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    My wheels for the week! Plus GRAND Social No. 263 link party for grandparents

    My wheels for the week!

    Welcome to Monday! I'm not typically super excited at the start of a new week — even folks working from home find it a challenge to muster motivation on Mondays. But this week I am exited. Because this week I get to drive a 2017 Lexus GX 460 each and every day... free for review!

    The luxury SUV in stunning "Nightfall Mica" (such a pretty blue, right!?) was delivered to my home Friday evening, and I soon hit the road to sample its many amenities.

    First major destination: Denver! Yesterday Jim and I surprised Andrea in Denver by showing up in the sleek wheels to chauffeur her about for her 32nd birthday happenings.

    Coming this week: I'll be chauffering James to and from his...

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    Beat-the-heat treats (a Friday Flashback feature)

    A few years ago, I posted a piece on chilly treats for hot days, noting how darn hot it was in the desert while visiting my grandsons (which at that time meant just Brayden and Camden as Declan was yet to be). Today it's desert-style hot at my house. In the mountains. And I'm craving something cold, something to beat the heat here at home.

    I figure much of the country seems to be suffering a hot spell as well, and though I can't share an actual treat with each and every one of you as I would like, I can share the directions for doing so on your own. Preferably with grands.

    Here it is: Today's Friday Flashback, featuring a few tasty ways to cool you and yours. Enjoy!

    Originally published July 16, 2013 (with names updated to my grandsons' real names, as I recently revealed them here):

    The temperatures in the desert during my visit to see Brayden and Camden were, as I expected, ridiculously high. Spending time in the pool or at the water park was a great way to stay cool, but because we're not fish, other ways to chill out had to be devised.

    frozen treats

    Yesterday, the last day of my visit, Megan offered a frozen treat...

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    Here and now: July 6, 2017

    My life, here and now...

    here and now 

    On my mind...

    July? How the heck can it be July already?

    Even how-the-heckier: How can the first week of July already be nearly over?


    I'm about halfway through Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker. I can't say I love it at this point, but I am intrigued and will continue reading.

    Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

    Check it out on Goodreads. And hey, if you're on Goodreads...

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    Safe & spectacular! Plus, GRAND Social No. 262 link party for grandparents

    Safe and spectacular!

    I hereby send to you and yours sincere wishes for safe yet spectacular Independence Day celebrations!

    july fourth sparkler painting 

    Let freedom ring! (As well as tolerance, kindness, compassion, persistence, forgiveness and fortitude plus all the other bits of goodness that make me proud to be an American... despite recent...

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    Saturday movie briefs and reviews: Summer intermission

    movie review intermission

    As I, like most folks, am spending more time outside than in front of screens of any sort or size during the summer months, I'm here to let you know I will not be posting Saturday movie reviews nor Saturday movie briefs throughout the summer.

    I will return after Labor Day, though. And in the meantime, if you find yourself seeking movie recommendations of varied sorts, please scroll through my archives of Saturday movie reviews.

    Cheers, dear movie-loving grandmothers and others! And cheers to making the most of our far too few summer Saturdays!


    Wild triple treat: The Wild Animal Sanctuary, Platte River Fort, plus the Nissan Rogue Sport

    nissan rogue sport event

    When it comes to brands hosting interesting, exciting, and informative events to introduce bloggers and media folks of varied sorts to their goods, automakers tend to be among the best of the best. Nissan recently significantly raised the bar on outstanding activities that encourage movers and shakers to plug and promote a product with a wild adventure in honor of the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport. And I was delighted to participate in the program.

    Nissan, in partnership with Rocky Mountain Redline, invited members of the media to an overnight escape to experience the Rogue Sport, with wild being the theme from beginning to end.

    A wild west flavor marked the start as...

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    Camping on the Arkansas River: The truth about our 35th anniversary adventure

    Arkansas River

    My husband and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary over Father's Day weekend. Because 35 years together seemed quite a milestone, especially considering I was a week shy of 18 when we wed and he was just 21 — plus marital, financial, and medical BS throughout the entire year of 2016 that threatened us surviving to the milestone — we wanted to mark the occasion in some extra special way.

    So for months we considered this and that, here and there, seeking sites and such we'd never experienced before. Then reality set in. Limited finances and limited paid time off for Jim — who started a new job not long ago — limited our options. Being residents of Colorado, though, a state folks come from around the world to see, there were plenty of touristy things nearby to choose from.

    None felt right, none felt celebratory and special enough.

    We soon found ourselves on deadline for making a decision and reservations. For some crazy reason, I suggested camping. In the wild. In a tent. Like we used to when our daughters were young. We hadn't gone in and we had never camped just the two of us, sans kids.

    The idea of setting up camp for two, spending evenings under the stars, making s'mores for us — and sharing a marshmallow or two with Mickey (our dog) who we'd bring along, too — immediately felt right. Felt fun.

    It was settled. I sought a site, made reservations. We pulled camping gear from the garage rafters, all stored since camping adventures with our kids. We added to the pile to pack in the car assorted leisurely pursuits. Games to play, the telescope for stargazing, binoculars for Big Horn Sheep searching, Jim's guitar for him to play, a couple books for me to read. We were stoked!

    So my husband and I marked our milestone wedding anniversary by camping. And we hated it. Worst. Time. Ever...

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    Matchy matchy! Plus GRAND Social No. 261 link party for grandparents

    Matchy matchy

    Jim and I went on a bike ride yesterday afternoon. This is how it started off:

    bike ride 

    Despite the matchy matchy apparel, we were delighted to get on our bikes and ride — and use our new bike rack (for the car) for the first time. The bike rack we bought for our anniversary last year. The bike rack which sat unopened for an entire year because Jim was hospitalized mere days after that anniversary, and we hadn't hopped on bikes since.

    Yesterday the bike rack was finally opened and put to use. It worked perfectly for...

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