Monday, December 11, 2017

The Happiest Moments of My Life So Far

There have been quite a few happy moments in my life, which I am very, very grateful for.
  • Raising my GPA in high school (I wasn't a very academically inclined person back then)
  • Graduating from high school on time
  • Getting a job at the local library on my own (and having the job for almost 10 months so far)
  • Becoming an aunt to two wonderful kids (a niece and a nephew)
  • Getting the intern at a local bakery, through my school's work experience class
  • Being a bridesmaid in one of my brothers' wedding
  • Going to my sister's wedding
  • Adopting my 2 current cats
  • Getting a new violin, so I can play again (yes, this is a happy moment for me, as I love the instrument)
  • Getting to go to northern California for a couple weeks
***Thanks to Sarah Jo Baker for the idea for this post!!!

Friday, December 8, 2017

My Tennessee Bucket List


  • Great Smoky Mountains
  • Dollywood
  • Graceland
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Parthenon
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • Rock City
  • Centennial Park
  • Tennessee Aquarium
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ruby Falls
  • Gatlinburg Space Needle
  • Cades Cove
  • Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
  • Cheekwood: Estate and Gardens
  • Memphis
  • Memphis Zoo
  • Tennessee State Capitol
  • Carnton
  • Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum
  • Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
  • Nashville
  • Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
  • Old Stone Fort
  • Savage Gulf Natural Area State Park
  • Zoo Knoxville
  • Knoxville
  • Cumberland Caverns
  • Memphis Botanic Garden
  • Ijams Nature Center
  • Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park
  • Fireflies of the Great Smoky Mountains
  • Minister's Tree House
  • Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness
  • Fall Creek Falls State Park
  • Forbidden Caverns
  • Peabody Hotel Duck March
  • Crystal Shrine Grotto
  • Mud Island River Park
  • Titanic Museum Attraction
  • Rugby Colony
  • Spaceship House
  • Montgomery Bell Tunnel
  • Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
  • Sun Studio
  • Timothy Demonbreun's Cave
  • E.T. Wickham Sculpture Trail
  • House of Mews
  • Elmwood Cemetery
  • The Grave of Merriweather Lewis
  • The Sunsphere
  • Walnute Street Bridge
  • Tina Turner Museum
  • Bear Spring Furnace
  • Minnie Pearl Chicken Wire Statue
  • Clinton 12 Statue at Green McAdoo Cultural Center

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

My South Dakota Bucket List


  • Mount Rushmore
  • Badlands National Forest
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Custer State Park
  • Reptile Gardens
  • Black Elk Peak
  • Chapel in the Hills
  • Black Hills Central Railroad
  • Great Plains Zoo
  • Sylvan Lake
  • Falls Park
  • Needles
  • Bramble Park Zoo
  • Jewel Cave
  • Bear Country USA
  • Mammoth Site, Hot Springs
  • Rushmore Cave
  • Dinosaur Park
  • Storybrook Island
  • Palisades State Park
  • Butterfly House & Aquarium
  • Cathedral Spires Trailhead
  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Black Hills Aerial Adventures
  • Thunderhead Underground Falls
  • Porter Sculpture Park
  • Cosmos Mystery Area
  • Depression Era Dinosaur Park
  • Devil's Gulch
  • Hall of Records in Mount Rushmore
  • Hotel Alex Johnson
  • Giant Prairie Dog
  • The Rapid City Presidents
  • Termesphere Gallery
  • National Music Museum
  • Spirit Mound Historic Prairie
  • Petrified Wood Park
  • Center of the Nation Monument
  • Sioux Falls Michelangelos
  • Big Stone Lake

Monday, December 4, 2017

Things That Make Me Excited

There are things in life that make my days more enjoyable, that get me wanting to enjoy life more.

