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From the Lady Cave: Empty Nest

I saw this topic on a fellow bloggers page: debbiehipster which gave me this idea of the “From the Lady Cave” topic.

So this is the first of several posts that I’d like to share. I also think this will help bring my blog together and may warrant a blog name change. I’d love to hear your thoughts…

My personal picture taken at a local nature Preserve

My blogger friend is new empty nester and we have been empty nesters for about 5 years.

We are loving it! It has been a huge adjustment. When your universe develops a void, like the sun is missing, your orbit gets wonky, you have to learn to adjust and that takes time.

It’s like being newlyweds again! But we are “Older and Wiser and have better insurance ” (that’s a movie reference, want to guess?) So we can watch whatever we want, go out to dinner, walk naked through the house and “Do” whatever else wherever we feel like it! 😁

Don’t get me wrong, We Love hanging out and talking on the phone with our kids, we miss them immensely. But, it’s time for them to be grownups and make their own decisions; good bad or otherwise.

Boy am I enjoying watching them. They are both married with children now. Yep, we have 2 granddaughters and a boy on the way! Gosh, grandkids are the best. But you know what the really best part is? When our adult children ask for our help or advice in general.

I have often referred to my life experiences as a Wife and Mother to that of a Combat Veteran! There are occasions that a smell or a tone of voice will make me have a flashback that invokes all kinds of emotions; good and not so great. But man, what a journey its been.

So being an empty nester is the opening of a new chapter in your book of life. So enjoy it, make it count! Do all those things you set aside for various reasons: money, time, for the good of the family.

I’ve done alot of thinking about that young teenager who had the world by the balls and didn’t know it, who wanted to do and go and experience all kinds of things. Some of those ideas were dumb as hell, some weren’t. But life steers you in directions you never even considered. My favorite saying to my kids has been “Go where the road takes you, you just never know where you’ll end up”

In our experience, Life is too damn short, LIVE IT!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post and by all means if you’d like to chat anytime please reach out❣

Camera Clicks – Queen of the Night (Epiphyllum oxypetalum)

I am SOOO excited❣ I know, it’s the little things that make me happy. Flowers have always made me happy. You put some work, a lot or a little, into a plant and they show you love by producing a pretty and sometimes super fragrant blossom such as these:

There are 14 flowers on this baby! One of the unique things about this plant is the flowers only bloom once and only at night.

So I’ve been watching these grow for a couple weeks now and thankfully my husband woke me up after midnight (😴) to tell me they were all open. I forgot to check them before I climbed into bed.

There were so many blooming that you could smell the light Honeysuckle fragrance. Nothing says “Florida” to me more than Orange Blossoms and Honeysuckle 🐝🦋 🌴🌞

Camera Clicks – FOTD – Magonlia

Good Morning! I am in Florida and I am not sure there is anything more majestic than a Magnolia Tree.

I noticed about a week ago, one of the small trees at my office had one bud growing. So I stalked it, brought my camera to work so that I could catch it opening.

Finally the day arrived! But to my surprise this blossom was being attended to by Bees!

I have never seen this kind of behavior. The Bees were picking off the little bits from the stamen (I think that is what it’s called, that middle stob thing lol)…check out these pictures, tell me what you think. Have you seen Bees do this before?

Camera Clicks – Lizard

So I’ve lived in Florida most of my life, I’ve seen all manners of Lizards in various conditions…But never like this! I was taking some random pictures and playing around with some of the “manual” settings. When I noticed something strange going on, he or she was molting before my eyes. The interesting thing was, I didn’t notice it until I looked at the pictures I was taking. Cool, huh?

Camera Clicks – Baby Seymour

My first flower this summer on this Night Blooming Ceres. Last summer I had dozens. These things are so amazing, as the name suggests they only bloom at night then die in the morning.

So I’ll be conquering, or attempting to conquer my fear of certain green critters so that I can take pictures of this beauty while it’s open, soooo stay tuned!

Camera Clicks – Cee’s FOTD Challenge

So this is a tababuea tree, I also call this a rain tree although I think there is another tree named this. I have a few others that are pink and after 5 years 2 of them finally flowered.

This yellow one was a volunteer from my neighbor. It had a sibling until just before this one sprouted buds. The caveman got to it, I kept telling him it was a “good ” tree and to leave it be lol, he mows everything down!

When it finally sprouted, you’d have thought the President was paying us a visit! I broke out my fancy camera, put my hat on backwards and started clicking!

Now if i can just get my dogs to stop peeing on my Gardenia! [SMH] Anyone have any suggestions on this?

Camera Clicks – Flower of the Day

This is another photo challenge by Cee.

This flower vine is called Blue Pea. A very nice lady gave me some pods when she gave me some clippings of a Coral Vine.

I planted 6 seeds and 4 sprouted right away. They really are the coolest because the flower actually forms the outer pod for the seeds.