One Billion Days Until Summer

I’ve been asked if there’s a fall list, and usually, I’m quick to say HECK NO because I hate Fall! But this year, as I enter my dark season, I decided to create a list of 24 things that will hopefully keep my spirits up until May 24. So, rather than thinking of one-and-done items, I am seeking adventures and daily habits that will make the days feel less gloomy despite the weather.

Let me know if you want to join me for some moderate fun.

  1. Learn to make Karen’s famous rolls with the expert herself
  2. Start up my TreadTalk club. Membership is open.
  3. Go to more movies in the theatre
  4. Visit Polly’s Cove (I already went once)
  5. Make butter tarts
  6. Host an outdoor pizza party
  7. Make focaccia bread
  8. (Re)watch Cameron Crowe’s movies
  9. Train for a spring race
  10. More yoga, more strength training
  11. Try snowboarding (again)
  12. Take more intentional photos
  13. Make more soup
  14. Attend a Sips and Dips party
  15. Jump in cold water
  16. Make calendars, update my website and take more photos
  17. Clean out the basement
  18. Go to the spa
  19. Finally finish the hooking project I started five years ago.
  20. Read some more Chief Inspector Gamache books by Louise Penny.
  21. Go on our annual Christmas Light Run.
  22. Paint the stuff that needs painting and sew the stuff that needs sewing.
  23. Go to a play or concert
  24. Go to Dear Friend with dear friends


meanwhile, elsewhere

Monday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.

  • I will make more soups this season. I will, dammit. (A Couple Cooks)
  • Grand-mates: Generations Sharing a Special Bond (and Sometimes the Rent) – More young adults are moving in with their grandparents, in a trend known as “skipped-generation” households. (NYT)
  • For all the 39-year-olds in my life (Wit & Delight)
  • Wait, this is still a career possibility? Where and when can Miles and I sign up! (The Atlantic)
  • Did I write this, or did someone steal it from my brain: Every Aug. 1, an alarm goes off in my brain. Fall is coming. Then winter. Then you’ll be depressed. FOR MONTHS. While it’s not exactly a cheerful thought, it’s one that I can count on every year. (Apartment Therapy)
  • “I’m working as hard as I can to come out the other side… But it’s a huge sense of shame and a sense that I’ve just let a ton of people down. People expect me to be fully cured, fully healed, be an advocate for this stuff… And it’s not a completely linear thing. I think that’s been the hardest thing. I just want it to be this one linear, upward trajectory. It never is.” – A serious injury kept her out of the World Championships marathon. That was only one part of her complicated health picture. (Runner’s World)
  • Who’s in need of a museum date with me? (Open Culture)
  • Anything but reels, and I am happy – The food blogger aesthetic has given way to something more realistic and DIY: Laissez-faire Instagram food is here (Eater)
  • And for days like this: A Single-Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie (WP)


100 Days of Summer was B+

Summer is over.

Year nine of my 100 Days of Summer Bucket List again helped me fill the summer days with beautiful people and memories, so I must not be sad. Despite a few hiccups (Miles’ accident and Hurricane Fiona) and detours (Quebec for Nationals), I am thrilled to have completed 87/100 items, even if some are slight improvises on the originals. Hey! It’s my list, and I can do what I want!

So grab a warm blanket and a hot bevy and enjoy a recap. Looking back, I feel very lucky.

