Brokenness, plus GRAND Social No. 357 link party for grandparents

Brokenness, plus GRAND Social No. 357 link party for grandparents

Brokenness

Social media certainly gets its share of criticism and complaints — often rightfully so — yet there’s certainly some good stuff to be mined there, as well. Little inspirational nuggets that hit home, hit the heart.

For instance, this nugget I recently saw on Facebook that resonated, considering my …

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Labor Day? Plus GRAND Social No. 356 link party for grandparents

Labor Day? Plus GRAND Social No. 356 link party for grandparents

Labor Day?

Yes, it is indeed Labor Day in the United States. I hope your holiday weekend has been fabulous and is ending on a happy note.

In consideration of closing out Labor Day in a happy way, I’m once again sharing this, my favorite Labor Day video. I’ve posted it a couple times on this same date in the past, but despite being nine years old…

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GRAND Social No. 355 link party exclusively for grandparents

GRAND Social No. 355 link party exclusively for grandparents

Welcome back for another GRAND Social link party! I gotta tell you, when I took a summer break, pretty much putting my blog on hold for three months, I worried I’d ruin the momentum of the GRAND Social, the top feature on my site.

Well, I should have known better. Thanks to all of you amazing blogging grandparents, last week’s link party here — the first one since May 20 — was the

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The GRAND Social returns! Join GRAND Social No. 354 link party for grandparents

The GRAND Social returns! Join GRAND Social No. 354 link party for grandparents

Summer has flown by and so has my summer break. Break is over, and I’m back to blogging!

If you’ve not yet caught up on what I did while I was away, I’d love for you to read my post on that right here.

With the return to regular programming here on Grandma’s Briefs, it’s nigh time to kick off …

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How Benjamin rolls! Plus, GRAND Social No. 342 link party for grandparents

How Benjamin rolls! Plus, GRAND Social No. 342 link party for grandparents

How Benjamin rolls!

Saturday was Jim’s birthday, and Brianna and Patrick arranged a family gathering at a new burger spot in town in recognition of burgers being Jim’s forever favorite food.

It was great to have all our local immediate family in attendance.

Kudos to Tyler for managing to get a shot that included everyone at the table!

While we were all gathered together to celebrate Jim, we soon were raucously regaling Benjamin for a milestone move made right before our eyes.

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'I'm your caption, I'm your caption!' Plus, GRAND Social No. 341 link party for grandparents

'I'm your caption, I'm your caption!' Plus, GRAND Social No. 341 link party for grandparents

‘I’m your caption, I’m your caption!’

In last week’s GRAND Social, I asked for caption suggestions for a funny photo of my sweet Benjamin. I also posted the pic to social media and asked for captions from folks there.

I gotta tell ya, I sure got some smile-worthy suggestions! Some silly, and some sweet.

Here—as I promised last week and with apologies to Grand Funk Railroad for the blog headline above (yeah, yeah, yeah)—are two of my favorite captions. One appeals to the Denver Broncos fan in me, the other the wishful-thinking grandma in me.

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Creativity Month 2019! Plus, GRAND Social No. 335 link party for grandparents

Creativity Month 2019! Plus, GRAND Social No. 335 link party for grandparents

Did you know January is officially Creativity Month? Indeed, it is!

If you need inspiration and ideas for creative things to do with grandkids before the month is through, let me point you to the most creative spot I know for simple—and different, educational, and fun—activities. Krokotak, a Bulgarian site, has endless ideas for every season… and many for no specific reason other than finding joy in being creative.

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12 days of sweet holiday treats! Plus, GRAND Social No. 330 link party for grandparents

12 days of sweet holiday treats! Plus, GRAND Social No. 330 link party for grandparents

12 days of sweet holiday treats!

Who could use some new ideas for sweet holiday treats? If you raised your hand (and even if you didn’t) you’re sure to find some sweet inspiration from Sweet’N Low’s “12 Days of Christmas” holiday baking campaign in which twelve bloggers were chosen to share recipes based on the verses of the holiday song.

Yours truly shared a recipe based on the verse for the third day of Christmas! I didn’t bake up any French hens, but I did share a yummy French Butter Cookie recipe—that has less sugar…

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Goodbye, Mom, plus GRAND Social No. 327 link party for grandparents

Goodbye, Mom, plus GRAND Social No. 327 link party for grandparents

Goodbye, Mom

Yesterday family and friends said a final farewell to my mom — Gramma to my girls, Nonnie to her younger grandkids, Sweet Ann to her sisters and friends, Goofy (or Obnoxious, Opinionated, Absolutely Off The Wall) Ann to others.

Regardless of the many monikers, Patricia Ann Kelly left an impression on all who knew her, an aching heart in those who loved her dearly and lost her too soon.

A mere sketch of my mama, i.e., her obituary:

PATRICIA ANN KELLY
August 25, 1941 ~ November 4, 2018

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