Author Archives: theonceandfutureemptynest

About theonceandfutureemptynest

Transitions! Every couple has them: First newlyweds; then parents, then empty nesters. After raising three girls, our nest was empty--just my husband, myself, and three dogs. I taught English to middle school and high school students; my husband was a corporate drudge. Life was good. We went on vacations, had romantic dinners, and enjoyed the peace and quiet. Then a daughter came home. We relocated from California to Connecticut and found ourselves on new adventures.

Spring Cleaning

Wednesday morning I woke up at 5:30 am in a panic.  I had to get up and write because I had just one year left of this decade.  I needed to start now.  Of course, I didn’t get up.  I … Continue reading

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In Like a Lion . . .

March roared in this year.  February ended on a beautiful Saturday—blue skies, sparkling snow, crystal icicles, a day that made me think that winter was over in spite of the mounds of snow.   Sunday brought another storm– cold winds, more … Continue reading

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The Ice Dam Cometh

When I first heard the words “ice dam” last year, I thought of a babbling brook blocked by snow and ice.  Or maybe a stream under ice.  A sparkling frozen river.  I thought this even though my friend said:  “It … Continue reading

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Saying Good Bye

Today the wind howls madly outside the house, hurling snow from trees, sending clouds of fine powder across the yard.  I watch the trees sway in dance, waiting for one to lose its balance.  This is not the peaceful snow … Continue reading

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Snow Storms

I am perched in my office on the second floor of our house.   Surrounded by windows on three sides, I am sitting in a snow globe that some child is shaking manically.  The wind swirls the snow, sways the tall … Continue reading

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Awe

The dogs were up first on Christmas morning.  They have no sense of the days of the week—every day is Monday.  My husband and I let the dogs out and then fixed their breakfast.  After breakfast, they were ready to … Continue reading

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Wonder

The trees have been decorated.  The crèches assembled.  The presents have been wrapped.  The stockings have been hung.  The Texas fruitcake has arrived.   We have eggnog.  All we’re missing is snow and a sleigh for our third installment of Christmas … Continue reading

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