Starting a Summer Bucket List so you Don’t Miss the Fun Events

Summer Bucket List 2017

Starting a Summer Bucket List So You Don’t Miss the Fun Events

Have you ever written down a bucket list of items that you’d like to do? I know I haven’t been one of those people to do this in the past. But I know sometimes the summer gets away from me, and I will look back and think, ohhhh, I didn’t get around to this or that! So I decided to join some women who put together a bucket list for each season.

When I started thinking about this post, I thought I’d have maybe 3 things to include.  But once I started writing items down, I was surprised at how much I added to my list. Maybe this could make me more productive?? We’ll see, I guess!

So here’s the list, and if you are interested in the details, then keep reading below!

List of things to do

So let me go into more details about these items. You may consider that including some of these items on my bucket list as cheating since we have them scheduled already! But both Rob & I are big planners and hopefully it will really happen this summer, so I thought I’d let you know about it all!


The projects we have planned are only because we’ve become friends with our fabulous neighbors. Jean (who you met in Stylish in Phoenix) does all of his own remodeling and knows how to fix and repair most anything. If he wasn’t up for helping us with these projects, I’m sure they would never have even been imagined!

Entry way

This is the entry way into our place. The alcove that houses the baker’s rack used to be a closet. When we moved in 2 years ago, I had a handyman take off the doors and trim it out to open up the area. But then my husband recently suggested taking down the wall with the art on it. Of course, I love the idea, because I feel that this wall closes the area in too much. Of course, Rob is not looking forward to this project at all and wishes he’d never said anything! By the time this post goes live, this project has been started! Talk about dust and a huge mess, but it’ll be great when it’s done!

Home Changes

Fireplace Tile

When we moved into this place the tile around the fireplace was tan. We had just painted all of the walls, and consequently, the tiles blended into the walls terribly. Therefore I painted them so there would be a nice contrast. However, you can see that they were not put up correctly. There is too much space on the top left tile in relation to its’ neighbors. Jean replaced the tile around his fireplace last year, so we figured, we’d have him help us with ours!!

fireplace tile

Back Porch

This project is more of Jean’s idea than ours because Jean & JoAnne did it for their patio. But Rob seems to think it’d be nice to have pavers as the flooring in our outside area!

Outdoor patio


Now you realize that I’m not a fashion blogger by accident! I love clothes and shopping and everything that is related. And even though I don’t NEED one more piece to my name, it just wouldn’t be fun without considering some wants!! The 2 biggest holes in my closet are the fact that I have absolutely nothing in a gingham print. And the fact that mules are starting to make a comeback! I added in some dresses for this category, only because I’ve decided I want to wear them much more this summer. I figure I might as well bare my legs while my legs still look good!!

We do have a trip scheduled to fly out to LA and meet up with many of the women from the Fierce 50 Revolution!  The leader of this group, Catherine, has a vision to shift the perception of women over 50! If you fall into this age category, we would hope that you would join the Facebook group. It’s not a group just for bloggers, but for every woman out there who would love to see a change in the way us older women are perceived! The more women we have join the group, the better we can start to make a difference!!

Fierce 50 Revolution


We have tickets to go to Red Rocks to see the duo 2Cellos with friends! When you live in Denver, part of your summer should include a trip out to Red Rocks!

Dental School Reunion

Even though I’ve now retired from dentistry, the friends and people I met through that journey has shaped me more than I can say! Since it’s now been 25 years since we graduated from dental school, we thought it’d be fun to meet up for an afternoon!


New Restaurant

If you’ve been reading my blog for any time, you may have picked up on the fact that my husband’s love of food is almost as big as my love of clothes!!

Therefore, we do talk about where to go eat, and we absolutely love trying out new restaurants. We have a couple in mind, but I’ll keep this one up for a surprise.

