More Summer Bucket List ideas and books

Peach Tree Farms by Charles Wysocki


Dear Fellow Journalers,

Here are 10 more ideas for your journal:

  • Attend an outdoor concert. Many towns advertise these venues in early summer. Pack up a few snacks, your favorite beverage, lawn chair, jacket and Sun screen and relax!
  • Ride in a hot air balloon. Take yourself to new heights and see what the world looks like from a bird’s-eye-view. To afraid? Watch from below.
  • Visit or book a night in a tree house. My husband and I are fans of a tv show called Tree House Masters. Very skilled carpenters build absolutely stunning tree houses for clients. If you can’t find a tree house, go visit a lighthouse.
  • Go on a train ride. You don’t have to travel far – maybe just a few hours away. Some trains offer meals.
  • Adopt a pet from a shelter.
  • Work in a soup kitchen.
  • Go to your high school reunion. This can be a very good experience!
  • Go on a retreat. Most of you who have been followers of this blog know that I attend a retreat every year. You learn a lot about yourself when you slow down in solitude and evaluate what’s important in your life and where you are headed.
  • Go without the internet for a week or two.
  • Read a banned book. While “Lord of the flies” is definitely fits this category, did you know that “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer ‘s stone” was once banned also?

My book pics for the summer:

  1. “Beneath a scarlet sky” by Mark Sullivan
  2. ” George Washington’s Secret Six” by Brian Kilmeade
  3. “If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat” by John Ortberg
  4. “The Bridge” by Karen Kingsbury

Wishin’ to read:

  1. “Inner Hero Creative Art Journal” by Quinn McDonald
  2. “The Culper Ring” by Charles Rivers Editors
  3. ” Be in  tree house” by Pete Nelson

Have a great summer.



My Summer Bucket List

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Some of the things I’d like to do this summer:

  • Go to a Farmer’s Market. There are so many open-air markets in my state and I’ve never gone to one. Oh, I’ve bought pint-sized fresh berries at fruit stands in my time but I’ve never been to a market.
  • Pick my own berries.
  • Make S’mores. I used to make these at summer camp but I wonder can you make them at home without a fireplace?
  • Go somewhere I’ve never been. This might be a day trip to a nearby town or a new park in town.
  • Go to a drive-in movie. As far as I know, our state only has one of these.
  • Enjoy home-made margaritas and Bing-watch a favorite tv show.
  • Have a cookout.

Summer Reading List

     Just the idea of a summer reading list makes me smile. When I was in grade school, we were mandated to read one major book chosen by our teacher. We were encouraged to read as many books as possible. The librarians went a step further.They sponsored a Reading Contest for each grade. The child who read the most books (verified) won a prize. Determined to be the sixth grade winner, I read 100 books that summer!

My summer reading list journal is the one I use for our local book club. It contains a list of my favorite authors, books I’ve read, a synopsis of the content and a rating. I also put a date on the list.

Some of my favorite fiction authors are: Heather Burch, Amanda Cabot, Kay Cordell, Richard Paul Evans, Jessica Fletcher, Joanne Fluke, Miranda James, Karen Kingsbury, Debbie Macomber and Janette Oke.

Next week I’ll continue my bucket list and book sites.


Character quotes

Dear Fellow Journalers,

From the pages of 6 books, characters speak their minds. Enjoy.


“I am no bird, and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.”   from the book by Charlotte Bronte- Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

“In the end you should always do the right thing even if it’s hard.” from the book by Nicholas Sparks   –  The last song

The Last Song

“There is a curious thing that happens with the passage of time: a calcification of character… change isn’t always for the worst; the shell that forms around a piece of sand looks to some people like an irritation, and to others like a pearl.” from the book by Jodi Picoult  My Sister’s Keeper

My Sister's Keeper

“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.”  from the book by Anne Morrow Lindbergh –

The Gift of the Sea

Gift from The Sea

Gift from The Sea

“It is in the dark times that the light of friendship shines brightest.” from the book by Richard Paul Evans – The Walk

The Walk

“It is our choices, Harry, that show us who we really are, far more than our abilities.” from the book by J.K. Rowling  – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Chamber of Secrets



My favorite quotes from books

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The following excerpts are from 4 of my favorite books of 2015. Please send me yours before the end of the month to include them in an interactive blog post!

“Help comes in all kinds of packages.”  The 13th Gift


“Forgiveness – mercy seems to me the most beautiful thing on earth.”

  Against Wind and Tide


“Truth stands outside of time.”  The Chance


” You are creative, and making art is how you think, plan and explore your emotions.”  Inner Hero, Create Art Journal


”   it is not by knowledge that we make our journeys but by hope and faith: hope that our walk will be worthy of our steps and faith that we are going somewhere. And only when we come to the end of our journey do we truly understand that every step of the way we were walking on water.”             Walking on Water

Books remain the same

Dear Fellow Journalers,



Reading a book – in any way that thrills you – is an experience. There are books from my childhood “Anne of Green Gables” and “Little House on the Prairie” for instance, that I have saved and yes, I admit have re-read many times. On the other hand, there have been books that I had to force myself to finish – “War and Peace” in high school and a few years ago “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and that was before I was introduced to the “40 page rule.”

There are books in practically every room in our home. There are craft books in my craft room (did you even doubt that fact?)  and history books in our den. Our bedroom has book shelves of books we can’t bear to part with.

Lately, it seems that I have been re-reading books I loved and hated  years ago. Books I thought were complex or very philosophical, suddenly seemed less so. Books I though had no meaning for me, turned out to be treasures.

The reality of this phenomena is that the books haven’t changed. The words are still the same. What changed was me, the reader. My life experiences changed and so did my enjoyment of the books. I’m glad I started a Reading Journal because now I can finally figure out why I kept a dog-eared, cover almost destroyed copy of “Gone with the Wind.”

‘Til next time,


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