February Link Party
It’s time for another link party with Sheryl at A Chronic Voice! This month’s prompts are:
I’m in the process of adapting to an empty nest. Thankfully, it doesn’t happen over night. My youngest son is a very busy young man. Between school, work, friends, and studying, I don’t see much of him. At first this upset me. Now, I see it as an opportunity to slowly adjust to his going to college/university in the fall. I’m having to rethink what I make for dinner and how much I make. I can only handle leftovers for three meals, before I want something new. LOL!
I’m having to think about what I want to do when he’s not here. Do I want to eat at the table or snuggle with my dog on the couch for meals? I like eating with my dog next to me on the couch. The big table just feels empty.
Evenings are the hardest time for me to be alone. I’m trying to keep busy with this blog, decluttering, and coloring. I also enjoy playing solitaire and word games on the computer. I’m still working on learning Spanish.
Some days I have more pain from my fibro, so I need to adapt my activities to match. I think all of life requires adapting. If only, we got better at it with age. Wishful thinking, again.
There are two things I’m practicing this month: Spanish and balancing exercises at physical therapy. The balance exercises are embarrassing, especially when I have to walk a line with my eyes closed. If a police officer pulled me over and had me walk with one foot in front of the other, I would wobble even without alcohol. I don’t drink alcohol, because of my medication, but I would still look drunk. At therapy, they make me do this with my eyes closed. I don’t like it, but I’ll keep practicing, because I don’t want to fall and break a bone. I wish my body would just behave.
I’m also still practicing Spanish. There is so much to learn and brain fog doesn’t help, but I’ve always wanted to be fluent in another language. So I keep practicing.
I’ve been resisting the knowledge that I’m having to sell my home and move later this year. I think I’ve finally realized that it is happening whether I want it to or not. No amount of “if only’s” will change my circumstances. Reality can really suck, but fighting against reality is a colossal waste of time and energy. Finally, the light has dawned and I’m determined to make the best of it. Maybe I just needed to grieve first. I don’t really know, but I’m determined to not waste any more energy on wishful thinking.
Valentine’s Day! I have hated this day for years. I hated it when I was married, because my ex said “he didn’t need a day to express his love,” only he never got around to it. I have hated it since being single for a decade. BUT this year, I ran across a Be YOUR Own Valentine pin by Dominee at Blessing Manifesting. So I signed up for the seven days of self-love prompts. Why can’t I celebrate Valentine’s Day? If you’re single I encourage you to join me.
I will also be celebrating my oldest son’s 26th birthday. He’s away in the Navy, but we’ll still celebrate long distance.
It may sound silly, but I’m inviting myself to really enjoy the process of decorating and setting up my apartment. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to set up a home without having to take into consideration the needs of six children. I can add what I find useful and beautiful, without having to worry about offending someone else’s decorating style, or worrying about whether or not it will get broken. Having four boys will do that to a person. LOL!
That about wraps up my answers for this month’s link party. Thank you, Sheryl, for hosting these monthly parties! If you missed January’s Link Party, you can read my answers here.
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