Ice Cream

The other item under this category is all about ice cream. Not only does my husband love food, but he is especially crazy about ice cream. In fact, a couple of years ago, when he turned 50, he got 50 days of ice cream for a special gift. (Needless to say, he filed for an extension and even was able to squeak out 10 more days)

Therefore, I try to make him home made ice cream almost every summer. I finally have the best recipe where it doesn’t get all icy after freezing it!


As for going on a picnic, I know my husband will be shocked to read this. First off, because I’m an indoor girl. But secondly this has never been something that we’ve wished to do. But when I was putting together this list, I was struck at how a picnic sounded like so much fun. Maybe it was all the gingham prints I was looking at, LOL!! So it’ll be interesting to see if this event happens!


My personality is one that is very focused. My mom tells the story that when she taught me to use scissors for the first time at age 4, that I used them all day, and ended up with a blister. The reason I tell this story is because I spend a ton of time working on my blog which also includes reading other women’s blog. And even though I started it with the thought that I’d blog just for fun, it has evolved to the stage where I’d really like to make some money from it because of all of the hard work it entails.

Because of this, I have signed up for the Elite Blogging Academy which has laid out some great guidelines of the important points when blogging. I sincerely wish that I had thought about taking this class 2 years ago. It has been extremely enlightening about many of the areas of blogging, that I wished I had incorporated at the beginning. Therefore, I’ve been trying to go back to older posts and updating not only my titles but also the SEO among other things.

I’d also love to reach more women with my blog! I love the idea of helping out others, and to inspire women my age or older by getting them out of the rut of what to wear is such a labor of love! So let me ask each and every one of you, that if you like reading my blog, to reach out and invite one of your friends, family members or colleagues to subscribe to it also!


My knitting time is in the evenings when Rob & I sit watching television. And in the summer, we really don’t watch as much tv, so I know that my knitting time won’t be as involved!!

However, I always love to knit a gift for my book club holiday gift. Unfortunately, I won’t be posting the finished photo of this since some of these women read my blog. But I have a project in mind.

That’s the end of my summer bucket list! It’s much bigger than I even imagined. It’d be interesting to hear if you’ve ever written down a bucket list like this?

And check out the other women who have created their bucket list in the link up below. Some of them may have some great ideas that you can’t pass up too:

If you live in Denver, I’d love to invite you to join us at a local boutique called Trendz next week!!

You can meet us, learn some tips to spruce up your summer style, and get a $20 gift card that you can even use that evening!!

Trendz Boutique

The Facts

Even if you wouldn’t consider purchasing your clothing online, it can be helpful to look through my links to see what is available! It certainly doesn’t hurt my feelings, if you click on them but don’t like them. Just so you know, one of the ways I make money from this blog is through these linked items.

Keeping in Touch

Are you registered for my email reminders to let you know when a post goes live? I’d certainly love it if you take the time to sign up and make sure all your friends sign up too!! There are other ways to follow my blog. Facebook readers can see my posts by liking my page. Or my Pinterest page has all of our outfits in a nutshell! 

And if you’re new to the party, you can always see our outfits organized by categories, here! Don’t forget to check out the deals & discounts

If you want to join in for the next bucket list, let me know! If you have a post regarding your summer bucket list—please join us in the link party! You can also visit the other bloggers post to see what everyone else is planning for their summer!

  • Sarah Stockley

    It all sounds like a fabulous list of things – it’s great to achieve some goals. Sarah #FabFridayPost

    • Thanks Sarah!!
      It does feel fabulous to cross things off the list!!

  • Katie Davis

    wow sounds like an awesome list of summer plans!
    thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

    • Thanks Katie!! Fun, crazy—how ever you want to call it, LOL!!

  • momoftwolittlegirls

    I love bucket lists – even when you divert from them, because you know – LIFE! – you get to look back at what you wanted to achieve and even if you only manage to tick off one item, at least you did that.
    Best of luck – your list is VERY ambitious! lol

    • I didn’t think I’d even come up with 4 items—and look at how it grew!! But I’d like to brag that we have finished one of the remodeling jobs!! And our neighbor wants to have us add a backsplash in the kitchen—it’s never ending!!
      But I love the idea of writing them down like this—I actually hope I don’t finish everything, so there is something to save for the next season!!