Things that get me excited are:
  • Getting to see my oldest brother (he lives half a country away, so I don't get to see him very often)
  • Baking
  • Photography
  • Holiday food, decorations, movies, and music
  • Outings with friends and family
  • Getting a letter, card, or package in the mail from friends, purchases that I have made
  • Making my favorite foods (or ordering them from a restaurant)
  • Watching videos from my favorite YouTubers
  • Knitting and crocheting
  • Listening to my favorite music/artists
  • Playing board/card/video games
  • Learning something new
  • Celebrating holidays, birthdays, other special occasions with friends and family
***Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Friday, December 1, 2017

My 2017 Christmas Wishlist

I can't believe the holidays are upon us already!! It feels like it was just here, and now it's back again. But, I love the holidays, and am looking foward to them this year.

I know some people like reading about/seeing what other people ask for Christmas, and I figured I would post my Christmas list, for anyone who is interested.

NOTE: I am not trying to brag in any way, nor am I saying that I will get any/all of these items. These are just things that I would like to get.

  • Wilton Cookie Flooding Decorating Kit
  • Wonder Woman DVD (2017)
  • Q&A a Day: 5 Year Journal
  • Tangle Fidget Toy
  • Fleece Robe
  • Bicycle Tire Pump
  • Trolls DVD
  • Ukulele case
  • Ukulele shoulder strap
  • Hidden Figures DVD
  • Cinema Lightbox
  • Illustrated Harry Potter 1 book
  • Illustrated Harry Potter 2 book
  • Illustrated Harry Potter 3 book
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book on CD
  • The Big Book of Disney Songs-Violin by Hal Leonard Corp.
  • Ateco Plain Edge Round Cutters in Graduated Sizes
  • Elf on the Shelf
  • Harry Potter coloring books
  • Harp Attack CD by Camille & Kennerly (The Harp Twins)
  • PTXmas by Pentatonix (CD)
  • Bike helmet
  • Star Wars: The Phantom Menace DVD
  • Star Wars: Attack of the Clones DVD
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith DVD
  • Star Wars: A New Hope DVD
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back DVD
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi DVD
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens DVD
  • Once Upon a Time Season 1 on DVD
  • Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 DVD
  • Coraline DVD
  • Inside Out DVD
  • A Bug's Life DVD
  • Brave DVD
  • The Book of Life DVD
  • Big Hero 6 DVD
  • Disney's A Christmas Carol (2010) DVD
  • The Lorax (2012) DVD
  • Cinema CD by Andrea Bocelli
  • No Muggles Beyond This Point Poster
  • Harry Potter Undesirable No. 1 Poster
Yes, I know this is a lot, but I am NOT expecting/hoping to get all of them. I am not even expecting half. These are just things that I would like to get, and to give my family ideas of what they can get me.

I am looking forward to the holidays this year, seeing family and friends, and the presents. I can't wait!!!

My South Carolina Bucket List


  • Riverbanks Zoo
  • Fort Sumter
  • Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
  • Patriots Point
  • Congaree National Park
  • Boone Hall
  • Myrtle Beach
  • Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
  • Drayton Hall
  • South Carolina State House
  • Falls Park on the Reedy
  • Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
  • Greenville Zoo
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
  • Alligator Adventure
  • Rainbow Row
  • Coastal Discovery Museum
  • Freestyle Music Park
  • Isle of Palms County Park
  • The Angel Oak Tree
  • Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden
  • Dorchester-South Carolina's Abandoned Town
  • Lansford Canal State Park
  • Poinsett Bridge
  • God's Acre Healing Springs
  • St. Helena Parish Chapel of Ease Ruins
  • Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve
  • Tunnelvision
  • Old Sheldon Church Ruins
  • Gullah Heritage Trail
  • Tiny Town of Easley
  • Neverbust Chain
  • Busted Plug Plaza
  • Old Charleston City Jail
  • Atalaya
  • King Neptune Sundial
  • Gaffney Peachoid
  • Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum
  • Walterboro Water Tower
  • Thelma and Louise

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Things That Made Me Happy in November

Here are the things that made me happy in November:
  • Signing up for the last two classes I have to take for my certificate
  • Cooking Thanksgiving dinner myself
  • Receiving the Christmas leggings I ordered from a friend (who is a fashion consultant)
  • Receiving an advent calendar that I ordered
  • Seeing a friend on my home delivery route, whom I hadn't seen/talked to in a long time
  • Buying a purse at my church's annual craft fair
  • Going to game nights at a friend's house, and having a good time
  • Seeing Wonder in theaters (It was really good!!!)
Another good month for me, and that is always a good thing. Here's to hoping that December is good, as well!!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