100 Days of Summer 2022

  1. Take a dip in a lake, in the river, in the ocean
  2. Make a pie at least once every month
  3. Hike the Mi’kmawey Debert Interpretive Trail
  4. Hike to the Carbide Willson Ruins
  5. Dip my toes into Halifax Harbour at the staircase
  6. Run to the Bike and Bean
  7. Have a picnic
  8. Go trail running
  9. Cook campfire Kraft Dinner
  10. Meet Jill for a lunch walk
  11. Bike to Tatamagouche on the trail
  12. Eat s’mores
  13. Leave the province
  14. Enjoy some Cape Breton pastries
  15. Visit a lavender farm
  16. Dilly dally over to Dilly Dally on Sarah’s lunch break
  17. Bike around the city
  18. Paddleboard
  19. Run the Muffin Run
  20. Run the Cabot Trail
  21. Swing off the river rope
  22. Jump off Flat Rock
  23. Join the #tinyheartclub
  24. Skip practice, go to Garrison for a beer! 
  25. Stand outside in a summer rainstorm
  26. Sleep in a tent
  27. Set out on a walk – meet a friend halfway
  28. Check-off one thing on the Fifty Before Fifty list
  29. Eat at the Willard, Fox Harb’r
  30. Go for a beach walk
  31. Night swim
  32. Swim in my aunt’s pond
  33. Ontario wine tasting
  34. Go sailing
  35. Work outside
  36. Visit Sara Bonnyman Pottery in Tatamagouche
  37. Make jam or marmalade
  38. Neighbourhood stalk a new neighbourhood
  39. Stroll along the waterfront
  40. Read a book on the beach
  41. Have a post-run Farmer’s Market date
  42. Play croquet
  43. Explore new parts of Victoria Park
  44. Host a backyard social
  45. Get gelato from the Gelato Bike
  46. Pre-work plunge in the lake
  47. Post-work plunge in the lake
  48. Go for a run and jump in the water right after
  49. Eat a lobster roll
  50. Eat fish tacos
  51. Have a lunch date at Luke’s
  52. Have a brunch date
  53. Play hooky
  54. Make a Dirty Shirley
  55. Go to Top Gun: Maverick
  56. Visit Birchtown, Nova Scotia
  57. Visit the Noel Shore, Nova Scotia
  58. Yoga outside
  59. Discover a new beach (Mavillette?)
  60. Get 10,000 steps every day
  61. Sow wildflower and lupin seeds at the property
  62. Cheer loudly at a race
  63. See Shakespeare By The Sea *Went to a play at Neptune instead.
  64. Go prom watching at the Public Gardens
  65. Road trip with friends
  66. Take a ferry
  67. Run along the Rideau Canal
  68. Run and jump off a dock without knowing the temperature of the water
  69. Go to a drive-in movie
  70. Go to a Wanderers game
  71. Go to a Roughriders game
  72. Visit the ocean after work
  73. Camp on our property
  74. Only use the clothesline
  75. Wild Piquette in a can!
  76. Rent a cottage
  77. Drive dad’s side-by-side
  78. Snorkel (or learn to scuba dive) with David
  79. Paint furniture
  80. Apply sunscreen, daily
  81. Buy fresh flowers every week
  82. Squeeze lemons, make lemonade
  83. Bike across the MacDonald Bridge to Dartmouth
  84. Bike across the Alexandria Bridge to Quebec
  85. Make Ricotta Cheesecake with Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote
  86. Eat from a food truck
  87. Try vegetable dyeing
  88. Visit Tatamagouche Ice Creamery (at least once)
  89. Drift down a river
  90. Go berry picking
  91. Go whale watching
  92. Go on a Ghost Walking Tour
  93. Ride the waterslides at the Waeg
  94. Yard sale or have a yard sale
  95. Take a “lunch” walk – get fresh air (daily!)
  96. Organize and play a night game (not game night)
  97. Dole Whip at the Chicken Burger
  98. Watch the sunrise at the ocean
  99. Watch the sunset at the ocean
  100. Watch 500 Days of Summer

I always hope this inspires others to create their own version – I am already looking forward to year ten!

Here are my lists from 2021, 20202019 2018, 2017, 2016,  20152014

meanwhile, elsewhere

Saturday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.

  • I see my child in this video, and I am totally the mom in this video
  • Daily ‘breath training’ can work as well as medicine to reduce high blood pressure (NPR)
  • Why Have We Allowed Money to Ruin Youth Sports? The kind of chill athletic experience I wanted for my kids barely seems to exist anymore. (NYT)
  • Serial’s Success Inspired Tons of New True Crime Docs—But How Do They Hold Up in 2022? (Friday Things)
  • What’s Happening in Iran and What Can We Do? (Cup Of Jo)
  • Hey Maritimers hey, should we buy these? (Apartment Therapy)
  • Fine with me. (CBC)
  • Coming soon to a house near you: Folklore Fusion (Apartment Therapy)
  • The Case for Allowing Yourself to Be Bad at Something – Why not embrace the stuff you’ve always wanted to do, even if you’re mediocre? (WSJ)


meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.

  • Springfield, Missouri, Is Their Muse. Working in their home city, the photographer Julie Blackmon and her daughter, Stella, a filmmaker, find some mystery in everyday life. (NYT)
  • Have you watched this? It’s devastating. Thanks for the recommendation, Kristin. (NPR)
  • If Ephron has a lasting legacy as a writer, a filmmaker, and a cultural icon, it’s this: she showed how we can fall in and out of love with people based solely on the words that they speak and write. Words are important. Choose them carefully. And certainly don’t cling to a myth just because it’s lovely. It’s only in pushing past lazy clichés that a love affair moves from theoretical to tangible, from something a girl believes to something a woman knows how to work with. (New Yorker)
  • Regardless of the particulars, Serial was the thing that turned a story of failure in the justice system into a wildly popular podcast that’s still being fought over eight years later. – It Took a Pop-Culture Phenomenon to Right One Wrong (Vulture)
  • And this:


  • All fashion should make you say, “Hmm, seems stupid. I love it.” Sunglasses most of all. (Cut)
  • He’s known as Mr. Steal Your Grandma. But to his adoring second-grade students, he’s simply Mr. Randle – Meet Irvin Randle, the Sixty-Year-Old Instagram Star Your Grandma Has the Hots For (Texas Monthly)
  • Would you be buried in a mushroom suit like Luke Perry? (Orion)