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

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

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



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    Still time to play... and learn (Review)

    The school bells have rung (or will soon), meaning kids are back to learning and game time is relegated to the back burner.

    Unless, that is, the games played are any of the Super Genius learning games from Blue Orange! The Super Genius lineup combines learning and fun in one—in the seemingly magical way only Blue Orange manages to pull off.

    Super Genius learning games from Blue Orange 

    I say "magical" as it seems nothing less when it comes to more than...

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    Colorful Colorado, plus GRAND Social No. 168 link party for grandparents

    Colorful Colorado

    Over the weekend, Jim and I visited a local park (actually called an "open space") that we've heard much about and passed the entrance into literally hundreds of times. To further test drive a Subaru Legacy I had for the week for review, we decided it was high time to head deep into Red Rock Canyon.

    This is a sampling of what we found:

    Red Rock Canyon Open Space 

    So peaceful and pretty!

    I have nearly 300 more photos from the nearly three hours we spent...

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    Saturday movie review: Mavis!

    Most folks are familiar with Aretha Franklin and her impact on the music scene—and the hearts and souls of listeners—for generation upon generation. It seems not as many folks may know as much about her contemporary, though: the equally soulful singer Mavis Staples.

    mavis! documentary

    The documentary MAVIS! is about to change all that, introducing younger generations to the inimitable powerhouse and...

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    Here and now: August 13, 2015

    In my world...

    baby boomer lifestyle 

    On my mind...

    The fabulous time I had Tuesday with my friend Ruth from San Diego. She was in Colorado on business but took time out of her busy schedule to spend a day and night with me. In those 24 hours together we:

    • Visited a book store.
    • Walked a labyrinth—my first...

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    Climbing the wall

    My grandsons and their parents are pretty much fully moved into their new home. Their backyard, though, is undergoing a mega-makeover (a pool and more!), which means the boys are unable to play outside in the yard for a few months.

    Good thing they have a park right across the street.

    Despite the nearby park, though, Bubby and Mac were already climbing the walls soon into the relocation. So when PawDad and I were there a week or so ago, Preston took Bubby, Mac, and PawDad to the local community center to burn off some energy playing basketball. And to, literally, climb the walls.

    Mac was too tiny for the wall-climbing venture, but Bubby was a pro in no time. He quickly mastered the small wall...

    rock climbing kid 

    Then Bubby moved on to the medium wall...

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    Super zuke! Plus, GRAND Social No. 167 link party for grandparents

    Super zuke!

    I'm not the greatest at gardening, but before I left to visit Bubby, Mac, and Jak nearly two weeks ago, I did notice I had a few zucchini growing in my garden. They weren't all that big, so I decided to just let them grow while I was away.

    From the looks of this one, I probably should have pulled it before I left:

    large zucchini 

    Bud held up the super zuke for me to photograph before he, Brianna, and...

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    Saturday movie review: Goats

    Coming-of-age films tend to be character-driven stories with minimal action. GOATS is no exception. The comedic tale of one young man's coming into his own and realizing that loved ones are still worth loving despite their flaws and failings has nearly no drama. It has lots of characters, though. As in, What a character! kinds of characters.

    Goats movie

    The main—and least wacky—character is Ellis (Graham Phillips), a 15-year-old kid soon departing for prep school, leaving his Tucson home where his...

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    Team with grandkids and National Wildlife Federation to create a wildlife habitat

    certified wildlife habitat

    Grandma and Grandpa's house is a magical place for a grandchild. Having your yard certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation can increase the magical factor tenfold and more.

    Certifying your yard, no matter how big or how small, is much easier than...

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