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    Saturday
    Sep092017

    Saturday movie briefs: What I watched on my summer vacation

    Netflix original series

    Time's up!

    Seems only last week that I started my summer break from movie reviews and movie briefs, but by golly, it's already after Labor Day. Time to get back in the movie groove.

    I didn't go to the theater one single time this summer. I did, though, watch a few films on the big screen in my family room. A few fabulous series, too.

    Here's the skinny on what I...

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    Friday
    Sep082017

    Books, Brightly, and Grandparents of Children's Literature

    In celebration of Grandparents Day — which is this Sunday, Sept. 10 — I'd like to share with you a grand resource for grandparents that I just recently learned of.

    Brightly is a resource for parents, grandparents, and other folks dedicated to raising lifelong readers. The award-winning website, a partnership with Penguin Random House, launched in 2014 and features, as the Brightly site states, "book recommendations from all publishers for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more."

    Brightly has some pretty great content specifically for grandparents, including the following piece, which I've received permission to share with you in part. Enjoy! And be sure to click for the complete article as well as others, all celebrating grandparents. For Grandparents Day and every day!

    AREN'T THEY GRAND? OUR FAVORITE GRANDPARENTS FROM CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
    By Tom Burns

    Grandparents aren’t just solid sources of extra dollars, hearty hugs, and embarrassing...

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    Wednesday
    Sep062017

    9 things that petrify my pit bull

    Folks who have never owned a pit bull nor had much experience with the breed often consider the dogs — and any mix that includes the breed — ferocious forces to avoid at all costs.

    I own a pit bull. Well, a pointer-pit bull mix. One of my earliest posts here related the story of how/when/why we adopted the injured babe twelve or so years ago.

    pit bull puppyMickey, soon after we adopted the fella.My husband and I weren't positive what we were in for at the time, but in the years since, we've learned our Mickey and others of his kind are far from ferocious — unless owners teach the animals to be that way, as is the case with any breed.

    In fact, despite his maniacal barking that makes him seem tough and terrifying when he notices bicyclists, motorcycles, dogs, rabbits, and plastic grocery bags caught in the wind scooting down our street, Mickey is anything but ferocious. He's a chicken of the chickenest sort.

    Mickey quakes, shakes, and shivers at...

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    Monday
    Sep042017

    Farewell, summer!

    Happy Labor Day!

    labor day 2017

    (The GRAND Social link party will return next Monday!)

    Friday
    Sep012017

    Friday briefs: On precious witnesses, my holiday ride, and what the heck is this?

    Precious witnesses
    My middle daughter, Megan, and her husband, Preston, were both baptized as babies. Separately, of course. Last weekend the two of them confirmed their commitment to Christ together, publicly declaring as a couple they will forever live their lives for Christ.

    Brayden, Camden, and Declan were front and center to witness the event.

    boys watch Mom and Dad get baptized
    Anticipating Mommy and Daddy's turn.

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    Wednesday
    Aug302017

    Sweet treat made from garden goodies: Summer Squash Streusel Muffins

    summer squash streusel muffins

    My oldest daughter has been generously sharing with me the bounty of her garden, especially the abundant zucchini and summer squash. I have a couple zucchini dishes I regularly count on — Chocolate Zucchini Bread and Zucchini Cobbler in particular — but hadn't yet found a pleasing way to prepare summer squash as a sweet treat. (My husband eats squash only when hidden in baked goods... so the need for such was real.) I recently came across a summer squash bread that came close to...

    Click for the full recipe in Grandma's Recipe Box...

    Monday
    Aug282017

    GRAND Social No. 270 link party for grandparents

    You're in luck today: No pre-party chatter! That's right... we're going straight to the Social!

    GRAND Social No. 270

    And just like that, it's GRAND Social time!

    I'm so pleased you're here to be part of it!

    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 be a grandparent who...

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    Wednesday
    Aug232017

    As the season slips away: 6 summery somethings I still want to do

    summer sunset

    Kids are back in school. Pumpkin-flavored coffees pour forth from the coffee shops. Halloween candy and costumes line the shelves at the stores.

    It seems fall has arrived full force despite the calendar still showing summer on the schedule.

    As September 21 — the official final day of summer despite what the retailers profess — creeps closer, I'm mulling over the summer sorts of stuff I meant to do and didn't. A few stand out that I still want to do, still hope to do, before I can no longer...

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