Musings & Miscellany

Spring Bucket List Check-In

Happy day, reader dear,

How goes it in your corner of the world? Things here are still quite limited, but I am okay with that. I get the impression that many people are in a better-safe-than-sorry mode. Probably wise! Earlier this week, I found my reminder note that it is time to check the progress on my Spring Bucket List. I usually dread these accountability posts but this season… YAY! Sad to say, but I think Covid-19 has been good for my Spring Bucket List. Let’s see what kind of progress I’ve made. (And whether I can maintain it!)


  • Try a new recipe each week. Check! Sometimes more than one!
  • Make a baked good weekly. This could be bread or a treat. So far so good, although not for my waistline…
  • Keep up the 8 hour eating window. (I’ve been trying Intermittent Fasting for the past few weeks. It’s another experiment…) Pretty well. I love feeling less sluggish in the morning, and not feeling stuffed at bedtime.


  • Spruce up our back patio. Patio powerwashed (Thank you, Mr. CP) and the chairs are painted!
  • Get planters sorted. Maybe some veggies and try the herbs again? Planters sorted. Now to keep them alive. One planter is my Ratatouille planter: A tomato plant, a pepper plant, basil, and an eggplant plant. (That sounds strange… Eggplant plant!) And I even remembered to pick up flowers for our planters out front!
  • Spend time outside in our garden daily. Coffee/Tea/Wine? This is proving harder than I thought… 50/50?


  • Declutter one item daily. YES! Especially paperwork, and this weekend I did shoes… (Scary!)
  • Reclaim my weekly home routines. (Control Journal refresh!) Not bad. Need more consistency. Go figure.
  • Paint the hallway. This may not work if getting paint becomes a challenge. I’ll have to think about a replacement line item. The kitchen cabinets are getting the attention that the hallway deserves, but they need it!

How about you? Did you make a Spring Bucket List? Have you been keeping busy with home projects during #shelterinplace? What would you have been doing otherwise? What new recipes have you tried and love? Do let me know in the comments below… I love to hear from you!

Stay safe and sound, sane and stylish!


  • Leslie Susan Clingan

    Hey!! Great progress, my friend. I will updating my list on the 21st. Need to revisit my list and see how I am coming.
    I like the idea of a Ratatouille planter! I have a raised garden bed in my Amazon cart but haven’t pulled the trigger. Would like to try growing herbs but it gets so hot and dry here in the summer. So thought a rolling raised planter would allow me to scoot it in and out of the sun.
    I am almost half done with my spring cleaning which feels so good. Want to have the carpets cleaned and the windows professionally washed. I cleaned out my closet but didn’t part with enough. Need to revisit at the end of the summer. And need to part with some shoes, too. Wearing more flats these days.
    Consider joining us for our summer bucket list post on 06.21. If you are interested in joining us, please email me and I will add you to the email group for the link in code and graphic.

    • closetplayadmin

      Thank you for visiting, Leslie! I understand needing to move the planter around, but I know some herbs are happiest in lousy soil and hideous sun. Greek oregano and rosemary are the two that have taken over a piece of our planting bed. They also grey like mad at our house in southern Spain, so I know they’re hardy. I keep my basil in something easier to water and shelter from the sun… It’s tasty, but so tender. Not made for Georgia summers. (But then again neither am I!) I’ve been wearing more flats myself since I’m out for zero meetings. That’s the wardrobe gap I found… Now to figure out how best to fill it! When you revisit your closet at the end of summer, is that to ready for fall and get rid of summer pieces that no longer make the grade? I’m always up for a good Wardrobe Audit!

  • Lise

    What a gorgeous picture of flowers at the beginning of this post, the colors! I have been doing IF for over a year now and it really works for me. I am not always 100% strict but mostly. I agree that now if I eat later I don’t feel so good. Also very good for weight maintenance, and even for weight loss if one controls their kilojoule intake as well. I will continue to do it always. My windows are waiting for a spring clean, I have been waiting for the weather to improve and I think tomorrow is the day. AArrgh, no-ones favourite chore I think ..

    • closetplayadmin

      Thank you for coming by, Lise! Some days I love IF and others it makes me a very grumpy girl. (Not different than many things, I suppose!) Windows are not my favorites either… I usually wait until they are so horrible that even my husband can’t stand them, and then he gets frustrated and does them himself. (Shhhh… Don’t tell him that’s an actual strategy.)

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