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

Naturally Sedating that Menopausal Wailing Banshee

In these few passing months I have slowly but surely come to feel happy and blissful again, having found some freedom from that ever wailing Menopausal Banshee. The remedy: keeping busy—cooking to my heart’s content, unpacking boxes, re-arranging furniture—and lots of fresh air and sunshine. By Spending many quiet, quality hours in my garden, I have found comforting peace in Nature, amongst my fruit trees and thriving vegetables....more
 @Bad Luck Detective Oh, Suzie...I just keep falling in-love with you, over and over.... You ...more

I the Puppet and Menopause the Puppeteer

I am a puppet on strings, performing moves to a dance willed by my Puppeteer, Menopause. Because, since becoming Menopausal (at which time I also fulfilled my last contract position, and I’ve been looking for another position since), over two-and-a-half years ago now, I have slowly become a recluse—a hermit. Less and less do I venture outside, less and less do I feel like socializing (family included). Crying is the theme of my days. My family worries about me. I worry about me too!...more
@Old Gal You are so, so right! Since I have not been working, and suddenly hitting menopause at ...more

Menopause on a Fruit & Vegetable Detox Cleansing Diet, Part 1

The madness has begun; my first day in a planned five days of semi-fasting and cleansing with fruit and vegetables—a detoxification period, a jump-start for losing weight. The reality: five days of mental anguish and self-deprivation—a tortured guinea pig! And since I am already afflicted with Menopause Syndrome, I promise to be on my worst behavior: Mary Sunshine will take a backseat to the ever-wailing Menopausal Banshee. Urgh… I weep for the living!...more

Hi Melanie,

Well, I was only able to fulfill 3 days of my fruit and veggie fasting, but at ...more

“Butter Slathered Roast of Prime Rib” by One Menopausal Chef

For love of butter—and that it pleases my menopausal heart: here’s a roast of prime rib slathered completely in butter and roasted to mouthwatering, melt-in-your-mouth perfection! When you’ve cooked and served something this delicious, a chattering waiting crowd at your dining room table will suddenly go very, very quiet. And what you’ll hear is the yumming-humming smacking sounds of serious eating. Paula Deen and I have kinship where butter is concerned.  Smile!So “where’s the beef?”...more

Early Hiking to Calm My Restless Menopausal Spirit

At 6:25 a.m. the alarm goes off, and my hubby and I reluctantly get out of bed, still somewhat groggy, and tired from last night’s chest and abdominal workout. But neither wants to be the one to suggest skipping the morning’s hike/walk for sleeping in another glorious 45 minutes. So we get changed into proper walking gear, and in no-time-flat are out the door, stepping into very crisp air. Burrr!...more

Menopausal and My “Empty Nest” Is Made Full Again!

My “heart’s nest,” which was pretty-near empty for a couple years now, is recently made full again. One-by-one my little chicks had flown the coop, and my heart was rent in two. I was saddened into deep depression. Now, due to unexpected circumstances, some have come home again (with the addition of grandchildren, too). And just as my hubby and I were beginning to get used to our new found freedom—seeing our maturing life through new spectacles—well, here they are!...more

Unintentionally Raising My Menopausal Blood Pressure

12:20 p.m., empty and hungry, I stood in front of the refrigerator blankly staring in, listening to the automatic ding, ding coming from the fridge—alerting that I was wasting precious energy. I stood there silently crying, trying to decide just what I wanted to eat, or if I should eat at all! I finally took out some leftover grilled flank steak, held the plate in my hands, thought a moment, and put it back. Then I took out a flat of eggs and held it in my hands; I thought another moment, and then put them back too....more

Hi Melanie, it is so very nice to hear from you again...as always! :)

I am not a real sugar ...more

The Reality of Menopause

There is so much that nobody told me, how my life would change when I became full-blown menopausal: besides everything becoming life-changing, for some (like me), the never-ending up and down experiences have been, to some degree, rather traumatizing. And because there isn’t a manual, per say, I thought I’d brave to share just a little of my daily life, since becoming menopausal, more than two years ago now, and much of which has become embarrassing moments....more
@agapewoman HI.  I am a friend of HomeRearedChef and am always checking to see if she posted ...more

Eating At a Buffet of Depression: A Menopausal Banquet of Anxiety

I have been sitting here at my computer—with time just slipping by, staring at my document—pondering on whether or not to write just how I really feel today—far from humorous. Because it is a well known fact, and all that know me will attest, that I am the first to poke fun at me—and of my alter-ego, Menopause, that Banshee, wailer of distress. In these past many days, Menopause has me in the throngs of emotional pain and anguish....more

And then you show up, Melanie, and "ditto" on the same ups-and-downs. Wow! I thank you for ...more