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

 

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    Friday
    Jan302015

    My friends wrote a book and I got to review it

    Click to read my review of the first book from The Gypsynesters: Going Gypsy: One Couple's Adventure From Empty Nest To No Nest At All.

    going gypsy book

    Thursday
    Jan292015

    15 words that belong in every grandparent's vocabulary

    words for grandparents

    AFFLATUSn. A sudden rush of divine or poetic inspiration. Grandchildren are the cause of many a grandparents' afflatus.

    BELGARD — n. A kind or loving look. Cookies are nice but it's belgards from Grandma that kiddos crave most.

    COMICONOMENCLATURISTn. A specialist in funny names. There's no...

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    Wednesday
    Jan282015

    Goodbye, Gramma!

    My final photo of all three desert-dwelling boys together, before Gramma headed back to the mountains:

    three brothers

    Today I'm home, grateful for a son-in-law who has...

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    Tuesday
    Jan272015

    On life and not just getting through

    peaceful

    Not long ago, I realized I repeat myself. Again and again and again. The same phrase.

    Lest you think I’ve developed a tic, let me explain. 

    Mid-summer last year, I faced some medical challenges. Despite the distress, I still had to maintain my home, my family, my connections, and — most time-consuming of all — my freelance job (you don’t work, you don’t get paid). I began noticing I’d accomplish each...

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    Monday
    Jan262015

    Cookies, a budding photog, and GRAND Social No. 141 link party for grandparents

    Cookies and a budding photog

    Though I swore I'd use my special apron as art not as a functional coverall for cookie making and more, I couldn't not wear it when making cookies with my boys over the weekend. Here I am with Mac, ready to get baking (the photo courtesy budding photog Bubby, who was delighted to use Gramma's DSLR for the shot):

    You can bet it was the cleanest cookie-making session...

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    Saturday
    Jan242015

    Saturday movie review: Oscar time replays

    I've spent far more time playing with my grandsons (or preparing to) this week than I did in front of screens watching movies. Hence, no movies recently watched, so no movies to review for today.

    In light of that and the fact it's Oscar season, below are three movies I reviewed in the past year that have been nominated for 2015 Academy Awards. Just in case you missed my original review — or would simply like to refresh your memory — I offer you links to these reviews:

    boyhood movie

    BOYHOOD — Nominated in several categories, including...

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    Thursday
    Jan222015

    Encourage grandkids to learn more about science and nature during playtime

    Dear readers: As I mentioned yesterday, I'm off playing in the desert with my grandsons. In light of that, I offer you here a guest post of sorts — playtime suggestions courtesy StatePoint Media.

    dinosaur toys

    Have any budding scientists in your family? If your grandchildren are fascinated by nature, dinosaurs, and other cool science subjects, you can help foster their interests by turbo-charging their playtime to fit their favorite topics.

    "Learning is not just for the classroom or a formal setting," says Dr. Lise Eliot, early childhood...

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    Wednesday
    Jan212015

    Off the shelf and in my arms

    Megan sent this photo along with other goodies at Christmas time:

    grandsons

    My adorable grandsons sit upon my shelf, where I can see them and smile throughout the day.

    Today, though, my adorable grandsons — in the...

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