The Empty Nest Chronicles

two friends. two coasts. two cozy homes.

Decking the Halls

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Dear Frances, Has the way you decorate for Christmas changed over the years? I know it has for me. Those first years of marriage involved acquiring all the stuff: a menagerie of trees, Santas, snowmen, and Christmassy knick-knacks. It was all great fun in those early years, decking out our new house when we were…

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The Empty Nest Christmas Blues

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Dear Kristin, As the holiday season presses down upon us, I’m once again reminded of how much I hate shopping. I’m the world’s biggest sufferer of Buyer’s Remorse because I regret 75% of my purchases immediately after I’ve made them (except for the books I buy for myself–I almost never regret those). The dawn of…

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Clearing a Path

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Dear Frances, Thanksgiving is done, but before we dive headlong into Christmas, I’d like to pause for a moment and think about the upcoming holiday season. You’ve actually inspired me to keep a little space between the holidays–to let each one have its moment to shine. I guess that is what Advent is, a season…

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Pruning Season

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Dear Kristin, For the avid reader, the internet provides an embarrassment of riches. It’s a universe of interesting articles and reviews, blog posts and opinion pieces, each one filled with its own galaxy of rabbit holes to go down. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone online to look up a fact and…

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The Skin We’re In

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Dear Frances I don’t think any conversation between two women of a certain age would be complete without discussing skin care. If social media is any indication, the generation or two of women after us got the message on this topic a lot younger than we did. And I suspect that their skin at age…

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Cozy Contemplations

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Dear Kristin, As you know, I like to overthink things, and today, the sky outside overcast, the trees shedding their yellow and red leaves, I want to contemplate coziness. Is cozy a cool weather phenomenon? Is it a state of mind or a state of being? Why do we love it so? Of course, not…

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October Thoughts

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Dear Frances, Holidays are a bit tricky now, aren’t they? The celebrations have always centered around activities with the kids, and I guess it’s time we change our expectations. I’ve definitely got some mixed feelings about Halloween. I am not really a Halloween person, but obviously the kids always loved it! There were many years…

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Fast Food

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Note from Frances: From time to time, Kristin and I will publish posts written by one or the other of us, but not both–though it remains to be seen if one of us can actually post something without the other feeling the need to reply!  Last week, Clifton and I took a trip to Louisville,…

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Fashion Dilemmas

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Dear Kristin, Would someone please stop me from shopping for clothes at Kohls? I mean, I love the 30% coupon as much as anyone, but I never find anything there I really like. Kohls only seems to sell three kinds of shirts, none of them flattering. Not to mention the fact that when I look…

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We Are Creatures of Routine

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Dear Frances, I think you and I both know that we are creatures of routine. I thrive in a space where I know what I’m going to do and when I’m going to do it. This sounds excessively boring, I know, but I like to think that having some structure in place gives you the…

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