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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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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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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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My Day…so far – August 24, 2018

What a fun way to start a week. This is like doing a time capsule. On Mondays I will link to this meme, My Day…so far.

The date today.
Friday, 24 August 2018 – But in the future I will do this on Mondays with everyone else doing the meme, My Day So Far, at Simple Amazing Grace  

How’s the weather?
It is cool (58 degrees) and the high will be 85. It is also cloudy (no chance of rain), a little breezy, and best of all no smell of smoke.

What are you wearing?
Plaid PJ bottoms and a black tee-shirt that says, “What doesn’t challenge you, doesn’t change you.”

 What chore around the house have you been putting off doing?
Besides the ongoing work of decluttering, making up my menu for next week and prepping meals for it.

 Is there anything in your fridge you need to throw out? What?  Do you even recognize it?
Nope, it is in good shape.

What are you reading?
Wisdom Psalms (for work) and Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants by Louise Giglio

A Scripture verse you’d like to share.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91: 1-2

A prayer request you’d like to share? What a blessing it can be to pray for one another!
That I could write a reasonable weekend To-Do list and accomplish it all by Monday.

How about a creative project you are working on? One in progress or one still in your head. one another!
Buy yellow fabric for two little backpacks and sew them up.

What special dish or baked item are you planning for this week?
Good question and challenge. I’d like to make up (mason) jars of salad for lunches next week. And I’d like to make a stir fry with fresh veggies from my garden and from a friend’s garden.

Something coming up you’re looking forward to.
On Sunday, our church is sponsoring a community breakfast in a shopping center. In addition to breakfast, there will be two bounce houses, games with lots of candy as prizes, a face painter and a prayer booth.

Your latest acquisition?
Two number candles. I want to make a graphic for a post I am writing this week.

 A photo you’d like to share?
The eyes in this photo belong to one of my granddaughters. I made this with the Bible Lens app. It is easy to use and free.

 A funny graphic, photo or quote?
And keep a sense of humor. It doesn’t mean you have to tell jokes. If you can’t think of anything else, when you’re my age, take off your clothes and walk in front of a mirror. I guarantee you’ll get a laugh.” ~ Art Linkletter. … I like laughter!

Any parting thoughts?
I like this idea of checking in on my week, before it starts.. I like the idea of having a placeholder for some of my thoughts and activities. it is like a time capsule that I can enjoy looking at later in life.


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Friday’s Fave Five – August 24, 2018

“Strive to find things to be thankful for, and just look for the good in who you are.” ~ Bethany Hamilton

It is time to recount 5 blessings from this past week. I am joining up with others at Living to Tell the Story for this week’s Friday’s Fave Five.

One. Geranium Cuttings. About three months ago a friend gave me 4 of these geranium cuttings. three took root; and look, this one is blooming.

Isn’t it beautiful?!

I love how cuttings multiply into more plants. . . . I’ve also grown plants by taking cuttings from my mom’s cactus plant.

Your Turn . . . Have you ever grown a plant from a cutting? . . . 

TWO. OCC Plastic Boxes. I’ve done Operation Christmas Child (OCC) for a lot of years. This is the first time I have bought some (2 dozen) of their plastic shoe boxes. (To be fair, it is only the 2nd year they’ve been for sale.)

They are sturdy, roomy and pretty.

Your Turn . . . If you contribute to OCC, do you use your own shoe boxes (either cardboard or plastic) or do you use the pre-printed boxes from OCC (either cardboard or plastic)?

THREE. Cookie Love Sunday. Folks brought cookies. We took the first hour (at church) and made up plates and wrote notes of thanks.

During that time, some folks delivered their goodies. Cookies were delivered to neighbors, firemen, gas station attendant, VA hospital, Pet hospital, service members and wait staff.

I made cookies using a boxed cookie mix. I have never done that before. The macadamia white chocolate chip cookies mix was tasty.

Your Turn . . . What is your fave cookie?


FOUR. Cinnamon Water. This gallon container has two cinnamon sticks. It is refreshing and delicious.

I like to drink water, but sometimes I get tired of plain water. That is why I investigate putting different things into the water.

I have a LOT of extra lemon cucumbers this week. So the next time I fill up my water jug, I am putting in slices of cucumber.

Your Turn . . . Do you ever make flavoured water? If yes, what do you put in it?

FIVE. Virtual Reunion. For 80 minutes I attended a virtual reunion (via Facebook messenger) with 3 gals I went to high school with in Canada. We graduated 40+ years ago. I haven’t talked to two of the ladies in decades! It was an easy conversation and it was GREAT to visit and SEE one another. It was cool that we could have this group conversation. We are going to do this about every six weeks or so.

Your Turn . . . Have you ever had a virtual reunion? . . .  Is there a group of people who you could organize to meet up via Skype or FB messenger video chat?

BONUS. Bible Lens. This app adds a Scripture to your photo. You have a choice of multiple Scripture and multiple layouts. This is a free app and EASY to use. Thanks to Faith for sharing this app last week on her FFF.

Your Turn . . . We made these dolls for our OCC boxes. Would you put faces on them or leave them plain? . . . Which of the three doll photos/Scripture do you prefer?  . . . Aren’t you tempted to give this app a whirl?

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