Musings & Miscellany

Summer Bucket List

Happy day, dear reader!

If you are somewhere cool, I envy you! We are in the midst of a ridiculous heat wave… It’s been hovering at or about 100 degrees (38 for those of you not in the US) for the better part of a week. Moving my mother’s car in the driveway today so that everyone else can park felt like being shut in an oven. Especially since she doesn’t put up the window shade! With last weekend being Memorial Day weekend here in the US, and the official kick off of summer vacation season, it seemed like a good time to tackle my Summer Bucket List.

If you want to read about my Spring Bucket List and how it went, you can catch up with it here! I am hoping to carry some of the healthier habits into summer, like continuing to progress on my Couch to 5K, but summer seems a good time for some Bucket List items that feel more vacation-y, so that’s where my focus lies this season!

1. Try New Restaurants

Hubby and I have decided that we are in a restaurant rut. We do not eat out often, maybe once every month or six weeks, but we often go to the same places at which we’ve eaten previously. That’s just lovely if you have a hankering for something familiar, but there are oodles of restaurants we’ve yet to try. We’ve resolved to try a new restaurant each month for the next three. I could see this becoming a habit…

2. Schedule Off-Days Twice Weekly

Spring’s Bucket item to schedule dates with my sons had me reevaluating how, and with whom I want to spend my time. I concluded that I must schedule days off. When you work for yourself, and much of that from home, it’s far too easy to chase your tail and work absolutely every day, all day. I’m also pondering changing my blogging schedule from three times a week to twice a week over summer, to take some of the pressure off and have more time with my grands while they are on summer break.

3. Summer Break

Although I blew our opportunity for a last trip to the Mermaid House, we might still manage a little getaway somewhere, or at least a staycation! I want to schedule an entire week where Closet Play Image takes a vaycay. That’s right. No blogging, no Facebook, no Instagram. I’m not sure how that will go, but a week off and the resulting social media detox would be a very healthy thing!

4. Keep Plants Alive

This may sound foolish, but if you knew my track record with outdoor plants (other than tomatoes), you’d know this was a big one! A few weekends ago, we spent some time out on the back patio, getting it spruced up for summer. I realized that I really wanted some growing things out there, but that keeping them alive would require a serious commitment on my part. I have added watering the containers to my morning routine, and taking my breakfast outside before the temperatures get blistering is a lovely way to start the day!

5. Eat More Fruits and Veggies

None of my outdoor plants are fruits and veggies this year, but I have some herbs out there. This should be an easy enough Bucket List item to accomplish as it is what our family jokingly refers to as “salad season.” We will roast some veggies on the weekend and prep so meats so that we can eat salads most of the week long for dinner since I don’t have any interest in heating up the kitchen in the worst of the day. One summer our sons accused us of trying to turn them into rabbits. So let the rabbit-food-ing begin!

So what do you think? Are you ready for a seasonal bucket list? What might you choose for your coming season,be it summer or winter? Will the world come to an end if I only blog twice weekly? (Don’t worry, I don’t actually take myself that seriously!) Stay tuned for answers to these and other questions… And please comment with your answers! I do so love to hear from you!

Stylishly yours,


  • Leslie Susan Clingan

    Keep plants alive could easily be on all of my bucket lists. I can kill them every season! Even cacti and succulents. Poor things.

    It is important when you work for yourself, and often from home, to pencil in down time. When I was still working, I brought home hours of work each night that I delighted in. Truly delighted in. But it wasn’t fair to family. I just always thought maybe I would get caught up – or better, AHEAD!!

    We are eating better and more intentionally these days. Weight Watchers. And the scales are celebrating our improvements. Yay! Almost down to my fighting weight!

    • closetplayadmin

      We must be soul-sisters! I used to have good luck with tomatoes, though… Nothing else. Maybe my luck is changing?

    • closetplayadmin

      I loved your list, Dee! Sometimes we overcomplicate things; you kept yours short, sweet, and simple! I can use more of that… Thank you for the visit! Can’t wait to hear about your progress!

    • closetplayadmin

      Thank you, Christie, for the visit, AND the kind words! God-willing, I’ll have some pictures of still living plants to put in July’s bucket list update post!

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