How I Did on my Summer Bucket List - 2023

August 31, 2023


Hello friends.  I can't believe that August is over and tomorrow is September 1st.  I hope you enjoyed the summer months.


I did a Summer Bucket List 2023 at the beginning of the summer.  


  • Go to the beach
  • Go to Coney Island
  • Take a vacation with my husband
  • Gardening - Take care of my plants, herbs, and veggies
  • Annual family summer BBQ
  • Visit outdoor concert
  • Get ice cream
  • Barbecue some new recipes
  • Try out a new recipe
  • Try a new restaurant
  • Read books
  • Stream movies & tv shows
  • Visit a farmer's market
  • Work on my crochet market bag
  • Clean out garage
  • Declutter my basement
  • Visit a museum
  • Take a day trip to a new place


  • We went to our nearby beach and we also went to the beach in New Jersey.
  • We went to Coney Island for hotdogs at Nathans and ate them on the beach.
  • My husband and I didn't get to go on vacation to Las Vegas as we planned at the beginning of July.  You can read all about that here.  We did manage to take a car trip and vacation to the Jersey Shore last week.  
  • My flowers and veggies did great this summer.  I grew kale, cherry tomatoes, romaine lettuce, zucchini, eggplant, basil, oregano, and watermelon.  My husband makes us protein shakes every day and he added kale to our shakes.  I made a few salads with the romaine lettuce I grew and threw in a few cherry tomatoes that I planted.  I made eggplant with olive oil and garlic.  I made pesto a few times with the basil I grew and made it with pasta. 
  • We had our annual family BBQ last month which was a big hit.
  • I didn't go to any outdoor concerts.
  • We had ice cream a few times this summer.
  • We didn't BBQ any new recipes.
  • I did not make any new recipes, but I'll have to try some this fall.
  • I did try out a new restaurant.  My husband and I went to an Italian restaurant called Nonna Dora's.  We both enjoyed our dinner.  I will be doing a blog post about our dinner.
  • I did read some books over the summer.  I will be doing a blog post of what I read.
  • We did a lot of streaming tv shows and movies this summer.  I will do a blog post about what I saw.
  • I did not visit any farmer's markets this summer.
  • I did not work on the crochet market bag that I had started at the beginning of the summer.  I'll have to work on crocheting this bag in the fall.
  • We did clean out our garage.  We also got a new garage door installed.
  • We are working on decluttering our basement.
  • We did not visit a museum.
  • We did not take a day trip to a new place.  I would love to do it this fall.

I had a nice summer even though the month of July was very hot and we had a lot of rain storms.  

I'm looking forward to cooler weather and enjoying fall.
 Did you accomplish everything on your summer bucket list?

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  1. You accomplished a lot and it sounded like a great summer! I'm still working on my bucket list. I'm hoping to finish most of it. I'm glad you got a trip to the Jersey shore in. Hopefully you can rebook Las Vegas!

  2. Looks like you hit a lot of your bucket list. Summer goes so quickly it seems for all of us in the Midwest and Eastern States. I cannot believe September is here too. Still feels like summer even though we are heading into September. We will be hitting in the 90's over the weekend for Labor Day. Have a great Labor Day weekend Julie. Hugs. Kris

  3. A lot was covered on your bucket list. We stayed very low key this summer. The Jersey shore is always a welcome outing. Paul's brother has a beach cottage there. Have a fabulous Labor Day weekend.

  4. It sounds like a wonderful summer; it goes by so quickly doesn't it?

    1. Yes Joanne, I had a nice summer and it did fly by so fast!

  5. You accomplished a lot of your items...and everything you did sounded like fun! Glad your garden did so well. We don't have a garden, but our neighbors keep giving us tomatoes and beans from their bounty and I am roasting lots of tomatoes for the freezer to use in winter soups. Can't wait to see what books you read! Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend!

    1. Ann, yes we did have a fun summer that flew by so fast. I'm happy with our garden this summer. That is awesome that you got some veggies from your neighbors. I hope you enjoy the long weekend.

  6. It's hard to believe tomorrow is Sept 1st! You checked off quite a few fun things on your list.

  7. Not bad!! This was the first summer I did nothing. I missed doing something. :) I'll make up for it next year!

  8. You did accomplish most thing, both productive and fun! I would have procrastinated on cleaning out the garage and basement. Those are two things I need to tackle this fall. I am going to a concert tonight - Bruce Springsteen! Although I didn't have going to a museum on my bucket list, I did go to the Museum of Broadway on a rainy day. Have a great Labor Day Weekend, Julie!

  9. Lots of fun stuff on your list this summer, Julie! Summer went by way too fast for me, too. We're still trying to get to some of the things on our wish list. I hope you get to do all the things on your fall list soon! Happy weekend!

  10. Good for you in doing lots on your bucket list for summer. I didn’t even have one, Juliet! I’m hoping for cooler temperatures around here that’s for sure. I hope you have a great Labor Day!

  11. I’d say you had a very sweet summer my friend! Hope you’ve had a wonderful Labor Day weekend too!


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