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Matt (Andrea's fiancé) 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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    Saturday movie review: Alex of Venice

    Watching blockbuster movies as they premiere at the theater can be the ultimate movie experience for movie lovers. That manner of watching movies isn't the norm for most folks nowadays, though. No, most folks are more like me—enjoying movies at home as soon as they premiere on DVD. Or later yet, on streaming services.

    The relatively extensive lag between a blockbuster movie showing at the theater to appearing in my Netflix streaming queue means I spend a far amount of time searching streaming options for gems to watch between must-see movies I'm waiting on. I found a gem the other night: ALEX OF VENICE.

    alex of venice movie

    ALEX OF VENICE is the directorial debut of Chris Messina, whom many may know from TV's...

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    It's National Lemonade Day! A citrusy recipe and sweet giveaway from Equal

    This is a sponsored post and giveaway, courtesy Equal® 0-Calorie Sweetener. Opinions are my own.

    Equal sweetener

    Hooray, hooray, for National Lemonade Day, August 20! As a true lover of all things lemon, and lemonade in particular, National Lemonade Day nears the top of my list of summer days worth celebrating.

    Equal® 0-Calorie Sweetener celebrates the lemon-flavored day, too! With me and with you, by...

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    Here and now: August 20, 2015

    In my world...

    clock and book

    On my mind...

    On NBC News Tuesday night, there was a report of an unscrupulous doctor who had been egregiously knowingly misdiagnosing patients with MS. Such a horrible thing to do. I have MS. BUT, though his actions are unconscionable, that's not what most stuck with me after viewing the report. What did stick with me was a comment from one of the women incorrectly diagnosed. She stated that...

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    Still time to play... and learn (Review)

    The school bells have rung (or will soon), meaning kids are back to learning and game time is relegated to the back burner.

    Unless, that is, the games played are any of the Super Genius learning games from Blue Orange! The Super Genius lineup combines learning and fun in one—in the seemingly magical way only Blue Orange manages to pull off.

    Super Genius learning games from Blue Orange 

    I say "magical" as it seems nothing less when it comes to more than...

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    Colorful Colorado, plus GRAND Social No. 168 link party for grandparents

    Colorful Colorado

    Over the weekend, Jim and I visited a local park (actually called an "open space") that we've heard much about and passed the entrance into literally hundreds of times. To further test drive a Subaru Legacy I had for the week for review, we decided it was high time to head deep into Red Rock Canyon.

    This is a sampling of what we found:

    Red Rock Canyon Open Space 

    So peaceful and pretty!

    I have nearly 300 more photos from the nearly three hours we spent...

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    Saturday movie review: Mavis!

    Most folks are familiar with Aretha Franklin and her impact on the music scene—and the hearts and souls of listeners—for generation upon generation. It seems not as many folks may know as much about her contemporary, though: the equally soulful singer Mavis Staples.

    mavis! documentary

    The documentary MAVIS! is about to change all that, introducing younger generations to the inimitable powerhouse and...

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    Here and now: August 13, 2015

    In my world...

    baby boomer lifestyle 

    On my mind...

    The fabulous time I had Tuesday with my friend Ruth from San Diego. She was in Colorado on business but took time out of her busy schedule to spend a day and night with me. In those 24 hours together we:

    • Visited a book store.
    • Walked a labyrinth—my first...

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    Climbing the wall

    My grandsons and their parents are pretty much fully moved into their new home. Their backyard, though, is undergoing a mega-makeover (a pool and more!), which means the boys are unable to play outside in the yard for a few months.

    Good thing they have a park right across the street.

    Despite the nearby park, though, Bubby and Mac were already climbing the walls soon into the relocation. So when PawDad and I were there a week or so ago, Preston took Bubby, Mac, and PawDad to the local community center to burn off some energy playing basketball. And to, literally, climb the walls.

    Mac was too tiny for the wall-climbing venture, but Bubby was a pro in no time. He quickly mastered the small wall...

    rock climbing kid 

    Then Bubby moved on to the medium wall...

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