Summer Bucket List – 2017
Like most of you, we have a busy summer ahead. There are plenty of things on my must-do list (including a house to sell) and too many
reasons excuses to push some things aside to just enjoy summer.
So when Leslie Roberts Clingan invited her blogging friends to make a Summer Bucket List, I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to establish some goals.
The calendar says summer starts TODAY, June 21st. In my brain, it began with the last day of school…so mine has been underway for a month already.
Here’s what I have planned:
Make/finish new roman shade window treatments for six oversized family room windows
Good Lord…get them done already! I have the fabric and it’s all cut and ready to sew. I just need to do it!
Learn to make pizza on the grill.
Make the yard all sparkly using less energy with warm white LED lights.
I had fun uplighting a lot of trees in our yard last year. I really LOVE how that looks and am adding more uplights here and there…but I’d love to add some market-style lighting.
Swap out the incandescent lights in my Pachysandra berm with LED lights.
I do love the golden glow of the incandescents lights, but LEDs have come a long way! I hit an after-Christmas clearance and bought about 20 packages of lights, so I’m looking forward to updating this area.
Start a new berry patch. Mmmm…raspberries and blackberries
Add some inside details to the outside screen room.
See this big black box?
I’ll be the first to admit, it’s not remotely as pretty as when we had our umbrella tables outside. But let me tell you, we are loving the mosquito-free life, enjoying the patter of rain and thunderstorms, and a having shady spot to eat dinner (reasonably fly free).
I’d just like to make this outside space look a little more inside-ish.
Find a weekend where all 6 of us can get away together.
With our adult kids’ college schedules, work schedules and plans of their own, we can’t find a summer vacation block for the entire family. We’re shooting for just one weekend…and even that will be a challenge.
Ground cover, ground cover, ground cover
Mr. and I are not getting any younger. We have too many places to mulch and a finite number of years in which we can continue to enjoy working as hard as we do in the summer heat. We need to plant ground cover today in anticipation of tomorrow!
Host a game night with extended family
We used to do this a lot when our kids were little… I’d love to do it again… with our kids and some friends.
Entertain non-related adults (i.e. friends) ….even if it means I have to cook them something.
Life here revolves almost entirely around family…we need to reconnect with friends!
Help Mr. D&D with this summer’s what-doesn’t-kill-me-makes-me-stronger adventure.
We have a skid steer rental planned for the weekend…I LOVE this stuff! Can’t wait to try it!
Tackle at least one other project on my decorating/DIY hit list:
– Paint living room and dining room
– Make window treatments for living room and dining room
– Recover the wing chairs in our kitchen
– Refinish this orange-hued table
Take my parents to early Sunday Mass and morning coffee at Canalside
After Sunday Mass, we enjoy having a quiet cup of coffee at Buffalo’s Canalside area…it’s beautiful and quiet on a Sunday morning and so nice to visit before all the people arrive! My folks would love it but will never get there on their own.
Repaint the squares in the chess set black
The grey just isn’t doing it for us 🙂
Redo the mailbox.
This old one looked so pretty when it was new…but after two years it REALLY needs a makeover!
That’s enough for now! I have other things, but I think I need to set realistic goals. I can always add on…or save the rest for my autumn list. 🙂
Looking for more summer ideas? Be sure to visit Leslie’s blog for links to other blogger’s Summer Bucket Lists.