Nothing really. Except the quiet!!! I haven’t “heard” quiet for about 23 years~actually longer. When I was single, it seems I had to have some noise on~whether the TV or radio~there was always some sort of noise in my adult life.
Now that I’m by myself most of the time, I’ve learned to appreciate the quiet. I can hear the rain and the birds sing. And, I believe, I can hear God’s voice more easily. He has truly blessed me all my life but I am so thankful to be where I am now.
Most of you know that I love photography (understatement) and we have bird feeders strategically placed around the house. I say strategically but when originally placed, we didn’t know it would be strategic. As I sit here at the computer, I can see two feeders very clearly. I can also see another one from our bedroom and bathroom. Now, talk about something funny…no, we won’t go there, but you get the idea. I can see two goldfinches in my neighbor’s driveway and it’s always such a treat to see them. (Note to self: get finch food.)
Now that I think about it, a lot has changed. Since we are empty nesters, we’ve noticed a BIG difference in our electric bill (WHEW) and our grocery bill. Yes, they helped financially, but in all honesty, it wasn’t enough. The amount of salt necessary for the water softener has gone down considerably. I wash dishes by hand rathern than use the dishwasher; there are fewer showers (two people rather than five); and, this is a biggie too, I don’t have to share the computer with anybody!!!!
Another difference is when we eat. Now that there are more daylight hours, Hubby likes to work in the yard when he gets home or work on one of his projects and not necessarily eat right away. When everyone was here, I always had to have dinner ready between 5:30 and 6:00 because our SIL had to leave to be at work by 7:00 p.m. Sometimes #1 daughter was working at dinner time and #2 daughter was out with friends so it was a challenge as to how much to prepare. Of course, leftovers always went to work.
I’m a simple person and I am loving my simple life right now. I keep our granddaughter several days a week (when Mom and Dad are both working~or he has to sleep during the day) but she’s certainly no problem. She’ll be five months old May 22.
So there really is nothing new, things are just different. “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”
Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NIV)
Have a great weekend!!!