More Than Just a Piece of Furniture The little wooden rocking chair sits in the corner of the landing at the top of the stairs. It is waiting — waiting for some tiny child to come along and resurrect its purpose. The chair is almost as old as me. You could probably call it … More One Good Way I’m Preparing For The Next Empty Nest Phase
Easter is different in the empty nest. Gone are the years of Easter baskets, Easter outfits and Easter egg hunts. It’s much quieter, much more introspective. It’s not necessarily a bad thing — just different. Childhood Easters Easter was always a time for big family gatherings when I was growing up. In preparation for … More What’s The Best Thing About Easter In The Empty Nest?
One of my favorite things about life in the empty nest is the ease of travel. Gone are the years of packing for myself AND my two children. No more setting out clothes for the week or making long lists of instructions for grandparents in charge of looking after the kids while we were gone. … More Three Good Friends On A March Madness Adventure
Wow. What a year! It has been the longest year and the shortest one at the same time. It has definitely been a year none of us will ever forget. It has changed us. When the World Shut Down I remember clearly one year ago today — March 13, 2020. It was the day the … More Eight Lessons I Learned During The Lost Year
It’s springtime in Florida. Well, technically it isn’t spring yet, but when it comes to seasons, Florida definitely doesn’t play by the rules. Spring Has Sprung I love this time of year in my hometown and home state. Everything is blooming — azaleas, camellias, tabebuia, bougainvillea, and saucer magnolia. It’s a riot of color for … More Local Tourists On A Lovely Spring Day
Have you ever tried holding your arms up for a long period of time? Not just at a concert or in a worship service. I’m talking hours or even an entire day. It is difficult, if not impossible to maintain. Your arms grow tired and scream for relief. Moses, Aaron and Hur I started the … More How An Ancient Story Is A Relevant Reminder
How Many Roses Are Too Many? I’m a collector of things. I collect seashells, dolls, books and pretty paper. I used to collect pigs. That started in the fourth grade after reading Charlotte’s Web. I also collect, or more accurately, save, dried roses. I love flowers. I love to receive flowers. Peonies, tulips, ranunculas, roses; … More What Do You Do With Faded Roses
Mail Call Consider the simple task of checking your mail — not your email, but good old-fashioned snail-mail. You walk out to your mailbox, open the door and peek inside. Hopefully, there isn’t a frog, lizard or some other critter staring back at you. You reach inside and pull out the contents. There are some … More It’s All In The Handwriting
I heard the jet engines in the distance. By the time my brain processed the sound, I grabbed my phone to take a picture and rushed out the door, the jet was already past my house, out of range for a good photo. It caught me by surprise once again. Little Airport, Big Jets I … More What Do Jets Have To Do With Empty Nests?
Why Am I Awake At This Hour? Sometimes I can’t sleep at night. I’m tired. I go to bed at a decent hour, usually after reading for a little while. But, then, I suddenly and abruptly wake up during the wee hours of the morning. It may take me an hour or more to get … More Wondering Why You Are Having Trouble Sleeping?