After the Kids Leave http://afterthekidsleave.com First, we rent out their rooms... Fri, 22 May 2015 04:06:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Time for some time offhttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/22/time-for-some-time-off/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/22/time-for-some-time-off/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 04:06:46 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21704 Dear Readers, As you know, Wendy is currently in Toronto with her grandson Scott, and I’m back home, but in that stage between selling a house and buying another, and getting all the furniture from the old place to the new. And of course, when Wendy gets home, she’ll be moving from London to Toronto…let’s […]

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Grandmother in a strange landhttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/21/grandmother-in-a-strange-land/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/21/grandmother-in-a-strange-land/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 04:30:52 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21701 Dear Karen, Here I am in Toronto, babysitting my little grandson while his parents go to their friend’s wedding in China. As you do. Today is my first day flying solo, and I’m not afraid to say it: I’m a little apprehensive. We don’t see each other often; he’s more used to seeing me on […]

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Awesome Advice Central: A grave errorhttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/20/awesome-advice-central-a-grave-error/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/20/awesome-advice-central-a-grave-error/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 04:11:09 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21695 Dear Awesome Advice Central, Darling Uncle Jimmy died last week. He’s my cousin’s step-father, whom I’ve known since I was a wee laddie of 5. I’d lost my own father, due to an unfortunate and totally unforeseen shaving accident, when I was 4, and Uncle Jimmy bravely stepped in to help out Mam and the […]

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What’s the hype around Mad Max Fury Road?http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/19/whats-the-hype-around-mad-max-fury-road/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/19/whats-the-hype-around-mad-max-fury-road/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 04:31:18 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21688 Dear Wendy, First up, I have to tell you that I’m not a fan of dystopian road-warrior films. The thought of spending two hours watching beefy, sweaty unshaven guys who are mortal enemies duking it out while speeding across a ravaged landscape on steampunk/post-apocalyptic vehicles really doesn’t do it for me. So when my family […]

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10 rules for entering my househttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/18/10-rules-for-entering-my-house/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/18/10-rules-for-entering-my-house/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 04:10:41 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21672 Dear Karen, A few weeks ago, you wrote about the stress of moving and I nodded in sympathy when you spoke of the upheaval in your life. Perhaps the upheaval has moved to London, because now it’s my turn to enjoy the fun of moving!  We don’t own our home, which, in theory, should make […]

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Groovy Sunday videoshttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/17/groovy-sunday-videos/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/17/groovy-sunday-videos/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 04:09:39 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21668 Dear Readers, Don’t buy drugs.  Burn them and pretend to do a newscast about their dangers.  That way, you get them for free. No one likes to eat alone, least of all a little chihuahua. We are here to tell you:  watch this series.  We watched the original back in the 70s but it doesn’t […]

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Sold!http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/16/sold/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/16/sold/#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 13:24:56 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21680 Dear Readers, If you’ve been following along for the past few months, you’ll know Karen and her husband decided last fall to downsize from their 3-bedroom house to a condominium. We’ll be honest, it was a bit of a slog. For starters, there was the dejunking process. Two wonderful women, Jo-Ann and Wendy, aka the […]

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Emergency room report cards?http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/15/emergency-room-blues/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/15/emergency-room-blues/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 04:24:07 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21661 Dear Wendy, I used to spend a lot of my time in the emergency room at our local children’s hospital. And by “a lot” I mean “many of the staff knew me on sight.” Of course, they all called me “Mum,” but I didn’t take it personally. They called all female adults that. When you’re […]

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Falling in love with Ireland, againhttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/14/falling-in-love-with-ireland/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/14/falling-in-love-with-ireland/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 04:01:17 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21641 Dear Karen, A few weeks ago, Lars and I were invited to visit a friend in Dublin.  Did we have to be asked twice?  Nope. Last time we were there, we stayed for a week and loved it.  Fully intending to return one day, it didn’t occur to us that it would be 4 years […]

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Awesome Advice Central: Suburban Turf Warshttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/13/awesome-advice-central-suburban-turf-wars/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/05/13/awesome-advice-central-suburban-turf-wars/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 04:25:04 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21636 Dear Awesome Advice Central, Last autumn, my husband and I purchased a new home. Because of our busy life (work, play, humanitarian efforts, etc.), we have had no opportunity to meet our neighbours on the other side of the fence. However, we have noticed that they (the neighbours) are quite accomplished in the grass-cutting, house-painting […]

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