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    Wednesday
    Dec072016

    7 things long-distance grandparents do that local grandparents don't

    My name is Lisa and I'm a long-distance grandparent.

    My grandsons live more than 800 miles away.

    Following are a smattering of things — seven, to be exact — that I and other long-distance grandparents do that grandparents who live near their grandkiddos likely don't.

    (Featuring photos from my grandsons' most recent visit in November.)

    long-distance grandparents

    SEVEN
    Stock up on Priority Mail Flat-Rate shipping boxes.

    The mailman delivers empty boxes to my house. Free...

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    Monday
    Dec052016

    'Tis the season to be busy: GRAND Social No. 234 link party for grandparents

    Busy, busy, busy!

    My weekend was busy, busy, busy. Today will be as well. And tomorrow? Well, I have jury duty!

    You're likely as busy as I am — minus the jury duty, I hope — considering it's once again the season to be busy. With that in mind, I'm just diving right into the main reason we're all here: the GRAND Social link party exclusively for grandparents!

    GRAND Social No. 234

    Thank you for joining me for the two-hundred-thirty-fourth (!) GRAND Social link party! I appreciate you making time in your busy schedule to share a few links, read the links of others.

    Cheers!

    grand social link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited...

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    Saturday
    Dec032016

    Saturday movie review: Coming Through The Rye

    I probably shouldn't admit this, but I never read Catcher in the Rye. At least I don't recall reading J.D. Salinger's classic.

    I kinda sorta remember thinking a few decades ago that I should read it, because, ya know, it's a classic that everyone has read. In my hazy recollection of that time, I think I may have started reading it but didn't finish because I didn't care for it. Or maybe I did finish it but it didn't resonate with me because I was a young mom with three kiddos under the age of five at the time, not a cynical male teen.

    Whatever the case may be, I don't know the story that resonated with millions.

    COMING THROUGH THE RYE is about one of those millions who did read the book, one of those millions for whom the tale not only resonated but changed their lives.

    Coming Through The Rye movie

    The endearing coming-of-age film is based on true experiences of filmmaker James Sadwith, who...

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    Thursday
    Dec012016

    Review: Paper Trax Speedway Super Pack recyclable race track

    Looking for a a unique way to complement a kiddo's car collection this Christmas? Look no further than Paper Trax, a patented paper raceway set that allows for countless creative wall configurations — attached to the wall! — for hours of fun for everyone.

    When I say "everyone," I mean one and all who encounters the 100 percent recyclable toy distributed by the BE Good Company. I can say that with authority because the evening Bubby and I set out to review the set, my house was full of guests and not a one could resist pitching in on building the track or enjoying it after the work was complete.

    paper trax 

    Paper Trax Speedway Super Pack, the pack I received free for review, is a race car themed set of over 12 feet of trax (11 straight trax plus a bonus created from the box). The set includes 3M Command strips for safe attaching to walls.

    paper trax

    Other packages available include a Starter Pack and Super Play packs with...

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    Wednesday
    Nov302016

    My dad's obituary and the difference between big newspapers and small

    My dad passed away Sunday evening. I got the call from my sister Debbie 20 seconds before the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos in Sunday's overtime game. I missed the field goal that put the win in the Chiefs' column.

    Priorities.

    daughter and dying father
    My last photo with Dad, October 27, 2016

    My dad was unexpectedly diagnosed with a relatively obscure cancer — myelodysplastic syndrome — the very same week last January that my dog Lyla was diagnosed with her brain tumor. Lyla passed a month later. It took my dad 10 months longer.

    Witnessing Dad's steady decline from a hearty, humor-loving 76-year-old to a shrinking (yet still humor-loving) 77-year-old sucked for family. Even more sucky for him, as he was fully cognizant, fully aware of his wasting away, especially as the wasting accelerated to runaway train speed near the end.

    I'm filled with sorrow at Dad's death. But that's unexpectedly balanced by my joy he's out of pain and distress. I have no doubt he's in heaven. I'm especially thankful he had no doubt that's where he'd end up, once again loving on his beloved...

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    Monday
    Nov282016

    Holiday briefs! Plus, GRAND Social No. 233 link party for grandparents

    Holiday briefs!

    The Christmas season has officially begun here on Grandma's Briefs, as you can see by the holiday briefs adorning my blog header above.

    You know...  these briefs:

    holiday briefs 

    Seasons greetings! Happy Holidays! Merry...

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    Thursday
    Nov242016

    Thanksgiving greetings!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    thanksgiving vintage card

    Wednesday
    Nov232016

    How to make a turkey Grandma will love

    How do you make a turkey Grandma is sure to love?

    Just like this:

    Follow the example of Mac's "ninja turkey" (NIJU TURCE) ...

    hand drawn turkey 

    and Bubby's...

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