Although he didn't resort to taking on either of these new responsibilities, one full year since both his daughter, Ruby, 23, and son, Evan, 19, have been gone, he says that joining the ranks of Alaska's empty nesters
has not been easy.
Minneapolis-based Pillsbury launched a nationwide marketing campaign designed to help Empty Nesters
adjust to cooking, buying and organizing meals for a smaller household.
Rhoades advises empty nesters
not to rush into any move, especially one that puts them in a very different type of living situation.
Whether they want to replace just one or two pieces or revamp an entire room, empty nesters
are enjoying their freedom to explore the many furniture styles and choices that reflect their new way of living.
Last year was the first time that empty nesters
were more important to the restaurant industry than young, childless couples.
Passengers of the Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing on early Saturday while flying over South China Sea included telecom executives, metal traders, beach goers, two babies, calligraphers and a Queensland couple who are empty nesters
While startup families in affluent suburban spreads and comfortable country older bustling families are especially big on baking their own chocolaty treats, established couples, empty nesters
and seniors all show higher than average consumption rates of the product - either out of nostalgia for the taste of yesteryear's home-baked goodies, or because they're such fun to make and share with visiting friends and relatives - particularly grandkids.
The younger empty nesters
(those aged 45-54) are not far behind - going on 857,000 extended trips a year.