  • Carol Cliffe

    It looks like you’re going to have an amazing summer! The whole of our family made a bucket list each last year, as we spend the summer in France and wanted to make sure everyone got to do what they wanted. You’ve reminded me that we should do it again this year! #FabFridayPost

    • Carol…that’s the best idea ever! We are planning a cruise to Alaska next year (for some big birthdays in our family) and that’s exactly what I should have everyone do!!
      Thanks so much for that advice!!

  • Annette, Four Acorns

    A summer bucket list, what a fantastic idea! You’re gonna have one busy summer. Good luck and enjoy! Love the first picture by the way.

    • Thanks Annette!!
      I stole this photo from a friend!! Isn’t it cute??

  • Yes, you are focused! Great list. I’m inspired!

    • That’s probably a true saying—and being focused can be good, but also bad!! I do wish I were more spontaneous at times…but it is what it is!
      Thanks Michele!!

  • Ooh very focused list! Good luck achieving all this: I assume we will get an update after the summer! #ablogginggoodtime

    • Thanks, and hopefully I will get an update in!! It’s always fun for me to see the before and afters!!

  • Wow! This sound like a good plan. You have all worked it out already! I really don’t have any plan at all. lol! I really should start one soon as the kids will be out for Summer in any weeks now. Though, I must say I’d love to go to your fashion show. It looks like a fun event to go too!

    Thank you so much for sharing it with us on #FabFridayPost

    • Thanks Su!
      Both my husband and I are planners by nature, so that’s probably why it’s all worked out. However, sometimes it’s just as fun to play it by ear!!

  • Carol Cameleon

    What a great bucket list and I love how you incorporate so much into it! Your entrance hall is gorgeous by the way and I have to say that I hope you find somewhere else to put that eye-catching artwork! Thanks so much for sharing this with #HighlightsofHappy Jodie.

    • Thanks Carol!! It’s funny because we have the entry way pretty much done now, and it required quite a bit of redecorating. I think we moved over 6 or 7 things since—ha ha!
      You’ll see it at the end of the summer, I hope!

      • Carol Cameleon

        Look forward to it!

  • Michelle Leslie

    I love your bucket list Jodie. It’s so real. I wish I could fly over there and help your neighbor and hubby break down walls so you could teach me how to dress properly and make ice cream

    • Now that would be the most fabulous trade off, Michelle!! Where do you live??
      FYI—the wall is down and that project is pretty much done. The funny part is how I had to change around all of the decorations—and that’s not done in the least!! XOXO

      • Michelle Leslie

        In the South, waaaaayyyyyy down South 😉 I can’t wait to see what it looks like when you’re done changing the decor and getting used to a big open space.

  • Oh, Jodie, you took the basic bucket list post idea and made it so much more. I am so frustrated (still) with my laptop and had hoped to elaborate more on my list in the post I put together. But typing on two keyboards has kept my typing to a minimum this week. Home tomorrow and to Best Buy pronto!

    I almost added making homemade ice cream to my list. I have noted in my comments everywhere that I may have to create an addendum to my original list to include all of the great things I’ve read from everyone else. Please share your recipe for ice cream. I thought maybe we could even do a post with recipes used to accomplishment a bucket list item. Several of us have mentioned trying a new cocktail, new BBQ recipe, making homemade ice cream.

    Only have one piece of gingham in my closet. While I need not one single thing more, PC likes my one gingham blouse so maybe I need to get something else in checks. And those mules. Dreamy.

    What an undertaking to go back and improve SEO on your older posts. I’ve thought of trying to do that, too. And then I nix the idea. Maybe I will start with baby steps and follow your good lead.

    Thank you, Jodie, for joining us! Thank you for bringing so many others into the “fold” for SaD and bucket list posts. So glad to be getting to know you better!

