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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. Movie: Big Fish
  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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Fall Bucket List Update – November

Yosemite's regal Ahwahnee Hotel had some amazing centerpieces during Thanksgiving weekend. ‪#‎GratitudeScavengerHunt‬ . . . This photo went into the "Something I'm grateful for that tastes good" category.

Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel had amazing centerpieces Thanksgiving weekend. ‪#‎GratitudeScavengerHunt‬ –  This photo went into the “Something I’m grateful for that tastes good” category.

How well do you finish all the things on your bucket lists? I am great at writing them, but have troubles finishing. Well, not this month. This month, I finished all the things I wanted to!!!

Below is the original November list and some details about the item.

ONE. Read – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens before seeing the play. TRUTH DISCLAIMER – I didn’t actually read the book, but I listened to a free audio version. Except for kids books, I have never listened to an audio book. I thought I would do some work while listening to this story, but I ended up sitting in my chair on 3 different occasions just listening. This was quite enjoyable and I will do this again.

I also read a book about gratitude: Choosing Gratitude: Learning to Love the Life you Have by James A Autry. Here is my recap post about that book.

TWO. Field Trip – Go see A Christmas Carol: The Musical with the PEP group at Folsom Lake College. This was a fun night out with 9 women and 2 men. The acting, staging and music were a delight.

THREE. Write Another Bucket List – Write a Singles Thanksgiving Bucket List and do at least a few of the items.

Before Thanksgiving or during Thanksgiving weekend, I did numbers One (Watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving) Five (Made silverware holders), Six (Made this prayer pumpkin)Seven (Scavenger Gratitude Walk), Eight (I gave our waitress a BIG tip.) and Ten (Made a snowman ornament, but not the block one. I used these directions.

This spot in Yosemite didn't have much snow Thanksgiving weekend, but it was beautiful and cold!

This spot in Yosemite didn’t have much snow Thanksgiving weekend, but it was beautiful and cold!

FOUR. Celebrate Thanksgiving in a new way – We won’t be going to the beach this year. I had the joy of Thanksgiving at my sister’s home. It was a merry and tasty time. And then I spent Friday and Saturday in Yosemite with my daughter.

FIVE. Make grown up Advent calendar. See this online Advent calendar. Here is an advent chain to make. Advent November 29 (ends December 24).

I made an Advent Prayer Wreath. The base is a felt quilled wreath kit I picked up from Michaels last year after Christmas. I cut out 24 extra leaves. Each day I will write a name on one leaf and pray for that person. And then I will glue the leaf onto my wreath.

All the numbers started off upside down. As each day comes and I finish the daily "project", the number will be righted.

All the numbers start off upside down. As each day comes and I finish the daily “project”, the number will be righted.

I also made a magnetic tree ornament advent calendar. I got the directions from here.

I decided to read several advent books.

SIX. Donate something extra. Operation Christmas Child is something I always do. And I did it again this year. To add to the joy of doing this project, my daughter-in-law also did this with me. Together we filled 20 boxes.

Here are some posts about Operation Christmas Child . . . Everyone Can Help One Child . . . Grateful I am Able to Help  . . . I Help Because I am a Parent, Auntie, and Missionary . . . Love in a Box . . . My Plan to Collect 55 OCC Boxes 

SEVEN. Try a new pumpkin recipe. A friend (Michelle) and I made a paleo pumpkin and tomato soup. I made a 2nd batch and put some into the freezer.

Your Turn . . . Have you done anything mew this past month? Or something that helped you celebrate Fall?

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Fall Bucket List 2015 Update – October

This pumpkin was made with supplies from the Dollar Store: jumbo popsicle sticks, pom poms and googly eyes. I had the orange paint, magnet, and green cpaper.

This pumpkin was made with supplies from the Dollar Store: jumbo popsicle sticks, pom poms and googly eyes. I had the  paint, magnet, and green paper.

We just finished month 2 of Fall 2015. Below is what I did this past month. My original Fall Bucket List is here.


I spent a weekend with Sofia, my grand daughter. Her parents were gone Halloween weekend and I got to have her at my home. I planned 15 things for us to do which was unrealistic for a weekend and with a toddler. I love making and collecting kid art and activities; so that is what we did.

  • Made no-cook play dough. The most fun part was adding LOTS & LOTS of food coloring to the dough. Boy, did it stain our hands.
  • But since it was still warmish we went swimming. And by time we got out, besides being wrinkled, our hands were dye free.
  • Fro-yo with cousin Sammie was a fun activity
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    Such a happy night with this princess

    We had pizza with Uncle Mark, Aunt Jenny and cousin Emily and then went Trick-or-Treating.

  • We had two hand printing sessions to make “leaves” for this hand print Fall wreath for mom and dad which is not done yet. It is amazing how opinionated toddlers are. For some reason hand printing was not a fave activity.

REFRESHED – I went with 31 Women for a Retreat at Zephyr Point.

CREATED – This burlap covered pumpkin took me 15 minutes to craft (not including painting the pumpkin brown beforehand).


I am not thrilled with my printing. I AM thrilled with how the pumpkin turned out.










I made two wreaths. I don’t have room at home for these so both of them are at work,  Link for the burlap wreath is here. The link for the felt flower wreath is here.

i cannot believe this turned out so CUTE. I keep staring at it!

i cannot believe this turned out so CUTE. I keep staring at it!














