From the Hat: Summer Dreams

Hey, look what I found!


In my ongoing “trying to clean a tiny bit each day” project, I was working on one of the bookshelves and then took notice at one object tucked into the top corner. Turns out, it’s a box—well, make-up case, if I were to guess at the intended user scenario—filled with journalling/blogging prompts.

A lot of blogging prompts, all copied in purple pen onto little rectangles of blue and green card stock.


Now that I see them, I have a vague recollection of finding, printing and copying out these all. Don’t quite remember when, but it was definitely in Philadelphia, so that’s at least 7 years back. Or more.

Anyhow, this being another one of those nights where I don’t have a topic ready-to-mind, I guess I’m going to take the opportunity to start a new blog category of questions “From the Hat,” and see what card I end up drawing.

(Drum roll….)

100 things I want to do this summer…

Aw, hell to the no. I’m trying to use this in order to blog faster, not to chain myself to the computer until I come up with a hundred item list! I’m also amused to have drawn this card in the middle of January, being that summer is rather a long ways away from here.

But in the spirit of accepting the random draw of the cards, I’ma going with this. Let’s see if I can get up to 20.

  1. Have another chance to do summer Shakespeare
  2. Try paddle-boarding
  3. Have friends over for a barbecue
  4. See the ocean again
  5. Play mini golf
  6. Watch a baseball game live
  7. Read a bunch of books*
  8. Enjoy Richardson’s ice cream outside
  9. Skip the 4th of July fireworks
  10. Nap in the hammock
  11. Have champagne with a hamburgers & hot dogs cookout
  12. Spend a week up at the lake
  13. See the NH loons
  14. Have a ukulele singalong on the porch
  15. Go swimming
  16. Sunset boat ride
  17. See Spiderman: Far from Home (hey! it’s on my mind: the trailer just dropped today!)
  18. Visit a new-to-me MA tourist site
  19. Have my clothes and closets all in order
  20. ….?

Goodness gracious that was tough. I’m not sure what that says about me: I’m bad at having wishes? Or maybe the things I enjoy are so mundane, it seems foolish to put them on a “wish list” like this? Or I’m just not in a summer frame of mind, it being January. Or I hung myself up on trying to find summer-specific things to put down–after all, I could have said “enjoy Sunday brunch,” which is another one of those always-relevant wishes, but I held back from typing that.

All of which is to say the first 12 items came fairly quickly, the next 7 were like pulling teeth, and if I sit here trying to force a 20th wish from my system, I am never gonna get tonight’s laundry folded.

So 19 it is. Gosh, I feel somewhat pathetic.


* Okay, that’s admittedly a “gimme” category, suitable for all seasons


Image credit: Photo taken by the author, subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.

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