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Lisa (me) and Jim (aka PawDad)

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Brianna (oldest daughter) and hubby Patrick with his son James 

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Megan (middle daughter) with hubby Preston and Declan, Camden, and Brayden

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Andrea (youngest daughter) and hubby Matt


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    Grandma gets a facelift

     blog makeover news

    The time has come, my friends, for a facelift. Not for me personally, but for Grandma's Briefs.

    For myriad reasons, I must move my site to a new platform. Still Squarespace, but a new and improved version of Squarespace. Still Grandma's Briefs, but a new and improved version of Grandma's Briefs — featuring pins that pin, the ability to reply directly to one another's comments, a more appetizing Recipe Box and so much more.

    I've been working diligently in the background for a couple weeks now but am officially at the point I must put a pause on the posts published right here so nothing will be lost in the migration to the new spot.

    Which means I won't be adding new content until I reveal the transformed Grandma's Briefs. No Saturday movie reviews, no GRAND Social, no new recipes, no blither and blather 'bout my grandboys. That said, you can still access each and every past post while I'm working away behind the scenes. Feel free to peruse and poke about to your heart's content.

    My plan is to complete the migration and facelift by October 1. As I am my own webmaster — no designer, coder, commander in chief other than myself — I sincerely appreciate any good luck, prayers, crossed fingers you might send my way. I'll gladly accept any sort of good juju regarding this overwhelming chore, in hopes I don't irrepairably damage Grandma's Briefs and all I've put into it over the past eight-plus years. Thank you!

    Stay tuned, my friends. I appreciate your support and look forward to seeing ya on the other side!


    Rapid recovery

    late night phone call

    Grandmothers and others know few things prompt panic in a parent's or grandparent's heart quite like a late-night phone call or text from a child. Even an adult child.

    I received one such scary communication from my daughter Megan — mom to my grandsons — last Friday night. Granted, it was only 8:30 in the evening, 7:30 her time, but that's not a time my long-distance daughter and I typically talk or text. So my heart indeed flip-flopped a few times upon hearing her ringtone.

    Camden hurt himself, she told me.

    Long story short: The rambunctious kid had been rambunctioning about (my word) and demonstrating to big brother Brayden how awesome he was at holding his breath. Resulting in Camden — briefly — passing out. And landing, unconscious, on his head on the hard stone tile flooring found throughout much of their house. A tremendous goose egg on his head served as reward for the frightening feat.

    Thankfully Megan's sister-in-law is a pediatrician, so...

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    Talk Like A Pirate Day! Plus, GRAND Social No. 272 link party for grandparents

    Talk Like a Pirate Day!

    Our favorite day of September is here! Well, tomorrow, Sept. 19, it's here.

    I'm talking Talk Like A Pirate Day! (Go full screen, matey!)


    So yo, ho, ho, grab your pirate name (mine: Gloria "Rum Drunk" Gribble) and your...

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    Saturday movie review: Wind River

    Moviegoers who like the Netflix series Longmire are sure to be intrigued by the film WIND RIVER as the two have much in common. Both are set in Wyoming, where the unforgiving terrain plays as much a part as the humans who live there and the plentiful Native American reservations throughout the region generate racial tensions many unfamiliar with Wyoming may not realize exist.

    Wind River

    In both the series and the movie, interaction between residents of a reservation and the "white" people living near the reservation is key to the story. Both have similar themes and characters (even a few of the same actors, as I mention below). Both have storylines highlighting the underlying distrust between Native Americans and townsfolk as well as the differences in how criminal justice is served — or not — on the rez and off. Characters of the series and the film include good guys and bad guys on both sides, folks who...

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    My week in a 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4: Where I went, what I loved, what I learned

    Jeep Compass Trailhawk test drive

    The Thursday before Labor Day, Rocky Mountain Redline fleet company provided me a 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4 for a week long test drive. Which meant I had the fun ride for the long holiday weekend... plus some.

    In the seven days I had the pleasure of driving the well-appointed, hardy and handsome (Laser Blue Pearl exterior) 4X4, I put it to the test on the road, at a reservoir, and running the everyday errands that make up the grandma lifestyle.

    Take a look:

    WHERE I WENT (plus a closer look at...

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    Retro '90s games your '80s and '90s kids will get a kick out of

    retro 90s games from Pressman Toy

    Long, long ago, in what now seems an alternate universe, I had three daughters living at home, three daughters attending elementary school. Computers in the classroom were new, our home computer even newer. Games on both were DOS-based. And they. were. awesome. Especially in the pixel-dazzled eyes of my daughters.

    At school, my girls and their friends clamored for computer time. Oregon Trail time, in particular. They so enjoyed attempting to survive the oft-deadly challenges of the trail west at school that we purchased the game — on 3.5-inch disk... or perhaps it was a 5.25-inch floppy — to play at home.

    My girls (and my husband) spent hours at the screen hunting, scavenging, escaping bears, and crossing rivers as they traversed the seemingly never-ending Oregon Trail. Sometimes successfully, sometimes...

    Continue reading the review in Grandma's Back Room...


    Still praying! Plus, GRAND Social No. 271 link party for grandparents

    Still praying!

    Hurricane Irma

    As I write this, Hurricane Irma is still having her way with Florida and spots north that are in her destructive path. When she winds down — even if it turns out she wasn't as wild and strong as expected or forecast — there will certainly be a tremendous...

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    Happy Grandparents Day 2017!

    Wishing you a lovely day! You deserve it!

    happy grandparents day