Java Talk: Your Bucket List


Lots of folks have a bucket list. I've never made one. So I'm just thinking of things off the top of my head. I'm not much of a traveler, so I don't really care to do that. 

I have always wanted to see New England in the fall. Watch the leaves in all their glory. If I went some place, it would probably be Vermont, when the leaves were at their peak. 

I'd like to see my grandchildren grow up and graduate from college. I imagine most grandmothers want that. 

I'd like some answers to some questions, but I think everyone who could answer them are long dead. So that's a moot point. 

But I know some of you MUST have bucket lists. What's on yours?

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  1. I've never made a bucket list before. i've thought about things I'd like to do in my lifetime so maybe I have a mental bucket list. I want to go to some caribean island some time. I've never been anywhere like that. I've been reminding my husband that our 30th wedding anniversary will be here in about a year and a half, so maybe then. I would like to have grandchildren one day. Still too early for that, but I look forward to that when it happens. I'll probably be very old and grey by the time that happens though since my oldest has no plans of marrying any time soon and isn't even in a relationship. I look forward to moving into a new house eventually too. the one we currently live in isn't suitable for old people. We;ll have to move before then. LOL!

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    1. You'll certainly need less stairs, Kelly! You don't want to fall for sure. A trip to the Caribbean would be a nice 30th anniversary present to give yourselves.

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    2. Kelly,
      You really want to go to the Caribbean?
      Make those reservations today.
      After 30 years your husband should be about ready to have a nice holiday with you.
      What are you waiting for, girl? Go for it.
      btw, find that house and tell him when and where he's moving.......
      I got myself named social secretary and my sweetie just does as I say about plans. Works well, I gotta tell you. I just take into account what he does and doesn;t like to do and we have great times.

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  2. I just recently started my bucket list. Don't think 68 is too old for one, just have less time to accomplish everything. I want to eat a lobster roll when I visit New England. I want to tandem parachute, and swim with dolphins. The list is a work in progress ( kinda like me ), so I'll have lots more to add in the upcoming years.

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    1. Swimming with dolphins definitely appeals to me too!

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  3. I have a 'in my head' bucket list. Going to Paris was at the top and since I have now done that I need to move on. I need to think about it some more I guess!

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    1. Yes, your daughter made sure of that, didn't she? Well, I guess you'll have to think up some more!

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  4. Good morning. I don't really have a bucket list either, but there are a couple of things I've always wanted to do. For starters, I've always wanted to take a hot air balloon ride. The idea of floating in the sky sounds exhilarating . Secondly, I've always wanted to travel to Turks and Caicos. I've read that the beaches there are so white and the waters are so blue. Sounds like heaven to me. Of course, I've always been a beach person. Finally, I've always wanted to travel to Israel. I do a lot of hiking because it helps keep me sane, and I recently found out about a hiking tour in Israel called the Jesus Trail. It's a 65-kilometer trek, which I've never walked that far before, but I'd like to try it. It sounds interesting.

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    2. Well, let's go to T&C, Tammy! We can sit on the beach talking, listening to those ocean waves and, hopefully, all our stresses will just melt away. Again, like you, I haven't been to the beach in years either. Would love go to Tybee Island, or Hilton Head, or Folly Beach outside of Charleston, SC. I lived in Charleston for years and would go to Folly Beach just about every day. Wish I could move back there. Both of my children are grown, Tammy, but neither want to marry. Sometimes, I wish I made that decision, but I wouldn't have had my babies, so it's all good. You take care yourself, Tammy.

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  5. definately- Vermont in the fall for me too... In fact, moving there would be a dream come true.

    In December for my birthday I'm finally getting an adult trycicle:) yep you read that right. I've wanted one for several years and this year is gonna be it. Theres a large basket on the back so I can halter Buffy in it and around the community we go... I am sooooooooo lookin forward to it.

    Other than those 2 things I'm pretty content with my life and that was something that's been on my bucket list since early childhood- Being Content..

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    1. Well, I didn't know they made adult tricycles! Makes sense though. I definitely want your daughter to take a photo of you on it for me.

