Monday, December 13, 2010

The Empty Nest way of life

As I am randomly searching for blogs to follow and read, I often come across one or two themes that are consistent - either the author has a young family or the couple is experiencing the empty nest.

The common thread? They both have families.

I, on the other hand, do not.

That does not mean I do not know what the rest of you are going through, I did grow up in a family. lol I even (in a previous marriage) had exchange students, so I understand the hustle and bustle of navigating the car pool waters and crazy schedules.

But my new life involves a great deal of quiet. This time - it is forever. See, my husband and I do not have children, nor will we have children, and he refuses to allow pets in the home. Less chaos - but more restlessness.

For those of you with no concept of what I do with my time, I thought I would share with you what the "empty home" is like. (It's not even a nest - no one flew away that will ever return.)

For one, it is quiet. Really, really quiet. Which can be great after a busy day at work. But on a Sunday afternoon, it is almost deafening.

It stays organized. Which again, can get a little boring. I remember when I did have a house full (including 3 cats and 2 dogs) and I felt like I was always cleaning up after someone.

I read a lot, I write a lot, I watch tons of movies. Which is why I am always talking about learning a new hobby.

I used to be a scrapbook kind of girl (oh yeah.. don't laugh.) I have well over 20 completed albums - but the challenge now is, there is not a whole lot to put in those albums. Yes, my work is interesting from time to time - but really, who wants to see a scrap book with tons of pics of just me??

I check out tons of cookbooks. Always making lists, planning different menus. My love of cooking came from my desire to find something to do in the kitchen. Then there is the challenge of not making too much. With only two people, you quickly end up with a lot of left overs.

It's a bizarre, peaceful sort of existence...

How about you? What type of "life" are you living?


Anonymous said...

Good post. Try living with an empty heart. (Insert cheesy music here) LOL

Matt Brennan said...

Your two smiles light up the screen in the picture that you posted above.

It is wonderful to see!!!

Matt and Kathleen

TV's Take said...

I long for that quiet. Rarely do I get it anymore but then again this is the life I want. Glad you guys have created your space of solitude.

Jen G-son said...

I don't think I could ever not have a dog now...I'm too afraid of the dark :) I keep busy with hobbies but life is easy right now. No kids, deploying fiance/soon to be husband...I just need to walk the dogs and I'm good!

Dizzy C said...

I forget what that deafening silence is like.
A few years ago I used to have very quiet weekends, when the eldest kids went to visit their dad. Only myself for company.

Now, the house always has noise from 6am til 11pm when the last teen has gone to bed. Me, I am in bed by 9pm tired out by the toddler. :)


Rumtruffle said...

Just hopping on by to say Hi!
I am a new follower and would love it if you could follow me back.
Hoping you have a lovely Christmas and fun new year.
Helen x

Anonymous said...

You know the life I'm living... single student, and it is hectic!! I mean, I don't spend a whole lot of time actually at school, but the homework is time consuming.
Can't wait until I can be the teacher.

Kamila said...

i feel kind of sad really, reading this post.. I'm young,.. but I've been dreaming of a nice future with kids and responsibility... hmmm....


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