Thursday, November 3, 2011

Coffee Klatch Friday: candy bucket list

Vicki, who hosts Coffee Klatch Friday at her blog The Tapestry of Life, has asked us this week what is on our "bucket list" (things we want to do before we die or "kick the bucket") and following hard on the heels of Hallowe'en, asks us what candy we like best! Yes, I left the comma out of the title on purpose—more fun that way. (Ten candies I would like to try before I die.)

Well, I'll start with candy first. Always a good place to start, especially if it involves chocolate. I love chocolate, dark, milk, light, white, hot, cold—chocolate! But my favorite individual kind of candy would have to be Peanut Butter Cups, for my own peculiar reason. I like the taste of peanut butter but I don't like the texture or even the smell of unadulterated peanut butter. Coated in chocolate and dressed in cute little ruffled paper pantaloons, it is magnifique!

Bucket List
Well, now, let me see...we've done a lot of traveling this century, and I did quite a bit of it on my own in the last century, but there are always places...

1. I was going to list Scotland first, but I'd better start with England because my best friend and her British-born husband have just moved from the west coast of Canada to the middle of England where they now live in a narrowboat on a canal.
2. Scotland, because I've spent a week in Edinburgh, but haven't been to the Highlands or the Islands. Looming large on my bucket list is the tiny island of Eriskay, followed closely by the larger island of Skye, both in the Hebrides.
3. Sydney, Australia. I spent a few days there in 1982 after touring Queensland with my little brother and a friend. Now I'd like to go back to visit new friends, if I can find a ship to take me there. I'm willing to fly home (which will be awful enough, and will likely involve several weeks of bed-rest) but I refuse to arrive there with jet-lag.
4. Africa. Ditto. Travel by ship. Or by leaps and bounds by plane, overnighting every time a change of plane is required.
5. Singapore, if my friend Robin and his wife are still there. If not by ship, at least the same overnighting requirements as in #4.
6. Antarctica, or close to it. Somewhere with penguins, such as the Falklands. I loved the Galapagos penguins and now I want more. Animated movies are entirely too cute, and visiting the penguins behind the scenes at Sea World Orlando was wonderful, but I want to see the real thing, in the wild, once more, or more than once more.
7. Trains. I love trains. The Orient Express would be fabulous. There are some elegant trains in Africa, too. (See #4.) The Rocky Mountaineer in BC and Alberta would be lovely, also. Really, however, what I like best about trains is sleeping. I sleep like a baby in a lower berth on a train.
8. I was in New Orleans in 1980. I think I'd like to return. After both of my parents had died, my siblings and I said we had no regrets about the life Mom and Dad had lived, and it's true, although I would have liked to take them to New Orleans.
9. Ireland, and Wales. I spent an afternoon in Wales when traveling with my parents, brothers, and sisters-in-law in England after our week in Edinburgh. I'd like to see more of Wales, and I'd love to visit Ireland, where I also have a friend I'd like to visit.
10. I'd like to meet Tony Bennett. He's the only one left from the 50s. And, if not Tony Bennett, I'd like to meet John Fogerty. Creedence Clearwater Revival played all my favorite dancing songs in the 70s, and I love Fogerty's voice.

So, there we have ten, or maybe ten and a half. I'm looking forward to seeing what others at Coffee Klatch have on their bucket lists. See you there!

PS — I know the list is long, but my friend Sherry just reminded me of Haida Gwaii, formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands, in British Columbia. A must-see!


Jo said...

Phew Kay! Thank goodness you listed Africa! I would LOVE you to see South Africa (a most beautiful country - my personal favourite) and of course, East Africa! What fun to visit your friend living on a canal. I like your candy preference too (we call them "sweets")- I love Peanut Brittle but not too good for the teeth. Trying to leave out sweets/candy altogether as I have a really, really sweet tooth. Blessings to you and Dick and a big hug for dear Lindy. (((hugs))) Jo

Cezar and Léia said...

God bless you!

Kay said...

I've got Ireland on my Bucket List. We've been to Sydney but our favorite was New Zealand. Please make sure you go there too.

diane b said...

That sure is a traveller's bucket list. I hope you get to empty your bucket before you kick it. I'll do the train ride through South Africa with you.

Ann said...

I was told they are power poles, but the lines have not been attached yet.

Do you in Canada do Guy Fawkes day? I spent this week teaching the students the history.

Vicki said...

Good morning Kay!
Those would all be great places to see. There are several places that I would enjoy seeing, but the one that tugs at my heart is Africa. Most of the places I have been were never ones on my bucket list.
I grew up with CCR music too and love it! So if you go to meet John, let me know so I can tag along.
Also, if you are ever looking for a traveling partner ... keep me in mind.
Have a great week!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh what a lovely list, of things you've seen and still want to see. Sigh. I'd love to see the Queen Charlottes - heck, I'd love to LIVE there, if it wasnt so far away from my family.And the Maritimes, a train trip across Canada would be great. (I get sleepy just THINKING about trains!)Macchu Pichu. Dharamsala. Tibet.

Me, who cant even get an hour and a half away to my beloved beach.

Francisca said...

Well, YOUR bucket list is all about places to see (okay, and a couple of guys)... If I started with that I couldn't POSSIBLY list my top ten! I'd happily visit all your places. And I'd just as happily visit another 100 places or more! The few times I've had the insane thought of making my bucket list, I gave up lickety split, because I simply want to do too much!! Jeez, I even have "make the world a better place" on my list! But good for you for being clear... it's so much easier to make it happen than my way of going with the flow!

Mara said...

Crunchy peanut butter on fresh thickly sliced white bread with a good dollop of butter. Heaven!

Anyway, if I were to list all the places I would love to go, I might as well tell you to look at an atlas. But one country I've always had a wish to see is Japan, don't really know why. It just sounds fantastic!

Jenn Jilks said...

I haven't a bucket list! I'm happy what I'm doing. Living each day to the fullest.

ChrisJ said...

I love Wales! I have been there a good number of times but there are so many 'off the beaten track' places that I would happily spend a month there if my legs would let me walk again. I love walking holidays -- at least I used to. Still I've done a thousand things I never thought I would so I'm content.

Grammy Goodwill said...

You and I both could have made our lists much shorter if we had just said "see the world". Wouldn't that be wonderful?