Thursday, June 11, 2009

Empty Nest Making a Comeback

Things are slowing down around here a little, it seems. This is the first night my Bob and I have been alone in our house in I don't know how long. Now don't get me wrong, I love my DIL, Diana, and our new granddaughter, Riley, but there's something to be said for having your house and life all to yourself. Diana and Riley went to Diana's parents' for the weekend in Pittsburgh. For the next month or so that Dee and Riley are still living here in PA, they will spend half the week here (we are 90 miles north of Pittsburgh) and half the week at her parents'. And since Brandon now has Layla the dog with him in Spokane, things sure are quiet and clean in my house. Anyone that knows me knows that I love peace, quiet, a clean neat house, and my alone time, but you know what? I sure miss them all already.

Before Dee left today, we had a visit from my cousin-in-law, Jane, and her children, Libby age 11 and Grady age 5. They live in Harrisburg and are on their way to Michigan to visit Brad's (my cousin, Jane's husband) maternal family. They are stopping here for the evening in order to meet Riley and to visit my grandparents in their new home at the Nursing Home. Brad is in Arizona hiking down the Grand Canyon and will meet up with his family in Michigan in a couple of days.

We heard from Brandon this afternoon and he made it to Spokane. He did very well and made very good time. I'm always amazed when I see how "adult" my sons have become. He went directly to look at an apartment he had been applying for online. I think he actually rented it today and will be staying there as of tonight. Of course, he won't have any furniture or belongings until Dee moves out there in about five weeks. He says he's fine, he has a blanket and a towel, toothbrush and toothpaste, and Layla. Believe me, he was not raised in this style of living. I don't think I could live like that for even a few days. I don't mean to sound spoiled but I like to be comfortable. Anyway, enough about me. I am so proud of both of my sons. It's so amazing to see what great young men they have become.

Now this weekend would really be ideal in our re-claimed two day empty nest if the weather would warm up and quit raining so I could get out in my yard and garden, sit by the lake, and get out in my kayak. But if that doesn't happen, I'm still OK. I'll enjoy catching up with my knitting and sewing. I also feel the cleaning/organizing/decorating bug coming on. I'm never bored, and I feel sorry for those that are.


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