Posted by: NicPenningtonSmyth on 04/16/2012
Gift-giving shouldn't be so hard, but it can be difficult keeping up with all of the trends. Pop culture evolves, and fads change as time goes by. Staying involved long enough to find a gift that will dazzle your grandkids can be a real challenge. What's popular anymore? Such-and-such replaced so-and-so, which had taken over for this, that and the other thing.
Here's some advice. Don't worry about buying the “right” thing. You're not shopping for a “thing” anyway – what you're shop...
Posted by: Karl on 01/31/2012
I'm in my thirty's and am married. My wife and I are just settling in to our new home, and thinking about starting a family. On top of these exciting new changes, my mom has been experiencing several health problems. Her doctor has encouraged her not to live alone, as her condition worsens.
I do not want to have my mom be put into a nursing home at such a young age, or have her feel like she is trapped. My wife and I have considered asking her to move into our new home with us,...
Posted by: barberoberts on 12/31/2011
From my blog: www.universalwomen.net
As the Quest continues her voyage, I am finding myself in uncharted waters. It is only now, at this time in my life, am I consenting to walk through doors that I would normally have been too frightened to see what was on the other side. But now I can see that I have been being prepared; prepared to develop my talents and skills and am now ready to take the risk and expose the real me to the world.
I've prayed and listened. I've search...
Posted by: barberoberts on 12/01/2011
The Japanese view of life embraced. A simple aesthetic
that grew stronger as inessentials were eliminated
and trimmed away.
"What do you want?" , he asks.
"Peace, peace and tranquility", she replies.
I'm becoming more reflective in my mid years. I think about almost everything and the importance of each thought; the importance of my surroundings, my existence in this world. I weigh each activity and determine if it's ju...
Posted by: Ruth on 12/01/2011
As a grandma, the holidays with family are so important to me. Each year comes and goes, and some how I manage to not take any pictures. I take my camera to holiday partys, my childrens homes, basically every where, yet I never remember to actually pull it out and use it. So this year I am making a promise to myself, I WILL TAKE PICTURES!
I decided to do some research on things I can do with my photos to encourage myself to take some. I came across Read More
Posted by: barberoberts on 11/01/2011
I'm feeling a little rusty these days as I've not been putting my thoughts down on paper or in WordPress. I've written a few songs, but got away from daily blogging and The Quest has been adrift without her captain. I apologize to my shipmates.
I've been rehearsing with my band the song, Turn, Turn, Turn, by The Byrds, and thinking about the many turns that life takes. I've asked the members of the group to provide pictures from their "early years" so that I can put together a video ...
Posted by: pammlofton on 09/17/2011
As a mother of four amazingly wonderful grown daughters, the thought of grandchildren may pass through my mind from time to time. And, I may or may not have mentioned to our daughters how lovely it would be to have some grandchildren. Until I gave it serious thought and began comparing myself to my own grandparents.
This could be a problem. They had the grand parenting role down pat.
Weekends at Grandmother and Granddaddy's house were big fun. Grandmother and I went shop...
Posted by: shamaker on 07/27/2011
A new study finds that grandparents are safer drivers than parents. "We were surprised to discover that the injury rate was considerably lower in crashes where grandparents were the drivers," said the study's lead author in an Associated Press story.
This makes me that much more likely to let my parents or in-laws drive my kids around:)
Here's a link to...
Posted by: maril on 07/11/2011
Tips on Household Sharing
I promised I’d give some tips on multi-generational living. Where to begin? It’s easy to say what’s ideal. For instance, it would be ideal to have every household member be (a) easygoing; (b) flexible; (c) generous and (d) resourceful. Wonderful traits for all human beings, right? Problem is, you rarely meet the person who meets all your qualifications for the “ideal” human being. When you throw in the possibility of living with your o...
Posted by: barberoberts on 06/01/2011
I recall the song lyrics,
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer...
You'll wish that summer could always be here
You'll wish that summer could always be here
-Nat King Cole
As a child, I remember...
Posted by: maril on 05/24/2011
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about moving into a large house with our son, daughter-in-law and teenage grandkids. A lot has happened since then. Jim and Tiffany flew off to New York for a long weekend to celebrate their twentieth anniversary. My husband (also Jim) flew to Denver to visit a friend. That left me “in charge” of Jessica, Jamie, and our two dogs Amber and Stevie.
It turned out to be an idyllic weekend. Jamie drove himself to his baseball games and practices. Jessica drove he...
