Fun Fall Bucket List 2018

It’s time to have some fall fun.

To-do lists with time limitations help me get things done. This is even true for fun things. If it’s not on the calendar, it doesn’t get done. So I created a fun list of fall things to do. AKA Fun Fall Bucket List 2018. This year Fall is from Sunday, September 23- Friday, December 21.

If you were to make up a Fun Fall Bucket List, what categories would you include? My list is down below.


  1. Cook: Cheeseburger Soup and one other soup recipe
  2. Create: Stained glass cross (Start)
  3. Movies: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and Won’t You Be My Neighbor.
  4. Outings: Cemetery Tour (with PEP), and camping (with family)
  5. Read: Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis Majors and Tender is the Night: a Romance by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. Write: Publish two draft posts from my blog and plan #write31days series.


  1. Cook: Keto empanadas and one other  diabetic-friendly recipe.
  2. Create: Stained glass cross (Finish)
  3. Moving It: A 5K fun walk with Mary
  4. Movies: Big Fish, Paper Angels, Ring the Bell
  5. Outings: Corn maze (with PEP), and camping (with my daughter)
  6. Read: The Island of Dr Moreau by HG Wells and the following books on death: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande and Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life by Eugene O’Kelly
  7. Write: Participate in #write31days. My topic is The Kindness Diary: Discovering RAK’s that Make a Difference


  1. Cook: 2 new pumpkin, diabetic-friendly recipes. Check these out: 45 paleo pumpkin recipes.
  2. Create: Stained glass cross (Finish) and make an advent chain. Advent is December 2 – December 24.
  3. Gratitude Practice: Pumpkin as a Thanksgiving Medium
  4. Moving It: A 5K fun walk with Mary
  5. Movies: Beautician and the Beast, The Court Jester, Fun with Dick And Jane, and pick out Christmas movies to watch.
  6. Outings: No clue yet. Any ideas for me?
  7. Read: Living life as a Thank You : the Transformative Power of Daily Gratitude by Nina Lesowitz and The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life by Janice Kaplan
  8. Write: Publish four draft posts from my blog.


  1. Cook: 2 new diabetic-friendly recipes
  2. Create: Snowman ornaments with family (yearly tradition – usually)
  3. Movies: Holes, The Ultimate Gift, and 4 Christmas Movies
  4. Outings: See Christmas Lights in Alameda with family
  5. Read: 2 Christmas books, Kingdom of the Blind: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel  by Louise Penny, and A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children – Book 4/4) by Ransom Riggs
  6. Write: Publish four draft posts from my blog.

As I finish each month, I will do a review of what I did and include photos. If you also make a list, be sure to come back and comment, so I can get enthused by your fun fall activities.

Your Turn . . . Do you regularly include fun things in your life? . . . How do you remember to do them? . . . Share some of your fun activities.

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My Day…so far

It’s time for Monday’s meme. I hope you join us at Simple Amazing Grace.

Here is a peek into my week via the meme, My Day…so far, hosted by Simple Amazing Grace. Be sure to join us at this link.

The date today? – September 24, 2018

How’s the weather? – 55°. degrees and sunny. The high will be 92°.

What chore around the house have you been putting off doing? – As usual, cooking for the week. When I make full or partial meals, I eat so much better.

What are you reading? – Living a Life You Love by Joyce Meyer and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

A Scripture verse you’d like to share? – God claims the world as His. Everything and everyone belongs to Him! Psalm 24:1

A prayer request you’d like to share? – I want to take back control of my food intake. Please pray I rely on God’s will and power for this endeavor.

How about a creative project you are working on? – October is #Write31Days – a writing challenge: every October, every day. I am planning my posts and want to write a couple before October starts.

What special dish or baked item are you planning for this week? Beef Stroganoff (dairy free) – I don’t have a recipe yet.

Something coming up you’re looking forward to? – Going camping this weekend with the family. There are only two more camping trips planned for the year. After that, it might, just might, get cold around here.

A photo you’d like to share? 

I spent time with my grand children last week. We almost always do ART! We made and painted magnets.

A funny graphic, photo or quote?

We also played with stickers. It was most fun when we put the stickers on our faces.

Any parting thoughts? – My heart is full of gratitude … for things … like a new computer – mine broke last week … for people … like grand daughters who let me snuggle with them … for places … like my home and church – both are safe, heart touching places … for God …. who answers prayers and empowers me for His tasks for my life.

