My Little Corner of the Web

What does a 50-year old retiree do with her time? This is my little area to talk about thrifting, repurposing, cleaning, organizing, decorating, gardening, cooking, family, and whatever strange and unusual thoughts come to mind. My dd and ds have both moved out, so it is just DH and me living out here on 20 acres near a small town in Missouri. My sister-in-law and I are going to open a booth at a local fleamarket/antique mall, so I am excited to work on all kinds of fun projects :) I hope you enjoy and find something of interest.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Let my babies goooo....

We have boarders in our garage.  We live in the country and keep our garage doors open in the summer, and several years ago a pair of barn swallows decided to build a nest on the i-beam.  They return every year to have a couple "batches" of babies, as well as to poop all over the floor and our cars.  Drives dh nuts, but I sort of think of them as just more pets!  When we left yesterday, all the babies were out on the beam, walking around.  When we returned, all the birds were gone, flown off to wherever swallows go.
Where had we been, you ask?  Ok, you didn't, but I'll tell you.  We took our baby from the nest and moved him to college.  Now we, too, have an empty nest.  I'm not sure how I feel about this.  I have really been looking forward to it, but now it just seems odd.  Suddenly dh and I are  our own people, not just someone's mom/dad.  I always tried to be as involved in my kids's lives as I could, and now that is gone.  Don't get me wrong, I don't miss all that running around, and I really don't miss their messes.  Both my kids are slobs - probably because I was always nagging them to pick up ;).  I know I am going to enjoy this new phase of our lives, I think it is going to take some getting used to, though.  I've been cleaning like crazy today, and enjoying every minute of it - I know it is going to stay clean (although I'm not oblivious enough to know that dh and I will make some messes along the way!)

Do you suppose that mama bird cried when her babies left the nest?  Well, I suppose birds don't cry, but I did!  I didn't think I would, but emotions overcame me.  However, I'm pretty sure I'm not the only mama to cry when her last fledgling left!

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