Our first empty nest blizzard! Having just survived Snowzilla here in the Washington, D.C. area, I am once again reminded how different my life is since my children
abandoned me left for college.
My Friday Five friends have chosen 5 New Experiences for this week’s topic, so I decided I would reflect on 5 ways my life has changed since the onset of our Empty Nest season.
My house is cleaner. This week while we were blizzarding, I was somewhat nostalgic for the days when my house would be full of teenagers, running in and out, eating all my food and wearing all our hats and gloves. Then, I looked at the pile of gloves drying by the back door…all 4 gloves…and remembered the piles from years past. And the floors with crunchy gunk. And the powdered hot chocolate mix all over the kitchen counters. And the remnants of snow ice cream. And the dirty towels to try to save my hardwood floors from wet boots. Although I still miss the kids, I do NOT miss the mess.
We eat better. Because hubby and I are in our 50s and doing battle with our aging (but mostly still healthy, thank you God) bodies, we are trying to eat healthier. Except for when it is blizzarding and you NEED to eat macaroni and cheese because it is very cold, comfort food kind of weather. Or when it is playoff football time and you MUST eat potato chips and french onion dip. Other than those types of extenuating circumstances, we are eating more veggies, less carbs, and better quality products. I am trying new recipes, experimenting with different vegetables and no one is looking at me like I have tried to poison them. I can’t remember the last time someone said “But I hate ____!!” (Fill in the blank with the thing I just slaved over for an hour and served ungrateful children for dinner.) I also feel I can justify Whole Foods prices for just 2 of us. Continue reading