Happy day, reader dearest!
As usual, when the email came from Leslie at Once Upon a Time Happily Ever After about the Fall Bucket List posting, I had a moment of panic. The same panic I have four times yearly. In my brain: Good grief. Where has (insert previous season) gone?
You’d think I would know where summer went since I’ve been chafing at the bit for a new season and some cooler weather, but now that it’s here, I’m wondering what happened.
With perspective (That hindsight 20/20 thing!), I know what happened. Right after publishing my Summer Bucket List, Mama had a cardiac procedure and I’ve spent most of my summer with that occupying my mind and days. Which means I need to give myself some grace and be tickled if anything from the Bucket List finds itself on the Done and Dusted List.
I don’t know if any of you struggle with Tick-the-Box syndrome, but I certainly do! Intellectually, I know my value has nothing to do with accomplishments, but because I am a human being. We are human beings, not human doings. Flawed and beautful. Our value doesn’t depend on what we do. Simply on who we are. Which might actually be scarier… Hm. Maybe that’s why we prefer the lists and boxes.
We are so conditioned to measure! That’s the M in SMART goals, right? Pretty much any goals or lists, Bucket or otherwise. So let’s just get this over with…
SUMMER 2021: Keep up the weekend (bike) rides and making progress on the Couch to 5 K. I’m finishing up week 2, so by Fall’s Bucket List, I should be able to run 5K non-stop. That or 35-45 minutes… That would be a real confidence booster to me. Now to stay uninjured! Well. That uninjured line item didn’t work out very well… But I’ve recovered and am back onto Week 4. There’s been so much morning rain that we haven’t gone on many bike rides at all. We did do tons of hiking and steps the weekend we took our oldest grandson camping. Does that count?
FALL 2021: Keep up the Couch to 5K as the mornings get darker. That’s going to be hard, but running is good for my mood (NOT during the run, mind you) and I am struggling with my mood lately. Even when I get nothing else done in a day, if I can get my exercise in, I feel like it hasn’t been a total loss.
SUMMER 2021: Clueless. Pick a counter? Finish bottom cabinets? Trying to keep it super small since this one has been one heck of a struggle and I cannot control the weather. (Imagine if you could… Such pressure!) Still struggling. Found a counter, but don’t know how to get it… ALL the handymen, home renovation people are backed up. No one even wants to give estimates. Cabinets? The last two bottom doors are off and have been waiting for a day that isn’t rainy or 95 degrees for painting. This should NOT have to be so freaking hard, people. I think I need to look for a deeper reason that I’m not getting this done.
FALL 2021: We’ve been eyeing a gas fireplace insert. Maybe we’ll have better luck with that?
I think what I need more than a remodel is an attitude remodel about our house… I think I’ve been taking our home for granted and it’s time to show her some more love of the everyday maintenance kind.
There’s a list of little jobs that need sorting. I need to stop waiting for someone else to take care of them. (Neither of us are particularly handy. I mean, I can remove a U-bend under the sink to extract a lost ring and put a new flapper in the toilet tank. I’m fabulous at hanging pictures. Mr. CP is great at cutting things in the garage with the big saw. But we just aren’t do-it-yourselfers.) AND I need to get another estimate for the exterior work we need done. If you are a praying person, please lift that one up. It’s ridiculous.
SUMMER 2021: My goal? To spend more time outside in our garden and eat out on the patio more frequently. If nothing else, having morning coffee out amongst the birds makes me happy. That means getting better about getting ready so that I can do that rather than grabbing my cup of joe and heading for my desk. That’s a bad habit I want to break! YAY! Finally something I CAN say I’ve accomplished. I have been eating either breakfast or lunch outside, weather permitting, or sometimes just catching a few minutes out on the back patio in the evening when it’s time for a rendevous with my Italian beau, Duolingo…
FALL 2021: Get our pots planted and decorate the front porch for fall. I should be able to handle that, right? We also need to order new mulch… That’s a long shot, people.
Why not add Style to the list? The other categories haven’t been going so very well, so this is one that should be right up my alley. I get dressed every day. Or maybe it will end up being more of a cobbler’s children have no shoes affair! We’ll find out in December, won’t we?
FALL 2021: I have this fun book called 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf and I think it’s time to try out all 50! I won’t finish by the next post, but starting at the beginning and plugging away should be an interesting way to learn something new. Join me on Instagram to see the looks as I try them out! I suppose it’s a different kind of style challenge.
How About You?
Do you struggle with a need to Tick-the-Box? If not, HOW do you do that? PLEASE! What season are you heading into? Do you have a seasonal to-do list? What bucket list categories might you find your wishes grouped into? What’s your favorite season for outdoor activities? What is the last home project you completed? Are you a talented DIY-er? If yes, are you interested in DIY-ing at someone else’s house? #nothingventurednothinggained What’s your favorite way to wear a scarf? Do tell…