Summer Bucket List

by | Jul 2, 2020 | Reflections | 0 comments


Every summer  I create a bucket list, a list of things I want to do before the season is over.  I don’t know about you, but summer seems to fly by.  If I am not intentional about my time and really taking advantage of the season, then it goes by and I feel like I haven’t even started to enjoy it.

This year, because we moved and are temporarily living in an apartment, the 2020 summer bucket list is shorter.  It’s challenging when most of your stuff is in storage (like all your jam making pots and jars) and when you don’t have a yard (so limited access to fireflies, flowers and herbs).

Here is a summer bucket list from a few years ago:

1. Make homemade strawberry jam

2. Plant dinner plate dahlias

3. Plant a small herb garden

4. Watch fireworks on the evening of the 4th of July

5. Chase fireflies

6. Watch the sunset at least three times

7. Make smores

8. Go to a U-Pick Farm (I did this prior to making jam)

9. Attend an outdoor music concert

10.Go to a theatre show

11. Pack a picnic and go to a state park

12. Go to an outdoor farmers market at least twice



As you can see, the list can get long quickly.  There is no order of priority, just the order that I thought of each activity.  Sometimes the bucket  list includes places to visit such as a trip to Maine or even going to a specific beach. Sometimes it includes going to specific antique shows like Brimfield or Madison-Bouckeville. Sometimes it includes going to a county agricultural fair.

This year my list includes going on a picnic, watching the sunset, and going to a farmers market.  With the pandemic, this year I plan to limit travel. So, there will be no 2020 summer trips to Maine. Similarly, due to the pandemic, most fairs and antique shows have been canceled.

Still with the warmer weather and longer days, there is no shortage of summer activities here in New York.  You can still grill fresh vegetables outside.  You can still play croquet.  You can still roast marshmallows over an open fire.  You can still plant a garden.  You can visit a lake and go kayaking.  You can still go fishing. You can still pick wild blueberries.  You can still go bird watching.

So, I hope you will write down ten things that you want to do this summer. I hope you pursue them and in the process really soak up the fleeting season.  When you look back upon the summer of 2020, I hope you will remember it fondly.


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