    • Oh, Leslie—I have to tell you how many times I think about your email…with…the…dots…inbetween. It just makes me laugh EVERY time!! Very ingenious, I might add!! Because nothing is more frustrating than technology, right?
      I will be happy to share my ice cream recipe—it’s a lot of work, but truly the best one I’ve ever made (and with a husband that thinks ice cream is the cat’s meow—that’s a lot!!)

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    That is a great list Jodie…realistic and manageable! I have the same problem every summer; at the beginning of summer I feel like I have all of this time and before I realize it, it’s August, school will be starting back up and I have accomplished nothing. This year I had a few things in mind (although I didn’t write them down) and I’m happy to say I’ve already accomplished a few of them. 🙂

    • I didn’t realize that writing them down would make me be so serious about them….but that’s a good thing! Because time really does just fly by otherwise!!

  • I love how you have grouped your bucket list into those categories. I am going to do that right now!!! Only mine will be a winter bucket list. Thanks for the inspo I will credit you if/when I blog about it. Cheers #teamlovinlife

  • A bucket list is a great idea for the summer! I actually love the idea of making one for each season. It’s a good way to keep track of your goals & to try new things!

    • I didn’t think I would like this idea much…until I started writing things down. It’s funny how much more meaning they have when the ideas are in black & white!!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I do prefer eating inside, but I love a good picnic and I also love parks that do Food Trucks. Trying new restaurants is something my husband and I need to do! We always go to the ones we are ‘used’ to. I was going to put ice cream making on my list, but it was getting too long! Ha! I am sure I’ll make some this summer tho. I’d love to make some popsicles, too… there are so many yummy recipes!


    • I had to laugh when you said your list got too long—because I felt the exact same way!! And when I was first thinking about writing this post—I couldn’t think of anything!!
      I make popsicles too–I think they are great for the summer, but my husband isn’t a fan as much (you know those picky husbands…ha ha)

  • Chrissy Rowden

    I absolutely love that no only to you have a bucket list, but you have an organized list!! I’ve some hopes for the summer but I think after reading your post I’ll be more focused and intentional about getting things done!
    Thank you for sharing, as well as for linking up with Thursday Moda!

    • Thanks Chrissy! I do have an organizational problem…ha ha!!

  • Sounds like a fun summer! I like the ice cream part! Blessings!

    • Thanks Leslie—that’s my husband’s favorite part too!!

  • Love the dresses you picked but I’m not seeing any gingham! Yes blogging is so much work! Looks like you have good involvement though! I have home projects on my list too! I look forward to seeing your updates!

    • I didn’t pick any gingham dresses, did I? I guess I was just focusing on gingham shirts when I put this together!! But maybe I’ll have to get shopping for both!!

  • Kathy Marris

    Sounds like you’re going to have a busy Summer Jodie. I love making lists and then ticking items off. I really should do something similar for my place. 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • It will be busy, but the wall has come down already in the entry way. Our neighbor who is doing it for us is an energizer bunny—he certainly doesn’t let any moss grow under his feet! And that’s a good thing!!

  • fashionistha

    Love this post and you have a very pretty home. Have a lovely day!

  • Sounds like you’ll have plenty to do this summer Jodie! Enjoy the fruits of your labor 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • So true, so true!! I should have put relax on my list, right?

  • There’s always that ironic thing about your summers being our winter and vice versa! I love your list. I want to do some winter (spring) cleaning so need to make a list methinks as that will help.

    The blogging academy sounds great!

    • I never thought that writing these things down would help—but it really does. In fact, my husband is excited about going on a picnic!!
      Thanks Deborah!!

  • Sue Loncaric

    What a great list Jodie and I like the way you categorised them – I did that too! Lucky you going to a Fierce 50 event I wonder if they have them in Australia? Have a fabulous Summer and enjoy all of your projects.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s a great idea Sue–we ought to have our next event in Australia!!

