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

Matt (Andrea's fiancé) 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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    Saturday movie review: Amira & Sam

    I'm not one for mushy, gushy romantic movies, aka "chic flicks." At least not very often. I do, though, enjoy films that have a decent dose of romance—minus the mushy gushy—wrapped up in a good story.

    The quirky romantic comedy AMIRA & SAM is my kind of film, with a good balance of sweet and silly amidst some serious social issues.

    Amira & Sam DVD

    Sam (Martin Starr) is veteran Marine Sargent who's returned home to NYC after...

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    Here and now: July 9, 2015

    As the world turns...

    clock and book 

    On my mind...

    My baby girl, Andrea. Who is THIRTY today! Happy birthday to my Andie Pandie!

    1985 baby 

    How did I become old enough that...

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    Roll with it: TP and me

    My husband has been helping out with the household grocery shopping more often lately, which I'm thankful for because I hate, no, I detest grocery shopping. I'm not so thankful, though, for Jim's exclamations and complaints each time he asks what I need him to pick up at the store and I tell him, among other things, toilet paper. Every time.

    "How can we go through so much <cuss> toilet paper?" he groans.

    toilet paper

    After more than 33 years together, my husband still doesn't fully grasp...

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    2 things I learned while up on my roof

    I have lived in my house nearly eight years but had never been up on my roof.

    Until the Fourth of July.

    On July Fourth, Jim and I decided to sit on our roof to watch the many Fourth of July fireworks displays that take place to the east of us and to the west of us. Here's what I learned while up there:

    ONE: I need to learn how to photograph fireworks.

    These are the best fireworks shots—of more than 70—that I got:


    Not so great. I'll be...

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    Enter to win: Woman in Gold plus $50 Visa gift card (and more)

    This is a sponsored giveaway. Compensation and prizing provided by Anchor Bay Entertainment.

    Is there any better female actor over the age of 50 than Helen Mirren? And is there any more talented (and handsome) Canadian actor than Ryan Reynolds? I think not.

    Though some may debate either—or both—of those assertions, there's no debating the intrigue and fine acting in WOMAN IN GOLD, the 2015 film which stars both Mirren and Reynolds.

    woman in gold dvd 

    WOMAN IN GOLD is the remarkable true story of one...

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    I did it! Plus GRAND Social No. 162 link party for grandparents

    I did it!

    Welcome back from the long weekend. I hope your Fourth of July holiday was stupendous!

    If you read what I looked forward to in last Thursday's post, you understand why I'm so pleased that I did it. "It" being completing a bike ride over the weekend. And did it I did.

    baby boomer bike ride 

    Now I just need to...

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    Wee ones and fireworks: Happy Fourth of July!

    Precious patriotism!

    Wishing you and yours a most spectacular holiday!

    Happy Fourth of July!


    The Great AmericInn Adventure: Post a selfie to enter to win a free night

    This is a sponsored post. All content provided by AmericInn Hotels in promotion of its Great AmericInn Adventure contest.

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    Wild, Wacky and Wonderful. That’s what AmericInn Hotels is looking for this summer—in your travel photos. And they are giving away prizes! 

    AmericInn—the largest midscale hotel brand in the upper Midwest—is inviting adventurous travelers to enter a selfie or other photo of their wildest, wackiest, most wonderful travel moments.

    shark selfie

    If they pick your pic, you’ll win a free night at any AmericInn location ($200 value). Even better: up to two...

    Click to read how to enter for this prize—and for a prize reserved for Grandma's Briefs readers...