20 down, 40 to Go!


Tick, tick, tick. It’s time to get my list completed. 60 things I want to do to celebrate turning 60 this March. I’ll be taking this whole year to do the things on my list. So far I’ve come up with 20…

1. Finally make it to the top of the Space Needle. Completed on Wednesday January 26th!

2. Dinner with the Mennonite Girls and their husbands. Met for dinner at the Chuckanut Manor on March 13th!

3. East Coast Trip. Things are shaping up for a trip to Washington D.C. and maybe the Carolinas in May of this year. (Any suggestions about what to see and where to eat would be highly appreciated)

4. Apply for my enhanced license so my trips to Canada will be easier. Completed in January!

5. Birthday getaway with my 3 sisters. Plans are afoot.

6. Try one new restaurant every month of this year. Looks like this one is really going to be easy especially with trips planned.  Eastlake Bar and Grill~ Lake Union. The Hitching Post~ Monroe. Racha Thai ~Seattle.  Bishops Alehouse ~ Juanita. Chuckanut Manor-Bow. Barolo ~ Seattle.

7. Send my parents a bouquet of flowers on my 60th birthday thanking them for loving me all these years. Sent on March 14th and my parents were thrilled.

8. Visiting a a new garden.

9. Plant something new in my yard.

10. Have my flagpole installed. Installed on my birthday March 14th.


11. Lose 10 pounds.

12. Enjoy a book by an author I haven’t read before.

13. Explore 6 cities/towns in Washington. Lake Union.  Monroe.  4 to go.

14. Try 2 new recipes every month.

15. Go on a easy day hike.

16. Walk more.

17. Go to a new Tea Room.

18. Purge 60 books off my bookshelves.

19. Begin going through old boxes in the garage loft.

20. Go on an adventure with my daughter Katie.

I’m going to link up with Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.

Have a great week everyone!

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

29 thoughts on “20 down, 40 to Go!

  1. This is a great list Ellen. I’m working on my “bucket list” because 60 has come and gone. It’s all good…. 🙂

  2. Sounds wonderful and you have completed some already. Happy Birthday!! Good luck completing the rest of the list.

  3. That’s the best sort of ‘to do’ list, Ellen. I hope I have a chance to help you with one of them!!……….when you set the date.

  4. What a fun list! If you’re travels bring you up to the Bellingham area, I can recommend some very nice new restaurants for you to try. And I may have already mentioned…but two great books if you haven’t read them are…’The Art of Racing in the Rain’ and ‘The Glass Castle’. And I really liked ‘The Art of Non-Conformity’ if you’re into self-improvement type stuff.

    Have a great time finishing your list.

  5. What agreat way to make this year memorable and to focus on enjoyable things. Looking forward to that dinner. … and other places I will see you this year!

  6. I probably shouldn’t share, but I got such a good laugh out of #15.
    How easy do you have in mind?
    Hey, there are lots of “easy” day hikes here in Utah, how about coming by and we’ll take one together?

    How about adding “Gain a son-in-law” to the list?

  7. What a great idea. I tink I’ll start making up a list for next year!

    I don’t like #11. It just doesn’t fit with #6 and #14! Maybe you could leave the weight loss item until next year. Smile.

  8. It sounds like you’re off to a good start Ellen B!
    OK, I have a book for you if you haven’t read it. It is my favorite and sadly it’s a romance novel ‘-O. Have you ever read the book, “A Rose in Winter,” by Kathleen E. Woodiwiess (not sure if I spelled her name correctly). It takes place in the Highlands of Scotland and by the time you’re done reading you’ll be speaking with a proper Scottish Brogue. And since it’s a romance of course you’ll run across the usual naughty behavior, but there’s not too much and I always pass that part up…hee hee hee!!!

    xoxo cori g.

  9. You know which thing I loved the best, Ellen? I think it is lovely that you are going to send your parents a bouquet to thank them for loving you all these years. That’s my number one thing after meeting Jesus that I want to do when I get to Heaven. Thank my parents and my grandmother for all of their love and support. Hug them tight, too, and do it twice. Once for you and once for all of us who are your blogging friends. 🙂



  10. I like your list…in fact we should make a list every year…My hubby is always so happy when the list is completed…So that was 20 some odd things…Divy it up and you can do 6 things a month…Bingo!

  11. I love the idea of the list. I wish I’d thought of that last year. Oh, wait! I could make a list for this year couldn’t I?
    You have a good balance of something new, something challenging, something noble and something kind.

  12. Pingback: Welcome March ~ The Next 20… « The Happy Wonderer

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