An Empty Nest Refill

Ima Tourist Flamingo

We’re on the verge of refilling the empty nest for a week! One of our daughters and her husband and just-turned-a-year-old son will be here in approximately 12 hours. The empty nest is all cleaned up, the extra bedroom cleaned out and tidied up, we’ve taken our junk off the back seat of the golf cart so we can all ride in the cart at once, laundry is done, beach towels are at the ready, fridge is full of stuff, Krispie Treats await! What more could they want? Well, some nice weather for one thing.

Of course, now the weather man is saying there’s a cold front coming in (we live in Florida, don’t forget, where it’s been in the 80’s for the last 2 or 3 weeks) with windy conditions. Then Grandpa says, it’ll be nice by Tuesday. By Tuesday, their vacation will be half over!! They don’t want to wait for Tuesday for nice weather to go to the pool and the beach. What do you mean–Tuesday?? They want sunshine, they want warmth, they want water sports, they don’t want a cold front coming in and staying till Tuesday!

But then we stop and consider that they’re used to it being in the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, what can be so bad about a cold front that creates temperatures in the 70’s? And it may still be sunny and it’s not supposed to rain. So it’s not so bad, I think. There’s always the hot tub if they get too cool at the pool, which itself is heated to 84 degrees or so.

And there are other things to do besides water stuff. They’re having us tape a 2 hour and 11 minute movie so they’ll have to watch that at some point. And grocery shopping tomorrow–what could be more fun than going to the super Wal-Mart on Saturday afternoon? But it will be because we’ll all be together fighting the crowds and swooping down the aisles.

I’ll try to keep you updated on how the week plays out. It’s always a lot of fun. We eat a lot, talk a lot, DO a lot of stuff, and wear ourselves out. I even usually lose a pound or two without really trying! So here’s to a fuller nest for a few days!!