Bucket Lists

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Usually, when one hears the words ‘Bucket List’, they usually think of the movie that came out in 2007, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. They also think about a handwritten list of things to do before one dies. That is what the movie is all about, accomplishing feats, dreams, wishes, adventures, or whatever it is that you want to accomplish before you “kick the bucket”.

After I saw the movie I contemplated making such a list for myself. I had already done several things that would’ve been on the list, had I had one. The very first on my bucket list would have been to go to Rome and eat pasta, drink wine, see the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel. I have already done all of that, although I would love to go back and spend more time sight seeing since I didn’t have that much when I first visited Rome.

A few years ago I actually started writing my bucket list. So far, I have crossed off things such as, learn to snowboard, learn to surf, go to Disney World, become a published author, and become a mom. Those really aren’t outrageous requests I’ve made for myself, but I’ve been happy to have been able to cross them off my list, especially when I became a mom. I waited until I was 30 years old, whereas many women have children much earlier in their life. I had done four years in the navy, which allowed me the chance to travel the world. I had traveled around the US and had moved around a little bit (from Arkansas to Colorado, then to Oklahoma). I had gone to college and obtained my associates degree in Aviation Airframe, then worked in aviation for a few years. That’s when I felt that my life was incomplete. Even though I became a single mom before I had my daughter, I wouldn’t trade being a mom for anything in the world.

I still have quite a few things on my list, but won’t disclose any of them until I’ve crossed them off. Do you have a bucket list? If so, what have you crossed off your list?

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One Word Photo Challenge: Peach

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Here’s a little bit of knowledge to go along with this weeks ‘One Word Photo Challenge’: Peaches are originally from China, but the nutritious fruit became popular, spreading throughout the world through the trade routes. They’re low in calories and contain no saturated fats. They do contain a lot of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, such as potassium, fluoride, iron, lutein, Vitamin-A, B-Carotene, Vitamin-C, just to name a few.

 

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Peaches are one of mine and my daughter’s favorite fruit.

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

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My daughter seems to love heights and always finds the need to climb on top of things. I’m guessing when she’s looking down from where she’s climbs up to, she must feel as if she’s on top of the world.

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She on top of the slide, looking out at the traffic on the road nearby.
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On top of a play house at the pumpkin patch.

National Library Week – Blogging From A to Z Challenge

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This week is National Library Week. This is the time to take the opportunity to thank your local librarian or to have your community become involved in your local library. I grew up two doors down from a library, so I’ve spent many, many days curled up in a corner of the library, with my nose in a book, capturing an imaginative moment with each page I turned. My librarian, Mrs. Zoch, who has since passed away, would help me find the perfect book to captivate my attention. I’m deeply thankful to her in helping me get to where I am today. Because of her, I found a love for books. And because of that, I have become a published author for children. I find the use of imagination helpful in creative thinking.

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Literacy is an important tool in a person’s life. It helps in our advancement in the workplace. It helps us obtain the right jobs for us. As a blooming anthropologist, I’ll be spending many hours in a library, amongst the research materials, trying to uncover the mystery behind whatever group of people I’ll be writing about. Libraries play a crucial role in my job. For years I’ve been working on my genealogy and have noticed that everything isn’t found on the internet. I spent an entire day on vacation, researching my genealogy at a library in Georgia. They have a room that is specifically for ancestry.

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I stared into the library from the doorway and was captivated by the numerous shelves full of records, books, journals, newspapers, and other items, as well as several shelves full of film. None of these items would be found on the internet. After several roles of film, then thumbing through a few records, I found some important documents on a couple of my grandparents. I had searched for years on the internet for these documents, only to find them from taking a trip to Georgia from Arkansas. I actually went to Georgia to visit with my sister and some cousins of ours, but once I learned about the library in Macon, Georgia, I had to make a trip.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

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The Monument to Christ in Lisbon, Portugal, was built in 1959, giving thanks to God for sparing Portugal during WWII. I had the chance to visit the monument and was quite in awe of it.

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Machine Show – Blogging From A to Z Challenge

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During the Spring, Summer, and Autumn months, my daughter and I usually take a drive on the weekends, ending up at some destination where a civil war re-enactment, historical event, or any type of festival that is occurring. This past weekend, we ended up in Sheridan, Arkansas, stumbling upon their 22nd Annual Antique Machine and Tractor Show. I decided to drive a few miles down the road to pick up my nephew and have him join us.

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My daughter was in awe of the many tractors lined up around the courthouse square. Then she saw a train, set up with a passenger car and caboose and immediately wanted to get on it. It was a very windy day, so they weren’t able to set up the inflatables, but they did have a few other activities set up for children. I let the kids play for a little while, then we walked around the square, looking at all the tractors and machines and as well as a few antique cars. They had a few booths set up with knick knacks, crafts, jewelry, clothes, shoes, and home made baked goodies.

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We followed our tractor tour with a trip to a few antique shops adjacent from the courthouse square. It didn’t take too long for the kids to become bored and for me to notice just how warm it was outside. We headed back to my sister’s house where we grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

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A few pictures of the Vatican to share with you all. Please excuse the time stamps on the photos. At one point I was using a regular film camera until I dropped it on the ground while visiting Rome. I borrowed someone’s digital camera so that I could continue taking pictures. I’m glad I did, as I got quite a lot of great pictures.ImageImageImageImage