15 Things I Miss During the Holidays in My Empty Nest (Cookies!)

halloween, christmas, holidays, thanksgiving, hanukkah, family, empty nest, holidays without kids, midlife

Most of the year, the empty nest is good. Though I miss my kids when I don't see them or hear from them often enough (are you listening, son?), my husband and I have adapted quite nicely to a home that's just the two of us and our dog. But somewhere around mid-October, I start to feel the emptiness a little bit more, as the holiday season begins.  Here are 15 things I … [Read more...]

The Dirty, Messy Business of Hanukkah

target hanukkah supplies, hanukkah decorations, hanukkah celebration, wish it was christmas, not much for hanukkah, latkes, making latkes, midlife, empty-nest, baby boomer

It's Hanukkah. Whoop-de-frickin'-do. Every December the Jewish girl in me wishes I could put aside my inherent reluctance to embrace Christmas so I could festoon my house with bright, twinkly lights. I'd like to go out and buy a big, beautiful tree, on which I'd hang fragile, shiny ornaments - aqua blue and gold this year to match the fabrics in my living room. I'd love to … [Read more...]