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  6. Hi Brenda, I am like you I don't really have a bucket list but there are some things I would like to see or do before my time on this earth is complete. I am not much of a traveler. But I would like to see Washington DC, and New York City. I too want to see my Grandchildren grow to adults and I want to see my great-Grandchildren. I want to be able to leave my children and grandchildren with memories of me. I don't want them to ever forget me and to pass my memory down through the generations. I want to have my life history written to give them, so there is no mistake that they know how I felt, and how I dealt with life all the ups and downs. And most of all I want them to know how much I loved them, and the Savior. I guess to some that may seem boring, but to me it is important. If I never do another thing, I want my children and my posterity, to know that I lived, and I loved, and I cared deeply. Thanks for the chance to express my Bucket List. Hugs to you my friend, Karie

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    1. Well, it sounds like a great list to me! Most of the time, those that come long after us have no idea "who" we were.

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  7. I want to go to Alaska and see bears in their natural environment. I want to see a bald eagle...I can go to Washington state to see those. I want to go to Tahiti and swim nude. And I want to learn how to paddle board.

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    1. Laura, I hope you do all these things! You're going to be busy.

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  8. I'm like many here, I've never written down my bucket list but I do have a mental one although it is a short one. One trip that I want for sure is to see all of New England in the Fall. Hoping to have that trip next year for our 25th anniversary. I would love a trip around Europe but would be happy to just be able to take six months to a year to travel the USA when we retire in a few years. We are working hard to make that one happen.

    Other than that I don't really want or dream of a lot. I just want to get out of TEXAS! That has to be at the top of the list. It's simply because of the weather and nothing more. The heat here in San Antonio is just unbearable through the Summer and you just don't see the four seasons. That's just so depressing for myself and my husband. We miss the Spring and Fall and even Winter of the places we've lived before. We more than likely will end up back on the West Coast probably in Washington or Oregon.

    So getting out of Texas and just being healthy along with my husband is all that I need.

    Have a blessed day!

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    1. And I left TX and came to OK and now I want to go to the West Coast too! The humidity here is crazy!

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  9. I attended a "team building" workshop in my 30's. Most of these are a waste of time (in my opinion) but this one was great. We filled in a little film strip of our life. Where we were then and where we wanted to be in 20 years. I am sure it was career related, but I filled mine in with home and family. There were 5 squares in each strip and I have 5 kids. I wrote my dreams for them. I guess that is my bucket list. Happy children :)

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    1. Then that's a very selfless bucket list.

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  10. I also have nnever written a bucket list but there are a few things iI want to do. One is a trip to Maine, to make a cookbook for my daughters and Granddaughter. Organize pictures and family history for my children!

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    1. The women in your family would surely appreciate your doing that. For the recipes and for posterity.

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  12. Fingerling Lake area in upstate NY in fall. Christmas in NYC once to see the store window displays. Whale watching and an Alaskan cruise. San Francisco. That's about all the traveling I'd want, but each one once. It would be so nice to live on a lake, with a mountain view in the distance. I've seen some photos of such places around Ashville, NC.

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    1. When you find a place on a lake with a mountain view, holler at me!

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    2. Gina...not that many lakes around asheville. A few small ones. More of them to the west of AVL. Check out Fontana Dam lake, out to the west to see a biggie. The mountains make me feel secure and I always feel Im nearly home when I get to the foothills at Marion, which has Lake James. That's a few miles down the highway from Asheville (which city is getting too crowded and expensive for me). Twenty years ago it was great place to live. Not now, IMO. Come see us sometime. We live in the shadow of Roan Mountain, near the Tennessee line. Great hiking on the App trail. I will add Fingerling Lake area to my list. Thanks for that one.

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  13. I never made a bucket list. Nothing ever pans out for me anyway.

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    1. Start with a list, then take one step after another...you can do it.......

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  14. Now that I have lost all of my family, with the exception of my husband, my bucket list is short. I would like us to travel more often and I want to finish writing my first book.

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    1. I think that sometimes sorrow spurs us onward to finish projects and live more fully. Emotions inspire me to write.

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  16. I have done most of the things on my bucket list except for taking a hot air balloon ride. Here are the things I have completed. 1. Milk a cow 2. Go to Arkansas in the fall 3. Ride a roller coaster one last time before I got too old.

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    1. I've never milked a cow. Not sure if I want to or not. I don't think I've ever been to Arkansas in the fall. Wait a minute! My second husband and I got married in Eureka Springs. Oh, but that marriage was in the spring. I haven't been on a roller coaster since my early twenties, if then. But, I sort of consider my life to be a roller coaster...

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  17. Just accomplished one thing on my bucket list...I went horseback riding with my Daughter and Granddaughter. I would also like to visit Gettysburg Battlefield, go to Maine and eat a lobster (I love Maine) and I would love to make life easier for my Children who are both hard workers and successful in their careers. I would love to see my Grandchildren graduate from high school but have my doubts about this one!!

