Help Wanted: How to evade the empty nest

 It’s no secret that I will be an empty-nester in just 3 weeks. I’ve talked a lot about giving thought to whether or not I should continue blogging. I started this blog for a few reasons, some (two actually, who shall remain nameless) of which are flying the coop or leaving the nest   or something....more

Small town ties

     My 18 yr old son just ran into his dead beat dad while making a pizza delivery to his house! They haven't seen ea. other in years! I feel so sorry for him. How awkward?! We were together for 10 yrs. Both our mom's kicked us out for dating ea. other. We slept in his car for awhile then we stayed in his Grandparents basement, but they didn't know I was there for almost 2 yrs. b/c he would sneak me in & out. My ex has an older son, who was a yr old when we started dating, & who I consider a son....more

Holding On . . . While Letting Go

Holding on and letting go. Two completely different concepts, right? But right now I find myself trying to balance them both.I have two boys, teenagers at this point. One just finished his freshman year in college. The other just graduated  high school. I’m not sure how this all happened, I just know that old cliché “time flies” is a cliché for a reason.My boys are a little more than a year apart in age. So when my older son was born, I had a year alone with him. He was a baby and it was time I treasured....more
Suzanne Fluhr I know most families fight to sit down to dinner together and we did (and do) ...more

From Empty Nest to Love Nest

So what are my husband and I to do now? Now that our once-full and busy “nest” is found empty and we are therefore suddenly free of all family responsibilities? “Children responsibility”; of worrying and providing for, that is! What should now fill the many empty hours and [long] days ahead that were once in-every-respect spoken for—cooking and cleaning for...chauffeuring for...cultivating good manners, and how-to make life choices that will meet their individual needs for their long-term happiness?...more
Linda Anselmi Thank  you, Linda, 'guess we've had 32-years of living together to get it right. ...more

Face-to-Face with My Empty Nest Life

I am at last face-to-face with my empty nest life, even if I am still in denial. Today, my first day with an empty house, I want to remain tucked within my sheets, indulging in a flood of salty tears that have already soaked through and stained my pillow. I have no desire to open my eyes and indulge them to a surrounding wall of obvious sunshine and warmth outside.My heart is breaking! And this is only my first day....more
Linda Anselmi And it is very lovely to see you here, too, Linda! I'd like to say that I am back, ...more

Gray on Gray

Dawn Quyle Landau,  Tales From the MotherlandLittle boots, sit by the door… waiting for children who have grown up....more

Homestyle Chicken & Gravy

 Yesterday was one of those days that I needed to seek out comfort…...more

I Wrote a Book!

So I took 8 years of stories about raising a Millennial (aka Brittany Geiger Smith) and turned them into a book which just went live as an ebook on Amazon today! I've got it priced low for the first month hoping people will buy it, read it ...and review it....more

Try Something New

We've all tried something new at some point in time. Lots of things, actually. But when is the last time you tried something new?Is it important to try new things? It is scary to try new things? Do the benefits outweigh the risk of trying new things? I think the answers are- Yes; It can be; Most of the time, yes....more

The Way Things Change

The nest has been empty for four years now and my views have certainly changed from that first year to the present day.The FIRST Year:...more
thanks for the whimsical look at being an empty nester.  i'm smack in the middle of year one and ...more