Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ten on Tuesday

The Ten on Tuesday topic for today is 10 Things On This Summer's Bucket List. I do have two confessions to make; first, summer is not my favorite season because around here it usually means heat and humidity, two of my least favorite things. Our old house has a whole-house attic fan, which works just fine as long as there is cool air outside for the fan to pull in to cool the house. This is not often the case in NJ in July and August. Secondly, I'm a bit of a failure at actually doing things on a bucket list. I've made lists before, but haven't been completely successful at carrying them out. Maybe I'll do better if I make a reasonable list and post it publicly.

  1. Rekindle the feeling of summer reading when I was a kid. I'm trying to do this with Book Bingo, and have spent much of my reading time on the porch. So far, so good!
  2. Plant more perennials. I planted bleeding hearts and some columbines I started from seed this spring, but I have some space in the garden flower beds for some other things.
  3. Eat more summer fruit. I love pies, crumbles, and buckles, but I'm going to make a real effort to just enjoy fruit in its natural state, not baked with sugar. Strawberries, blueberries, peaches, watermelons ... yum!
  4. Find some great pasta/potato/side dish salad recipes. Dinner in the summer is very often something grilled, a pasta (or potato) salad, and a vegetable. I'm lacking for new, unique, and tasty salad side dishes, but I made this one last night and it was a winner.
  5. Eat a Creamsicle® (or two). This delicious frozen treat says summer to me. I haven't had one in years, but I think it's time to quit denying myself.
  6. Drink a Creamsicle (or two). This might need a little tweaking, but I bet I'm up to the challenge.
  7. Watch the 4th of July fireworks from the backyard. Our town's fireworks are only a block away, so viewing is fun from a chair in the backyard. No parking problems and I can also enjoy a nice glass of wine at the same time.
  8. Watch the Perseids Meteor Shower from the backyard. Same chair, with a nice mug of tea since the best viewing will be early morning Aug. 11-13.
  9. Tie-dye some shirts. John loves tie-died shirts and his birthday is in August, so this would be fun and gain me some good-wife points at the same time.
  10. Go to some of the Main Street Car Shows. Our town has car shows every other week during the summer, and all we have to do is walk a block to Main Street to take a look. Cars aren't usually my thing, but John enjoys them, and it's fun to do something together. I may put some wine in my water bottle and see if this enriches the experience. 
I'm looking forward to reading other lists and stealing an idea or two. It's time to start some summer enjoyment!


  1. I think your list is totally do-able and sounds like loads of fun!

  2. This is a fun list! And, yes - sometimes looking at your neighborhood in a new way is exciting! I am not a fan of heat and humidity either, but porch sitting and reading are a good way to while away the time - creamsicle in hand!

  3. I don't like summer much but I am trying to love bits and pieces of it. Yesterday I was on the swing and thought this isn't so bad. Of course it was in the mid seventies!! when it's ninety I'm miserable :)

  4. Ooooh, Creamsicles!! Orange is my favorite flavor. Yum.

  5. Great list! I will be joining you on the summer reading and the fruit.

  6. Your list can totally be usurped by me! Reading and relaxing in the heat (cold glass of wine or tea at hand). I'm enjoying BB, too. I love summer, which is much more pleasant because we have no humidity.

  7. I am adding the meteor shower to my list!

  8. Summer is the worst. But doing some fun stuff definitely helps and I daresay you may survive ... :-)

  9. Now THAT is a great list! I think you'll have great success. (And all this talk about Creamsicles and Dreamsicles has given me a serious craving!)

  10. I love how homey your list is... I hope you find lots of fun in your own backyard! do you have fireflies? yesterday's story time was about summer nights and she read a darling Eric Carle book about a firefly. I remember seeing them by the dozens, but not lately. And something makes me think your backyard might be just the place to capture some in a jar!

  11. Speaking of Creamsicles (and Dreamsicles)...


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