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    1. I would dearly love to see Maine. When I think of Maine, I think of the writer Stephen King. Wasn't that where he's from? I'm not getting near a horse. When I was about 14, one stood on my foot and I thought I'd either die from pain or pass out before they got him off me!

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  18. I haven't shared this bucket list before, so here goes. #1 Make every effort to see my children and grandchildren are ready to meet the Lord. #2 Be the best friend and companion to my precious husband. #3 Be well so that I can enjoy whatever time I have on this earth with those I love. #4 Travel with my family, anywhere we are together and enjoying each other, but mountains and beaches are a plus! #5 Be a published author of a good novel.

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    1. That's a good one! Have you started writing yet?

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  19. I don't really have a list...I would love to go down the coast and see the ocean one last time..Just to sit there in a comfy chair on the beach and read..sigh..Unfortunately..that is highly unlikely to happen with my small income..I guess I will have to be content with memories and old pictures..and I can see a bit of it on online beach cams...Your Fall trip to Vermont sounds lovely Brenda...

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    1. Yeah, but I'll probably never do it. I love the sound of the beach. I imagine twitching my toes in the grains of sand, then washing it off in the water...

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  21. LOL to get beyond this damn heat wave right now :)

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  22. Lol! I agree with Deb about the heat wave. Otherwise, on my bucket list of places I'd like to see...1. another trip like we took several years ago. The loop, as I called it, took in KS, CO, UT, NV, AZ, NM, OK and KS back home to MO. Lots to see on that trip like the Grand Canyon. I'd like to see it again. 2. a fall trip to the Smoky Mountains including a visit to Biltmore Estates. 3. Maybe Washington DC. That's about it for travel. We're not big travelers. A week or so in Branson at a condo sounds like heaven to me right now.

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    1. I've never been to Branson. If you come through OK, give me a holler!

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  23. Hope you are able to see Vermont in the fall. I'm sure it will be beautiful.
    Since I was diagnosed with cancer when my children were 3 & 5, I wanted to see my children grow up. My daughter is now 18, and my son is 16 so I have been blessed. We have been able to make many happy memories. I would also like to travel across the U.S. and see some of the national parks-Grand Canyon someday.

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    1. How horrible it must have been to wonder if you'd see your children grow up, that they'd remember you. Obviously you were meant to be around a good while!

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  24. I agree Brenda, I do not have any desire to travel much beyond my state of California but I would like to see my family history area in mass and the fall leaves back East. Basically I like to get in my car and drive down the California coast to Santa Barbara for a week when life gets to much or I need a change of scenery. San Luis Obispo has gorgeous small beach towns that are good for rejuvenating. Nothing is better to me then traveling by myself !!! its a blast. I am a Great Aunt to some fabulous nephews and nieces who I would like to see graduate and be successful in life as well as happy. Other then that I like to keep a roof over my head and have food to eat on a regular basis would be my current bucket list now that times are so hard. Those two challenges preclude me going anywhere or even wanting more. I am content with where I live and content with my little home.

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    1. I had a roof over my head and food for me and the pupsters on there, but I deleted it. But it's in my head. I wish I loved to travel period. To do it alone sounds miraculous to me! I would love to be closer to California so I could go to the beach once in awhile and look out over the wide blue ocean. Was there once, many many moons ago. My children were quite young.

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    2. Brenda if you ever have the opportunity to come out here I will treat you to a bucket list 5 star trip! I find it very telling how many of us have struggled so and continue to do so that we really have simple needs and prefer not to travel. Imagine if life could just be easy for a month! That should go on the bucket list . Cheers

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  25. Can I change it to a bucket list in a perfect world? Yes, I would love to travel. I love the ocean and would love to go swimming. I also thought surfing looked like so much fun if I could just be brave enough and swim better. I would love to accomplish something that took all I had mentally and emotionally to do (have to be a visual something). Would love to see Europe. I would love to walk New York City and take it all in. Would love to see Fall in ALL our states that display it beautifully.

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  26. I have always wanted to travel on a ship and see Ireland, England and Scotland. I'd also like to see where my maternal ancestors came from, Alsace. Since I don't have the money to travel the way I would want to on the QM2 and I don't like leaving my home for more than four days at a time, I don't think it'll be happening anytime soon LOL

    Other than that, I just want a comfortable, happy life. I think everyone does though ;)

    xo

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