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Our Pets! / Re: Tell me about your pets
« Last post by Guineagirl on Yesterday at 12:05:21 PM »
Do you have any cats, dogs, horses, hedgehogs, or anything else that you adore and spoil?  I'd love to hear a little about them.  We've been without pets since my daughter moved out for the second time and took her dog with her.  I'm hoping to get a dog or cat real soon.  I just gotta talk my hubby into it.

Aww you must miss the doggy.  Itís great if you can have a dog.  My husband does not like any animal.  I love animals and get drawn to dogs being walked in the street and stroke them :(  my favourite animal is Guineapigs hence my member name, sadly I had my guinea of six put to sleep last year and canít have another as visiting our daughter itís not feesable.  I think if we are able and love animals they bring such joy and do fill a gap.  My friend has a King Charles spaniel and I got a forehead lick from him yesterday, I love him to bits. X
EMPTY NEST MOMS....EATING LOW CARB "MY WAY" / Re: Raw or Cooked Vegetables
« Last post by noodle on Yesterday at 09:24:14 AM »
A few vegetables gain an antioxidant or two from cooking, such as carrots, eggplants, tomatoes, and red peppers. Those last two will lose vitamin C, though.
Every Day Conversations / Re: Thanksgiving Plans?
« Last post by Layla on Yesterday at 05:45:19 AM »
That wild rice dressing sounds good! Please let us know how it turns out.

My daughter is coming home for Thanksgiving, and I'm really looking forward to it. She and I are planning to cook dinner together, though I will be up much earlier than she is to get it started, I'm sure. It'll be great to have her home for Thanksgiving.
Every Day Conversations / Re: Relieving pain by downsizing
« Last post by Layla on Yesterday at 05:25:56 AM »
I just went through a cleaning spree where I cleaned our garage, attic, and closets. I donated a bunch of stuff we don't use anymore but that someone else could get some use out of. It was good to declutter a little, but I'm not sure it really helped ease my pain or loneliness.
Our Empty Nest / Re: What was the first step you took?
« Last post by Layla on Yesterday at 04:56:14 AM »
I try to distract myself by cleaning a lot, but there's only so much you can clean. I cleaned out our garage, our attic, our closets. It was a big project, but now it's all done, and I'm not quite sure what to do next.
Our Pets! / Re: Tell me about your pets
« Last post by girlchild34 on Yesterday at 01:14:13 AM »
We've also not had a pet for sometime now because the kids took them when they left. If all goes as planned, we are hoping to get a cat and dog early next year. Their presence brings some much-needed warmth even in the absence of people we are fond of.
Our Empty Nest Marriage / Re: Living on a Tight Budget
« Last post by girlchild34 on Yesterday at 01:10:51 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 Dana, you have been through a lot but I am just encouraged that you came out of it all much stronger. So sorry for the loss of your husband who must have been a great companion. I hope the kids now find more time to come and see you, despite their possibly hectic schedules. Take heart.  :hugs:
Sometimes i feel guilty for holding my kids back.  My parents encouraged me to stick close and I pushed my kids to do the same.  I never demanded it just as my parents never demanded it of me, but it was definitely expected.  My daughter graduated college and got a job close by and married a local man.  My son is in college several hours away, but he's close enough to visit during breaks and I could help him in an emergency.  I don't know, Guineagirl.  You sound incredibly brave to me.  You knew your daughter needed to live her life and it sounds like you've done a fantastic job. If it were up to me, I'd have my crew living in a family compound with separate houses so they could have their freedom, but all in the same cuddle-sac. 
Our Pets! / Re: Tell me about your pets
« Last post by Quiet Abode on November 16, 2018, 10:43:54 PM »
Oh my, your thread reminds me of one of the reasons I joined this forum.  Parents mourn their children, but so do the pets and they don't understand why their favorite person is gone.  My son's three cats really struggled and I wanted to help them.  I thought my question might seem silly, but lots of members here came to my aid by offering suggestions and support.  It all worked out and we're thick as thieves now...until my son comes home to visit and they revert back to adoring their favorite person. 

Which type of pet would you prefer, Emily? 

Grandchildren! / Re: Dealing With Tantrums
« Last post by girlchild34 on November 15, 2018, 01:37:58 PM »
The challenge that most adults have is in keeping themselves calm when the kids throw tantrums. I would first find out what is causing the child to react so strongly as this would determine the best way to calm them down.
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