2017 Summer Bucket List

I’ve been on summer vacation for the past almost month.  (May 26)  Some of the items have been completed or about to be completed.


Rochester, NY – I’ve already taken this trip.  I’ll start sharing blog posts about my trip as soon as my Berea, Kentucky trip blog posts are completed in late July.  I got to visit 3 of the 11 Finger Lakes, Letchworth State Park, and the Seneca Park Zoo.  I took over 1400 photos during the 6 days I was in the Rochester area.

Folly Beach, SC – Folly Beach is located about 20 minutes from Charleston.  My whole family – mother-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, niece, nephew plus my family are sharing a beach front home.  I’m so excited because it’s going to be the biggest one I’ve stayed at while there.

Toledo, Ohio / Louisville, Kentucky The boys have Boy Scouts camp in the Louisville area.  While they are gone, we plan to go up to Toledo so that we can see the Toledo Zoo.  That’s the only zoo we haven’t been to in Ohio.  During that same week, we will travel down to their camp for family night.  We might be taking them home from camp.

Hershey, PAWhile the boys at the Boy Scout camp, the Imaginative One will be turning 14.  So he and I are going to go visit Hershey to celebrate his birthday once he is back from camp.  He’s wanted to visit Hershey for 5 or so years.

Pittsburgh, PA – Labor Day would have been my sister’s birthday.  I’m going to go to Pittsburgh to celebrate her 40th birthday.  It was a special place for us.  We traveled there at least 5 times so it’s fitting to go there.


I have three items on my bucket list involving reading.  The first two help with the third.

#1 – I’m playing Cozy Mystery bingo on Goodreads.  This bingo has culinary themes.  You sign up to play bingo.  The moderator chooses teams.  Each team is given a bingo card.  Every week, you are given a new theme.  It is up to you to find a book that fits the theme.  Then you read the book and write a review on the book.  Once all members of the team read a book on a theme, you request a stamp.  Once a team gets five in a row they win the bingo.

#2 – I’m also reading through the cozies.  I have different themes that I need to find books that fit that theme.  Then I read the book and put it on my list.

  • – One from culinary (anything dealing with food: restaurants, baked goods, etc.) – On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery, #1) by Cleo Coyle
  • – One from animal related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.)
  • – One from craft related (any kind of hobbies – knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.)
  • – One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.)
  • – One from British cozy mysteries (example: Belinda Lawrence series)
  • – One career-based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.)
  • – One holiday based (set during any holiday – Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.)
  • – One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.) Banana Cream Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #21) by Joanne Fluke
  • – One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present) Murder in Little Italy (Gaslight Mystery, #8) by Victoria Thompson
  • – One is your choice! (freebie!) The Chocolate Falcon Fraud (A Chocoholic Mystery, #15) by JoAnna Carl

Again this is from Goodreads.

#3 – Complete the Adult reading program at my local library.  I’ve already read 6 books so far this summer.


I’m taking an online class about ADHD.  Fortunately for me it’s a self paced class.

I also have a seminar about Growth Mindset.  I’m excited about the seminar because it’s going to be the theme for next school year.


Get it clean in preparation for next school year.


I don’t have any real plans just yet.  However, once I’m done traveling, the boys and I will probably do some fun day trips around the area.  This year it’s going to be less than normal.

What is on your summer bucket list?

Have a magical day,

9 responses to “2017 Summer Bucket List”

  1. Staycations can be fun without all the packing and unpacking that goes with overseas travel. I like the idea of Cozy reads as well so I must check them out. Have a great summer!
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  2. Sheila @ Making the Most of Every Day Avatar
    Sheila @ Making the Most of Every Day

    I’ve never heard of a reading Bingo! How fun!!

    1. One of my coworkers got me started on it last year. It is fun.

  3. Hi there – popped in from the hop. I assume you know your blog header is pixelated?

  4. I love a good cozy mystery so read your bingo categories with interest.

  5. I’m intrigued by the book bingo too. I’ve never heard of that, but what a fun way to discover new books. Also, just this week I attended a discussion about Growth Mindset. Right now I have this quote on my whiteboard: I never lose…either I win or I learn. Good luck on your bucket list!


  6. Seems we are all fascinated with the reading Bingo. I would love to create something similar with children’s books. Might have to work on that this summer.
    Goodness, your traveling adventures sound spectacular. Especially the family beach trip. We have met up as a family several times at a beach house in Galveston. Great memories making every time.
    I feel a lot of pressure to get my house cleaned up before school starts again. I usually try to do a lot of heavy duty things like blinds and baseboards over spring break but this year we were in Lexington celebrating my mom’s 90th birthday. Much more important and fun! But my dust bunnies await me!
    Thank you so much for joining us for the bucket list post. Hope you will join in on the updates, first one 7/21. And we do Sentence a Day posts that we share on the first Thursday of each month. Holler, if you would like to join that, too!

  7. Dust and Doghair Avatar
    Dust and Doghair

    Hi Tracy!
    I was so excited to see you travel to Rochester! I’m guessing with 1400 pictures you really liked it.
    We are about an hour away from there so we visit that area very frequently. I hope you loved Letchworth, the Grand Canyon of the north east. If it was right after the rains, the falls must’ve been beautiful. It is one of our favorite destinations in the fall because the foliage colors are so spectacular!
    We are also big fans of HersheyPark… One of our treasured family stories comes from there… A wonderful place!
    Looking forward to reading more.

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