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

 

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    Wednesday
    Jun102015

    The good and bad of a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock arriving at my door

    Last month a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock was delivered to my door for review. I was excited as can be—until I realized it was a standard transmission.

    jeep wrangler rubicon hard rock review 

    Now, I can drive a standard. I learned to drive on a manual transmission. I haven't driven a standard transmission in decades, though, and I didn't want to practice...

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    Tuesday
    Jun092015

    On swings, rainbows, and indigo endings

    On the upper level of my home, we have a three-season porch. It's fashioned after the porches popular in Colorado Springs in the late 1800s, peaceful spots where tuberculosis patients rested on beds while soaking up the fresh, restorative mountain air.

    Ours is a three-season porch, with no insulation protecting the space from cold. Meaning, we don't access the room in the winter. Come spring, though, the porch door is opened—and our indoor swing firmly attached in the doorway.

    indoor swing on three-season porch

    My grandsons and other young-at-heart visitors...

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    Monday
    Jun082015

    Engaged! Plus GRAND Social No. 158 link party for grandparents

    Engaged!

    Our baby girl, Andrea, is engaged!

    engagement 

    Matt popped the question Saturday, and Andie and Matt plan to...

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    Saturday
    Jun062015

    Saturday movie review: Life's A Breeze

    LIFE'S A BREEZE is a cautionary tale from Lance Daly, director of THE COMMITMENTS (a favorite of mine). What might viewers be cautioned against? Throwing out your elderly mother's household goods without checking with her first.

    Life's A Breeze dvd

    The 2013 Irish comedy stars Fionnula Flanagan as Nan, the elderly matriarch of...

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    Thursday
    Jun042015

    Here and now: June 4, 2015

    My life, here and now...

    clock and book 

    On my mind...

    How quickly the chilly, wet weather of May can turn to scorching temps the second...

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    Wednesday
    Jun032015

    My grandsons review the NewAir AF-520B Outdoor Misting Fan

    My grandsons live in the hot, hot desert. Which qualifies them as ideal reviewers for the NewAir AF-520B 18-inch Ultra Quiet Outdoor Misting Fan.

    NewAir AF-520B Outdoor Misting Fan

    The NewAir AF-520B Misting Fan is an oscillating fan that has three speeds plus three nozzles that put out mist when the fan is connected to a garden hose. The water is easily shut off with...

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    Wednesday
    Jun032015

    7 secrets of happy grandmas

    secrets of happy grandma 

    Happy grandmas pace themselves when with the grandchildren, taking naps when the grandkids do, if...

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    Tuesday
    Jun022015

    Balloon pong: Cheap, easy, and hours of fun!

    In many parts of the country (and world), winter time is when kiddos need plenty of things to do indoors as it's too chilly outside. Where my grandsons live, though, indoor fun is a must in the summer as triple digit heat often prevents outdoor play.

    Whatever time of year children are stuck inside with little to do—whether it's because the weather is hot, cold or rainy—balloon pong is an easy and inexpensive way to provide hours of play.

    balloon games for kids 

    WHAT YOU NEED

    • Paper plates (one per child)
    • Craft sticks, the thick ones that look...

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