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Friday’s Fave Five September 21, 2018

A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude. ~ Bruce Wilkinson

It’s Friday and time to spill my blessings – just five, though, from this past week. Join the gang at Living to Tell the Story.


ONE. All Church Camping Retreat. These are some of the ladies I laughed with. I dyed my hair with lavender dye. Can you see it? I am in the back, on the right.

TWO. Computing again. Last week my computer broke. This week I have a new computer with office suite and I figured out which printer to use. I also started using a mouse again. I FORGOT how much I LOVE using one.

THREE. Our group packed 17 Operation Christmas Child boxes. We’ve been collecting things year round. I wanted to see what we have and what we need. One lady gave us 3 soccer balls and pumps and a bunch of little toys. Next time we will fill 12 plastic OCC boxes like the one pictured below.

FOUR. Tile. I received a tile for Christmas and I LOVE it. I use it to find my keys and my cell phone. This device has been a life saver at least once a week.

FIVE. Successfully Serving your Aging Congregation Seminar. We learned about health. legal and housing resources. … I learned that there are SEVENTY types of dementia, … I want to read these two books on dying better: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande and When Breath Becomes Air: What Makes Life Worth Living in the Face of Death by Paul Kalanithi. … And the below quote is well worth listening to, Depression is not normal aging! This was reiterated by a speaker who is geriatric psychiatric,

THANKS for reading. Be sure to comment on YOUR fave blessings or a reaction to something I shared. … Sorry, I am not very chatty this week.  😉

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Friday’s Fave Five – Sept 14, 2018

“It’s easier to make your way if you choose your own soundtrack”
Fredrik Backman, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry

Today my sound track is. “My Favorite Things” sung by Julie Andrews. I am linking this post to Friday’s Fave Five at Living to Tell the Story.  Don’t feel pressured to answer my questions. I do hope you’ll reflect on your own faves, though.

ONE. Book. I finished My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman. It was an irreverent, quirky, wise, story involving letters, fairy tales, super heroes & bullying that made me laugh & cry.

This book affirms the power of chocolate: “Because you can be upset while eating chocolate Santas. But it’s much, much, much more difficult.” 

And it affirms the power of grandmothers: “Having a grandmother is like having an army. This is a grandchild’s ultimate privilege: knowing that someone is on your side, always, whatever the details. Even when you are wrong. Especially then, in fact.”

Your Turn . . .  Do you know the power of chocolate and/or grandparents?

TWO. Birthday Fun. We celebrated my niece’s birthday. And like all birthday celebrations we had an ice cream waffle breakfast. We also had a birthday dinner with friends. Happy birthday to my much-loved Samantha. Your Turn . . .  What is a fun birthday tradition you have?

THREE. Book Club. We met this week and discussed Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth.

Wolgemuth lists 45 lies but emphasizes that there are probably more. Reading and then talking about these lies helped me to SEE the lies I believe. I appreciated that the author included the antidotes to the lies – the Truth (found in Scripture).

Your Turn . . . How have you countered lies that you believe?

FOUR. Lemon Cucumbers. My one vine is still growing in my standing garden. One vine is more than enough for a family of two. … This tennis ball-shaped vegetable is lemon coloured with no lemon taste. It is crunchy and does not cause me to burp. It is often seen in ethnic Indian markets. Your Turn . . . Do you have a standing garden?

Five. Cake. Do you know that there are kiddos in America who don’t get a cake on their birthday? That is why #Cake4Kids was created. This non-profit organization bakes and delivers birthday cakes to youngsters in the foster care system and to at risk youth. My daughter and I delivered our first cakes (chocolate, of course). This first go around we both were asked to bake vegan cakes.

This is my daughter’s cake. We made the same cake just decorated differently. It’s a vegan, gluten free, chocolate cake with vegan buttercream frosting.

I am learning so much … vegan cake … dirty icing … marbled frosting … chocolate letters … piping designs … and a bench scraper. … And this is just the tip of the information iceberg. Your Turn . . . What is your favourite birthday cake?

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Friday’s Fave Five

It’s time to share my five favourite blessings from the week gone by. Hopefully something I share will spark a gratitude memory or you’ll learn something you can use. I am linking up with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.

