Stuff I never thought of!

Dear Fellow Journalers,

When compiling a list of what to do this summer, I came across this list!  You will definitely find something here to do.



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.


Summer Bucket List and Reading List

Dear Fellow Journalers,

It’s May in New England! Finally “Mother Nature” has un-clenched her tight rein on winter weather and released warmer temperatures, beautiful flowers and longer hours of Sun. In my “neck of the woods” our furnace was still on a few days ago.

With all this talk of warmer days, I started thinking about a Summer Bucket List.  What did I want to do? Did I want to travel ? So, I dug out my Bucket List Journal and decided to add some things to do in the coming summer months. I’ll be sharing some of these with you over the coming months and of course, if YOU want to add some of your own ideas please let me know.

One thing I intend to do also is to read more books. I found a fan fiction site a few weeks ago ( something I never knew existed) and have become addicted. I really need to get back to my favorite  novels. My picks for summer reading will be included in future posts. So, sit back, grab a cold beverage and dream!



Thanks for the memories.

Dear Fellow Journalers,

As a blog writer, I am always looking for articles and/or videos that will help me bring a story to light. Every so often, after I have wrapped up the month’s posts about a certain type journal, a surprise article will pop up and I must decide whether to incorporate it into the month or save it for another time. The ideas in this article are really timely and so I have decided to give you a bonus post this week. It’s from an article that was published on 9/1/95 in Woman’s Day Magazine.

Making a family memory is a precious thing and often doesn’t cost a thing. The women who shared these ideas were mothers and grandparents from all different backgrounds and places. There are 24 memory builders in all.

  1. Annual Date. There was a movie that came out a number of years ago that starred Alan Alda (MASH) that was called Same time next year. It was about a couple that met once a year at the same time. The viewer got to see them age and the topics of conversation change over time. This tip actually centers around your child and a once-a-year event that is special and specific to them. When I was growing up, my Grandmother would take me on a train trip to New York City every year on a day near my birthday. We would go to the circus or to see a play. Afterwards we would go to a restaurant called Schrafts for ice cream sundaes. I really cherished those memories and hoped that when I was a grandmother I could do something similar with my grandchildren.

  2. Storytime. Turn this nightly ritual into something special. Have your child pick the book and then take turns reading the chapters aloud, complete with sound effects!

  3. Memory quilt. A woman in California asked her relatives to write their names and a special message to her children on two squares of fabric which she gave them. Once she had enough squares, she made a quilt for her son and daughter.

  4. Good sports. Although we are busy parents, try to view the games your children are in. One father goes one step further. He takes his son to watch season games of his favorite team.

  5. Make mealtime special. Share one night with your family with no cell phones.

  6. Dinner on them. Once a week have the children plan and cook a family meal.

  7. Take up a collection. Remember when Mary Beth and her family collected items for their time capsule?

  8. Take a child to work day. Pick a slow day and assign them a task like copying or filing. Don’t forget that special lunch.

  9. Take a special trip to your hometown or have their grandparents tell stories about you when you were their age.

  10. Family cookbook. Pick out recipes that your family loves and write them down.One mother did this and gave it to her daughter when she was married.

  11. P.J. Day. Pick a day when everyone stays in their sleepwear all day and you enjoy family games. We used to turn off the lights and pretend that there was a power outage. We would sit in the dark and play “flash light tag” and tell ghost stories.

  12. Find a goofy raffle stuffed animal and display it in all parts of your house. First person to spot it, gets to watch a tv show of their choice.

  13. Make a special cakes for your family member. Write a letter to them each year.

  14. Christmas tree ornaments. Buy a special ornament each year for your children. One parent kept them separate and gave the whole box to her son when he was married.

  15. Postcards. Instead of taking pictures, this one family bought postcards from everywhere their family went on vacation. They would date them and keep them in a family scrapbook.

  16. Baby Box. One mother keeps the dress her daughter wore on her first trip home from the hospital.

  17. Keep a diary. One family took a trip to a distant state for a family vacation. Each child kept a diary of the event.

  18. Keep the school pictures!

  19. Video-Go-Round – start a family video with the latest “news” then send it on to another family member with instructions to keep sending it on until it arrives back with you.

  20. Collect some pictures or stories from the children that were written in school. Shared memories are the best.

  21. Take lots of pictures of the children during the year. Be sure to label how old they were and the event.

  22. Find a cause you believe in and give back. One family has a Christmas jar which they use to deposit their change in during the year. They pick a charity in January and contribute all year-long.

  23. Plan a home improvement project and have everyone participate.

  24. Enjoy the little things a walk in the park, a trip to get ice cream etc.

So these are only 24 tips. I bet you’ve come up with a few more!


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