My Pennsylvania Bucket List


  • Pocono Mountains
  • Hersheypark
  • Dutch Wonderland
  • Hershey's Chocolate World
  • Fallingwater
  • Bushkill Falls
  • Gettysburg Battlefield
  • Strasburg Rail Road
  • Liberty Bell
  • Indian Echo caverns
  • The Andy Warhol Museum
  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
  • Independence National Historical Park
  • Independence Hall
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  • Hershey Gardens
  • Crystal Cave
  • Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburch Zoo & PPG Aquarium
  • Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Rocky Steps
  • Adventure Aquarium
  • Please Touch Museum
  • Philadelphia City Hall
  • John Neinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
  • Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
  • The Sonorous Stones of Ringing Rocks Park
  • Mount Moriah Cemetery
  • The Seven Gates of Hell
  • Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
  • Tiffany Glass Mural "The Dream Garden"
  • Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
  • Masonic Temple of Philadelphia
  • Randyland
  • Penn's Cave
  • Rosicrucian Pyramids of Bucks County
  • Camac Street
  • Laurel Hill Cemetery
  • Leigh Millenium Folk Arch
  • St. Anthony's Chapel
  • The Grave of Mister Rogers
  • Austin Dam
  • Fountain of Youth
  • Maillardet's Automaton
  • The Reading Pagoda
  • Cathedral of Learning
  • Hoover-Mason Trestle
  • Longwood Gardens
  • Space Acorn
  • Central Market
  • Lausanne Ruins
  • Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Gardens
  • Koontz Coffee Pot
  • Haines Shoe House
  • The Lower Swedish Cabin
  • Pine Creek Gorge
  • Columcille Megalith Park
  • Punxsutawney
  • Gobbler's Knob
  • Huber Breaker
  • SS United States
  • PennDOT Road Sign Sculpture Garden
  • Grey Towers
  • Grave of Andy Warhol
  • French Azilum
  • Old Jail Museum
  • Elfreth's Alley
  • Rocky Statue
  • Philadelphia City Hall
  • Pittsburgh's Snoopy Doghouse
  • Archbald Pothole
  • The Golden Gal of Old Madison Square Garden
  • The Big Mac Museum
  • Birthplace of the Banana Split
  • Dippy the Dinosaur
  • Woodland Chapel at Woodsgate
  • Nine Mile Run
  • Frankford Avenue Bridge
  • Kaufmann's Clock
  • Stoogeum
  • The Ephrata Cloister
  • The Liberty Bell Hiding Place
  • Amelia S. Givin Public Library
  • George Washington in a British Military Uniform Statue
  • Mars Flying Saucer
  • Swan Memorial Fountain

Monday, November 27, 2017

All The People Who Brighten My Day

There are people that just know how to make a bad day good, and always knows how to make me feel better. Some are family and friends, some are people I know of through social media.

The people who brighten my day are:
***Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Friday, November 24, 2017

My Rhode Island Bucket List


  • Roger Williams Park
  • The Breakers
  • Marble House
  • Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
  • Block Island Southeast Lighthouse
  • Prudence Island
  • Kingscote
  • Flying Horse Carousel
  • Slater Park
  • India Point Park
  • Newport Tower
  • Roger Williams Park Botanical Center
  • WaterFire Providence
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Green Animals Topiary Garden
  • Providence
  • Neutaconkanut Hill Park
  • Carey Mansion
  • Fleur-De-Lys Studio
  • The Swiss Village
  • Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge
  • Boyd's Windmill
  • Narragansett Bay
  • Rhode Island State House
  • Cliff Walk
  • Ochre Court
  • Watch Hill
  • Blackstone River
  • Rough Point
  • Rosecliff Mansion
  • Newport Vineyards
  • Wright's Dairy Farm & Bakery
  • La Gondola
  • Rhode Island Tours
  • John Brown House Museum