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Our Empty Nest / Re: Halloween Making Me Sad
« Last post by JoanK on October 08, 2019, 09:35:42 AM »
Elise, I also feel better when I read that others here share some of my feelings.  Your post especially came at the right time, since it was a melancholy day for me too. 
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Empty Nest.."What's Next" for you?? / Re: Dealing with Empty Nest
« Last post by Elizabeth on October 07, 2019, 04:58:18 PM »
Well I'm wondering too Maryb, how are you doing? Noticed you haven't been around in a while, hope you are getting along ok? If you get a chance catch us up....just thinking about you.


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Our Empty Nest / Re: Halloween Making Me Sad
« Last post by Elizabeth on October 07, 2019, 04:56:13 PM »
I'm with you FeelingBetter, I'm pretty much through the empty nest phase but those holidays......they can be a real memory trigger for me! But, you get through them, one at a time.
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Medical/Health Issues?? / Re: Learning how to control your mind
« Last post by Elizabeth on October 07, 2019, 04:53:22 PM »
I can remember when I first started going through this 'empty nest', it was hard. Both our kids are fully grown now and have been on their own for quite some time. Can't really say that I don't still get those little 'tweens' now and then in my 'gut' but thing that is just natural and wondering how the time has gone by so fast!


I had to make myself keep really busy most of the time and started many new projects just for that reason. I think that was my 'technique' in getting through it all. Keeping busy, taking a deep breath now and then and knowing that it will all work out in the long run and just get use to this totally new phase of our lives.


Hang in there SadMommy. Just keep working through those days, maybe have something new planned to take your mind in other directions.


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Medical/Health Issues?? / Re: Learning how to control your mind
« Last post by SadMommy on October 06, 2019, 12:53:32 PM »
What techniques have you utilized to learn to let go or be less anxious?


I've found myself more anxious again lately. I feel like if I'm more continuously doing things, it's easier for me.  But with my kids leaving and my hours at work getting seriously cut, I'm worse than ever. 

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Our Pets! / Re: What Breed of Dog Should I Look For?
« Last post by Elise on October 06, 2019, 09:18:11 AM »
I've always liked the smaller dogs. We had a Shih Tzu when I was growing up, and I loved her so much!

I've been looking at PetFinder recently and see that my local shelter has some really adorable dogs for adoption. I am going to see a couple of the adult dogs this next weekend. I know the older dogs have trouble finding homes, and I want to give one of them a good home with lots of love.
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Every Day Conversations / Re: Too many commercials on YouTube
« Last post by Elise on October 06, 2019, 09:13:59 AM »
The commercials can be annoying, but it is free to watch the videos that way. Sometimes YouTube lets you skip commercials but not all the time.

I generally watch Netflix, which has no commercials, or Hulu, which has few commercials.
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Staying Healthy As We Age! / Re: Zumba for Beginners?
« Last post by Elise on October 06, 2019, 08:37:58 AM »
I haven't done zumba myself, but it does look like fun. Whenever I've done exercise classes in the past, I try a few videos at home first so I can get the basics down beforehand. I'm sure you wouldn't look like a fool in class if you didn't do this, but I totally understand feeling insecure.
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Our Empty Nest / Re: Halloween Making Me Sad
« Last post by Elise on October 06, 2019, 08:32:33 AM »
Thank you, everyone. I feel a lot better knowing that I am not alone!

Maybe I'll just put a few things out this year. I know it won't be the same, but I do love seeing all the kids in the neighborhood come by all dressed up.
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I'm really glad to hear I'm not the only one who feels overwhelmed by this responsibility. Hopefully nothing will go awry so I don't have to make any decisions on her behalf. Her surgery is coming up next week, and I've been so anxious about it.
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