  • Jo Tracey

    A great list. I’m gradually getting around to reading everyones. Look forward to seeing your projects come to life – especially the back porch…and loving those nordstrom mules. #TeamLovinLife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jo!! I always love a home change project—it’s amazing how the same place can look so different!!

  • Christie Hawkes

    Great list Jodie–and I love your graphic! Happy summer!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Christie!! I actually stole it from a friend, but shhhh…don’t tell!!

  • This was such a cute post! I cannot wait for the updates on your bucket list!

    xx, Kris

    Keep up with the good work and check out my blog if you fancy!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kris!!

  • Nicole Renzi Roder

    You have an ambitious list! Especially inregards to home improvement! My summer bucket list is pretty much just the pool and the beach. Lol! #brilliantblogposts

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, I think I’d rather have your list, Nicole!
      The reason we have to do it in the summer, if it’s going to get done, is because our neighbor who is the real worker lives in Phoenix in the winter! So it’s now or never (or next summer….)

  • I have that JC Penny dress. I totally love it.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I can see you in that dress Vaishali!! I should get it so we can be #twinsies!!

  • Laura

    We love to make rice cream a few times each summer and make a different flavor each time! Looks like you have a lot of house projects coming up. I hope you do an after post so I can see how they turn out!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Homemade ice cream is such a treat, isn’t it?? I was trying to make Yonana for awhile, but my husband just wasn’t into it.
      I should hopefully show some after photos of the remodeling—heck, for all the work, I’ll need so ooohing and aaahhing!! LOL

  • I wish I lived near Denver! Your event sounds so fun! And have a blast in LA! You have such a beautiful home too, Jodie! Great idea making a list for the fun stuff and the projects you want to accomplish this summer.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lindsey!! I wasn’t sure I’d like this list thing—but it was fun. Now we’ll just see how the summer plays out!!

  • Yep, go gingham !
    I picked up the J Crew one you liked in a thrift store…. if you pay less for it, maybe you won’t feel the guilt.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You are so right Lorena!! I keep thinking I need to go to the thrift store and check—but the problem is I always buy tons…ha ha! Talk about no restraint!!!

  • Gingham is on my fashion must have list this summer, only my task is to find it secondhand.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s exactly what I was thinking, Tami!! I just need to make sure I don’t load up on everything else while I’m there, LOL!

  • Mahi Chaurasia

    really enjoy reading this post

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Mahi!!

  • Mihaailo Pejnović

    I really enjoyed reading this! I love this idea because we can see more of your personal life! Your blog always inspired me!

    Mihaailo |

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s so nice of you to say, Mihaailo!! Thank you!

  • Hi, Jodie! I really enjoyed your list. I love this idea since it shares a little more of our personal lives. Your condo is lovely! Sounds like you’re going to have a busy summer with your fun plans.

    I just bought my daughter an oversized-gingham print pencil skirt from Banana Republic… she loves it! She’s an old soul when it comes to clothes so was happy to find the throwback print in an updated look. 🙂

    Thanks for connecting me with this new group!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is fun to find out some of the “back story” for our blogging friends, isn’t it, Em?
      I finally just ordered a gingham shirt—I kept waiting to find one at a thrift store, but I haven’t gone in ages!! You gotta love online shopping, right?
      I’m trying to look at the positive side of all this construction—at least I’ll finally clean!! It’s my least favorite chore, so I rarely do it….

  • Mary Kalpos

    You sure are going to be very busy Jodie! That is one big bucket list. All I want is to get to the beach. Lol!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Your list is probably the smarter of the two. Except that I need to stay out of the sun now. Too many skin cancer surgeries already!!!
      But take me with you on your social media…and trust me—I’d rather be in your bathing suit than my dusty, remodeling projects!! LOL

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    This post has it all, Jodie! Nice to see the other sides of you and your interests. You also have some great home and decorating skills too! Good luck with the blogging academy.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Terri!! At least I try to not be too focused on clothing and the blog!! My poor husband would say otherwise, ha ha!!

