Empty-Nest Syndrome Can Hit You When You Least Expect It

I didn't freak out when I turned 50. I liked the surprised reaction when I told people I was 50, as if I couldn't be so old. It was a proverbial milestone. Mostly I still felt young. Menopause was a breeze that year, and eh, presbyopia—reading glasses can look sexy. I just got used to turning 50, liked it even, when the unthinkable happened—I turned 51. It was like the day after a party and you wake up with the beginning of a hangover that lasts forever. ...more
I want to hear the next instalment! ps I am 51 this year too, bummer!more

Making The Empty Nest a Little Less Empty With FaceTime

Sundays are becoming FaceTime Days in our household. Apple could set up a shoot in my home office and my daughter’s dorm and feature us in a commercial highlighting how FaceTime brings together parents and their college freshmen. Sniff, sniff. Wipe the tears. ...more
Thank you for sharing your experience. Isn't modern technology a wonderful thing. How wonderful ...more

How to Deal With Your Midlife Crisis

When you hear about someone going through a midlife crisis, you usually think of that stereotypical scenario of some guy in his forties impulsively buying a sports car and dumping his wife for a younger woman. ...more
Thank you for this insightful article. One thing I would like to add is when you find yourself ...more

Back To Good Daily Habits I Believe

Got back about midnight or early Sunday morning from the family reunion over in the Silver Valley.About 50 family members. The relatives that lives around Courd'Alene were the closes. A second cousin came form around Vancouver Washington and she drove the farthest.I've never spend much time in the Silver Valley area....more

My Closet is Never Empty

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Empty-Nest Syndrome Can Hit You When You Least Expect It

I didn't freak out when I turned 50. I liked the surprised reaction when I told people I was 50, as if I couldn't be so old. It was a proverbial milestone. Mostly I still felt young. Menopause was a breeze that year, and eh, presbyopia—reading glasses can look sexy. I just got used to turning 50, liked it even, when the unthinkable happened—I turned 51. It was like the day after a party and you wake up with the beginning of a hangover that lasts forever. ...more
I want to hear the next instalment! ps I am 51 this year too, bummer!more

Maintain Control When Life Sends You Spinning

 How to Control the Big Spinner of Life!Remember that playground equipment known as the Big Spinner or the Merry Go Round?...more

The Farmer's Life For Me!

When I started this blog and entitled it, "The Flown Coop," I never imagined I might actually own chickens or have a legitimate coop on my property. I chose it to illustrate the fact that my husband and I were entering new territory; the one with no kids in it as they'd all "flown the coop." Such a clever title....more

So We Bought The Farm: Now What??

 So we bought a farm.  After a year and a half of searching for the perfect piece of property with the perfect home on it, in the perfect location, we bought a farm. For those of you who have not met me personally, this may sound just fine. But for those who know me well? My response to you when you stare at me quizzically, is, "I know, right? What about me screams farmer?" Fifty-five acres of WTF?...more
lol hahahaha. We want to buy some property with like 5 acres and have a mini-farm but sometimes ...more

Something a small as a blackberry taught me this ...

Picture a busy street. One crammed with four lanes of commuters cruising along at 55 mph. Add the bike lanes. Add the sidewalks.  What do you see? Is your imaginary sidewalk empty?  Or did you see the runner? Did you see the children walking with their parents? Did you see the dog and his owner? Did you see the woman in the wheelchair sitting peacefully beside her companion? What do you think of the things that you see? Or do you, for that matter, think at all....more
So lovely.more

Happy Mother’s Day To My Son

 (Vintage Angel Boy) Because, of course, without him, I wouldn’t have a Mother’s Day at all....more

Hug A Brat Today

I never realized how much of a loss I would feel when my son moved out. I’ll admit it took five years to feel it, but it’s happened.I’m grieving the loss of my kid’s childhood. It’s as painful as any grief I have ever felt. I see women, some my age, with young kids and I’m filled with a terrible melancholy. I feel like it was over in a day, I brought them home from the hospital and the next day they were twenty years old.I feel like I have forgotten how tiny their little fingers and toes were.I feel like I’ve forgotten their first step and their first word....more

This Ain't Our Grandparents World

"Life is what happens when we're busy making plans." - John Lennon (attributed)Im here to tell you, that it is the gospel truth, just about the time I got it all figured out, karma dropped a bomb.  ...more