Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bucket Lists - Part Two (Over 60)

I first wrote about my bucket list in this post, Bucket Lists - Part One (Over 45).

Do you have a bucket list? Do you want one? Should you have one? Is yours full, being filled, being emptied or empty?

I had one that I started in my mid-forties, one of the best times in my life. Recently I came across it and realized I no longer feel the need to keep at it. I've done so much more than many folks, been so blessed to be able to do them.

Here are some of the things that have been crossed off my bucket list, all after age 60:

Become a Full-time RVer:
I didn't know this was on my list until after my husband died and I realized I needed a cheaper place to live if I wanted to travel. After searching several towns in other states, I was talking to my youngest daughter on the phone while driving home. She suggested I consider selling the house and becoming a full-time RVers. I had fifty reasons why I couldn't. By the time I got home, I realized I could.

And I 2006, I sold my house and almost everything in it. The buyer asked me to move closing up by two weeks, so I did. Then two weeks before closing, she backed out (her kids talked her out of it, they wanted her in an apartment). For two months I survived with a webbed lawn lounger in the living room, watching the TV my neighbor bought and let me continue to use. I slept in the guest room on the bed another neighbor had bought and let me continue to use. My clothes were stored in totes and I used a lot of paper plates for a while.

In August, I found a receptionist job for a local real estate company and pulled the house off the market, thinking it just wasn't meant to sell. I then bought all new furniture and other things that I had sold. It was September when my UPS man told me his wife really wanted to buy my house but they had no contract on theirs so they couldn't make an offer.

Fast forward to September 2007, my UPS man and his wife put a contract on my house, I bought a small Class C motorhome in Florida (sight unseen), sold everything - again - and on October 31st, I left the driveway and headed out as a sixty year old, widowed full-time RVer.

Visit a Renaissance Faire:
After meeting my current husband in Gillette, WY at an RV rally, we traveled around all the states but each year we returned to his home area of Maryland to see family and friends and take care of doctor visits. During one of these visits, we attended the local Renaissance Faire.

What a blast we can see all my photos HERE.

Travel More:
Oh, my! Have I ever!! Besides visiting all fifty states, I have been to:
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Guatemala
  • Nicaragua
  • Honduras
  • Colombia
  • Panama
  • Belize
  • Jamaica
  • Costa Rica
  • Aruba
  • Bonaire
  • Grenada
  • Barbados
  • St Lucia
  • Antigua
  • St Thomas, VI
  • St Maarten
  • Puerto Rico
  • Bahamas
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Ecuador (including the Galapago Islands)
Thank you to the Princess and Carnival Cruise Lines!

Live in a foreign country:
In January of 2013, we saw an episode of House Hunters International and it featured a story about  family living in Cuenca, Ecuador. We were intrigued. We planned a thirty day visit to see what we thought. That was in April. In December, we packed up nine almost 70# bags and flew business class to Ecuador. What an adventure. We lived there for two years before coming back home. It was an experience we will never forget. You can read about the entire journey, starting with our exploratory trip, on our blog Retired in Cuenca.

White Water Rafting:
I was a bit nervous about this one, even knowing it wouldn't be anything but the lowest class of rapids if I ever did it. Well, things change. In Grenada, we did river tubing and it was just a hair below rapids. I had a blast and told my husband that I was now crossing White River Rafting off my list.

The other thing about Grenada, was my first time with cars on the wrong side of the road. I was sitting on the right and admit to being TOTALLY freaked out!

I never, I mean NEVER thought I would go zip-lining. But I did. My first time was in Alaska while visiting Icy Strait Point, Hoonah, Alaska. At the time, Ziprider was billed as the highest, longest and fastest zip-line IN THE WORLD! What was I doing??? Sixty miles an hour? I just kept repeating to myself, "You've ridden faster on your motorcycle." By the time I arrived at the bottom, I was laughing!

My second time zip-lining was in Belize last year. We booked this cruise to meet up with our "band sons", musicians we had friended on two previous cruises earlier in the year. After we booked the cruise, they told us they wanted to go on an excursion with us. What a blast!!! But my zip-line days are over. LOL!

Published Author:
I have always loved to write...fiction when younger, a ton of non-fiction throughout my career and then in 1996 when I started writing web content on various topics. In 1998, I started dabbling part-time with fiction writing. Children's stories, short stories, picture book ideas and one short story for a woman's magazine - which never got submitted. My husband was diagnosed with cancer and writing went on the back burner.

