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

Matt (Andrea's boyfriend) 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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    Here and now: April 30, 2015

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

    What's going on in my world...

    here and now 

    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.

    subaru outback sangre de cristos

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

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    5 grand quotes on grandmothers

    Just in time for Mother's Day: Five grand writers on grandmothers.

    grandmother quote


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    Teach kids Morse code, plus GRAND Social No. 153 link party for grandparents

    Teach kids Morse code

    Hard to believe but it's once again Morse Code Day! Yes, today is the beloved annual celebration of the birth of Samuel Morse (April 27, 1791–April 2, 1872), American painter, inventor, and co-developer of the international code bearing his name.

    Do you remember learning Morse code in school? I do. A refresher: Morse code (according to Wikipedia) "is a method of transmitting text information as a series of on-off tones, lights, or clicks that can be directly understood by a skilled listener or observer without special equipment...Each character (letter or numeral) is represented by a unique sequence of dots and dashes."

    international morse code

    And it's a fun, off-the-wall thing to share with the grandkids! Try...

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    Saturday movie review: Rudderless

    A lot of actors seem to think that because they act, they can direct. Every once in a while, they're perfectly correct and prove to have what it takes to combine a heartfelt and well-written script, spectacular performances from top-notch actors, a spot-on soundtrack, and all the other necessary ingredients to make a beautiful, memorable film.

    William H. Macy's directorial debut, RUDDERLESS, unquestionably lands him in that category of actors who turn out to be awesome directors.

    rudderless movie

    RUDDERLESS stars Billy Crudup, Anton Yeltchin, Felicity Huffman...

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    Here and now: April 23, 2015

    My life, here and now...

    here and now 

    On my mind...

    Calming thoughts and uplifting songs that will (I hope) keep me calm and far from freakout mode when I undergo another MRI on my brain this morning. I swear, the more MRIs I...

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    My latest video review: NewAir AF-1000 Evaporative Air Cooler

    Air-conditioning in my house? Won't be happening any time soon, thanks to the outrageous cost of installing A/C in an old house with a boiler system.

    But... thankfully there are evaporative coolers. This one I recently received free for review—the NewAir AF-1000R—is the perfect solution.

    NewAir evaporative cooler

    My video review (please ignore the brain blurp moments when I...

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    Grandma's growing weeds

    “The strongest and most mysterious weeds often have things to teach us.”
    ―F.T. McKinstry, Ascarion

    My grandsons are growing like weeds! Or so it seems from the photos Megan recently shared.

    Their growth and maturity astonishes me. Where, oh, where did these fine young men come from and where did my babies go?

    To wit:

    baseball brothers

    Even Jak—though...

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