Empty nest = what to do with all our free time

In previous posts, I’ve mentioned that my husband and I have more free time now that our kids are out of the house and we have an empty nest. We still have two in college so we need to be thrifty about our expenditures. And our oldest–who just got her first “real job”–still needs some help on her $12/hour job at a hospital. So, what have we done with our free time?

We can decide on moment’s notice to go to a movie. My budget mode still kicks in so we are usually using a movie coupon or going before the evening rates kick in. We are also pursuing some of our passions. My husband loves to sail- he has been sailing quite a lot on his NACRA sailboat – it’s about 25 years old but well maintained.

One of my passions is cooking so I took a cooking class this summer. I needed someone to get me out of my rut and a cooking class can do that. A couple fun of things I learned: to cut up basil, roll a few leaves together and then slice. Sounds simple (and it is), but it works really well. The other new tidbit I picked up: don’t crack an egg on an edge. This was quite hard for me–heck, I learned to crack an egg on the edge of a bowl or counter top about 44 years ago–but I did try the suggested technique of hitting the egg on a flat surface, using your two thumbs to pull apart the shell where you hit it on the flat surface. The advantage is no shells get in with the egg. Voila! It was true.

I was pretty proud that I learned something new. Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

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