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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. 

Hmmm…I didn’t know there was a ‘bad’ ladybug!

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!

Yikes…foods with high amounts of hidden sugar.

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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  1. Carole West

    August 20, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    So we’ve been an empty nest for a couple of years now and it’s been fun. We haven’t slowed down a bit and the idea of staying home more is also on my horizon these days. Had a busy and hot summer and with the arrival of baby chicks it gives me a reason to stay closer to home.

    Love that 30 minimalism challenge, course I’ve been there done that to the point my husband now calls me the anti hoarder. Fall is going to be busy around here and hope yours is too. The thing with an empty nest it’s not that it’s time to slow down it’s time to do what you’ve been putting off. Enjoy!

    • Tammie Martin

      August 20, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      Our nest has been empty for 3 years now.
      It takes some getting used to.
      I did not see much of a difference until all 3 kids were married.
      We are not retired for another 3 years.
      We are tied down to the jobs until then.
      Once retired than maybe I will say , “we can do whatever we want to do.” But definitely not now. Up early and working does not allow for to s of empty nest energy once we are home for the evening.
      Enjoy your time officially empty nesters.

      • lynn

        August 24, 2018 at 1:47 pm

        Well, the truth of the matter is that I think I’m doing ok with the empty nesthood. It’s been about a week and I guess I have been too busy to notice the quietness. You are right that a job, in addition to taking care of parents, keeps one busy. On top of all that, we are trying to sell our home! So not much time to get lonely!

    • lynn

      August 24, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      Hey Carole, I think empty nesthood is going to sit just fine with me. Between keeping busy with the blog, helping my parents, selling our home and some travel on the horizon, don’t see us slowing down at all.

      It does sound like you don’t need that challenge, I need to get a bit more of your anti-hoarderness. With the kids gone, a lot of ‘stuff’ will be finding it’s way to recycling or donation center.

      Have a great weekend my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  2. BB

    August 23, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    I have absolutely devoured everything that Dawn Lee McKenna has written thus far (Forgotten Coast Florida Suspense Series which has ten books in it now including the new one due out Sep 10th), and her book series with her friend Axel that also takes place in North Florida, as well as Emma Rose Watts’ four books, and a new author, Cap Daniels who has two new books to his credit, The Opening Chase and book 2 The Broken Chase (Dawn Lee McKenna recommended him in a recent newsletter she sends out to interested fans). I was not sure I would like Cap Daniels books, but I loved them! The boating part and the espionage part both combine for quite thrilling reads! I also love cozy mysteries and have joined the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program (costs about $10/month, but they have so many great books of various genres and I read so voraciously that for what the books would have cost if I bought them, I get quite a good deal each month, I think. Also, I don’t have to find a place on the bookshelf to put any physical book, nor have a pile of them here and there for lack of room! Win-win! This has worked great for me as I have two different county libraries available to me, but often they don’t have any of the books I want to read! Go figure…

    • lynn

      August 24, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      Hey there Billie…great book suggestions! Thanks so much, can’t beat espionage for a good read! And I go back and forth with my Kindle and actual book with pages…so great to have the option of both. Love my kindle for travel for sure…cuts down on the weight of multiple books!

      I hope this weekend finds you with some good reads and a little bit of time to enjoy them.

      Thanks for your suggestions my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn


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