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    Thursday
    Aug112016

    Breaking news

    As many of you know, I took a break from blogging last week so I could get a few out-of-control matters under control. The breaking didn't result in me getting it all under control, but two of the matters I mentioned are now a wee bit less overwhelming. And one is over and done.

    Updates on the tasks I was tackling at the time I cried Uncle (some of which, if you follow me on social media, you may have already seen):

    Caregiving

    This is a photo of a man — well, his fashionable (podiatrist provided) footwear — who finally, after thirty-eight days, is allowed to bear weight on his right foot and walk without crutches:

    medical foot wear

    That very same man drove himself to...

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    Wednesday
    Aug032016

    Grandma takes a break

    I like to think I'm superwoman, capable of leaping tall buildings in a single bound... while juggling 361 duties with ease.

    Sometimes life smacks me upside the head and tells me I'm a doofus for thinking such things.

    Right now is one of those times, and I have no choice but to cry uncle admit I'm juggling more than I'm capable of at the moment.

    One thing I'm juggling is caregiving duties for Jim, who — more than a month after his emergency foot surgery — is still on crutches, still has his PICC line for the mega antibiotics fighting the foot-damaging infection he had. Which means I'm still driving him to and from work, to and from doctor appointments, still administering his IV medication each evening, still handling absolutely everything around the house because he can't put any weight on his right foot if we want it to heal correctly. (Which we truly do want, despite the hassle.)

    And now, as fate would have it, the "around the house" stuff I face includes something neither of us has ever had to do, thanks to the July 28 hailstorm from hell that hit our part of town. It spared our windows and roof, for the most part, but demolished every living thing in my yard, leaving pine needles and more everywhere.

    hailstorm

    Other than a huge helping hand from...

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    Monday
    Aug012016

    Don't not vote! Plus, GRAND Social No. 217 link party for grandparents

    Don't not vote!

    When I first kicked off my blog in 2009, there were a few topics I told myself I would never write about on Grandma's Briefs. Politics, being so horribly divisive, is one of those things. For that reason, few (if any) readers — or friends or some family, even — know where I stand on political issues, know whom I support in this wacky world of Election 2016.

    Today I'm breaking my rule and writing about politics. I'm not going to tell you where I stand on issues, though, or whom I support. Like I said, politics is so darn divisive.

    What I am going to tell you today is that it saddens me, disheartens me, maddens me at times when I hear and read folks — some who are friends are family, others simply strangers commenting on social media — stating that because they don't like either of the major candidates, they're just not going to vote in this year's election.

    Grrr....!

    At which I'm compelled...

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    Friday
    Jul292016

    Here and now: July 29, 2016

    This is what's up in my life... and an answer to why I've not been posting much "real writing" here on the blog.

    clock and book

    On my mind...

    How to cheer up Jim after learning yesterday he is "not yet ready for prime time" after his foot surgery, according to his podiatrist. Meaning, he still cannot bear weight on his right foot. Meaning, he has yet another week left using crutches. Meaning, he must still sleep downstairs, must still go in the back door at work where they have a handicapped ramp for him to...

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    Wednesday
    Jul272016

    Introducing Grilled Grandma Rhonda

     Dear readers: A Grilled Grandma is a grandma on whom I've shone the spotlight, grilling her with some grandma-related questions, and she's graciously responded with answers and photos. Today I'm delighted to introduce to you Grandma Rhonda!

     grandma Rhonda

    How many children do you have?
    I have 1 child, a daughter.

    How many grandchildren?
    2

    What are their ages?
    4 and 8

    What do your grandchildren call you?
    Mawmaw

    After the initial elation, what was your first concern...

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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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