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Jim (long-time hubby) and Lisa (me)

Andrea (youngest daughter) and Brianna (oldest daughter)

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

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



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    In honor of Patriot Day 2014

    American flag

    Today, September 11, is Patriot Day, officially known as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.

    Not to be confused...

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    Get your autumn inspiration here #FebrezeFall

    Due to technical limitations, I unfortunately can't provide you a whiff of the Febreze Home Harvest Collection here. I can, though, tell you everything else about this fresh fall collection of air fresheners. Find the details (and inspiration) here: Febreze Home Harvest Collection: Seasonal scentspiration in a box.



    On siblings and superheroes

    I saw the most fabulous quote the other day. I immediately knew I simply must pair it with a picture of my grandsons.

    brothers as superheroes

    I just had a...

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    Looking for faith-based films on DVD?

    Consider the three I outline here: 3 faith-based family films. (Click that link to read.)

    HERO dvd


    6 topics on which I could speak with ease... even if drunk


    I belong to several online writing groups. As a freelance writer, the gathering spots of like-minded wordsmiths are where I most often find support, advice, inspiration.

    One tidbit I recently gleaned from such a group was instruction on how to determine the topics that one might determine — and promote to publishers — as his or her areas of expertise. The simple solution offered was to consider...

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    Microbes, musicians and more: 8 brief book reviews

    A quick look at eight new children's books:

    Brief book reviews: Back-to-school books from Candlewick Press

    candlewick biographies

    (I'd love to hear your thoughts on my new way of sharing must-see books with you. Feel free to comment on the post page. Thank you!)


    Last of the hummers, plus GRAND Social link party No. 121

    Last of the hummers

    Now that we're well into September and our hummingbird feeder seemed to have no visitors the last few days, I figured all the hummingbirds had up and flown away for the season. I was wrong. One little fella spent much of Sunday sitting on a branch, standing guard over the hummingbird feeder hanging near our deck.


    Each time another hummingbird...

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    Newfangled label maker

    If you like to make labels as much as I do, you will want the app-enabled Epson LabelWorks printer LW-600P. My review: Labeling Epson LabelWorks printer and iron-on labels AWESOME.