Several of my blogging friends have recently posted their “Bucket List,” which is essentially a list of things you’d like to do before you die. I’ve never written mine down, and it changes sometimes…here’s what it is today:
1. Go to Tuscany, Italy. See the art/architecture, drink the wine, and eat the food!
2. See the following musicians live: Elton John, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Simon and Garfunkel. I finally got to see Neil Young in concert last year – it was amazing!
3. Finish my collection of “Lucile” books by Owen Meredith (Lord Bulwer Lytton). Between 1860 and 1938, it came out in some 2000 different bindings – I have about 45.
4. Work in the bookstore full-time without having to have a “real job” to eat.
5. Buy the house we live in and fill it with books and antiques (after the kids are gone, of course!).
6. Write a book and have it published, probably something historical. I edited a book for a friend a few years ago – I didn’t get the see the final proof, and they spelled my last name wrong in the front of the book (Matherson instead of “Matheson”)!
7. Take a summer off and do nothing but read, write, cook, garden, and listen to music.
8. Visit Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the only two provinces I haven’t been to yet.
9. Learn to make edible piecrust.
10. Go to Germany and see where my ancestors came from (I’m about 3/4 German and the rest is English). Dad’s family came to the States in the 1750′s, and Mom’s German ancestors came about a century later. Here are my German family names: Shoots (originally Schutz, we think), Braun, Schmidt, and Auer.