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    Last of the hummers, plus GRAND Social link party No. 121

    Last of the hummers

    Now that we're well into September and our hummingbird feeder seemed to have no visitors the last few days, I figured all the hummingbirds had up and flown away for the season. I was wrong. One little fella spent much of Sunday sitting on a branch, standing guard over the hummingbird feeder hanging near our deck.


    Each time another hummingbird...

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    Newfangled label maker

    If you like to make labels as much as I do, you will want the app-enabled Epson LabelWorks printer LW-600P. My review: Labeling Epson LabelWorks printer and iron-on labels AWESOME.


    Happy Grandparents Day 2014

    grandparents day 2014


    Saturday movie review: 'Belle'

    History has always been one of my weakest subjects, the topic you never want to be teamed up with me on in trivia games of any sort. Yet I do love historical novels and historical films. BELLE quickly become one of my favorite films in the genre.

    Belle bluray

    BELLE is based on...

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    3 must-see products for back-to-school time... and other times, too (Reviews)

    I've reviewed some pretty great goods in the past few days. All are super for school kids, and the last one's pretty darn great for adults, as well. Click on titles (in orange) to see the review:

    eco vessel

    Kids' insulated bottles and storage containers: School-time Eco Vessel products make kids smile.



    Personalized tattoos for safety: SafetyTat Quick Stick Write-On! tattoos ideal for 'just in case' scenarios.


    tcl alarm clock

    A compact, vibrating alarm clock: TCL Vibe a wake-up call for all generations.


    7 lessons learned when my dog got skunked

    I have a big back yard. Birds and squirrels enjoy frolicking about back there. As do skunks.

    dog skunked

    Skunks, as you likely know, are nocturnal animals, so we've never seen them during the day. And we've only smelled whiffs of them now and then as their stinky scent wafts through the night-time air. Our dogs...

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    5 names and 5 uses for Grandma

    grandma names and uses 

    5 names for GRANDMA:

    I've been exercising my brain a bit more than usual the past couple weeks in an effort to counteract some mushiness and muck courtesy multiple sclerosis. Challenging one's noggin' is wise for one and all as we age — not just those with cognitive issues — and my dear friend Ruth and her Cranium Crunches site are a super source of fun ways to keep the brain fit.

    Ruth recently shared with me...

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    The last time I saw my grandsons

    The last time I saw my grandsons, there was light and love and a warm heart unrelated to the heat of the desert.

    There were introductions.

    introducing baby 

    And Legos...

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