Did I ever tell anybody that I procrastinate? Yes, these have been sitting on a kitchen shelf for quite a while and I'm sure they're past due to even compete in a drawing. Oh well, you snooze, you lose. (Linda Moody photo)

Life’s Reflections: Time to make a bucket list?

When is the best time to create a bucket list? Is it too late or too early for me?

I’ve often wondered what I would put on my list if I ever made one.

The top thing that might make me happy is to appear on the Cash Explosion show as a contestant, of course. I love watching that show and seeing people win money that will hopefully make their wishes come true. One local woman, Chris Eby, has been there twice and I’m happy for her.

I know money isn’t everything but it sure would be nice to do something like that before I die. I never really wanted to be rich…just have enough to live comfortably.

However, I wouldn’t like making the trip there if it is too far away but if someone else would drive, it could be fun.

I wouldn’t have to win millions to keep me solvent and live comfortably but enough until my world ends and some extra to leave behind for Jamie.

I know the things I would NOT wish for, and that is anything dealing with height or altitude…such as hot-air balloon riding, bungee jumping, riding a gigantic roller coaster or ferris wheel, or even ride in an airplane.

I wouldn’t even like to travel too far away from home and especially out of the country since that would require air time.

If I knew I had enough time, I would like to write a book or two but I think that’s out of the question.

When I was younger, I wanted to be a teacher but I couldn’t even give a report in front of class because it made me nervous so how could I teach others in a classroom setting? I also, at one time, would liked to have owned a children’s orphanage but as I got older, that idea faded.

I am so glad I went into journalism, though. I didn’t realize I wanted to write news until I did an essay on it my senior year of high school. Plus, I had a journalism class that same year. Interesting stuff and I learned a lot.

I enjoy going to some of our favorite hangouts but I also like to stay at home and keep to myself, even if my son Jamie is around. Some of my hobbies have rubbed off on him. I enjoy working crossword puzzles and watching game shows and so does he. We both like music and watching certain shows together, including Cincinnati Reds games for both of us, and excluding wrestling, the latter on my part.

Back to the bucket list. I actually have been doing one, but the items listed there are stories I am working on or would like to be working and that list goes into Darke County Now, so my co-horts know what I’m working on for upcoming editions online.

Oh well, I would never be so lucky to get called to the Cash Explosion show, but I have two winning tickets I purchased recently and I have yet to send them in. So, it’s my fault, if my dream doesn’t come true. Right?

Besides, I don’t buy tickets that often anymore and, even if I opened winners, I’d probably do the same thing…let them lay around.So, I may as well imagine what life could be like if I followed through. Decisions. Decisions.

Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families and friends of Gene Schultz, Dianna Dowler, Richard Hathaway, Bernadean Kochersperger, Lois Schuh, Russell Thomas Clark, Judy Molitor, Joel Lennen and Randy Rutherford.
Please pray for these people: D’Arleen Waymire, Connie Stachler, Randy Heck, John Rimmer, Joan Keen, Carol Hemmerich, Sharon Hummel, Dave Niley, Bob Drees, Harvey Hinshaw, Larry P. Fitzwater, Jim Thomas, Neal Gray, Michael Mowery, Debbie Mayse, Kenny Edwards, Judie Hathaway, Ralph Byrd, Norma Byrd, Della Burch, Ned and Brenda Wallace, Connie Buemi Hodson, Jim Kammer, Jim Marker, Randy Garrison, Steve Waymire, Warren Menchhofer, Kenton Turner, Gary Knick, Karen Hecht, Barbara Alexander, Jannie Barrow, Kathy Gragorace, Danny Foster, Noella Combs, Clay Sheffer, Becky Everhart, Sharon Miller, Marie Rieman, Mary Bryant Arnett, Becky Oliver, Ronnie Young, Albert Duncan, Jayden Martin, Jeff Rider, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, James Enicks, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Brenda Wallace, Linda Subler, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Sally Burnett Ganger, Rick Alexander, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Cory Meadows, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.
Happy birthday:
Sept. 13 to Toni Profitt, Sara Menzie, Pam Brown, Cassie Brumbaugh, Branny VanHoose, Carol Byrd and Dennis Dickey.
Sept. 14 to Twila Williams, Darla Cross, Brenda Wallace, Gladys Neff, Steve Birt, Mary George Riffle, Mark Gates, Rick Rehmert, Coy Boroff and Becky Moore.
Sept. 15 to Madonna Partin, Pam Penticuff. Rheda Best, Lida Oler, David Compton, Tiffany Gigandet, Amber Cox and Jerry Brewer.
Sept. 16 to Shirley Grilliot, Jerry Riffle, Mike Fourman, Seth Young and Scott Langston.
Sept. 17 to Linda Stachler, Jim Surber, Shanda Black, Theresa Billenstein and Jerry Turner.
Sept. 18 to Nikki Norton Phillips, Pam Hierholzer, Tony Ruble, J.J. Riffell and Marc Erwin.
Sept. 19 to Annette Riffell Miller, Ryan Shook, Debbie Labig, Linda Miller-Budde, Cortney Moody Bulcher and Kim Carter Wolf.
Happy anniversary to: John and Deb Hathaway on Sept. 13; Ted and Wilma Strait on Sept. 14; Dave and Patty Kanney on Sept 15; Deb and Rick Rose (50th) on Sept. 16; Dewey and Deb Ward, Louis and Alma May and Dallas and Gina Ferguson, all on Sept. 18; and Delbert and Edna Fourman and Eric and Kristen Fee, all on Sept. 19.

Think about it: “If you create the circumstances, opportunity will knock more than once upon your door.” — Author Unknown

Darke County Now Staff - Linda Moody - Staff Writer

Linda Moody / Staff Writer

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ lmoody@darkecountynow.com or 937-337-1955.

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