Covid tanked a lot of my Fall Bucket List
Dear Reader, I have a confession: My Fall Bucket List was pretty much a bust. I’d just gotten started with my autumnal splendor wanderings when Covid finally caught up with me. While I recovered fairly quickly, peak autumn has a short window, and I spent it in bed. That’s why I am determined to have a great winter with my Winter Bucket List 2024. I have lots of chilly fun on tap!
We’ve eased into January, now let’s make our Winter Bucket Lists!
Yes, it’s already mid-January, but I needed to ease into things a little bit after the holidays. Winter is the cozy season, and we do not rush about, right? Exactly.
If you haven’t made one already, I invite you to create your own Winter Bucket List. To help, there’s a free template for you below! I’d love to hear what you’re looking forward to this season! Tag me on Instagram with your progress (@wonderandsundry) , and I’ll share your update in my stories!
Winter Bucket List 2024
Sara enjoying winter? Surely you jest
If you know me at all, you know that despite my New England roots, I am not generally a fan of winter. Snow after January receives the name DEATHFLAKES! (caps required), and I tend to hide until spring comes. I don’t really like being cold, and while I do find fresh fallen snow beautiful, trudging through it does not tend to please me.
My dog Ollie doesn’t really like winter, either, because cold weather means his coat. He sees his coat and either runs or stays very, very still in hopes that it will render him invisible. While he gets moving after a gentle tug of his leash, if I skipped winter walks, he wouldn’t mind too much. Ollie and I are well matched.
New year, new season, new winter me!
Many a year I’ve said that I’m going to at least appreciate winter. This year, I’m going to try and embrace it. I have winter clothes and boots, and while I’m not going to attempt winter camping or skiing, I am going to get out there. My reward for myself is a little winter getaway someplace warm using points.
Winter Bucket List 2024
Without further ado, here’s my Winter Bucket List 2024! I’ll update this as the season progresses.
1. Ice Castles, New Hampshire
Have you ever attended Ice Castles? This festival takes place throughout the northern US, and New Hampshire’s festival is not one to miss. Ice Castles opens in late January, and I will be there!
Check out my post for more details about this magical winter celebration.
2. Get out and get social
I hibernate a lot in the winter, but this year, I want to get out and be more social, especially in the evenings. I want to get out at least once a week to do something fun. I might even see if there’s an in-person class or book group to join.
3. Take a winter walk in Lincoln Woods
I didn’t get up to the Kanc for my Fall Bucket List. I don’t want to let that pass me by again. Provided that there isn’t too much snow (or mud), Lincoln Woods is a lovely place to walk, just at the start of the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. I wouldn’t do the whole trail, but it would get me out into nature.
I took up floating last winter, and I found it both incredibly relaxing and inspiring. Something happens to the mind when we take away all the distractions, and it’s powerful. I’m taking up floating again this winter—already have my first appointment booked!
Check out the post I wrote about my first floating experience.
5. Read fiction
What better way to embrace cozy season than with a good book and a blanket. Maybe some Croatian-Style Hot Chocolate. As of this writing, I’m reading Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver. It’s a retelling of David Copperfield, set not in Victorian England, but in Appalachia.
Fiction suggestions requested
Not exactly light reading, this book—a friend of mine is reading it now, too, and we are exchanging, “Something good happens, right?” texts. It’s a harrowing tale, but the title character is one of the best written and most compelling narrators I’ve ever had the privilege of reading. Winter is a good time for stories, even rough ones.
If you have fiction suggestions, drop them in the comments below. Maybe something a little nicer?
6. Make a snow angel
I used to love to make snow angels when I was a kid, and I have no idea when I last created one. Next time we get some fluffy snow, I’m getting out in it. It would be awesome if I could find a sauna, too.
7. Bake something challenging
I had a lot of fun baking Nisu over the holidays, and it reminded me how much I enjoy baking. I’d like to stretch my apron strings a bit and try my hand at some more challenging bakes. I also want to try my hand at baking Krempita Kotorska and other dishes I had in Montenegro and Croatia.
8. Check out a winter festival
Several communities in the area have a little winter carnival at some point during the season. Think snow and/or ice sculptures, bonfires, and the like. I’m going to get out and attend one.
9. Celebrate maple syrup season
At winter’s end comes maple syrup season. While we think of this as spring, it technically falls in winter, so I’m counting it. Sugar shacks all over New England open up their fragrant doors, and I’m going to visit some. And make more maple goodies.
10. Go someplace warm
I’m not really one for an island vacation in the dead of winter, but I am asking myself why. I have found myself looking for flights to somewhere warm and inviting. Preferably more than just a sandy beach, but maybe that’s exactly what I need. I’m going to use some travel hacking skills to see where my points will get me. If you have a favorite warm winter getaway, let me know in the comments below!