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Jim (longtime hubby) and Lisa (me)

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Brianna (oldest daughter) and Patrick (her boyfriend)

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

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

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



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    Here and now: May 7, 2015

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

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    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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    Avocado answers and recipes, plus GRAND Social No. 154 link party for grandparents

    Avocado answers and recipes

    Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo which makes today a perfect day to learn a bit about avocados, the Cinco staple, as well as add a few avocado recipes to your Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

    I have just the thing for you: A video from chef and Mexican-cooking guru Pati Jinich made exclusively for Grandma's Briefs. She answers my avocado questions and shares some pretty darn delicous sounding recipes.

    Click the following graphic of Pati to go directly to that post. (Be prepared to drool.)

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    Be sure to...

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    Cinco de Mayo video exclusive: Chef Pati Jinich answers my avocado questions

    Who loves avocados? I do, I do! Do you?

    pati jinich on avocados

    In celebration of Cinco de Mayo—the annual May 5 celebration of Mexican culture and heritage—chef Pati Jinich, cookbook author and host of the hit PBS series "Pati’s Mexican Table," offered to answer...

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    Saturday movie review: Love Is Strange

    In the film LOVE IS STRANGE, the filmmakers, writers, and actors show that love is indeed strange. And beautiful and confusing and elusive and challenging. Whether between partners, parents and children, family, friends, and friends who feel like family, love is all of that and more. LOVE IS STRANGE hits on all of that, depicting the delicate dance maneuvering through such connections, regardless of age, gender, or sexual preference.

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    In LOVE IS STRANGE—which is out on Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming—Alfred Molina and John Lithgow star as...

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    Here and now: April 30, 2015

    Updated on Friday, May 1, 2015 by Registered CommenterLisa Carpenter

    What's going on in my world...

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    On my mind...

    My oldest daughter, Brianna. She has surgery this afternoon (for...

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    6 best bits: West to Westcliffe and my week driving a 2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

    The town of Westcliffe is one of my favorite spots in Colorado. My mom had property outside of town for quite a few years, and my husband and I used to take our daughters camping there a few times each summer for several summers in a row. Some of our most memorable family fun took place in Westcliffe, with the Sangre de Cristo mountain range providing a spectacular backdrop.

    Though our favorite camping spot was sold many years ago, my family and I still enjoy the scenic trip west to the tiny town—where my dad now lives. Coming around the curve just before town and seeing the Sangres spread out before us never fails to take our breath away.

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    The trip to Westcliffe, with its steep grades and twisty-turny pass through the...

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