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    Friday
    Aug042017

    BTS tradition: 10 ways to support school-bound grandchildren (plus a few extra)

    Ah, back-to-school time. The past few years at this time, I've shared the following post from my archives. It's always gotten a great response — because grandparents are awesome and want to be involved in the education of their grandkiddos — so I hereby pronounce this post an annual BTS tradition.

    This time around I've updated it in a few ways, including adding suggestions from other grandmas who shared tips in comments on the post in the past. (Thank you, ladies!)

    10 WAYS TO SUPPORT SCHOOL-BOUND GRANDCHILDREN
    Originally published August 6, 2013

    My daughter Megan is not only the mother of my awesome grandsons, she was also an elementary school teacher for several years before MOM became her full-time job. Here are a few suggestions she and I came up with for supporting school-bound grandchildren in ways that will garner an A+ not only from the kids, but from their parents and teachers, too.

    back to school ideas for grandparents

    1. Send a care package to be opened the night before school starts. Consider adding new cozy jammies to help ease...

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    Wednesday
    Aug022017

    Misunderstanding what it takes to be a swinger

    A colorful friend of mine stopped by for a drink the other day.

    hummingbird visitor 

    After sating himself with the sweet stuff, my friend obliged me and accepted the open invitation to give swinging...

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    Monday
    Jul312017

    Rhubarb sauce and GRAND Social No. 266 link party for grandparents

    Rhubarb sauce

    When it comes to seasonal treats that spell summer, for me, the letters r-h-u-b-a-r-b — arranged in that order — are among those at the top of my list. (Root beer floats, homemade ice cream, and cherries rank right up there, too).

    Brianna's garden has flourished this summer, especially her green onions and rhubarb, so she's given me a decent share of both. The rhubarb was a special treat — as my rhubarb didn't grow well at all this summer — and I immediately simmered up a rhubarb sauce for topping vanilla ice cream (and shared the sight on social media).

     

    So delicious, so sweet... and so quickly gobbled up (by me and only me because...

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    Friday
    Jul282017

    That time I surprised my birthday girl with a 2017 Lexus GX460 luxury SUV

    2017 Lexus GX460 luxury SUV

    My youngest daughter turned 32 years old the first part of July. When I asked what she'd like for her birthday, Andrea requested only that my husband and I go to church with her that day, to her church in Denver, which we'd never visited before. And MOANA on DVD, too.

    The wishes of my Disney-loving daughter seemed rather small, so I decided to throw in a surprise. A 2017 Lexus GX460 luxury SUV sort of surprise!

    Not for the birthday girl to keep, of course — though if my budget allowed, I'd certainly hand her the title without question. But thanks to help from Rocky Mountain Redline and a vehicle courtesy DriveShop, I did manage to surprise Andrea with a special mode of transport on her special day. In the 2017 Lexus GX460, my baby girl was chauffeured in style around Denver, to and from...

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    Monday
    Jul242017

    Tell An Old Joke Day! Plus GRAND Social No. 265 link party for grandparents

    Tell An Old Joke Day!

    Odd events and celebrations fill each and every day of the calendar. Today, my friends — July 24 — is none other than Tell An Old Joke Day.

    Why might such a day exist? Because, as the Days of the Year site states, "Like any endangered species, old jokes must reproduce if they are not to die out entirely."

    Now, I'm pretty bad at remembering jokes, especially the punch lines. But I do have one joke I always remember. One corny joke. One old joke. So in doing my fair share to help keep old jokes from extinction, I'll share it with you here.

    It goes like this:

    Question: What did the farmer say when he lost his tractor?

    Answer:...

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    Wednesday
    Jul192017

    On kids and creepy crawlies

    On Monday, I kicked off the GRAND Social link party by sharing a text from my daughter Megan about the scorpion family she found in her kitchen. Based on the comments to that post, I probably should have included a mention that Megan does indeed have her home regularly sprayed for the creepy crawly things that reside in the desert. The "Bug Guy" — as the scorpion (and other stuff) sprayer is affectionately called by Megan and her clan — visits so often, in fact, he's virtually family.

    Or such was the case with one of Megan's long-standing bug guys. Even I met him a time or two during my desert visits. This particular bug guy was an affable man, quite conversational and clearly concerned with the safety and well-being of my daughter and her family. It saddened Megan so when her beloved Bug Guy moved away.

    Alas, as bug guys are a necessity in the desert, Megan found another... one who sprays as frequently as her former favorite. But being the desert and all, certain creepy crawlies do manage to escape the bug man's poison and strut their stuff now and then, both inside and outside the homes of even the most diligent bug destroyers.

    huge beetle 

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    Monday
    Jul172017

    Sunday morning texts! Plus, GRAND Social No. 264 link party for grandparents

    Sunday morning texts!

    There's nothing quite like Sunday morning texts from beloved kids who have grown and flown.

    To wit, the following texts I received Sunday morning from my middle daughter, Megan, mama to my desert-dwelling grandsons:

    scorpion text message 

    Am I right? Nothing quite like...

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    Wednesday
    Jul122017

    Lions and tigers and bears and more: The Wild Animal Sanctuary

    The Wild Animal Sanctuary

    In January of 2014, I published a movie review of the film LION ARK, which I saw as part of the 2013 STARZ Denver Film Festival. The riveting documentary tells the true story of the dogged efforts of Animal Defenders International and other compassionate folks as they rescued twenty-five African lions from deplorable, inhumane conditions in Bolivian circuses and transported them across the world to a safe haven in Colorado.

    I found the feat and the film heartbreaking, humbling, inspiring, amazing. I was doubly delighted by the fact the forever home where the egregiously mistreated animals would now roam was mere hours north of me. It warmed my heart that my forever home state was now their forever home, despite the assumption I'd never actually meet my big-cat neighbors.

    Fast forward to June of 2017, just a few weeks ago. I was invited to attend a Nissan event highlighting the fun and feisty Nissan Rogue Sport. The day would include time to go wild at the wheel of the crossover vehicle as well as the opportunity to witness the truly wild at The Wild Animal Sanctuary located 30 miles northeast of Denver. I immediately...

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