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Empty Nest.."What's Next" for you?? / Re: re: My guilty feelings.....
« Last post by Moonchild on April 16, 2019, 08:56:06 AM »
Thank you for the support.  I've repainted his room and it's wonderful to walk by it with the sun coming in the windows and everything all fresh and new.  Yet, I still get my heartstrings pulled every time I'm in there.

I'm hoping to see him at Easter.  It's been 3 weeks since I've seen him, although I've found a reason or two to text him :)

I know this is a good thing for him (and, me)  Him and his dad have been getting things he needs for his apartment and I think the time there will do him good.  A lot of changes for all of us, and we just have to keep pushing on.
Your Life After the Nest has Emptied: How is it? / Re: Do I sell the house?
« Last post by cherie on April 15, 2019, 02:13:16 PM »
I haven't sold our home, but I can definitely see situations in which I would do so. I would be sad if my parents sold their home, but I'd totally support them in doing so. They have to do what's best for them. And so do you.

Be open with your kids. Allow them to express their feelings. You might be surprised at how supportive they are. Hopefully they'll understand that you are making the best decision for you, and being able to visit them more often should definitely make them happy.
You just spoke my mind! There is nothing wrong with selling the home but it is much easier when you involve the kids rather than make this decision on your own. You will be surprised at how supportive they can become. Having said that, there's always an attachment with a home that the children grew up in. How about renting it out in the meantime and possibly moving to the city?
Some "Fun" things to do.... / Book suggestions
« Last post by cherie on April 15, 2019, 01:54:58 PM »
I love reading other people's experiences, especially when this involves parents trying to cope with the kids leaving home. I once came across a father who thought he was really tough until that moment when he had to say goodbye to his son. That very moment exposed his soft underbelly and he literally struggled to hold back tears.

While reading his story, I stumbled upon a review of the book The Empty Nest: How to Survive and Stay Close to your Adult Child by Celia Dodd and now I have added it to my 'reading-list'. We all need the right approach when interacting with our adult children.
Every Day Conversations / Re: Tiger Woods bouncing back
« Last post by cherie on April 15, 2019, 01:36:58 PM »
I saw all the excitement that his win generated with Barrack Obama, Serena Williams and many other people taking time to congratulate him on his success. For a moment, people sat back and realized that it is possible to bounce back, against all odds!
Every Day Conversations / Re: Tablet
« Last post by cherie on April 15, 2019, 01:34:17 PM »
I have bought  several refurbished items before and they lasted for long. You have to ensure that you are buying from a reliable store and find out more details about warranty, if at all this is on offer. All the best as you continue shopping!
Every Day Conversations / Tiger Woods bouncing back
« Last post by haidyl on April 15, 2019, 02:59:06 AM »
On April 14th 2019, he won his 5th Masters title and 15th major tournament. This is a person who has seen it all, falling from the heights of glory to the depths of despair. In his victory speech, he thanked his family, friends and fans for all their support.

Is it easy to overcome challenges? Not at all! This illustrates the importance of never giving up, despite what life throws at us.
Every Day Conversations / Re: LapTop Problem......Fixed!
« Last post by haidyl on April 15, 2019, 02:53:46 AM »
I really dislike typing on a tablet as well. Even worse on a phone. I miss the days when phones had keyboards instead of just the touch screen crap. People make fun of me when I say that, but darnit, it was better!
You took me several years back and yes, it seemed really exciting to type on those keyboards. Technological advancements are happening really fast and it isn't always easy to keep up with them.
Every Day Conversations / Re: Days when you don't feel motivated
« Last post by haidyl on April 15, 2019, 02:45:11 AM »
While it is important to relax, I don't like it very much because it makes me feel like I'm just forgetting something that has to be done. I've spent so much of my life always on the go that it's hard to wind down and take some time for myself.
I find myself in the same predicament from time-to-time but for some reason I always listen to my body and give it some rest. It is never a good feeling when you spend too much time toiling so much so that you get extremely fatigued.
Venting! / Re: People who talk too much
« Last post by haidyl on April 15, 2019, 02:37:14 AM »
I also seem to attract these kind of people and the best way is to politely 'ignore' them or do something else that makes them realize your attention is elsewhere. I wish we all took time to read other people's body languages before engaging them.
Venting! / Re: People who talk too much
« Last post by MaryB on April 14, 2019, 05:02:06 PM »
Oh yes,   you ask a simple question or make a simple remark and they have to unleash on you 20 minutes of their opinion or their experience!   Ugh..    If at all possible that's where a text comes in,  they keep it short then! 
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