Fall Bucket List (2011)

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Living with intention, deepening relationships, growth, fun, and in the moment requires me to be thoughtful and to have a plan. Lists like 101 Things in 1001 Days help me with long-term planning. Seasonal bucket lists help me to break it down into manageable time slots. Also on the bucket lists I can include items I didn’t put on my 101 Things in 1001 Days list.

Fall of 2011 is from Friday, September 23-Wednesday, December 21. Below are the things I hope to do in these 3 months. Some items are from my 101 Things list. Most are additional items. Even though I just posted this list, I have been working on a few of the items since late September.

What would you add to this list?


  • Celebrate Advent.
  • Celebrate Thanksgiving with the family at the beach.  It was supposed to rain so we decided to celebrate at my daughter’s home in Emeryville instead. 4 friends joined our Mexican themed dinner.
  • Complete 4 Wreck This Journal activities (with niece).
  • Declutter one bookshelf. 
  • Fill a Operation Christmas Child Shoebox.  Filled two.
  • Go on a nature scavenger hunt.
  • Make a wish at 11:11 on November 11, 2011.
  • Plant narcissus bulbs.
  • Trick-or-treat.


  • Create a Fall craft. Made ornaments with the nieces instead. Some ornaments were for the church tree and some were for their own tree at home. Most ornaments were for Elizabeth’s tree.
  • Make a flower barrette with niece.
  • Make an advent wreath.


  • Bake 4 new cookie recipes. 1. Double chocolate cookies made with a cake mix. Too cakey for me. But had a fun time with Em (niece). 2. My daughter and I made gingerbread rim cookies that are egg-, dairy-. and gluten-free. Yummy!
  • Have an outdoor fire with s’mores.   Planned to do this on Thanksgiving at the beach. But since the weather was supposed to be bad, I made a s’mores pie instead.
  • Learn to make a cake roll.
  • Make 2 Fall drinks. (Apple Cider Float and Pumpkin Pie Spice coffee)
  • Make 5 recipes (besides bread and pie) that use pumpkin.
  • Try 2 recipes in church cookbook.
  • Try 2 recipes from the anti-inflammation diet.


  • Pay off my student loans. This might have to be deferred as I am having car issues with the “Check Engine Light.” Deferred! DONE September 2013.



  • Learn 2 hymns by memory (Thanksgiving theme).


  • Do a photoshoot – Tell a fall story.
  • Enlarge costume picture.
  • Have a family portrait taken 2011.
  • Transfer vhs movies to dvd format. DONE one June 2013.


  • Finish the books on my FIR list. I read 6 of the books.
  • Read 2 Classics and/or other books on my Kindle.
  • Read  A Christmas Carol and Tale of 2 Cities by Charles Dickens.


Your Turn . . .
  • What are you most excited about for fall?
  • What would you add to your bucket list?

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  • 1. Sillydoodah (Dawn)  |  . at .

    This is a great list!


    • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

      Thanks. It was fun to think about this.


  • 3. claudiawjohnson  |  . at .

    Oh my goodness. I am exhausted just looking at this list. How in the world do you do it all? I’ve been busy doing fun stuff. Our school was unexpectedly canceled because of flooding, but I get to start back tomorrow! So my lists will go way down for awhile!

    Great for you, Susan! How are you sleeping these days after the accident?


    • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

      I made a calendar of when I think I’ll do these items. If I don’t, no big deal. But at least I will do some of them because I have been purposeful about including these (mostly) fun things on my “to-do” list.

      Wonderful that you’ve been doing fun things, Claudia. I hope the floods weren’t too scary.

      I only had nightmares for 4-5 nights. Now I am back to my normal sleeping problems. Thanks for asking, Claudia.


  • 5. Gillian  |  . at .

    Looks like you are off to a good start Susan. I just got the contents for my Operation Christmas Child shoebox today. I’m going to make my donation online so I can follow my box. Did you do this?


    • 6. susan2009  |  . at .

      That’s great that you have all your shoebox items, Gillian. I did pay online so I could track the boxes.

      I did this last year, too. But I forgot to get back online to see where the box went.


  • 7. Elizabeth  |  . at .

    I am so thankful that you are doing things for yourself. Your list reads like ideas for an artists date. Go mom!! I hope this leaves you replenished by either thinking about fun things to do and doing some of them, and not focusing on getting them done because “you have to.” Maybe we can have smores at Thanksgiving?


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