The other side of the bucket list

I’m sure I’m not the first person to say this, but the problem with accomplishing a huge lifelong dream is that on the other side of that accomplishment is the realization that, for the time being, you no longer have a huge lifelong dream pulling you forward. It seems like the worst kind of first world problem to cry that all your dreams have come true and now you have to go through the process of creating new ones. Who could possibly feel sorry for that kind of lament?...more

Old Age

I am getting old and I think so are you. I went out and did the yard yesterday. Yes the kids help but I still worked on it. I bent over, lean back and pulled something out of joint.  Back in the day I could do the whole yard by myself as the kids jumped in  the leaves, played with the dog and pushed each other in the wagon.  Now I can only think of myself trying but I know I will pay for it later (NOW).  I didn't work out....more


One of the hands-down hardest things for me in the “young empty nesting” journey is that I am not actually “young”. Compared to those who hit empty nesting and retirement in roughly the same life stage, yes I am. But compared to the demographic I keep running into in my day to day life, I’m the older generation. Why does this matter? Because so much of what I want to do, so much of what I’m trying to accomplish, is simultaneously being attempted by 20-somethings who are just starting out. And I envy them....more
BonBonsforBreakfast Oh yeah the Peace Corps! Totally has the same feel to it. I kind of feel ...more

In (his) sickness and in (her) health

My husband and I have been together for a long time. I like that about us. I like having this mental database on him - things he likes, things he doesn't like, shared memories and even memories that he thinks are his but are really mine. I even like it when I learn something new about him, because it is usually such a wonderful surprise. (Seriously, honey? You like Indian food? When did that happen?)...more

Visiting With Grown Children

As you read this, I am sipping a Bloody Mary, with my seat reclined, trying to ignore the idiot next to me, attempting to read one of several magazines I've been hoarding to catch-up on, with my bags checked (I don't do overhead clusterf#*k stowage), at 35,000 feet above sea level, moving at approxima...more

What to do at 65

April 10Walked 1.5 miles. Made it to Elizabethtown. Lol... Never left the gym... Now I head for Bowling Green, Ky  50 miles or so. Should take a few more days.  How is everone else doing? Anyone want to join the walk?  Did some well needed stretching today so only got 1 mile walking. Now It is 1.75 miles to Elizabethtown. Hope I can make that tomorrow, then on to Bowling Green, Ky. lolDay before yesterday I walked. 1.5 miles. I am starting in Radcliff, Ky... So I am headed to Elizabethtown. It is 8 miles. 6.5 to go.  ...more
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Industrial Sized Shopping... For One

I need to tell you about my shopping trip at Costco the other day. This whole thing started because I was hungry and wanted a slice of pizza for lunch. My local Costco is just down the road, and the pizza is cheap… oh and I had to gas up at their pumps. Yeah… that’s how they reel you in....more

The "Talkers" and the "Doers": Living Your Dreams

There are cat people and dog people. There are truck people and car people. There are city folk and country folk. There are wine drinkers and beer drinkers. The list goes on and on. Chances are you’ve already put yourself in one of the categories. Me? Well, I’m a wine drinking, car driving, dog loving country folk (ok...I'm on the fence in regards to city or country!)....more
fledged  I really like your perspective! I do think the "midlife" is that mix of ...more