  • A great list, Jodie. I like the Eating items 🙂 Summer is just not summer without ice cream.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s exactly my husband’s sentiments!!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Packing and purging in preparation for our move to the Black Hills of South Dakota is pretty much the primary, bold print item, on the “to do” list.
    Although I believe the concept of a bucket list is “lifetime dream accomplishments”, I like the idea of making the bucket list a seasonal endeavor instead! Seems far more manageable that way. What doesn’t happen this summer can simply go to the top of the list for next summer or maybe just next season!
    I’m hoping you’ll do some fun “after” pictures when your foyer project is complete Jodie!
    I loved reading about Ron’s passion for ice cream!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Yes…your list is quite the crazy one, right now, Jude!! Just think of how productive you are being?? LOL
      I’ll definitely be showing the after photos too—especially since it’s quite the project! But so far, so good—the wall is down and the house is a mess!! Kinda like what you’re going through, ha ha!

  • Lesley Watson

    I need to write down my list. I have vague ideas that usually don’t get done. Gingham is one thing I’m taking a pass on this time round. Add Paris Market to your list (1st Sats @ Aspen Grove). I hope to make it to your Trendz event.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s exactly why I thought this might be fun. I have ideas in my mind, but then the daily grind takes over!! We will see if writing it down helps?
      We won’t be around for the first Saturday in July–so I’ll have to write it on the calendar for August—thanks for the reminder!!
      We’d love to see you again Lesley—if you can’t make it, maybe we can meet up another time??

      • Lesley Watson

        I’d like that. I sent invites to a couple friends too.

        • Jodie Filogomo

          That’s the best, Lesley!! Thanks!!

  • I’m excited to see the results from your home projects. Home project before-and-afters are my favorite! I agree with your husband, taking that wall out will look great!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m a sucker for the befores and afters too, Brooke!! It really was a great idea, but let’s talk about the mess and dust—eeekk! It’s mostly done now, but I have to figure out the decorating changes—that’ll take all summer, LOL!

  • donnanance

    I am a list maker by nature but have never penned a bucket list. You are on top of most of the items. Think I will start on a bucket list right now. Hope your remodeling is going okay and not too much dust and general mess. Trying new restaurants will be fun. Speaking of lists, the last boss I worked for was a “stream of consciousness” list maker. She would hand me four or five hand-written sheets full of stuff that no one could accomplish in six months. No priorities, just the blasted list. She would even fax over the list if she was at home. Needless to say we were all tempted to tell her where she could put her lists. ha! xoxo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That stream of consciousness list just made me spit my water out of my mouth, Donna!! Seriously, I have you to thank for a wet computer desktop…ha ha!!
      I am a list maker too, now that I think of it (of course the best part for me, is finishing the list so I can throw them away…weird, huh?)
      In fact there are 2 on my desk top today for what to do….
      But I’ve never actually done this kind of list before. And I was surprised that Rob was excited for having a picnic this summer—so maybe it is a good idea??
      Now I need to know what you put on your list??

  • Rebecca Phillips

    I love this idea of a Summer Bucket List. I need to do a Summer and Fall Home Organization Bucket List!!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s a perfect idea Rebecca!! Do you want to join in with us for the Fall one??

      • Rebecca Phillips

        Sure I would!!!

        • Jodie Filogomo

          I’ll have Leslie email you!! 🙂

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Such fun! We love ice cream too! And your dental reunion will be so great! It will be such a grand summer! Enjoy it to the fullest pretty lady!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Andrea!! I always have to remember to enjoy how long it stays lights!! Rob & I have even gone on walks the last couple of evenings—that’s my fave!

  • I love your summer list and now I think I need to do one! What a great idea! You sound like you have so much fun to look forward too! Have a great day! Peace!
    Cheryl Tucker

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s been a great exercise, Cheryl!! Maybe you want to join in next time??

  • Tamara R

    Hi Jodie,

    Your list looks great! And gingham? I’m so there! I have a cute, and pricey, gingham top I’ve held off wearing out of fear, but if it’s back in again, then out of the closet it comes!