Fast forward to 2012, encouraged by good friend and fellow RVer, Nick Russell, I began to write again, using prompts from various flash fiction sites. I fell in love with it and participated in my first April A to Z Blog Challenge. I wrote flash fiction and later self-published all the stories in a book on Amazon, A to Z in 10 by 10.

That summer I joined Camp NaNoWriMo (a challenge to write 50k words in 30 days) and thus my first mystery was born, Not a Whisper. Since that time I have published two more books in that series, and three novellas set in Hawaii, as well as having short stories accepted for publication in several anthologies.

Coming up next week - what's left on my list?


  1. You sure made the best of a full and busy life. I'm looking forward to the next installment.

    1. Thanks, Hester. Yes, there are still things I want to do!!

  2. Oh I just love you attitude Donna and so brave of you to take off in an RV. Women like you inspire me and I wonder if you would be a guest writer for my Over 50 & Thriving Series. If you would like to then please email me at and I can send you the details. Thank you for sharing your story with us at Midlife Share the Love Party and I'll see you at next week's link up. #MLSTL

    1. Thanks so much, Sue. I will drop you an email to find out what all it entails. I appreciate your dropping by!

  3. Visiting from MLSTL. Very inspiring! Yes, I have a bucket list and yes, I'm doing things on it. Last year was crossing the equator and visiting another continent (Africa). And zip lining and up in hot air balloon. I thinks it's fun to look back and recall the things you've checked off! I'll have to count countries (I've done all 50 states)...and I'm curious what's still on our list!

    1. Way to go! I lived on the other side of the equator but never visited it. Should have...LOL!

      Now Africa - that is adventurous! Thanks so much for dropping by!

  4. Visiting from MLSTL. I enjoy reading your bucket lists, Donna. Look forward to your post next week.

    1. Thank you, Natalie. I do still have many things on my list...

  5. Wow you've ticked off some great items from your bucket list! Funny, we have a Renaissance Faire in a small town in Western Australia each year. Called The Medieval Carnival I think it is much the same with stalls, costumes, re-enactions. We love it.

    1. I think I like your name better! It was fun, even though it was ultra muddy that year. I think that made it more realistic!

  6. I can't wait to see what else is on your list! You inspire me Donna😊

  7. Donna!!! You are amazing! I read every word of your bucket list and your positivity and zest for life just leapt out at me. I'm so glad you found us on #MLSTL and I'm looking forward to reading more of your life when you link up again. I loved the story of your house move and RV'ing especially. Such a big leap of faith - and it certainly paid off judging by the new husband and all the travel!

    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I've shared this on my SM xx
    Leanne |

    1. Hi Leanne, I'm glad you enjoyed my list. It's been quite a ride, when I take time to look back on it. The good definitely outweighs the bad!

      Thank you for sharing!

  8. May our bucket lists never run out of new experiences, new achievements to inspire and even goad us along the path of life.

  9. I am in awe of your energy and daring sense of adventure (and perhaps slightly jealous) :) House Hunters International (as well as Bargain Beach Front) are my two favorite shows... and I dream of moving somewhere "exotic". You have inspired me to move that dream from the back burner and perhaps start to take those baby steps to make it become a reality.

    1. I don't really feel adventurous, I guess because I am not impulsive. But I am a compulsive researcher...LOL!

      DO take some of those baby steps and move forward on your dreams!!

  10. I am jealous of all of your travels. And two years in another country I can not imagine. I have visited some of the places you have but all of my excursions have been very low key.

    1. I am truly blessed in so many current husband encourages me to stretch my comfort zone each time we go somewhere. Otherwise, I fear I'd become a hermit. LOL!

  11. I have a funny story about a Renaissance Faire. We took my girls to one when they were little. I was invited up on stage to join in a Maypole dance. The next day was my daughter's first day of kindergarten. As I dropped her off, dressed for work as a college professor, the teacher asked my daughter what her mommy did. My daughter looked up at the teacher and proudly proclaimed, " my mommy dances with a pole in a tent." I died of embarrassment at the time, but now it is a funny story.

    1. Oh my, now that IS funny!!! Out of the mouths of babes....LOL!


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