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Jim (long-time hubby) and Lisa (me)

Andrea (youngest daughter) and Brianna (oldest daughter)

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

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Mac, Jak and Bubby — Bloggy nicknames of Gramma's stars (children of Megan and Preston)



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    Thank you, Mr. Marr

    I was invited to participate in the #redThanks teacher tribute project with wherein writers share stories on themes of mentorship, role models and/or teaching — stories of a "gift" deserving of a thankful tribute. This is my story, served up in a letter of thanks. This is not a sponsored post.

    Dear Mr. Marr,

    Bruce Marr, Woodland Park High SchoolIt's been more than three decades since I...

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    Best laid plans and GRAND Social No. 108

    Best laid plans

    My husband and I planned to be very productive this past weekend. Planned being the operative word.

    replacing deck railing

    Our deck has needed new...

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    Saturday movie review: 'The Intouchables'

    I watched two movies this week, thanks to Netflix streaming. The first movie was okay. The second movie was, well, outstanding and inspirational.

    The Intouchables movie

    My review today is on...

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    Sunshine and gratitude

    "As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm."

    ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder, "Writings to Young Women from Laura Ingalls Wilder, Vol. One"

    cats in the sun

    I like to...

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    A hairy issue

    troll doll

    I have worn my hair long the majority of my life. From my earliest years, when my mom would cut my bangs straight across my forehead and the rest would hang long down my back, to my high school years, my childrearing years and all the years since. Not Crystal Gayle long, but longer than not. Always.

    Except for one year. In...

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    Promises of summer and plums to come

    Yesterday, in my yard...

    flowers in June 

    Summer — and plums — will be here soon.

    For now, though, I'll simply enjoy my pre-summer yard... and its promises of what's to come.

    Today's question:

    Which pleases you more — your yard in spring or your yard in summer?


    Icy fun to keep kids cool

    Here is a super simple (and inexpensive) way to keep kids occupied — and cool — on hot summer days.

    icy fun to keep kids cool

    What you do:

    • Buy a ...

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    Big Mac and GRAND Social link party No. 107

    Big Mac

    Three years ago yesterday, my adorable second grandson came into the world.

    Now that's he's three, Baby Mac is no longer a baby — he's now officially Big Mac to me.

    three year old 

    I can't think of...

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