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    Monday
    Jul252016

    Picky PICC! Plus, GRAND Social No. 216 link party for grandparents

    Picky PICC!

    Heading into our fourth week of me playing caregiver to Jim after his foot surgery due to a horrendous infection that had put him pert near septic throughout his system, things are going quite well. For the most part. He's still using crutches and a walker, unable to bear weight on the right foot, but the swelling is down, a few stitches have been removed, the antibiotics I administer each evening in his PICC line are doing their job.

    There was, though, a snag on Saturday that scared us both. As he went to bed Friday night (bed being relative, meaning the family-room-couch-converted-to-a-bed-til-he-can-walk-the-stairs-up-to-his-real-bed bed), Jim noticed some blood pooled under the plastic seal on his PICC line dressing, blood that hadn't been there a few hours earlier when I administered his daily dose of antibiotics. It seemed to have...

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    Saturday
    Jul232016

    Saturday movie review: The Family Fang

    Jason Bateman is an amazing director. His most recent go at the role, THE FAMILY FANG, confirms his name should be prominently and permanently emblazoned across an on-set Director chair.

    That's it. That's all you need to know about THE FAMILY FANG. End of review.

    the family fang

    Okay, okay. You deserve to know more about THE FAMILY FANG. And Jason Bateman deserves for you to know more about the quiet, quirky, independent film he directed. And stars in. With Nicole Kidman. And Christopher Walken. And Maryann Plunkett, who...

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    Friday
    Jul222016

    Beat the heat — and boredom — with Candlewick

    As sweltering summer temps currently scorch much of the United States, many folks — from babes to boomers and beyond — have staked out spots in the shade or indoors in front of the air conditioner (or fan, for poor souls like myself with no A/C) to while away the hours.

    Candlewick Press offers a cool collection of compelling and creative books for readers of all ages to help beat the heat — and boredom — of these hottest days of summer.

    Here are some of my recent favorites, courtesy Candlewick:

    shaun the sheep 

    Shaun the Sheep: Pranks A Lot! Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm by Martin Howard, illustrated by Andy Janes  ($4.99 paperback, ages 5-8) Shaun the Sheep gives Blitzer the Sheepdog a mustache, and Blitzer reciprocates the prank by painting Shaun pink. But the gags and giggles really get...

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    Wednesday
    Jul202016

    Seeking practical, finding poignant

    The latch on the door to the cabinet where I keep my kitchen garbage needs repair. It won't stay closed. And though I know it won't stay closed without me fiddling and finagling the broken latch to keep it shut, I open the darn thing each time I need to throw something away.

    With Jim still as broken as the door — hobbling about on crutches and currently unable to help with even the smallest home repair — I'm determined to fix the thing myself.

    "Why don't you just switch the garbage to the other side?" one of my daughters asked... after she'd opened it when I warned her not to as I had just finagled the thing shut... again.

    It doesn't work that way, I told her. I've opened that door a billion times to throw something away. Moving the garbage can to the other side won't change my habit of opening the current side. I have no doubt I would still open the darn broken door out of habit, still have to fiddle and finagle the door to stay shut.

    The other night I told Jim I was going to run to Lowe's to get a new latch. "Don't!" he said. "I'm pretty sure I have another in the garage, in one of those drawers."

    Unable to go through any of "those drawers" himself, I headed out to the garage yesterday morning to look for the spare cabinet latch.

    After an hour or so, I came back with this...

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    Monday
    Jul182016

    News flash! Plus, GRAND Social No. 215 link party for grandparents

    News flash!

    This just in! Our oldest daughter got married over the weekend... and announced it on Facebook.

    Facebook wedding announcement 

    Congratulations to Brianna and Patrick! Stay tuned...

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    Saturday
    Jul162016

    Saturday movie review: The Fundamentals of Caring

    Paul Rudd has created a career primarily out of funny films. I like him best, though, when he's not funny. I'm not talking comedic bits that crash and elicit crickets. No, I mean his dramatic roles where he reveals more heart than humor that most endear me to Mr. Rudd.

    I found Rudd's most recent part of that sort, in THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING, more endearing than any before.

    The Fundamentals of Caring Netflix Original

    THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING is a Netflix Original film and I must first give kudos to Netflix for...

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    Wednesday
    Jul132016

    5 joys of July

    July is my least favorite month of the year. It's too hot and... well... it's just plain too hot.

    I'm not a fan of hot weather, which is pretty much why I'm not a fan of July.

    Rather than stew over the scorching season, though, I'm looking on the bright side today, pondering the positive parts of a month I mostly despise. 

    There are but five.

    joys of july

    ONE
    My third and final child — Andrea, one of my favorite people in the world — was...

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    Monday
    Jul112016

    Wacky weather! Plus, GRAND Social No. 214 link party for grandparents

    Wacky weather!

    I was born in Minnesota, land of not only 10,000 lakes but lots of tornados, too. From what I've been told throughout the years, I was in a tornado when I was 18 months old. Houses were demolished, people died, and my mother was bathing me when the funnel clouds first swirled through our neighborhood.

    My family survived with nothing more than scary tales of the tornado. Mine are just retellings because being only 18 months old at the time, I obviously have no recollection.

    I've lived in Colorado for more than 40 years. Tornados pretty much never happen in Colorado Springs, where I've lived for more than 30 years. Last Friday, though, an Emergency Services alert blasted my cell phone, followed by a message stating "Tornado Warning in this area. Take shelter now."

    I was the only one home other than my animals, so I took Mickey to the lowest, safest spot in our house (didn't even attempting wrangling up the two cats who wouldn't stay put anyway) and I headed to the highest, least safe spot in our house in hopes of spotting the twister.

    No twister as I peered out the upper level bathroom window, but I did capture this (plus several other similarly ominous shots):

    ominous clouds 

    I waited and waited for a funnel...

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