follow the links below.
Looking forward to a quiet Memorial Day and a quick work week. I will be co-hosting a style post(!!) with Jennie at A Pocketful of Polka Dots. Hope you will stop by. Will be sharing more about babysitting my little Lucia. And hope to tell you more about Miracle Morning in the coming week.
Have a blessed day.
Hugs and kisses,