The End of Summer Bucket List


With summer officially ending in just a few weeks, my weekends are fast becoming last-minute hurrahs. Due to some unforeseen occurrences earlier in the year, I was not able to enjoy my summer to the fullest. I was not able to enjoy backyard cookouts with family and friends or take day trips to Santa Cruz or SF, and that’s okay. Sometimes life doesn’t always go as expected, you just have to roll with the punches and keep going, and make the best of what you have.  The end of summer is similar to that all-too-familiar Sunday night feeling, knowing Monday morning is staring you in the face.

To alleviate some of that end-of-summer depression, I’ve started thinking about some things that I could do to end my summer with a bang! Simple things, nothing over the top, but something that would give that feeling, you what I am talking about. The feeling you can’t describe it’s just there. So here is my list, some of these I will be crossing off in just under a week as we set off for South Dakota. Why South Dakota? Well, Little Katie Goes to the Moon won silver in the general children’s category from Literary Classics, and they will be hosting all of the winners in Rapid City South Dakota where will have a formal gala, and attend the Great American Book Festival over Labor Day weekend.

I would love for you to leave a comment at the bottom and share some last minute things that are on your summer bucket list. Or, share some things that you have already crossed off your summer bucket list.


stargaze     take a nap in the hammock  

visit a historical landmark       beer tasting at a micro brewery

visit the zoo        do an art project with my toddler       take a hike    

make a splash at a water park          grill an entire dinner

  finish a new book          spend an evening playing board games

watch a summer blockbuster        plant something new  

            try something out of my comfort zone     make homemade popsicles

What do you want to add to this list? Share in the comments.          

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3 thoughts on “The End of Summer Bucket List

  • Cat Michaels

    Love your bucket list, Carmela! And so exciting for you to travel to the Heartland for the Literary Classics!

    Summers here in North Carolina are hot and humid, so my bucket list includes chilling with early morning walks swimming laps until lifeguards return to school and the pool closes.

  • Rosie Russell

    Hi Carmela! This summer went faster than all others for some reason! We welcomed our daughter-in-law into the family on Mother’s Day. Attended so many baseball and softball games. We vacationed in North Carolina, which I still can’t quit thinking about!
    Summer bucket list to finish, the story that I have been working on for a year now. With all the above happy distractions, it didn’t get the daily attention.
    Have a wonderful time accepting your award! I can’t wait to hear all about it!
    Enjoy the rest of your summer!