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Andrea (youngest daughter) and Brianna (oldest daughter)

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

Mac and Bubby — Bloggy nicknames of Gramma's favorite boys (children of Megan and Preston)



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    Review: Levana Ovia Digital Baby Monitor

    I had the opportunity to try out a very cool video baby monitor. For free. The Levana Ovia Digital Baby Monitor.

    Levana Ovia

    What's an empty-nester reviewer to do when having no baby in the house to help out with such a review? Why, monitor her dogs, of course.

    sleeping pitbull

    Check out my review of the Levana Ovia Digital Baby Monitor — a super baby shower gift! — by clicking HERE.


    Mosh-pit Mom, or, How Grandma's career got its start

    My writing career and where it's headed have been on my mind a lot lately.

    So, too, has been where my writing career began.

    mosh-pit mom

    I've written and fantasized about being a writer for as long as I can remember. It wasn't until nearly 20 years ago, though, that I became...

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    Grandma's little lefty


    left-handed batter
    Bubby — March 2014

    Today's question:

    Are you right- or left-handed and do your children and grandchildren follow suit?


    9 things I wish were still around

    I recently saw an advertisement for Jiffy Pop popcorn, and I thought to myself, THAT is something I need to pack in my grandma bag to share with my grandsons next time.

    Considering their delight in watching air-popped popcorn pop — and attempting to sing the Too Pooped to Pop song while we watch — I imagine Bubby and Mac would get quite a thrill out of watching the Jiffy Pop foil top grow as kernels pop and puff up inside.

    watching popcorn pop 

    Jiffy Pop has been around forever, it seems...

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    GRAND Social No. 95 plus a sneak peek of spring


    The weather at my place was incredible this past weekend. Despite snow — lots of it! — on Friday, temperatures teased the 70-degree mark on Saturday and Sunday.

    It was a sneak peak of spring that made me long for the sights to come, such as this...

    hummingbird swing

    And this...

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    Saturday movie review: 'Dallas Buyers Club'

    Mere minutes into DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, my husband turned to me and said, "You can't review this for the grandmas!" He said that in response to the opening scene, which is a pretty heavy-duty sex scene.

    Throughout the entire movie I kept thinking the same thing. "I can't review this for the grandmas." I even decided I wouldn't share my review here — and watched another film the next night so I'd have one for this space.

    Dallas Buyers Club

    But I didn't really like that one, at least not enough to share it with you. I wanted to...

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    3 things I learned this week: The good, the not-so-good and the 'Breaking Bad'

    Good Thing No. 1:

    It was announced this week that Allegiant is once again offering flights from my place to (near) my grandsons' place. Twice a week. For pretty darn cheap prices, even figuring in the cost of paying to lug my Grandma Bag with me when I visit.

    grandma and grandsonsThat's great news considering my third grandson will be born in June and I'll be visiting soon after his birth. Also great news because that...

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    My husband's mistress, then and now

    When my husband and I first started dating, he had a mistress. Their relationship continued even once Jim and I were married. He simply could not give her up, and he definitely could not keep his hands off her.

    child with guitar

    She had no name — even way back then Jim and I felt the same regarding...

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