Fruit bowl overflowing with bananas, apples, oranges and tangerines.
Food from all over the world crammed in the pantry.
Old silver-plate and white, lacy doilies stacked in cupboards.
Music books from ancient times to modern struggling to keep within their boundaries near the piano. Bookshelves spilling out their treasures into stacks on the floor. Autographs of friends and guests scrawled on the 'graffiti wall' in the coat closet. Care packages waiting to be sent to Germany and South Korea.
A garage full of Christmas decorations, camping gear and sewing projects. Logs piled up on the back porch.
Sound equipment, cds, dvds in bedrooms, living rooms. Schoolwork on coffee tables. Bills and files on the counter. People talking, eating, watching movies, reading books, doing homework and cleaning up their belongings in every nook and cranny.
This ain't no empty nest, baby! This is my life.
And I love it!