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    Thursday
    Dec012016

    Review: Paper Trax Speedway Super Pack recyclable race track

    Looking for a a unique way to complement a kiddo's car collection this Christmas? Look no further than Paper Trax, a patented paper raceway set that allows for countless creative wall configurations — attached to the wall! — for hours of fun for everyone.

    When I say "everyone," I mean one and all who encounters the 100 percent recyclable toy distributed by the BE Good Company. I can say that with authority because the evening Bubby and I set out to review the set, my house was full of guests and not a one could resist pitching in on building the track or enjoying it after the work was complete.

    paper trax 

    Paper Trax Speedway Super Pack, the pack I received free for review, is a race car themed set of over 12 feet of trax (11 straight trax plus a bonus created from the box). The set includes 3M Command strips for safe attaching to walls.

    paper trax

    Other packages available include a Starter Pack and Super Play packs with...

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    Wednesday
    Nov302016

    My dad's obituary and the difference between big newspapers and small

    My dad passed away Sunday evening. I got the call from my sister Debbie 20 seconds before the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos in Sunday's overtime game. I missed the field goal that put the win in the Chiefs' column.

    Priorities.

    daughter and dying father
    My last photo with Dad, October 27, 2016

    My dad was unexpectedly diagnosed with a relatively obscure cancer — myelodysplastic syndrome — the very same week last January that my dog Lyla was diagnosed with her brain tumor. Lyla passed a month later. It took my dad 10 months longer.

    Witnessing Dad's steady decline from a hearty, humor-loving 76-year-old to a shrinking (yet still humor-loving) 77-year-old sucked for family. Even more sucky for him, as he was fully cognizant, fully aware of his wasting away, especially as the wasting accelerated to runaway train speed near the end.

    I'm filled with sorrow at Dad's death. But that's unexpectedly balanced by my joy he's out of pain and distress. I have no doubt he's in heaven. I'm especially thankful he had no doubt that's where he'd end up, once again loving on his beloved...

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    Monday
    Nov282016

    Holiday briefs! Plus, GRAND Social No. 233 link party for grandparents

    Holiday briefs!

    The Christmas season has officially begun here on Grandma's Briefs, as you can see by the holiday briefs adorning my blog header above.

    You know...  these briefs:

    holiday briefs 

    Seasons greetings! Happy Holidays! Merry...

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    Thursday
    Nov242016

    Thanksgiving greetings!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    thanksgiving vintage card

    Wednesday
    Nov232016

    How to make a turkey Grandma will love

    How do you make a turkey Grandma is sure to love?

    Just like this:

    Follow the example of Mac's "ninja turkey" (NIJU TURCE) ...

    hand drawn turkey 

    and Bubby's...

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    Tuesday
    Nov222016

    Review: Electric Pressure Cooker by Cosori

    Pressure cookers have intrigued me for nearly 50 years. They've also scared me that long, thanks to the monstrous meal-making machine that spouted steam and terror in my mom's kitchen as well as my grandma's decades ago.

    I've always wanted to learn how to make meals with a pressure cooker. It just seemed that's what grandmas are supposed to do. Or at least try. But the idea the pressurized pan might go kabang has prevented me from giving such culinary craftiness a try.

    Until now. Until I learned there's an electric — safe and kabang-proof — pressure cooker. Until I was offered the opportunity to review for free the safe, sturdy, and stylish Electric Pressure Cooker by Cosori.

     cosori electric pressure cooker

    When I first unpacked and prepared my pressure cooker for cooking, my husband asked, "Are you sure that thing's not gonna explode?" Which confirmed that he, too, recalled pressure-cooker fears...

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    Monday
    Nov212016

    Big little things! Plus, GRAND Social No. 232 link party for grandparents

    Big little things!

    My three grandsons along with their parents arrived at my house late last Wednesday evening for a brief visit. We had several big-time activities planned for the three days Bubby, Mac, and Jak were scheduled to stay, and we successfully executed most of those big-time plans. We went to the Denver Aquarium, Casa Bonita (a Denver tradition), The North Pole, and more. Big. Time. Fun.

    It's the not-so-big-time things that I especially appreciated while my grandsons stayed at my house, though. Little things such as when Bubby and Mac accompanied Mickey and me on our daily walk the first morning of their visit.

    grandsons 

    My two oldest grandsons posed in front of Pikes Peak, marveled at the neighborhood deer, took a turn leading lucky Mickey, pocketed...

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    Wednesday
    Nov162016

    Creating kindness in your life (Guest post)

    Dear readers: This guest post was written by Kay and Leslie of GrandparentsLink, my fellow members in the GRANDparent Network. Considering the lack of kindness and compassion across our country the last far too many months thanks to the hostile political climate and anxiety following the election, the wisdom Kay and Leslie offer here is particularly worthy of reading, sharing, putting into practice.

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    Creating kindness in your life

    As grandparents, we want to inspire our grandchildren, and one of the best ways to do this is by "doing" simple acts of kindness. The old adage about "setting an example" certainly...

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