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Monday, January 20, 2020

Winter Bucket List Update - January

I started my Winter Bucket List in late December so now is time for an update! I've made a few modifications but it still is pretty much the same categories and ideas.

PERSONAL

Clothes:
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      1. Follow a quarterly shopping list and 20 in 2020 limit on clothing purchases -  I've only bought one item so far as I replaced my watch that stopped working.

Health/Medical:

·     2. Have a massage every month - This may be the best goal ever and I had one in January.
      3. Exercise more and more regularly - Slowly getting better
      4. Consultation & decision/action plan for gum issue - not yet; will talk to dentist again in February.
·     5. Research best treatment for stiff thoracic spine, neck hump and prolapse; add to exercise routine - Not yet but my stretching DVD does address the thoracic spine issue - now to just do it daily.

Enrichment/Learning

6. Set vacation plans & dates - San Antonio + day trip(s) - We are now thinking about Fall
7. Read with a learning plan - Complete ESO Torch level (relates to a program of my women's club) - I read 3 books that apply and a bunch that don't.
·     8. Take at least one class each quarter  - I didn't see any OLLI classes I wanted to take but am in the midst of an online FutureLearn course on History of the Book in the Early Modern Period (1450-1800) through Trinity College, Ireland
      9. Explore at least one new area/attraction in Ventura County each month - That scenic drive took us  through part of the Santa Monica Mountains National/State Park that I hadn't seen before
10. Become a local live theater, music and art opening patron - Not yet

OTHER PEOPLE

Family

11. See local son and DIL at least 2 times - We went to the Rose Parade and had brunch at their house. My son is coming over this Saturday to have his belated birthday lunch with me so we can have 1 on 1 time.
12. Facetime and/or send granddaughter mail every 2 weeks – I sent her a funny card & bug stickers.
13. Visit Berkeley family - We have planned a visit for February 13-18
14. Have monthly phone conversations with brother - I had a nice long call with him.
·     15. Write cousins and connect with nieces/nephews quarterly - Caught up with my oldest nephew via Facebook messaging 
      16. Date night/activity every other week - We went out for a happy hour dinner and also went for a scenic drive
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      Friends

17. Initiate one small group/one-on-one social activity monthly – Had lunch with a friend
18. Host at least one social event in our home for friends and/or family - We are hosting a dinner party for 18 on Feb 1

Volunteering/Donating
19. Decide on gifting and donations for year & make them - We made our decisions and so far have given to my Women’s Club scholarship fund and our local Friends of the Library

MONEY & HOME MANAGEMENT

Money 

20. Start minimum required withdrawals from 401K – the law changed so now will start in 2021

House Repairs/Maintenance

21. Guest bath grab bars - installed
22. Carpet cleaned - Still need to schedule
23. Windows repaired – Need to get an estimate
24. Shower drain fixed - Haven't found a simple solution yet



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10 comments:

  1. You are so organized and dedicated to your plan. I'm impressed with how much progress you've made in you bucket list and it's only January!

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    1. Isn't that the truth! This is the most challenging time of the year for me to stay motivated. This list is an inspiration.

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  2. A dinner party for 18 . . . wow, when you go, you go big! I love to host gatherings, but eight is pretty much my limit because I have this thing about everything being made from scratch. Hopefully you are utilizing some outside assistance?

    BTW- our best friends attend the same OLLI that you do. How fun if you've actually met and didnt realize!

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    1. I wonder if we have met! 18 was unintentional as I was sure some would be busy LOL. I am doing a buffet, have picked an Italian theme and everything can be made ahead. Just stick a few things in the oven or on the stove at the end. My son and DIL had 24 for brunch New Year's Day in a home less than half the size of ours so I'm sure we can pull it off. The grocery list is the biggest hurdle right now. On to making sure I have cooking, serving and eating dishes next.

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  3. That sounds like a detailed but doable list. You go girl. The future is yours.

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  4. Great job on that winter bucket list. You are really getting things completed.

    God bless.

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  5. You've been busy this winter! I'm impressed. It sounds like you've had lots of connection with family. I love it. Good luck on all of your other goals as well. Happy winter!

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  6. I should have put massages on my list!! Then I would have to find a way to get them. Aren't they heavenly?

    Sounds like you have lots of your activities planned out. Glad you had a good conversation with your brother, celebrated your son's birthday one-on-one and got a goody sent out to your granddaughter. I keep thinking I should buy Valentine's for my oldest granddaughter so she can start filling them out. Somehow that is quite a chore at their house. Thanks for linking up with me.

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    1. Just read your list and like how you left "chores" out of it!

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  7. A dinner party for 18 sounds fun; a lot of work but fun work. I've been talking about hosting more parties/ get togethers lately too.

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