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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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    Operation Wasp Annihilation 

    My husband and I ate dinner outside on our deck on Saturday evening. As we noshed on our nummy gyros from our favorite Greek restaurant, I had to keep swatting away what I thought were bees.

    "What the heck's up with all the freakin' bees?" I asked Jim.

    One quick look around—and up—told us exactly what was up... and that it wasn't bees. It was wasps! A huge melon-sized hive of them just above the door to our garage.

    The size of the hive floored me! I immediately...

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    Grandma's all-star! Plus, GRAND Social No. 165 link party for grandparents

    Grandma's all-star

    My grandsons are sporty little squirts, but as a long-distance grandma, I have few opportunities to see their games and other athletic endeavors. Last week, though, I had the pleasure of attending one of Bubby's basketball games.

    I was filled with pride at what a great team player Bubby is as well as how truly awesome the kid is on the court.

    youth basketball

    Winning news for Gramma: I'll be in the desert again at the end of this week, and...

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    Saturday movie review: Big Eyes

    Every baby boomer alive has likely seen—perhaps loved, maybe even owned—the paintings of big-eyed waifs by the artist Keane. I was always intrigued (and, yes, moved) by the bizarre pieces, but I never knew the story of the artist, the true artist.

    Big Eyes movie

    BIG EYES is the incredible and often maddening true story of the true artist of those haunting...

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    Here and now: July 23, 2015

    What's happening...


    On my mind...

    Coloring. I've decided to try my hand at the kids' activity that's now (apparently) for adults. I have an adult coloring book and a box of 64 colored pencils awaiting me once...

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    Moving on

    Bubby and Mac—as well as the rest of their family—have vacated the premises and moved on to their new home.

    On moving day, Gramma (who is far more sentimental than the rest) just had to get a photo of the boys' last time on their trampoline:

    boys on trampoline 

    And, of course, I photographed their last...

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    GRAND Social No. 164 link party for grandparents

    I'm still in the desert with my cutie pie grandsons, but there's no way I could let the GRAND Social link party lapse! So here it is! Thank you for participating. I look forward to reading your links when I return home tomorrow!

    As always, please share links to your blog posts and visit a few of the posts of those who shared theirs (ideally commenting on them, if you have time).


    grand social link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog about grandparenting, just...

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    Make a difference: The #YouShareWeShare campaign with SUBWAY® Restaurants

    This is a sponsored post, part of a paid SocialMoms and Subway® blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

    I am not an athlete. I pat myself on the back for being able to walk my dogs a couple miles a few days a week or ride my bike about double that once or twice a month.

    I admire and respect athletes who can—and do—do more than that. Their dedication and commitment to their sports and being the best they can be inspires me. Never more so than when it comes to athletes of the Special Olympics. I'm not very athletic because of the limitations of multiple sclerosis. The incredible members of the Special Olympics team, though, are athletes in spite of their limitations, most of which are far more challenging than mine.

    I find that amazing and admirable. And I find it worth supporting.

    SUBWAY® Restaurants offers such support, not only to Special Olympics but to several charities throughout the USA and Canada. From now through August 31, 2015, more than 7,800 local across the US and Canada are participating in the "You Share. We Share." campaign to help support different charities.

    I'm pleased to say that the local charity the SUBWAY® Restaurants in Colorado Springs—my hometown—supports during the campaign is Special Olympics Colorado.

    SUBWAY supports Special Olympics Colorado 

    The "You Share. We Share." campaign encourages...

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    Saturday movie PREview: Grandma

    As I've been chasing kids, reading bedtime stories, playing at the park, and all kinds of other fun stuff with Bubby, Mac, and Jak, I've not watched a film to review this week.

    So you get this: a preview of an upcoming film that will likely resonate—in one way or another—with most of us here.

    It's called GRANDMA and stars Lily Tomlin, among others.

    GRANDMA movie

    And here's the...

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