Five For My Birthday: A Month-long Bucket List
In just under one month, I will complete my 71st circle around the sun, which means, as we count things, I turn 71 years of age. Yes, at my 40th birthday party, I thanked people for helping me celebrate the first third of my life. Who knows whether I make it to 120, but 71 birthdays is nothing to sneeze at. (And besides, that’s why I wear a mask in public these days.)
Normally we look at January 1st and make our resolutions for all we hope to achieve in the coming year. January 1st is an arbitrary date, and my world began on October 17th, so that is when I normally make my resolutions. Note that I keep them just as well as most people keep those made for the New Year. Still, it’s my way and I’m sticking to it.
That said, have I done everything I wanted to do since birthday number 70? Of course not. Then again, who of us has. The world of 2020 is definitely not the world of 2019, or any other previous year most of us have lived through. I wasn’t around for the great flu pandemic. Both my parents were alive as small children, but they’re not here now for me to rack their brains. My grandmother died in 1920, but as she had been an invalid for four years prior to her death, I doubt that it was the flu that killed her.
I’ve been sitting for most of the past few months. But as I look at the next four weeks, there are things I would like to check off my lists. Here, in no particular order, are the things I want to get done before the next birthday. Five for my birthday: a month-long bucket list.
Item One: Writing
As I wrote yesterday, writing is critical to my health. Yes, my first love is reading, but writing comes close to second place. I will set time aside each day to write. That does not mean that I will be adding a new blog post every day, but I intend to write as much as my time allows. And since I am my own boss, I really have no excuse, do I. There will be days when I need to be away from home, and for most of the day. I hope you’ll exuse me on those days. And I hope you’ll miss my posts.
Item Two: Photography
Yes, I’m a photographer. I mentioned that yesterday as well, and I’m sure any of my readers are well aware of the time I spend behind the camera. But with little travel thanks to the health crisis, and poor views due to the heavy smoke in the air, I haven’t been putting in the time I should devote to my photography. I promise to do better, both with taking new photographs, and with adding some of the old favorites to my online galleries. If you haven’t looked at them, here are the links:
Item Three: Books
I catalog my books. When we first moved here, I brought boxes of books into the new library and as I put books on the shelves, I added them to my catalog at Librarything. To date I have catalogued 4,345 books. Books in English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Finnish. What can I say, I love books I worked my way through a PhD in French Literature solely on the basis of loving to read. If you’d like to see just what I have in my library, you can do that too at LibraryThing.
Now most of my new book purchases are ebooks for my Kindle readers. But in the move, many boxes did not get brought into the house. With the help of Tim, we have begun organizing the storage shed and the garage. That means more boxes of books are turning up. I will spend time over the next month cataloguing the books still in boxes. Tim is building me new bookcases, so most of those books will remain in boxes, but at least I’ll know which box to look in when I want to find Greg Herren, for instance.
Item Four: Kitchen Work
My regular readers know I love to cook and bake. Even that has been put on hold the past month or so. I did make up a batch of freezer blackberry jam using the beautiful large blackberries off our vines. This is the first year that our blackberries have produced any fruit, and I made up 9 half pints of jam. Believe me, it’s glorious, especially on home-made bread. I also made up a batch of pretzels the other day, but we ate them all. I guess that means I need to make more. And of course there are all those recipes I’ve shared using my Instant Pot™ not to mention the recipes I’ve found and shared on my Recipe of the Day page. Haven’t updated that page for a long time, but I will do better.
Item Five: My Health
That’s what this is all about, isn’t it. I need to write for my own sanity and health. But I need to do other things as well. I haven’t been getting any exercise, and there really is no excuse. I have equipment to do both aerobic and weight resistance workouts. They are gathering dust. I need to dust them off, and spend time each day getting my body back into some kind of shape. Besides, that will help with getting my blood glucose levels back to some semblance of normal. I’m learning, belatedly, how I need to eat to wake with healthy blood glucose levels. Now I need to make sure my heart is as healthy as my blood. Keep watching and keep after me to live a better, healthier life.
So those are my Five for my Birthday: A Month-Long Bucket List. There are other things I’ll be doing as well, so don’t be surprised by what you see showing up on these pages. And please, please, please, comment on what I’ve written and let me know if there is anything you would like me to cover.