Can you hear it?
The sound of silence?
The sound of a home a little quieter, after all the fledglings have left the nest?
Yup, we are officially empty-nesters. Drove home last night after dropping the youngest off at his school.
We chatted on the way home about what we need to do as a couple to ‘transition' to empty-nest hood and decided it's really important that now that we have all this independence, that we don't also become independent from each other. It is something we will surely have to be conscious of as we are both fairly independent, to begin with.
We decided that even though every night is essentially ‘date night' now, we need to still make sure we go out and don't get lazy.
I guess that's the overall ‘theme'…the ‘don't get lazy' thing. It'd be easy to say, ‘all the hard work is done and now I can do whatever I want to do, whenever I want to.'
And if you watched closely, you may have seen us morph into each other on the car ride home. Terry was all, ‘where shall we go', ‘let's plan trips', ‘we can go anywhere we want whenever we want now.' I was actually the voice of reason saying, ‘Whoa there Nelly, how about we get this house sold?', ‘How about we recoup from our very exciting, not to be missed, absolutely wonderful but VERY EXPENSIVE summer of travel?'
Yeah, that's a new role for me. And truth, I just want to be home for a bit.
So, with that update behind me, what did ever-exciting internet offer up recently?
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I am going to start this on September 1. Want to join me?
I can't even tell you how much I love this felt flower wreath that my friend Jeanie made. So many possible variations on that theme!
Couldn't count the number of times I ‘ooohed' and ‘aaaaahed' at these images.
My friend Michelle shows you how it easy it is to paint a buffalo check!
I could watch and listen to this all day. Rest in Peace Queen of Soul!
I recently had a bowl of Shrimp and Grits and was reminded just how good this recipe is! Think this might be a good ‘let's celebrate emptynesthood' meal.
And in breaking news…after a spate of books that left me ‘eh', I am so thrilled with the current state of my nightstand! Right now I'm reading Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult.
I've always loved Jodi's books, but somehow forgot about them until I was reminded by my friend Stacey at Poofing the Pillows and so glad for her recommendation.
And I'm plowing through Leaving Time, which might typically upset me as I hate to see a good book end, but I've got some great ones waiting in the wings, so it's alright. Next up will be The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, followed by either The Yiddish Policemen's Union or To The Bright Edge of the World. The last two are set in Alaska, which excites me given my recent travels there!
What's on your nightstand?
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