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    Monday
    Jun132016

    No preamble! GRAND Social No. 211 link party for grandparents

    No preamble!

    No beginning banter on this week's GRAND Social link party, just a sincere prayer for the victims of the heinous massacre in Orlando as well as continued prayers for their families and loved ones.

    GRAND Social No. 211

    Thank you so much for joining me again, sharing links, reading links, enjoying the diverse doings and writings of grandparents acrooss the web. I appreciate you.

    grand social link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to...

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    Saturday
    Jun112016

    Saturday movie review: Ashby

    Mickey Rourke is not a great actor. Though he's been in a few fine films, did fantastic jobs in them (THE WRESTLER, for instance), he's also had his share of stinkers (THEY CRAWL). Ever since seeing him for the very first time, though, in POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE, I've enjoyed watching him on big screens and small.

    I used to chalk it up to his good looks and bad-boy swagger. His looks are long gone, it's clear. Too many punches in the face? Too much alcohol? Drugs? Plastic surgery? I know nothing of what happened there — I'm not a rabid fan or stalker, just an admirer — hence ignorant about his personal life.

    And Rourke's acting? Well, it's still not great.

    Yet, regardless of his looks, acting chops, or the quality of the film he's in, Mickey Rourke continues to mesmerize me — and my husband, too. Which is nice because the fact Jim enjoys seeing him as much as I do saved me explaining my excitement upon discovering a newish (2015) film featuring Rourke streaming on Netflix. My husband was just as game as I to settle in and stream ASHBY, a quirky dramedy starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts, and Sarah Silverman.

    Ashby movie on DVD

    ASHBY is the story of 17-year-old Ed (Wolff), who's new at school, a little odd but outspoken, basically friendless. He's also smarter than the average football player...

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    Thursday
    Jun092016

    Savor local flavor: 8 great eateries on California's central coast

    The activities and events travelers list on their must-do, must-see lists vary widely depending on interests and intentions. Some folks want to relax and take it easy while away from home, others seek adventure and heart-pounding experiences, others lie somewhere in between balancing a bit of both. 

    All travelers, though, like to eat. Must eat. Which puts dining at the top of the must-do list for all who travel. The true treat for tourists is discovering establishments rich in regional dishes complemented by dashes of local lore.

    My daughter and I enjoyed eight such eateries on our recent visit to California's central coast, courtesy Morro Bay Tourism and California Highway 1 Discovery Route. Following are our recommendations for savoring local flavor when visiting the charming towns along Highway 1.

    BLUE SKY BISTRO ON THE BAY
    699 Embarcadero, Morro Bay CA 93442
    www.bistroonthebay.com

    blue sky bistro on the bay

    Blue Sky Bistro offers bayside dining that's about as bayside as you can be, with a fabulous view of Morro Bay and Morro Rock. The superb service perfectly complements...

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    Thursday
    Jun092016

    Introducing Grilled Grandma Dinah

    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 Dinah!

    grilled grandma dinah

    How many children do you have?
    We have 4 grown and married children.
     
    How many grandchildren? What are their ages?
    6 grands! We have one 4 yr old, two 3 yr old twins, two 2 yr olds, and one 1 yr old. That’s 6 kiddos ages 4 and under….
     
    What do your grandchildren call you?
    Nonnie
     
    After the initial elation, what was your first concern upon hearing you would soon be a grandmother?
    At the time, our daughter and son-in-law were living on the west coast, a...

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    Wednesday
    Jun082016

    Dr. Eureka game: Fun mixing molecules, mastering motor skills

    When seeking indoor summer fun to ride out storms or scorching temps, it would be tough to find a super quick yet super challenging game more fast and fun — and challenging in more ways than one — than Dr. Eureka from Blue Orange.

    dr. eureka game review 

    Dr. Eureka — for 1 to 4 players, ages 8 and up — carries the tagline, "Mix The Molecules, Master The Formula." Games take about 15 minutes, and go...

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    Monday
    Jun062016

    Deck blessings! Plus, GRAND Social No. 210 link party for grandparents

    Deck blessings!

    May is always a challenging month in Colorado, weather wise, as temps rise and fall in grand rollercoaster fashion. It can be in the 70s one day, blizzard like the next, sunny and clear the day after. Once June arrives, though, the chance of snow has pretty much disappeared and summer-like spring days are more the norm.

    Last Friday was such a day. I decided to soak up the sun while kicking back on my deck for an afternoon nap. Three minutes into it, though, I gave in to the natural blessings surrounding me and opted to grab photos instead of shut eye. Here are a few shots of what I caught, never moving more than a few feet from my Adirondack chair.

    backyard birds...

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    Saturday
    Jun042016

    Saturday movie review: Money Monster

    When soggy skies dampened plans for my husband and me to go on a bike ride over Memorial Day weekend, we resorted to Plan B and headed to the movie theater for a matinee. Though we knew next to nothing about the plot line of MONEY MONSTER, we figured anything starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney and directed by Jodie Foster had to be good.

    money monster poster 

    It didn't take long for me to realize the plot of MONEY MONSTER was far from what I imagined. I thought for sure there'd be some sort of romantic leanings between the stars. I was quite grateful, though, to find out that wasn't the case at all. Instead, Clooney and Roberts are...

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    Thursday
    Jun022016

    Newbie to natural: My wine-tasting education courtesy Pacific Coast Wine Trail wineries

    Chateau Margene cabernetUp until a couple weeks ago, I had never been to a wine tasting. As a relatively new wine drinker — 7&7s, margaritas, and martinis my longtime cocktails of choice — the idea of stepping up to the counter of a cellar and sipping sirahs and sauvignons and such intimidated me to no end.

    A mother/daughter trip to California featuring stops along the Pacific Coast Wine Trail courtesy Highway 1 Discovery Route and Morro Bay Tourism Bureau cured me of my wine-tasting trepidation. I owe my conversion from newbie to (kinda sorta) natural to three delightful wineries and the patient, passionate sommeliers who shared their spirits, stories, and expertise with this admittedly ignorant wine drinker.

    The Pacific Coast Wine Trail features ten wineries...

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