Take advantage of being empty nesters

My husband and I are dealing with empty nesters' syndrome.

My husband and I are dealing with empty nesters’ syndrome.

In previous posts, I’ve mentioned that my husband and I are dealing with empty nesters’ syndrome. We have more free time now that our kids are out of the house, but struggle with what we should actually do with it. We still have two kids in college, so we need to be thrifty about our expenditures. And our oldest– who just got her first “real job” after college – still needs us to supplement her $12/hour job. So, what have we done with our free time while staying within our means?

We can decide on moment’s notice to go to a movie. My budget mode still kicks in so we are usually using a movie coupon or going before the evening rates start. We are also following some of our passions. My husband loves to sail and has been sailing quite a lot on his NACRA sailboat. It’s about 25 years old but well maintained.

One of my passions is cooking so I took a cooking class this summer. Learning new things seemed important, and I needed some one thing to get me out of my empty nester rut. A cooking class was the perfect thing. A couple fun things I learned: to cut up basil, roll a few leaves together and then slice. Sounds simple (and it is), but it works really well. Don’t crack an egg on an edge. This was quite hard for me – heck, I learned to crack an egg on the edge of a bowl or counter top about 44 years ago – but I did try the suggested technique of hitting the egg on a flat surface, using your two thumbs to pull apart the shell where you hit it on the flat surface. The advantage is no shells get in with the egg. Voila! It was true.

I was pretty proud about learning something new. Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? When you and your spouse find yourselves as empty nesters with extra free time, follow your passions, you’ll be surprised how fast the time will fly.

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