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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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    Thursday
    Jul072016

    Here and now: July 7, 2016

    My world, here and now:

    clock and book 

    On my mind...

    Jim and Jim and Jim. Pretty much all things Jim as he recovers from his foot injury/infection.

    We are officially down one week with five more to go in the six-week process of...

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    Wednesday
    Jul062016

    Wherein Facebook eases Grandma's eyes

    I haven't seen my grandsons in two months and nine days, give or take an hour or two.

    I miss the goofballs, to say the least.

    With no visits currently on the calendar — neither them to my place nor me to theirs — a social media share such as this one that Megan posted yesterday on Facebook is a...

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    Tuesday
    Jul052016

    From Hear.com: 5 reasons you shouldn't buy hearing aids online

    This post sponsored by Hear.com.

    hearing aidIt is true that the Internet is the go-to place for the best deals on almost anything you can think of. However, there are some things you should not buy online – a hearing aid is one of them.

    The temptation to buy a hearing aid off EBay, Craigslist, or any other online retailer is understandable considering how expensive these devices can be. But, in the end, a cheaper hearing aid from a website may end up costing you more than you had anticipated.

    Here are the top five reasons why you should never buy a hearing aid off the Internet:

    1 A hearing aid is not one-size-fits-all

    Hearing aids need to fit...

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    Monday
    Jul042016

    Happy July Fourth, plus GRAND Social No. 213 link party for grandparents

    Happy July Fourth!

    Jim is free from the hospital as of last Thursday! We're celebrating that as well as the Fourth of July today, despite the fact my hubby will be hobbling about — without bearing weight on his right foot or he will be in trouble of epic proportion from me and the doctors — for six weeks. Things could certainly be worse.

    fourth of july 2016 

    Wishing you and yours a safe and happy...

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    Tuesday
    Jun282016

    No GRAND Social link party this week? Long story made short

    Astute readers of Grandma's Briefs and regular participants in the weekly GRAND Social link party for grandparents may have noticed something amiss this week. That being that there was no GRAND Social link party published on Monday, yesterday, as it has been for a couple years now.

    I sincerely apologize for that. It's a long story why the GRAND Social is MIA. But as it's late Monday night and I just returned from the hospital as I write this, I'll make the long story short by simply sharing what I just posted a bit ago on my personal Facebook page. (Plot point: Yesterday was my birthday.)

    My long story made short, copied from Facebook:

    Colorado sunset

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    Saturday
    Jun252016

    Saturday movie review: Little Boy

    Sometimes as adults and definitely as kids, we don't want to believe reality and think if we believe long enough and hard enough that the impossible can come true, that the inevitable bad will turn out to not be inevitable. If we have faith.

    Little Boy movie poster

    The 2015 drama (with a heavy dose of family friendly humor) LITTLE BOY carries the tagline "Believe the Impossible," which makes it pretty darn obvious it's gonna be about belief and faith and hoping for the impossible to become possible.

    The little boy of the title is 8-year-old Pepper Flynt Busbee...

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    Friday
    Jun242016

    Water log: Morro Bay and beyond

    morro bay

    I live in Colorado, where majestic mountains are many — and significant bodies of water few and far between. Nearly non-existant, to be honest.

    The scarcity of impressive lakes and such in our home state is a big reason why my daughter and I were so enchanted by the sights along California's central coast when we visited together in May. From Cayucos and San Simeon to Cambria...

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