Bucket List {Tuesday Ten}

When I was diagnosed with cancer back in my 20’s, I never even thought to write a bucket list. I wasn’t planning on dying, and there were still plenty of things I wanted to do…but I never wrote them down. Eighteen years later I’ve done so many things that I’m sure wouldn’t have even made my bucket list. I went on a zip line, drove from Chicago to Yellowstone, have been published, and HAD KIDS! Life is pretty amazing sometimes, and I’ve been very blessed.

However, there are still some things that I haven’t done, and would love to do someday! Let’s see if I can come up with ten things on my bucket list for Lisa and Rabia‘s Tuesday Ten.

  1. I have been to a lot of National Parks, but I would like to visit even more! On our last trip to the Southwest we weren’t able to go to the National Parks in Utah like Arches and Bryce Canyon. I really want to go, and I think this will happen some day because Ed is a National Park fanatic. He’s turning me into one, too!
  2. Ed and I drove to Yellowstone before we had kids. I want to drive there with Lily and Emmy, and stop at all the cool places between here and there! Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, and Devil’s Tower are on that list!Grand Canyon
  3. I have had a short story in three different anthologies. Wouldn’t it be marvelous if I could write a whole book on my own and have it published? I’ve been thinking about this for a couple of years now, and need to get writing!
  4. I want to knit a scarf. Really, truly, and for sure. I know how to knit and I enjoy it, but I haven’t finished anything more than a doll blanket for Lily.
  5. Speaking of unfinished projects, I want to finish sewing my quilt. I know I’ve mentioned this a few times…maybe I need to stop writing about it and get out the sewing machine.
  6. Take voice lessons again. I was taking voice lessons last spring, but then my wonderful teacher moved to Florida. I haven’t really looked for a new teacher yet.
  7. Make pie like my mom. She made a killer pie crust. Oh, yes, it sounds easy, but her crust was the flakiest and most tender crust I have ever had. Nothing from a restaurant or store comes even close to her pie crust. My own crust is too thick, and I work with it too much. I haven’t developed that pie crust touch yet. I think I will have to practice my pie making skills this Thanksgiving.
  8. Send my children to college, preferably with blogging money. Highly unlikely, but I can always dream, can’t I?
  9. Ride a horse for real, not just a rental horse that goes on a path.
  10. Travel to Paris and visit the Louvre. I’m not sure I’m going to take Ed with me on this trip. He may not have the patience to look at all that art!

What’s on your bucket list?

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I’ve lost that lovin’ feeling for Fall {Tuesday Ten}

front of combine

After last year’s long, cold and snowy winter, I hardly want to think about Fall. This is not like me; I love how the seasons change in the Midwest. So maybe listing my favorite things about Fall for Lisa and Rabia’s Tuesday Ten will help me love Fall again.

1. I love pumpkins. Going to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkins is so fun. Carving pumpkins, roasting the seeds, making pumpkin bars–all such a fun part of Fall. Unfortunately, the squirrels at my house love pumpkins, too, and as soon as I put a pumpkin on the porch, the squirrels start snacking on it. (Side note: I don’t like the pumpkin spice latte from a certain popular coffee shop that most suburban moms seem to go nuts over.)

2. Being able to wear my comfy, gray sweater. It’s started to show its age, but I love slipping into my sweater every fall!

3. Using my crock pot. I love having a meal ready and waiting for me at dinner time! You’ll be surprised at what I found in my purse in the vlog below.

4. I love walking through the dry leaves and crunching them with my feet!

5. Watching corn get harvested. Last Fall, I was able to ride a combine. It was such a fun ride as part of my experience as a Field Mom!

After my ride in a combine harvesting field corn

Instead of writing 5 more things I love about Fall, I’d love to have you visit an article I wrote on my experience as a Field Mom at Watch Us Grow, the Illinois Farm Families website. I’m one of IFF’s new Field Mom Ambassadors! If you are interested in the program and live in the Chicago area, you can apply to be a 2015 City Mom! Even if you’re not in the Chicago area, you can see me getting licked by a calf over at Watch Us Grow.

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