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    Tuesday
    Nov112014

    Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and 9 more goodies I could eat every single day

    I recently ate at least one Reese's Peanut Butter Cup every single day for eleven days straight. Most of those eleven days it was more than one.

    I blame it on Halloween. And the lack of trick-or-treaters just as much as my lack of motivation to keep my grubby hands out the bag of leftover candy.

    food obsessions

    See, Jim bought the BIG bag of Halloween candy this year, and when...

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    Monday
    Nov102014

    Road trip to Granny, plus GRAND Social No. 130 link party

    Road trip to Granny

    Most of my weekend was spent in the car. Jim and I headed out early Saturday morning to drive up to the Black Hills of South Dakota to visit his mom — as well as his sister and brother-in-law, who graciously host us during visits. Sunday morning we hopped back into the car for the trip back to Colorado.

     boomer son and aging mother

    It's a long and relatively uneventful (and butt-numbing) trip, but...

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    Saturday
    Nov082014

    Saturday movie review: 'Elsa & Fred'

    Ah, new love. There's the goose bumps, the first kiss, the exhilaration, the dining and dancing and deciding when the time has come to spend the night together. And, of course, there's the baggage of past relationships and the awkwardness of introducing a new love to the ol' family.

    Or so it goes for young lovers in the movies.

    Elsa & Fred

    So goes it for older lovers in the movies now, too, namely in...

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    Thursday
    Nov062014

    Seeing stars: Time for the 2014 Starz Denver Film Festival

    I love movies. Whether it's in a theater or at home, watching well-crafted films is one of my favorite things to do.

    Starz Denver Film Festival

    Because of my love for films, I'm delighted to announce that the 2014 Starz Denver Film Festival kicks off...

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    Wednesday
    Nov052014

    Wherein my grandson stocks my refrigerator for the holidays

    My eldest grandson's generous spirit never fails to impress me.

    drawings on fridge

    When Bubby visited a few weeks ago, he took one look at Gramma and PawDad's...

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    Tuesday
    Nov042014

    5 ways to be a unique grandparent

    How often have you thought, "Now that's a great idea! I should do that!" when a grandchild tells you about a fun experience or activity with his "other" grandparents? I admit I have a time or two.

    how to be a unique grandparent

    Yet our grandchildren are enriched by the varied gifts, talents and experiences each grandparent...

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    Monday
    Nov032014

    Halloween deer, plus GRAND Social No. 129 link party

    Halloween deer

    Last Friday saw not only more little trick-or-treaters at my door than in the past (meaning, we had about 15 kids total), I also saw these sweet deer and their parents across the street just as the sun was setting and the dear humans were heading out to haunt the neighborhood.

    mule deer 

    I'm still debating which...

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    Saturday
    Nov012014

    Saturday movie review: 'The Awakening'

    Come the Halloween season, I crave a spooky movie. Not a scary-as-all-get-out movie, you know, the sort so evil one fears they've surely opened the gates of hell simply by watching it. And not the violent, gory, bloody yuck fests, either. And definitely not the poorly written, poorly acted scream fests featuring babbling blondes running from madmen in masks.

    No, I like a good old-fashioned, suspense-filled ghost story. One with just the right amount of startles and chills yet one that allows me to afterward walk — not run! — up the two flights of stairs to my bedroom without having to turn on every light along the way or jump onto my bed in fear of what may be underneath it.

    The Awakening

    Such quality creepy films are hard to find. So each Halloween season for several years I've...

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