ONE. Quote. I finished “An Acceptable Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. It is the last book in the Wrinkle in Time quintet. A fave quote is as follows: “From this moment on, your behaviour must be such that when you go to bed at night you will be happy with what you have done during the day.” The Bishop said this to Zachary. … I like the idea of reviewing my daily behaviours to make sure I have done well.

Your Turn . . .  Do you save quotes? Do you have a quote to share?

TWO. Afternoon Nap. Twice I was able to take a nap. This is such a treat especially since I don’t always sleep well at night.

Your Turn . . . When was the last time you had a nap? Is a nap torture or a treat?

THREE. Walk. These past summer months our area has been overwhelmed with smoke from the fires that surround where I live in northern CA. Therefore, I haven’t done much walking. Finally this week, I am back on track to getting my daily steps in. I sleep better and my blood sugar is better.

Your Turn . . . What are you doing to take care of your health? Is it going well?

FOUR. Small Group Leaders Meeting. Our church is starting a church wide small group campaign. We are going to read “The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door by Jay Pathak. Last night I gave a training for the small group leaders. I LOVE small groups and I love the idea of helping the leaders feel more comfortable with their role. We bonded as a group and plan on staying in touch for emotional support, advice, and prayer. It’s as if our leaders formed their own small group.

Your Turn . . . What was the last small group book you read? How did it make a difference in your life?

FIVE. Rotisserie Chicken. Sometimes I just don’t feel like cooking. That’s when “easy” foods are a blessing. Rotisserie chicken is easy food to buy and use. I ate it straight from the bird for the fist meal. I will strip the chicken and make 2 more meals: chicken curry and chicken soup.

Your Turn . . . What is your easy food and why?

Answer one question or answer them all. Or answer none. I hope you do take time to think about your blessings from this past week.

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My Day…so far

It’s time for Monday meme. I hope you join us at Simple Amazing Grace .

Here is a peek into my week via the meme, My Day…so far, hosted by Simple Amazing Grace. Be sure to join us at this link.

The date today? – September 3, 2018

How’s the weather? – It is a sunny, hazy, 82° . The high is supposed to be 93°.

What are you wearing?Black jeans, royal blue top

What chore around the house have you been putting off doing?Decluttering my trunk – Decluttering in general is a never-ending task I procrastinate on.

What are you reading? Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle

A Scripture verse you’d like to share?Commit everything you do to the Lord.Trust Him, and He will help you. Psalm 37:5

A prayer request you’d like to share?That I would be faithful in eating a healthy diet this week.

How about a creative project you are working on?I still need to find yellow fabric for a back pack. I’ve gone to one store and didn’t find what I wanted. And the other project for this week, is to decorate a cake for a 2-year-old boy.

What special dish or baked item are you planning for this week?Trying to perfect a vegan, gluten-free cake.

Something coming up you’re looking forward to? Baking and delivering a birthday cake to a child in foster care.

Your latest acquisition? – I will buy two 9 inch round baking pans. today.

A photo you’d like to share? 

My daughter and I visited The Peace Garden at our State Capital this week. This rose is one of my favorite ones there.

A funny graphic, photo or quote? – Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing to NOT put the tomato in your fruit salad.


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Friday’s Fave Five – 8/31/18

No amount of regret changes the past.

No amount of anxiety changes the future.

Any amount of gratitude changes the present.

~ Ann Voscamp

Here are five of my blessings from this week. Join me for this FFF at Living to Tell the Story.

ONE. Community Breakfast. On Sunday. our “church service” was sponsoring a free community breakfast at a shopping center near our church. Besides breakfast we gave away food (from the Food Locker), had a prayer table and 2 bouncy houses. There were games and candy for the kiddos. Two ladies provided face painting. And church members ate with the community, getting to know them.

TWO. Cooler weather. Usually it is in the 100’s during the summer here. But this week it has been in the 80’s.

THREE. Meditating on wisdom. There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is a fact. I.e. Knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing to NOT put a tomato into your fruit salad.  God’s wisdom gives us the right facts so we can choose between what looks good, what feels good, and what is good.

FOUR. Garden fresh tomatoes and lemon cucumber. I made several salads with these ingredients. A friend gave me the tomatoes and the cucumbers came from my garden. Yummm.

FIVE. Finished two books. 1. Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants by Louie Giglio. 2. Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle.

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