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Taking care of our Elderly Parent(s) / Re: Mom's Moving in!
« Last post by MaryB on Today at 05:47:38 PM »
Are you selling her house which means you have to empty it out?  That is so hard...  I feel for you.  I hope you have help.
Even though I am not a senior empty nester yet, I keep wondering how the relationships with our children and everyone else we come into close contact with, could change. I tend to think that the bonds could grow stronger at this point, even though our own children (in particular) will possibly have started their own families.
When I first made it, I thought that it wasn't an impossible quest. "Exercise at least four times a week." I don't even know why I lose spirit so easily the next day, so I keep on delaying the plan. Suddenly, it's already another week! I really should fight my procrastination. Making it much simpler sounds like a good start. Thank you for the idea!
I set a lower bar for myself, but found it hard to exercise, three days in a week. The point is that enough time should be put into setting realistic objectives, then seeing to it that we strive to meet and hit any sort of milestones, along the way.
Our Empty Nest / Re: A support group
« Last post by cherie on Today at 04:44:21 PM »
Preferences play a huge role in determining the kind of gathering that a person chooses to belong to. The most noble thing would be to help people learn from your own experiences, by sharing the journey during the transition period.
Taking care of our Elderly Parent(s) / Re: Mom's Moving in!
« Last post by cherie on Today at 04:39:42 PM »
It is such a good feeling to hear that there will be more laughter and activity (in the neighborhood) as a result of your mom moving in. There's nothing quite like a mother's love, and I know that she will enjoy her stay. You could select the furniture that you feel is worth keeping, then donate the remainder.
Empty Nest and being Single (again) / Re: Going to a Singles Event
« Last post by Moonlight on Today at 11:53:28 AM »
Hello, Krista. How are you doing? Was the event fun? Did you meet someone interesting? Meeting new people is also awkward for me, so I usually go with the general topics. Things currently happening, hobbies, and so on. At least it may be good enough to see if your partner is someone you can talk with.
Our Empty Nest Marriage / Re: Living on a Tight Budget
« Last post by Moonlight on Today at 11:17:06 AM »
Hey EN group, I've been gone from the site for a long time....lots has happened in my life in the last 3yrs. My kids are all grown and out of the house. I have gotten comfortable with them being gone now. They are doing well. I had Colon Cancer the last 2yrs in a row.....what I had required surgery both times. Fortunately, for me it was contained. Then last summer my husband passed away from a termanl illness he didn't know he had. Man, marathon of a life in the last 5yrs. So, not sure where to post new topics....hope this is a good place. I'll fill you in more as we go....glad to see some familiar names here. I hope some of my EN pals are doing better these days.
Hi! I somehow missed your response. I don't think we had met before you took a break from this site, so nice to meet you. Having cancer twice must be very tough, but let's look at the positive side: you survive twice! Your spirit is respectable. Are you feeling well these days? What keeps you busy lately?
A "Different" kind of Empty Nest / Re: A "Happy One"??
« Last post by Moonlight on Today at 11:05:30 AM »
Thank you for the positive vibe! I still need it even though I've had my nest empty for a while. Are you keep the communication open with the kids? We used to worry a lot as well, but the constant communication helped to convince us that they were doing better than we thought. Now we can even feel not as restless when they don't contact us as often as before!
Empty Nest.."What's Next" for you?? / Re: Husband might be retiring
« Last post by Katy on Today at 04:36:56 AM »
I agree with the others - retirement is quite an adjustment because you're used to doing something all the time. Suddenly, you have your days free and you don't know what to do with yourself. Does your husband have any plans for his days? Can you two do some things together that you've always wanted to do but haven't had the time/opportunity to?

Hang in there. The adjustment might be rough, but you'll make it through.
Our Empty Nest / Re: Feeling useless
« Last post by Katy on Today at 04:31:42 AM »
I'm so glad to hear that your daughter is doing a little better. I bet she wanted you there by her side when she wasn't well, too. Nothing is better than having your Mom close by to comfort you when you don't feel well.

I hope your daughter continues to improve. Please keep us posted.
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