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

Matt (Andrea's boyfriend) 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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    Toddler games: Keep-Away with my insurance company

    I like playing games with toddlers as much as the next grandma. Not so much, though, when it's my insurance company playing the part of opponent.

    toddler Rx ball

    To wit: I recently visited my doctor to figure out what to do about my...

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    Brothers on a mission

    Okay, I admit I'm not positive all three of these cute critters are male (hence the brothers), but they are most definitely siblings.

    three baby squirrels

    How do I know they're related? Because these little squirts are...

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    More on moms, plus GRAND Social No. 155 link party for grandparents

    More on moms

    Mother's Day has come and gone but there's no end to the love between mothers and daughters (and sons too, of course, but that's not what this is all about). Here's a lovely mother/daughter video grandmothers and soon-to-be grandmas will especially appreciate.


    Sweet, right?

    GRAND Social No. 155 link party for grandparents

    Wipe away your tears and get...

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    Cheers to the grandmothers and mothers

    mothers day 2015
    (Image courtesy


    Saturday movie review: The Face of Love

    I watch so many movies that I go through periods where I have a tough time finding a good one to review that I've not already seen. So I scan and search and sample. And sometimes I stumble upon an enjoyable flick I'd previously overlooked.

    That's the case with THE FACE OF LOVE. I actually started—and stopped—four other films this week, stinkers one and all. This fifth one, this little gem some of you may have already seen, saved this week's Saturday movie review.

    the face of love movie

    THE FACE OF LOVE, a romantic drama filmed in 2012 and released in U.S. theaters in 2014, stars...

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    Here and now: May 7, 2015

    Here it is, here and now. My life...

    here and now 

    On my mind...

    Less than usual, thankfully. Either life's edges smoothed out a bit for me the past few days, or I've...

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    Sweet reward for sweaty work

    Thomas Edison has been quoted as saying, "The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense."

    I'm pretty sure Mac would add to Edison's adage a fourth essential for achievement: frozen yogurt afterward!

    Mac's frozen yogurt 

    Mac enjoyed his sweet reward for his...

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    6 things I used to know how to do but no longer can

    Practice indeed makes perfect. I quit practicing, though, thus quit being able to do a few things I once really enjoyed. These things.

    6 things I used to know how to do but no longer can 

    Crochet. I learned to crochet a basic afghan when Jim and I first...

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