Winter Bucket List - Update #2

Welcome to Update #2 of how I'm doing on my 10 Things Winter Bucket List! Goodness, winter is rolling along here, though the sun is continuing to shine, allowing us to spend scads of time outdoors each day. Spring here will likely bring fog at some point, so I'm doing my best to make hay while that sun continues to shine!

And as always, I'm linking up with a group of other terrific bloggers to share Winter Bucket List updates, so be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to see who else is participating, and to visit their blogs for additional winter inspiration.

Update #2 for 10 Things On My Winter Bucket List

1.  Skype our granddaughter on Christmas morning in order to watch her open presents. Yes! Completed previously here.

2.  Go for a hike kayak at the beach on Christmas morning. Yes! Completed previously here.

3.  Make three new crockpot recipes. In Process. I posted my first new recipe here during my first Winter Bucket List update. This month I made a new vegetarian chili recipe containing oodles of veggies, and count them, four different types of beans. I served it over baked sweet potatoes, and to be honest, it was so spicy hot I pretty much couldn't taste it! So I'm not going to post the recipe here, and will continue my hunt for the perfect vegetarian chili. Once I find it, though, I do promise to return here and post it.

In the interim, enjoy this amazing Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken that I made for the first time last year, and loved so much I've made it multiple times since. It's all about the balsamic vinegar, so don't cut corners and use the cheap stuff - quality counts here! Serve it over pasta and drizzle even more balsamic vinegar on top before serving . . . yummy!

4.  Make hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps. Pending.

5.  Attend the Palms Springs International Film Festival. 
Yes! Completed previously here.

6.  Go hiking in the desert while we are there. Yes! Completed previously here.

7. Start taking tennis lessons. In Process. I've signed up for a series of Intermediate Tennis lessons that start up in early March. I am hoping that in the process of going through the classes I'll find someone interested in playing singles with me weekly, utilizing one of the many tennis courts in our neighborhood. Here's to a little, 'Game, Set, Match!' in my future!

8.  Spend an evening reading by the fireplace. Yes! Completed previously here. And something I'm continuing to do now that we've installed recessed lighting in our family room, vastly improving the ability to read in there in the evening as a result.

9.  See all some of the movies being nominated for a 2018 Oscar. In Process. We've seen Dunkirk and The Post so far, and have plans to see The Phantom Thread and Darkest Hour this weekend. Otherwise, though, based on what I've read about the remaining films online, I think we're going to take a pass based on a bit too much graphic violence or sex for our tastes.

Instead, we are working to catch as many nominated documentaries and foreign films as we can. Of the list of nominated documentaries below we've seen Icarus, which is absolutely excellent and currently streaming on Netflix, and plan to watch Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tonight, which is available for streaming free via Amazon Prime.

Of the list of foreign film nominees we've seen The Insult and Loveless, which I wrote about in my January In A Sentence A Day post here. Based on reviews, would love to see A Fantastic Woman, but will let the others go based on what I read about each online. That doggone graphic sex/violence thing . . . why are movie makers so enamored with filling their films with them???

10. Travel up to Central California to watch the winter birthing of baby elephant seals at Ano Nuevo State Park. Pending. And truthfully, probably not going to happen this year in that we are kicking off our backyard remodeling project shortly, and I'll want to be around to oversee it.


My count indicates that so far I have five of my 10 items completed, three more in process, and just two still pending. I'll be back with an update on my remaining items on March 21, along with my Spring Bucket List so be sure to check back to see how I'm doing.

Did you create a Winter Bucket List? How are you doing with it if so?


  1. Congratulations on the excellent progress and kudos to you for going with the flow and giving up one item to make room for something else. I've recently discovered the joys of good balsamic vinegar. There is a local shop here in Utah, Millcreek Olive Oil, that sells various infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The proprietor is great about giving advice on the perfect combinations. Yummy!

    1. I enjoy sampling various balsamics, but I've learned to just stick with a good quality aged balsamic for all around usage. Still dreaming of that strawberry infused balsamic drizzled over a salad though, I'll admit! :-)

  2. Congratulations, Tamara, on your successes! I've been watching movies about once a week this winter. I'll watch Wonder tomorrow. You're so good at home remodeling. I look forward to reading about your backyard remodeling project.

    1. Hi Natalie, we are so excited about our upcoming remodel in that it will give us, finally, access to our incredible ocean view via our new outside staircase to the balcony. Hoping we'll also be able to 'fire' our gardeners once completed in that it should be that low maintenance. Though, they are very nice guys, so maybe we'll just ask them to come over monthly to blow the dust out!

  3. You inspired me to try to see most of the Oscar nominees for best picture but some of the ones we've seen have been pretty far-out. We saw The Shape of Water and 3 Billboards this past weekend. The whole way through 3 Billboards I was mistakenly under the impression it was a true story. Was glad when PC told me it was fiction. But as you said, so much violence and graphic sex in some of these films. Where are the good stories??

    So glad you have enjoyed Skype time with that doll baby of yours. I just finished Skyping with Lucia during her bath tonight. Such precious moments.

    Yay, for signing up for tennis lesson. I am sure you will meet a number of folks interested in playing between lessons. I'm hoping for another 5K run in the near future, as soon as I can get back to running.

    Thank you for joining us again!!

    1. I spend a lot of time researching films via, in that I am as fussy about the movies as I see as I am about anything else - books, musicals, concerts, etc. I do love a good, well written drama, however!

      Tennis lessons should be fun. They provide the rackets, which is interesting/different. I'm planning to bring mine along anyone, in order to compare, though I'm hoping the newer rackets will somehow magically improve my net play . . . I'm pretty decent at the baseline, but I choke at the net!


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