Over the course of the summer, Mr. Mac and I have been setting aside one day a week ... when our son, Nathan, is in school or camp ... and our grandson, Jacob, is not being watched by 'granny' .. to get out and explore the greater area that we call home. We have to time our outings around the school bus schedule, but even so, that gives us until 3:30 PM, which is long enough to even head out of town. So far we've taken a bike ride exploring downtown Coeur d'Alene, a tour of a silver mine, shopping at thrift stores, kayaking in a beautiful bay, exploring area parks and malls ... and always grabbing a bite to eat at a local eatery ... which is the hardest part for me due to food allergies. Next week ... is quite local with a bike ride around our own dear little lake .. no need for a car ride ... and lunch will be in a picnic basket at our choosing along the shore. Making time to keep our marriage alive is of great value! Parenting at our age is lasting forever ... and the prospects of having a empty nest are zilch! Parenting our special needs teenager .. is actually getting easier ... but we need to recharge our batteries for sanity's sake.