    Also, do you know how I might get details on the Fierce 50 gathering? I love within easy driving distance to Los Angeles and would love to join in if possible.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      You definitely need to pull out that gingham top, Tamara!!
      As for the Fierce 50 gathering, just send me your email ( and blog name (if you have one) and I’ll shoot the details over to you! 🙂

      • Tamara R

        Hi Jodie, this is Tamara of My Retirement Project, and I do already belong to the Fierce 50 Facebook group, if that matters. Email on the way! 🙂

  • Juhli Newkirk

    Great list and I really like how specific it is and that plans have already been made in some areas!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s almost cheating, right, Juhli?? But since it’s been so warm already, it’s been feeling like summer for awhile now!! At least that’s my excuse for adding items that are already planned!!

  • Queen of Rods

    You have a lovely home, Jodie. I can’t believe that you gave up a closet! That’s definitely not in my realm of survival 🙂 I am on board with you about changing the tile; the tiny space issue on the one tile would scream at me every day. Hahaha. I am also a planner, and constantly have a list of projects that need to be accomplished; it’s a little bit daunting. As I reread your post, I realize that I forgot to add “paint the bathroom” to my list. Argh. Concerts and picnics are high on the list of my summer activities, and I usually make ice cream once or twice a year when I have fresh fruit from the garden. Your list definitely sounds more interesting than mine 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally hear you about closet space, Janet. But that is one of the reasons we loved this place when we first saw it—there is a tremendous amount of closet space in the upstairs!! Most people used this space downstairs as their office because it had a shelf built in horizontally. But I don’t like that it’s in the middle of the hallway!! And I have too much “stuff” around my desk—eeek!!
      I have to admit, I’ve never actually had a written down list like this, but even Rob seemed to like it when he read it!! He even wants to plan the picnic—that totally surprised me!

  • Karen Anderson

    I have to admit I have never done a bucket list of any type. For me, it’s more a case of ‘if I don’t do the items on the list I will feel like a failure!” (Same reason I don’t do New Year’s resolutions!!) But now that you shared yours, I’m inspired to create a little one (with items I know I’ll do. Is that cheating!?) Your home is lovely Jodie! I can see your entryway with that wall removed to open up that area and think that’s a terrific idea. It looks pretty as is, but I can see the vision for opening it up. I also love your flooring, looks grayish, is that just the photo or is it that color, and if you don’t mind sharing, what kind is it? Very pretty! How nice to have a neighbor who likes to help with these projects. That would certainly help! I love the color of your fireplace tile. I know you say you’re going to change it, but just for the record, I think it’s great. I’m a fan of gray tones and neutrals! I’m going to work on a list today, starting small, but with things I truly want to do this summer. Just the other day my friend and I (who I walk with on our lunch hour) were talking about the summer usually getting away from us. She immediately suggested we’re past due for a winery visit on a warm night so we scheduled that. And I started thinking. I don’t want fall to come with the colder temps and find I haven’t really taken advantage of the summer. So thank you for the inspiration! I’m going to keep my paper handy today and add things as I think of them. I’ve got two things already and just might do one this weekend!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Karen—you are totally like me!! I’m one of those that if I say I’m going to do something, I feel obligated to do it!!
      But I am giving myself more grace lately!! Besides, it might be too boring, if I actually do everything on this list??
      But it’s true, the summer gets away from us with the mundane, ordinary things, so it’s nice to have a plan! In fact, when Rob read this, he got excited about going on a picnic—who knew??
      The flooring we have (now thought the entire first floor as that project is mostly finished) is a laminate that looks like old, distressed wood. In real life it’s more brown, but I love the different shades in it!!
      As for the fireplace, we picked out a glass tile that is basically the same color—it just has more depth!!
      And going to a winery is such a fabulous idea—I may have to add that to my list—or maybe for the fall!! Thanks!!

  • Such a lovely and inspiring post! You have a beautiful home Jodie. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!