Fish, Hulk, sisters... and GRAND Social No. 69

betta fishHe's no JJ... but he's close.Welcome back! I hope your Grandparents Day was grand. Though the holiday isn't a huge celebration around my place — another drawback of long-distance grandparenting — Jim and I did get a "Happy Grandparents Day" Facetime call from Bubby and Mac.

Much of the Grandparents Day call consisted of Bubby introducing us to JJ, the boys' new betta fish. While Jim and I oohed and aahed over JJ, Bubby showed us around JJ's home, which features rocks, "his very own tree," a light that Bubby turns on at night — plus (!) an Incredible Hulk figurine standing guard in the corner of JJ's aquarium. (I have a feeling the Hulk guard just might have been Mac's contribution to dear JJ's decor.)

Hulk aside, the majority of my Grandparents Day was spent with my sister Debbie. Brianna, Jim and I visited her in Denver, where she's still in ICU, still befuddling top-notch doctors with her severe pulmonary arterial hypertension. We all have faith in Debbie's doctors at University of Colorado Hospital — it's ranked No. 2 in the nation for pulmonology by U.S. News & World Report, second only to Mayo Clinic in Rochester — yet it's still so terribly frustrating for us all (Debbie more than anyone, of course) to not have a quick fix for my sister. Your continued healing thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated as there's yet to be a guesstimate as to when Debbie will be released from the ICU, much less the hospital.

I also appreciate you joining this week's GRAND Social No. 69. If you're new to the GRAND Social, I'm delighted you've joined us. If you've been here before, thank you so much for participating again.

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How it works:

  • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog specifically about grandparenting, just be a grandparent who blogs.
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  • If you're not a blogger, you have the pleasure of being a reader. Bloggers who link up would be honored to have one and all — other bloggers as well as readers — visit, read and, if so moved, comment, even if just a "Hey, stopping by from the GRAND Social."