Going Gray

Ahhh, the gray debate!!  Probably one of the most vehement areas of contention between women empty-nesters!Personally, I'm going gray.  Ok...maybe I need to be more honest.  Because of my coloring (born with red hair, darkened to ash blonde as I aged), I've managed to skip the gray altogether.  I do, however, have racing stripes down both sides of my head in bright, glow-in-the-dark white!  Which I shouldn't have been surprised by...it's the exact same way my father aged!...more
Holy Moly there are other women out in the world that think like I do about gray hair. I have ...more

A Slow Day

It's a slow day around the empty nest.  The heat index is supposed to hit 106 and just the thought already exhausts me!  The dogs are sound asleep and I wish I could join them!!As I sit here looking around my office/sewing room/library/guest room/craft room, I see a lot I need to get done but today I completely lack the motivation!!  How do you motivate yourself?  And yes, I have a small house, so one room really does serve all those purposes!!...more

Time Alone

Later this month, my husband is scheduled to be out of town for training.  I'm looking forward to his trip and always do when he travels.  Why?  Because it's me time...just me....more

Love is a Many Splendored Thing

The Empty Nesters had the great pleasure of attending the wedding of a young woman we have known since she was in kindergarten. We've celebrated countless birthdays and holidays with our friends and their families and now we find ourselves at the next stage- the weddings. We sat outside under the setting Southern California sun, listening to the orchestra play Marry Me by Train as the wedding party made their way down the flower strewn aisle....more

Self-Promotion and Blogging

I've been working on this blog since March.  Not a long time in blogging world, but long enough for me to identify my biggest challenge:  self-promotion.As an empty-nester, I grew up in the generation where children were to be seen and not heard.  Little girls were taught to be "nice".  When assertiveness and self-promotion were looked upon as faults...something to be remedied.  It is amazing how deeply ingrained these lessons are, even as I approach 50....more
Amen to that sister I understand exactly what your saying. You have hit on many a topic that ...more

In Praise of Quiet Weekends

I love a quiet weekend.  While Hubby had to work Saturday, I caught up on chores and TV shows I had missed.  Saturday night, we spent a quiet evening watching TV and reading.Sunday, after a few errands were completed...we settled in for the day.  Steaks on the grill for dinner, Hubby watching TV and me enthralled by the latest from one of my favorite authors.  Not a lot of conversation, but that comfortable silence between two people that actually takes years to achieve....more

A Sense of Wonder

I've been seeing postings and news blurbs all morning about the final launch of the space shuttle.  I'll be watching.  I clearly remember my dad waking us up at 4 a.m. to watch the Apollo missions take off.  Yes, I'm that old.  My dad had an air of excitement and joy about each launch and I'm happy that I've inherited that from him....more

A New Adventure

Today I attended the Davis Cup Draw Ceremony.  It was held by ACL Live at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin.  What a great event!!This was a new experience for me as I had never attended a professional tennis event, live match or not.  The ceremony was opened by Asleep at the Wheel and they rocked the house!!  The staff at ACL Live were, as always, professional and friendly.  It is a great venue with an outstanding staff!!...more

The Dog Days Are Over

 The term  Dog Days refers to the hottest, and most sultry days of summer. In the Northern Hemisphere they usually  occur between July and September. The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, The Dog Star, in its close proximity to the sun was responsible for the hot weather. Here in Los Angeles the Dog Days arrived early this year. This past weekend the temperatures hit triple digits in the inland areas. Yet the beaches were blanketed by a thick marine layer and the sun didn't shine through until mid afternoon....more

Cotton Candy Friends

Picture eating cotton candy.  You know how when you put a piece in your mouth, it just dissolves away on your tongue?  Now compare that to your friends.  Are there those that when you are in need, they just seem to dissolve away?  If you're like me you probably have some and you also have a core group of friends that you know will be there no matter what....more