Watched a movie with friends: Our church women’s ministry had planned on watching “He Named Me Malala” at the theater where I saw the previews. Did you know that just because a theater shows the previews, does NOT mean they will show the movie, too? Silly me for assuming that. So now I will be on the lookout for when it comes out on DVD. Then we will show it at church.

Instead of watching what we advertised, 4 of us (down from 14) went to the theater anyway (it’s only $5 on Tuesdays) and saw The Martian.

READ – a scary book: The Turn of the Screw   by Henry James. Delightfully scary – delightful in that it was scary but didn’t give me nightmares or even shivers in the middle of the dark night.

Participated in #write31days. I joined 100’s of others in writing every day in October on a single topic. My topic was 31 Days of Finding LaughterI spent time each day studying laughter to see if I could improve my laughter quotient. . . . Go here for the landing page which has all the posts in one spot.

Recipes – Tried another pumpkin recipe – pumpkin pasta bake. To the white sauce I added mushrooms, red peppers, onions, and garlic. And instead of layering the filling and sauce, I mixed it all together with cooked Barilla Protein Plus Penne. This is a delicious recipe and I will make it again,

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Fall Bucket List Update – September 2015

i cannot believe this turned out so CUTE. I keep staring at it!

i cannot believe this turned out so CUTE. I keep staring at it! Is it silly that I am proud of myself?

I REALLY enjoy thinking about and writing bucket lists. See my Bucket List Index here. Occasionally, I get around to finishing the lists – but not too often. Sooooooo  – this year, I am going to do an update each month of Fall and report on my progress or lack of progress.

My original list is here. Below is just my September 23-30 list.

Watch Les Mis with the PEP group (ages 55+) from church. We did this on the 29th. This movie was part of our 5th Tuesday Movie series. We are watching movies that are the faves of our Pastor Mike. This is the 2nd time I have seen Les Mis. It made just as much impact on me as the first time. Of course I needed tissues.  . . . . . Our first 5th Tuesday movie was Babette’s Feast. In December we will watch It’s a Wonderful Life.

Your Turn . . . Have you seen any of the above movies?  . . . What is a MUST SEE movie in your opinion?

Honour Fall with a Fall Drink – I made this Pumpkin Spice Latte at home. I don’t have a fave Fall drink, but this is pretty tasty. I made it 3 times this week!

  • The 1st time I made it as written.
  • The 2nd time I added spinach and protein powder. These additions didn’t change the taste although the latte was green instead of orange.
  • The 3rd time I added spinach, protein powder, and 1/2 avocado. It looked like green sludge. I kinda grossed out my work mates. And it didn’t taste like a pumpkin spice latte. Next time I will not add the avocado.

Your Turn . . . Do you like Pumpkin Spice Lattes?  . . . What is your fave Fall drink? 

Decorate – I made this burlap wreath and put it on the door to my office. The video was a little confusing, but I figured it out.

Your Turn . . . Do you decorate for the seasons? I normally don’t. . . . Have you made a new Fall decoration?

Create – The “parts” for the Bed Treats for Women’s Retreat are mostly cut out (thanks to Denise). The Team will assemble them on Tuesday, next week. The items are top-secret until Retreat (Oct 23-25).

Your Turn . . . When was the last time you went on a retreat? . . . Do you have any creative surprises in the works?

Read –  As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. It was a tragic story and a little confusing. Reading Sparknotes alongside helped. I picked this book because it is on the Rory Gilmore Girl Reading Challenge. I have now read 66 of the 339 books Rory was seen reading on-screen. Go here for that list. 

Your Turn . . . How many of these books have you read? . . .  I miss the Gilmore Girls. Do you? Here is a video of a cast reunion 8 years after it ended.

Gratitude – Write in my gratitude notebook daily. This is happening!!!

Your Turn . . . In these first 8 days of Fall, what have you done that is celebratory, new, fallish, or fun? . . . Share what items are on your Fall Bucket List.

HURRAY! I did 5.5 out of 6 things on my list. I am off to a promising start.

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Fall Bucket List 2012

It still feels like Summer, but the date (September 29) tells me it is Fall. So here is my Fall Bucket List (September 22-December 21).

What’s on your Fall agenda?

1. Declutter

  • Some. Bookcases
  • Closets
  • House tubs
  • Bedroom table
  • Entertainment center
  • Kitchen cupboards

2. Spanish

  • On track. Destinos Episodes 8,9, 10, 11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18, 19, 20
  • Decided to not continue. Weekly writing 13 of each:  Summary of Destinos episode on Wednesday, Verb sentences on Sunday
  • Lake Tahoe Summer Immersion notebook
  • On track. Memorize Lord’s Prayer
  • On track. Rosetta Stone

3. Health

  • On track. Weight – have stayed consistent
  • Food choices
  • Still working on this. Hip Pain

4. Relationships

5. Spiritual

  • On track. New Testament
  • On track. Prayer found a partner
  • Done. Trust God about a certain issue

6. Finances

  • Done. Automate bills
  • Done. Car savings acct
  • Done. Check insurance and bank acct

7. Fun

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Fall Bucket List (2011)

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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