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 grandpa and grandma)
Jim (longtime hubby) and Lisa (me)

brianna and patrick
Brianna (oldest daughter) and Patrick (her boyfriend)

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

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

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



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    Teach kids Morse code, plus GRAND Social No. 153 link party for grandparents

    Teach kids Morse code

    Hard to believe but it's once again Morse Code Day! Yes, today is the beloved annual celebration of the birth of Samuel Morse (April 27, 1791–April 2, 1872), American painter, inventor, and co-developer of the international code bearing his name.

    Do you remember learning Morse code in school? I do. A refresher: Morse code (according to Wikipedia) "is a method of transmitting text information as a series of on-off tones, lights, or clicks that can be directly understood by a skilled listener or observer without special equipment...Each character (letter or numeral) is represented by a unique sequence of dots and dashes."

    international morse code

    And it's a fun, off-the-wall thing to share with the grandkids! Try...

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    Saturday movie review: Rudderless

    A lot of actors seem to think that because they act, they can direct. Every once in a while, they're perfectly correct and prove to have what it takes to combine a heartfelt and well-written script, spectacular performances from top-notch actors, a spot-on soundtrack, and all the other necessary ingredients to make a beautiful, memorable film.

    William H. Macy's directorial debut, RUDDERLESS, unquestionably lands him in that category of actors who turn out to be awesome directors.

    rudderless movie

    RUDDERLESS stars Billy Crudup, Anton Yeltchin, Felicity Huffman...

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    Here and now: April 23, 2015

    My life, here and now...

    here and now 

    On my mind...

    Calming thoughts and uplifting songs that will (I hope) keep me calm and far from freakout mode when I undergo another MRI on my brain this morning. I swear, the more MRIs I...

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    My latest video review: NewAir AF-1000 Evaporative Air Cooler

    Air-conditioning in my house? Won't be happening any time soon, thanks to the outrageous cost of installing A/C in an old house with a boiler system.

    But... thankfully there are evaporative coolers. This one I recently received free for review—the NewAir AF-1000R—is the perfect solution.

    NewAir evaporative cooler

    My video review (please ignore the brain blurp moments when I...

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    Grandma's growing weeds

    “The strongest and most mysterious weeds often have things to teach us.”
    ―F.T. McKinstry, Ascarion

    My grandsons are growing like weeds! Or so it seems from the photos Megan recently shared.

    Their growth and maturity astonishes me. Where, oh, where did these fine young men come from and where did my babies go?

    To wit:

    baseball brothers

    Even Jak—though...

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    4 spring walks to take with grandkids

    Put on your walking shoes and head out with the grandkiddos. Here, four ideas for savoring spring while out and about.

    spring walks

    Oooh, baby, baby

    There's no shortage of babies in my neighborhood this time...

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    Colgate Sensitive Toothbrush and Sensitivity Pen eases the pain of warm-weather treats

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SensitiveSmiles #CollectiveBias

    Colgate #SensitiveSmiles

    If you're anything like me, your favorite summer activities include relaxing in your yard enjoying icy, cold summertime treats.

    And if you're anything like me in the sense that you have sensitive teeth, those...

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    What I won, what you can win, plus GRAND Social No. 152 link party for grandparents

    What I won

    Those of you who follow Grandma's Briefs on Facebook or Twitter likely already know this, but... remember my "looking forward to" category from last Thursday's post? Well, here's the skinny on the "Best of" designation I am honored and delighted to have received in the 2015 Best of the Springs survey published by The Gazette newspaper.

    Grandma's Briefs at Best of the Springs 

    What you can win

    Today is the last day to enter to win a sleek (and tough) personalized smartphone case...

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