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My Bucket List for 2012

Happy New Year!

So this year I thought about doing new years resolutions, but instead decided to make myself a bucket list of things I want to do this year.  It is not huge by any means, but I thought it might be kind of fun!

Right now, I have 10 items on my list.   I may add too it, but I think this will keep me busy for this year.

  1. Read 75 books (I read a lot, figured I would track how many I actually do in a year, and keep a list of them all. Not sure I will do 75, but we will see how close I will get)
  2. Learn to play Guitar
  3. Lose 30 lbs
  4. Travel somewhere new
  5. Go on a retreat
  6. Do my own Triathalon Sprint – Swim ½ mile, Bike 12 miles, Run 5K
  7. Explore a New State Bike Trail
  8. Take a Kayaking Trip
  9. Go Camping
  10. Find something to be involved with at Church


I have already started on a couple of these items.

#1  I am always reading a book.  Started off the Year at the end of a series reading Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

#2  Thanks to a little bonus for being at my company for 5 years, I bought myself an acoustic guitar.  I am going to try and teach myself how to play.

#3  A constant battle, but continuing my work from last year. I am tracking my food, and exercising. My goal this year is to try to plan meals more as opposed to winging it most of the time

#6  I am currently training for my Triathalon Sprint, which I will hopefully be able to do beginning of March.

I look forward to 2012 and checking these things off my list!


My Two Cents..


Take a moment to think about your life and what is important to you.  We all get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life.  Work, schedules, to do lists… what is important to you?

What is important to me?  My Family, My Friends, My Health – both mental and physical!


If only there were more time in the day.   Think about what you do with your time?  Is that really what you want to spend it doing?

I have been thinking about these things a lot, especially with Christmas coming up!    Some days I don’t have time to sit down and just relax (much less create a blog post, or check Facebook) until it is almost bed time.   I remember when I was young and had time to explore all my hobbies…music, painting and drawing, crafts, quilting, playing sports.    I  have been trying to find ways to get back into all those fun things.  I have found I need pick and choose.   I have noticed lately that catching that TV show I have been watching has just not been as important to me.   I have already started adding exercise back in, and a lot of my crafts.  (Yay for every other Monday Girls Night Craft Club!) Now to find a way to add music back in….

An update on my exercise – for those who are interested, I have been keeping up with my exercise.  I still have been running, though not as frequently, since I have had to move inside.  I have been running a couple times a week.    I am alternating that with swimming and cycling at the Y, and doing weights at home.    Flash is very insistent on going for walks.  He pretty much forces me to go at least 2 times a week.  I need to get some grippers for my shoes so we can walk when it is icy out.    I am hoping to do some cross country skiing this winter as well.  I will have to see if my old skis still work!

I better get going, My niece, Allison, is wanting to type on the computer!  But that is just my two cents for the day..

Garden Veggies

I have had a vegetable garden for several years now. Though I have a small space for a garden, I LOVE having fresh vegetables in the Summer and Fall.   This year I planted ingredients for salsa (since I am out of the stuff I made 2 years ago).   As well as a few other things.

Planted this year:

Tomatoes, Peppers, Hot Peppers, Onions, zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce, beets, basil, cilantro, oregano, parsley, sage, lavender, rosemary & Mint.

My Peppers and Zucchini have not been doing well so far this year.   I have gotten a few hot peppers, but no regular ones(the plants don’t even have blooms).  And One zucchini so far (though I see 2 more little ones growing)  But the rest of my garden is thriving!

Today I mixed up my first batch of salsa.  A couple of years ago I experimented with several recipes, and found a fabulous combination.  Here is my recipe for Spicy Salsa:

Jill’s Spicy Salsa Recipe

  • 15-20 medium sized tomatoes (tennis ball size)
  • 3 large green peppers (softball size)
  • 4 jalapeno peppers
  • 3 medium onions (tennis ball size)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • sm bunch basil (about 1/4 cup chopped)
  • med bunch cilantro (about 1/2 cup chopped)

Chop all Ingredients and add to a pot.  Add a little salt.  Simmer on stove over medium low heat for 30 minutes or so.  Taste as you go, you may need to add a sprinkle of sugar to sweeten it up a bit.

Pour into pint jars while hot, and they will typically self seal.