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Preston (son-in-law) and Megan (middle daughter)

Matt (Andrea's fiancé) and Andrea (youngest daughter)

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Bubby, Jak, and Mac — Bloggy nicknames of Gramma's stars (Megan and Preston's boys)



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    Turkey Day: 9 things you didn't know about it

    thanksgiving bounty

    Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. HooplaHa created an interesting video a few years back titled 10 Things You Didn't Know About Thanksgiving that I'd like to share with you today, with one caveat...

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    100-percent male, plus GRAND Social No. 182 link party for grandparents

    100-percent male

    I find it funny that a kid as young as my youngest grandson already exhibits traits so very typical of his gender.

    toddler boy with remotes 

    Yep, at not yet 18 months, Jak is...

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    Saturday movie review: I'll See You In My Dreams

    I'll just come right out and say it up front: This is a lovely film! You should see it!

     i'll see you in my dreams

    I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS has a lovely cast. Of older people! There's Blythe Danner, Sam Elliott, Rhea Perlman, June Squibb, Mary Kay Place. All older, all lovely, all a joy to watch in this film. There's a younger guy and gal, too: Martin Starr, whom I...

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    Game review: Hanukkah Bingo

    Hanukkah begins on December 6 this year, which means there's still plenty of time to order this fun and affordable game to enjoy with loved ones.

    Hanukkah Bingo from Jewish Holidays in a Box is, well, BINGO... with a Hanukkah twist! It's a quick game all ages, from toddlers on up to grandmas and grandpas (great grandparents, too) will enjoy, especially those little ones for whom even Candyland lasts a wee bit too long.

    Hanukkah bingo game 

    Hanukkah Bingo comes with four playing boards, two boards of...

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    Gift idea: Brief book reviews of 7 super books for kids

    On the lookout for holiday gifts for youngsters? You can't go wrong with these interesting, informative, colorful, and downright delightful options for kids of various ages!

    my little book of animals

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    An evil weevil repeat

    Dear readers: Several years ago I shared the following story as part of a paid campaign. Here I share it again (modified) simply because weevils and their evils are on my mind once more as I prepare to host Thanksgiving dinner.

    indian corn
    photo: stock.xchng

    Many years ago I established a tradition of spreading Indian-corn kernels on the Thanksgiving dinner table. Friends and family are invited to place kernels symbolizing their personal blessings in the special "gratitude" dish at any time during the meal.

    It’s a kinder, gentler, and less intrusive way of getting all around the table to give thanks without shining an invasive spotlight on folks not used to spotlights or  expressing gratitude out loud, be it to friends or to family.

    I could never explain the tradition to newcomers to our Thanksgiving table. Each time I'd begin the explanation, I would get...

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    His brother's keeper

    “Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connections can supply." ~Jane Austen


    Every once in a while, Bubby and Mac get to have "sleepovers" together. They had one last week, with Bubby hosting Mac in his bed for the night.

    Being a gracious host and all, Bubby read the bedtime story to his little brother...


    And being a thoughtful...

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    No more babies, plus GRAND Social No. 181 link party for grandparents

    No more babies

    At this point in time, I no longer have baby grandchildren. That truth was confirmed (again) last week when Megan texted a few photos of fun at the park.

    The most recent baby, Jak, is clearly no longer a baby.

    toddler boy 

    Nope. Jak's a big boy. Just like his brothers, Mac and Bubby, who...

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