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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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    One of my weekly chores is doing the laundry for my husband and myself. With there being just two of us, there's typically fewer than four loads, yet I still break it up over...

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    Here and now: September 10, 2015

    My life...

    clock and book 

    On my mind...

    The fact I first absentmindedly wrote the title above with the year of 2001. September and that year will be forever linked, forever unforgettable.


    Still enjoying a few...

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    2015 Subaru Legacy road trip: Paint Mines Interpretive Park

    I was provided a 2015 Subaru Legacy free for one week for review as part of the #SubaruLegacy blogger program. Opinions are my own.

    Last month, I had a sleek and chic sedan for a week. A 2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited, which I told you much about in this post right here.

    During the week I had the Subaru Legacy, I visited a few places nearby that I'd never been to before despite having lived in the area for more than thirty years. One spot I toured: the Paint Mines Interpretive Park in Calhan, CO. My friend Ruth of Cranium Crunches—a devoted fan of minerals, gems, and geological wonders of any sort—was in town for a day and was delighted to sit back in the comfy passenger seat of the Legacy and head off to the Paint Mines with me.

    The Paint Mines Interpretive Park is an overlooked gem of a place many folks in Colorado and beyond may not...

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    2015 Labor Day Lift Off Balloon Festival

    Yesterday morning, Jim and I got up bright and early—while it was still dark, in fact—to nab a lakeside seat at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs.

    Our super spot was ideal for nabbing some super shots of the annual Labor Day weekend balloon festival, renamed this year as the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off.

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    I've placed forty of my favorites in a Labor Day Lift Off photo album in...

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    Kitchen assistant, plus GRAND Social No. 171 link party for grandparents

    Kitchen assistant

    My daughter Megan has a new kitchen assistant. His name is Jak:

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    Jak has many talents related to kitchen duty, including...

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    Saturday movie review: October Gale

    Most regular readers of my movie reviews likely realize I favor independent films. And actors who star in independent films.

    Two of my favorite independent film actors—Patricia Clarkson and Tim Roth—star in this week's movie review film, OCTOBER GALE. The film also stars Scott Speedman, whom I've enjoyed watching grow as an actor since first seeing him in the TV series Felicity years ago.

    October Gale

    OCTOBER GALE is a romantic thriller seemingly designed for older movie watchers in the mood for...

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    Freshly delivered gourmet meals to my door; here's what I thought (plus discount code)

    Now that my nest is empty, I don't cook as often as I used to. Because of that, my husband and I eat far more junk food and carry-out meals than ever before. Fresh and healthy meals seldom make an appearance on our dinner table. Gourmet meals, never.

    That all changed when I heard about Freshly Gourmet Ready-Made Meals and received a box of fresh, healthy and gourmet meals delivered to my door, free for review.


    The package—shipped out the day before—was filled with six meals surrounded by frozen packets, each meal marked whether it was a dinner or a lunch.


    The six meals stacked perfectly in my fridge, awaiting taste...

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    'The 50 States': 50 surprising facts from an engaging, trivia-stuffed, oversized tome

    I've never been good at geography, not even United States geography. Those states beginning with vowels located in the center of the country trip me up every time.

    I think part of my problem with geography not sticking in my brain is because it was never presented to me in a fun, memorable manner. A book I recently received free for review, though, is fun, is memorable, and is all about the 50 states—even those midwest ones that begin with I's and O's and are situated beneath and between two that begin with M.

    The book is aptly titled The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A. with 50 fact-filled maps!, written and researched by Gabrielle Balkan and lavishly—and whimsically—illustrated by Sol Linero. This is the kind of book that encourages kids to learn and remember maps and more, the kind of book that makes a perfect family gift (and school report resource).

    the 50 states 

    In addition to colorful, informative front and back inside covers...

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