Adventures of an empty nester mom

The day after….

Thanksgiving 2019 is in the books and photo albums.

No tryptophan as we didn’t have stuffing. Lots of yumminess though: cranberry sauce and turkey-a-la-MarkSchnitzer, Moroccan chicken tagine, sliced cranberries, smashed sweet potatoes and three pumpkin pies (1 regular & 2 GF) a-la-Denise, and green beans courtesy of Tara. We did eat a lot and Mark did fall asleep in his chair after dinner.

Schnitzer Thanksgiving 2019, St. Charles, MO


I missed Emily, but she sent a picture. She enjoyed the day with her ohana in Hawai’i:

Tara joined us from her dog-sitting gig:


I must admit I had some melancholy feelings throughout the day. I missed being surrounded by friends and family. I missed watching football. I missed the sunshine.

Today is a new day…for which I am thankful. Mark and Tara went off to work and I will work on putting away all the dishes we used yesterday. I’ll combat the gray, cold day with a hot yoga class. I’ll prepare for the next meal, adventure, and photo album. Nothing can steal my inner sunshine, thankfulness or happy.



Thankful for flowers



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By AlohaDenise

I adore my family and friends, meeting new people, travel, food (Gluten-Free please), and belly-laughing. My mantra is HAVE FUN EVERY DAY. I've lived in five US states and two foreign countries. I am grateful, blessed and adventurous. I like to do NDBs (never done before.) I enjoy sharing my creative Empty Nester life.

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