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


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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    Tuesday
    Jul142015

    Fossil find

    Colorado has seen unprecedented amounts of rainfall so far this summer.

    Which means most Colorado residents are seeing unprecedented numbers of weeds in our yards.

    Jim spent several hours pulling weeds in the front yard on Saturday. The yard looked better and better as he pulled and pulled, but it sure seemed a not-so-fun waste of time.

    Until he found this...

    fossil

    Yes sirreee, that is a fossil. Found right...

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    Monday
    Jul132015

    Brief video review: The Avalon Bay AB-Airfryer100R

    I've never liked to fry foods as it not only makes a great mess, it makes for fat-filled food that messes with my stomach.

    AB-Airfryer100R

    The Avalon Bay AB-Airfryer100R eliminates the mess as well as the need for oil when frying foods. I was...

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    Monday
    Jul132015

    Scramble! Plus, GRAND Social No. 163 link party for grandparents

    Scramble!

    I'm writing this Sunday evening. I just heard from Megan that she and Preston would like me to watch the kids while they move into their new home. Tuesday.

    THIS Tuesday. As in, tomorrow.

    I said, Sure! (Despite the fact Jim and I will both be visiting them at the end of the month.)

    They purchased my ticket to fly to the desert just minutes ago, and I'm now in scramble mode to be ready for a Tuesday departure.

    Because of my scrambling, you get this preamble to this week's GRAND Social: a photo of my lovely tabby Abby that I took last week while messing with my camera settings.

    tabby cat

    No rhyme or reason for sharing Abby with you. Except that I didn't...

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    Saturday
    Jul112015

    Saturday movie review: Amira & Sam

    I'm not one for mushy, gushy romantic movies, aka "chic flicks." At least not very often. I do, though, enjoy films that have a decent dose of romance—minus the mushy gushy—wrapped up in a good story.

    The quirky romantic comedy AMIRA & SAM is my kind of film, with a good balance of sweet and silly amidst some serious social issues.

    Amira & Sam DVD

    Sam (Martin Starr) is veteran Marine Sargent who's returned home to NYC after...

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    Thursday
    Jul092015

    Here and now: July 9, 2015

    As the world turns...

    clock and book 

    On my mind...

    My baby girl, Andrea. Who is THIRTY today! Happy birthday to my Andie Pandie!

    1985 baby 

    How did I become old enough that...

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    Wednesday
    Jul082015

    Roll with it: TP and me

    My husband has been helping out with the household grocery shopping more often lately, which I'm thankful for because I hate, no, I detest grocery shopping. I'm not so thankful, though, for Jim's exclamations and complaints each time he asks what I need him to pick up at the store and I tell him, among other things, toilet paper. Every time.

    "How can we go through so much <cuss> toilet paper?" he groans.

    toilet paper

    After more than 33 years together, my husband still doesn't fully grasp...

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    Tuesday
    Jul072015

    2 things I learned while up on my roof

    I have lived in my house nearly eight years but had never been up on my roof.

    Until the Fourth of July.

    On July Fourth, Jim and I decided to sit on our roof to watch the many Fourth of July fireworks displays that take place to the east of us and to the west of us. Here's what I learned while up there:

    ONE: I need to learn how to photograph fireworks.

    These are the best fireworks shots—of more than 70—that I got:

    fireworks 

    Not so great. I'll be...

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    Monday
    Jul062015

    Enter to win: Woman in Gold plus $50 Visa gift card (and more)

    This is a sponsored giveaway. Compensation and prizing provided by Anchor Bay Entertainment.

    Is there any better female actor over the age of 50 than Helen Mirren? And is there any more talented (and handsome) Canadian actor than Ryan Reynolds? I think not.

    Though some may debate either—or both—of those assertions, there's no debating the intrigue and fine acting in WOMAN IN GOLD, the 2015 film which stars both Mirren and Reynolds.

    woman in gold dvd 

    WOMAN IN GOLD is the remarkable true story of one...

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