When my husband, HG  came home from work one day in 2015 suggesting a six-month work secondment in Seattle the reply was a very emphatic – no thanks! We had just spent two years living in rental accommodation after selling our house, buying a section and building our dream home.  I was ready to settle in, unpack my treasures, get stuck into the garden and chinwag over the fence with Cheryl.  The timing was just all wrong!

We were entering the empty nest stage – slowly (much slower than many of my friends) but never the less our children had begun to leave home. After raising 3 beautiful boys the empty nest stage was something I thought would never come – I couldn’t wait! But this flying the nest process seemed to taking a very long time with several “training” flights of short duration.  Bonus was though they came back with their girlfriend in tow. At last, some female backup for my hard fought and often ignored verbal’s, a bit of girl power in the house –  we girls were pretty good at getting our point across!  And at last some talk around the dinner table about fashion, shoes, hair, meaningful stuff that the boys just weren’t interested in 🙂

After my initial reaction to a possible move away from home, I gave it some proper thought – and knowing that the house (and boys) would be well looked after in my absence, HG and I decided to take the offer and embrace the adventure.

My biggest challenge while being away would no doubt be tackling new experiences on my own while HG was at work!  My world had become smaller since my Parkinsons Disease Diagnosis and some of the simplest things are not always easy to accomplish.   I decided to take a big breath and try punch through the hurdles the 6 months away would  present and ride the waves that come along………………….. and shop!

This blog is my ramblings about how this empty nester fared without her nest, and tackled life outside her comfort zone in Seattle and subsequent travels abroad!

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