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    On kids and creepy crawlies

    On Monday, I kicked off the GRAND Social link party by sharing a text from my daughter Megan about the scorpion family she found in her kitchen. Based on the comments to that post, I probably should have included a mention that Megan does indeed have her home regularly sprayed for the creepy crawly things that reside in the desert. The "Bug Guy" — as the scorpion (and other stuff) sprayer is affectionately called by Megan and her clan — visits so often, in fact, he's virtually family.

    Or such was the case with one of Megan's long-standing bug guys. Even I met him a time or two during my desert visits. This particular bug guy was an affable man, quite conversational and clearly concerned with the safety and well-being of my daughter and her family. It saddened Megan so when her beloved Bug Guy moved away.

    Alas, as bug guys are a necessity in the desert, Megan found another... one who sprays as frequently as her former favorite. But being the desert and all, certain creepy crawlies do manage to escape the bug man's poison and strut their stuff now and then, both inside and outside the homes of even the most diligent bug destroyers.

    huge beetle 

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    Sunday morning texts! Plus, GRAND Social No. 264 link party for grandparents

    Sunday morning texts!

    There's nothing quite like Sunday morning texts from beloved kids who have grown and flown.

    To wit, the following texts I received Sunday morning from my middle daughter, Megan, mama to my desert-dwelling grandsons:

    scorpion text message 

    Am I right? Nothing quite like...

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    Lions and tigers and bears and more: The Wild Animal Sanctuary

    The Wild Animal Sanctuary

    In January of 2014, I published a movie review of the film LION ARK, which I saw as part of the 2013 STARZ Denver Film Festival. The riveting documentary tells the true story of the dogged efforts of Animal Defenders International and other compassionate folks as they rescued twenty-five African lions from deplorable, inhumane conditions in Bolivian circuses and transported them across the world to a safe haven in Colorado.

    I found the feat and the film heartbreaking, humbling, inspiring, amazing. I was doubly delighted by the fact the forever home where the egregiously mistreated animals would now roam was mere hours north of me. It warmed my heart that my forever home state was now their forever home, despite the assumption I'd never actually meet my big-cat neighbors.

    Fast forward to June of 2017, just a few weeks ago. I was invited to attend a Nissan event highlighting the fun and feisty Nissan Rogue Sport. The day would include time to go wild at the wheel of the crossover vehicle as well as the opportunity to witness the truly wild at The Wild Animal Sanctuary located 30 miles northeast of Denver. I immediately...

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    Summer's simple pleasures: When did you last...

    summer simple pleasures

    Summer is the season of simple pleasures. A time for sweet, spontaneous — often spectacularly serendipitous — silliness such as those moments we remember from childhood. Our own childhood, possibly the childhoods of our children.

    Simple pleasures we've set aside — perhaps even forgotten — in our ongoing pursuit of grand adventures, grand outings, grand activities to share with our grand kids. Simple stuff we've likely not done in far too long.

    When did you last...

    • jump rope?

    • skip down the sidewalk?

    • play freeze tag?

    • sip root beer floats from a frosty mug?

    • run through the sprinkler?

    • have a water fight — with the garden hose, buckets...

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    My wheels for the week! Plus GRAND Social No. 263 link party for grandparents

    My wheels for the week!

    Welcome to Monday! I'm not typically super excited at the start of a new week — even folks working from home find it a challenge to muster motivation on Mondays. But this week I am exited. Because this week I get to drive a 2017 Lexus GX 460 each and every day... free for review!

    The luxury SUV in stunning "Nightfall Mica" (such a pretty blue, right!?) was delivered to my home Friday evening, and I soon hit the road to sample its many amenities.

    First major destination: Denver! Yesterday Jim and I surprised Andrea in Denver by showing up in the sleek wheels to chauffeur her about for her 32nd birthday happenings.

    Coming this week: I'll be chauffering James to and from his...

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    Beat-the-heat treats (a Friday Flashback feature)

    A few years ago, I posted a piece on chilly treats for hot days, noting how darn hot it was in the desert while visiting my grandsons (which at that time meant just Brayden and Camden as Declan was yet to be). Today it's desert-style hot at my house. In the mountains. And I'm craving something cold, something to beat the heat here at home.

    I figure much of the country seems to be suffering a hot spell as well, and though I can't share an actual treat with each and every one of you as I would like, I can share the directions for doing so on your own. Preferably with grands.

    Here it is: Today's Friday Flashback, featuring a few tasty ways to cool you and yours. Enjoy!

    Originally published July 16, 2013 (with names updated to my grandsons' real names, as I recently revealed them here):

    The temperatures in the desert during my visit to see Brayden and Camden were, as I expected, ridiculously high. Spending time in the pool or at the water park was a great way to stay cool, but because we're not fish, other ways to chill out had to be devised.

    frozen treats

    Yesterday, the last day of my visit, Megan offered a frozen treat...

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    Here and now: July 6, 2017

    My life, here and now...

    here and now 

    On my mind...

    July? How the heck can it be July already?

    Even how-the-heckier: How can the first week of July already be nearly over?


    I'm about halfway through Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker. I can't say I love it at this point, but I am intrigued and will continue reading.

    Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

    Check it out on Goodreads. And hey, if you're on Goodreads...

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    Safe & spectacular! Plus, GRAND Social No. 262 link party for grandparents

    Safe and spectacular!

    I hereby send to you and yours sincere wishes for safe yet spectacular Independence Day celebrations!

    july fourth sparkler painting 

    Let freedom ring! (As well as tolerance, kindness, compassion, persistence, forgiveness and fortitude plus all the other bits of goodness that make me proud to be an American... despite recent...

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