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    Simple skeletons! Plus, GRAND Social No. 228 link party for grandparents

    Simple skeletons!

    We're officially one week away from Halloween, and I haven't put up or out or on one single holiday decoration. With all the truly scary stuff going on in our country and beyond right now, it seems rather silly to add some faux frights to the mix. And especially silly — well, especially a waste of time, to be honest — when the chances of grandkids of mine arriving at my door for a quick trick-or-treat or visit of any sort during Halloween season are zilch, nada, zero.

    Call me a Halloween Grinch, if you must. I'm okay with that.

    That said, I do have a quick Halloween craft to offer up for those of you who will have grandkiddos around for spooky fun of any degree. It's super simple, super quick, and super inexpensive.

    (And it's one you may have seen before considering it's from my archives.)

    Click the image below to see not only detailed instructions, but my adorable Bubby and Mac making their ghoulish guys, too!

    Halloween skeleton craft

    See! So simple!

    Are you as Grinchy as me when it...

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    Saturday movie review: The Edge of Seventeen

    Nearly everyone reading this movie review is likely a grandparent. Or at least far beyond the high school years.

    Despite the decades since those tumultuous years kids are continually told to appreciate because they're "the best years of your life," we all easily recall our school days... and how very not the best years they were for many of us.

    the edge of seventeen movie

    THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is a film for teens. Older teens. And older folks (i.e., adults). It perfectly captures the angst, insecurity, and absurdity of...

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    Here and now: October 21, 2016

    What's up in my world:

    old time clock and book 

    ON MY MIND...
    Mail-in ballots. Voting used to be an event for my husband and me. Although we nearly always canceled out one another's vote on national elections (we did agree for the most part on local issues and amendments), we always — always — went to the polls together. Even if that meant rearranging lunch hours or heading to the polls early as can be, depending on our schedules when we both had full-time jobs. Going to the polling place was a big deal. We were proud to exercise our right and responsibility together, we delighted in sporting our I VOTED stickers afterward.

    Now most of our elections are done via mail-in ballot. We both thoroughly


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    Brief book reviews: Three interactive Halloween treats

    Little Bee Books offers up a bevy of Halloween-themed books for little (and big) readers. Here are three brief book reviews on treats I recently received from the publisher just in time for sharing this spooky season.

    WHERE IS OWL'S SCARF by Brandy Cooke, illustrated by Valentina Belloni

    where is owl's scarf



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    Running for funds... and fun! Plus, GRAND Social No. 227 link party for grandparents

    Running for funds... and fun!

    When my daughters were in school, fundraising typically revolved around candy bars. Moms and dads, grandparents and other friends and family were encouraged to purchase a chocolate bar — or a boxful for the really enthusiastic supporters — to help cover the costs of school activities, sporting equipment, and so forth.

    Kids nowadays (yeah, I sound like a grandma, don't I?) raise funds in a far more healthy manner. At least that's the case with my grandsons. The school both Bubby and Mac attend makes their students run for the money. Run laps, that is. And grandparents and others sponsor the children on a per lap basis or a lump sum, if preferred.

    It's a far more healthy way of raising money for one's school. Far more healthy for the students as well as avid supporters.

    Bubby and Mac ran for funds — and fun — last week. And racked up thirty-five plus laps each!

    brothers fundraising run

    Such accomplished little runners, those kiddos are. Thanks heavens Jim and I...

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    Review: ETEKCITY Digital Kitchen Scale

    Portion control is key to a better bottom line, whether we're talking one's budget or body. Buying in bulk and portioning out pieces and servings saves money. Portioning out the correct serving sizes when gobbling goodies at snack time saves calories.

    It takes a precise kitchen scale for perfect portioning, though, as eye balling just doesn't cut it. The ETEKCITY Digital Kitchen Scale — a handy dandy tool I recently received free for review — portions precisely, perfectly. Every time.

    etekcity digital kitchen scale 

    The sleek Digital Kitchen Scale has an 11-pound capacity and measures ingredients by grams, milliliters, pounds and ounces. It also has...

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    7 solaces in my sucky, stress-filled season

    hope versus despair

    My husband was laid off at the end of September. Again. It's been less than a year since we were in the same boat. Once again, we're worrying about paying for PLUS loans, prescriptions, and more. All because "the company chose to go in a different direction with the department."

    Such circumstances stink. Even more so when additional stinky stuff was packed into the months between Jim's layoff last year and this year's job loss.

    What stuff? you may wonder. Well, soon after my husband found a new job last fall — yeah, the job he just lost — one of my dogs was diagnosed with...

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    Plaaaay ball... again!

    It's baseball season once again in the desert, and my favorite sluggers — and pitcher, in the case of Bubby — are prepped for play.

    brother baseball players

    Go get 'em, boys!


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