It’s that time of year – in the with new Bucket List, out with the old. Let’s recap last years list (2019 link) and see how I did.
Add More Books to my Library: I added some, but not as many as the year before. Bookoutlet to the rescue again on Cyber Monday. There’s nothing quite like receiving a big box of books in the mail.
I didn’t buy a new bookcase, just removed the glass doors from the old one which made a big difference. (B as in Bargains, for the big Rotary Book sale is coming up in January).
Start Writing Murder Mystery: Well I started – but I didn’t continue. I wrote a rough outline during two snowstorms last winter, but it was soon abandoned because my plot was too cliché and I didn’t like my protagonists enough to want to spent a lot of time with them. Maybe a short story? Maybe a Christmas short story? Thus giving me 11 months to procrastinate…. (A because I started).
Renovate Kitchen: done and dusted, but more work than I expected. See Once Upon a Kitchen Reno link. (A plus because it went smoothly and I was happy with the end result).
Spend Money on Experiences versus Stuff: Tickets for everything seem to have escalated in price, so I decided to reassign the money saved from not having to pay my annual license fees to this cause. While I did do a few more things that I wouldn’t have ordinarily (Harvestfest Supper), summer theatre, the majority of the money set aside for such fun endeavors went to the electrician, who I’m sure had fun buying a new guitar for his rock band. PS. I was good at staying out of the dollar store however, except for a few new things for my kitchen cupboard. (C for effort, but needs more work/fun).
Walk Every Day for Thirty Minutes: Who am I kidding? I failed dismally at this. It was either too hot, too cold, or too rainy. The worst wackiest weather year ever. This will be put back on this years list, as Santa brought me a warmer down-filled parka. (D minus). (edited to add: maybe I can return it -the weather has been downright balmy lately).
Host Virtual Literary Salon: This was fun and gave me a good excuse to write about books I have read recently and some older ones which made an impression on me. (see The Literary Salon under Books on my homepage for a list of the books I reviewed.) (A)
Eat More Low-Fat: get some new cookbooks and experiment with low-fat recipes – motivated by the gallbladder issues of a family member and the massive heart attack of a colleague younger than me. Making a few changes in my diet (eliminating salty snack foods and cutting down on desserts) has already made a big difference, especially in my energy level.
Exercise: maybe try something indoors like water aerobics, but then I’d have to go from the warm water into the cold air? I really need to think about this some more…
Home Renovations: redo bathroom floor (I already have the ceramic tiles, an end of the roll lot, just need to find an installer) and new window treatments (shutters or blinds?) for the two big front windows currently adorned with heavy gold drapes and pull strings. For anyone who remembers my harvest gold dishwasher, these drapes are equally ancient. They provide privacy and are in good shape but are ugly as hell, so neither Maria VonTrapp nor Scarlett O’Hara will be recycling these relics.
Buy a new camera: I’m still taking pictures with my 2005 digital camera – yes, it’s a teenager at fifteen years and like most teenagers the zoom lens is temperamental. I’ve done a fair bit of camera research, and initially wanted one which had both the LCD screen and the old-fashioned viewer lens for framing on sunny days, but it’s impossible to find one that’s not too big or too complicated, so I will probably settle for a good old Cannon point and shoot as I’m lazy when it comes to learning new technology. There’s always the cell phone camera….
Hold A Giant Garage Sale: (early June) once I get all that leftover kitchen stuff sorted out from the dungeon where I dumped it last summer.
Clean out Clothes Closets: add to garage sale. I don’t know if people have any luck selling clothes at garage sales, but when I took a pile of perfectly cute though itchy wool sweaters to the vintage store, the owner said they would sell better at a garage sale than anything he could offer me ($6 for three sweaters), so back home they went.
Sign up for Netflix: Maybe……I watch very little TV now, and am afraid I’ll be sucked into the vortex of wasting hours watching mindless shows I would otherwise never have heard of. Maybe Brit box instead? Any advice?
Write Shorter Blogs: “Yea, good luck with that.” (What’d mean, it was only 800 words?)
Happy New Years!