Posted by: BettyBoomer on 05/15/2011
Ah, the joys of remodeling. It was supposed to be a simple job. “It should take only a day to install them,” the contractor assured me when I ordered my new laminated flooring. In a perfect world, perhaps, but then my world has never been perfect! They started on a Monday and finished on Saturday. (And no, it was not a full 8 hours each day although it seemed that way to me.) Between ripping up the old carpet, cleaning the cement, sanding, sawing, vacuuming, hours after hours of the smoke a...
Posted by: maril on 05/15/2011
Two years ago, my husband and I moved from our downsized 1200 square foot townhouse with no outdoor maintenance to a five bedroom three and a half-bath suburban home surrounded by green lawns, decks and leaf-shedding trees.
No, we didn’t have to acquire a new furniture or a new lawnmower. We chose the house along with four other “new” household members: our son and daughter-in-law, both in their 40’s, and our two teenage grandchildren.
Heart arrhythmias that made stairs difficult for...
Posted by: barberoberts on 04/21/2011
I keep a manila folder on my desk. It hides under the computer keyboard. The contents of the folder are of inspirational messages that I’ve down loaded, lyrics to music that inspire me, and reminders of my many blessings.
Today, as I searched through the folder (to find some pearls of wisdom), I came across the following:
“There are only three things you need to let go of: judging, controlling, and being right. Release these three and you will have the whole mind and twin...
Posted by: barberoberts on 04/11/2011
Well spring has finally arrived here in Northeast Pennsylvania. The daffodils and narcissus have sprung from their winter resting places and now poke proudly through the ground waiting to show their stuff! I particularly like these flowers because the deer do not eat them and I can enjoy their beauty indoors as well as out. But the one sure sign for me that the weather is about to turn for good, and the atmosphere will be heating up, is the return of the Robins. Unfortunately they usually appea...
Posted by: barberoberts on 04/03/2011
Sitting with her ritual morning cup of coffee, Dreama is once again scratching her head thinking about what to make for Sunday dinner. As a child, her mother always made a large breakfast after church and Sunday school. Later in the day a wonderful feast would appear on the table complete with a homemade dessert! Family would arrive and the weekly Sunday dinner would commence. (Even though Dreama's mother was an excellent cook, she did come from the gen...
Posted by: barberoberts on 04/01/2011
Posted on April 1, 2011 by Barb Roberts
When Dreama finally had a moment to sit down and unwind, perhaps to watch a little television, she noticed her husband busily working on the computer. Not paying too much attention she grabbed a blanket and pillow, settled into the couch and began to surf the stations for something to entertain her for the rest of the evening.
Soon, deep into her program, she hears her husband cry out, “Honey, I have to use the bathroom, would you ...
Posted by: barberoberts on 03/17/2011
May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all the Irish and to those who are Irish just for today. Tis a great day to tink happy toughts and to share a bit O the Jameson wi...
Posted by: barberoberts on 03/11/2011
Posted on March 11, 2011 by Barb Roberts
When I awoke at 2:30 AM for a late night, or should I say, early morning visit to the bathroom, I was alerted to a disaster of Biblical proportions on the radio playing softly on my nightstand. This was no dream. It was a nightmare! The announcer was broadcasting the devastating events taking place in Japan. I rushed to a television only to see with my eyes what my mind could not comprehend. As the tsunami waters engulfed the landscape, my fir...
Posted by: barberoberts on 03/08/2011
THE BACK BURNER
I’m in the shower. The painters had been here this week and painted our bedroom and bathroom. I look up at the vaulted ceiling and notice that some wall paint has landed on the freshly polyurethaned, pine tongue and groove ceiling. I lather up; “God I hate shaving”! “Why do women have hair anywhere but on their head and eyebrows”? “Maybe not even eyebrows; after all the Mona Li...
Posted by: Ruth on 12/29/2010
To kick off the New Year, I wanted to share Stage of Life's free, universal goal setting worksheet for Grandparents.
Whether you use it as your "New Year's Resolution To-Do" list or as a tool to kick off fresh start with your life, this 10-step worksheet will help get you proactively thinking about the goals, possibilities and opportunities ahead.
View and p...
Posted by: justcallmemom on 11/02/2010
I am one of the many grandparents who still have children "at home." Although my youngest is in college she comes home almost every weekend, so she is still here a lot. But when my oldest grandchild was born, my two youngest children were only 14 and 12 years old. They were thrilled to be aunties and loved playing with their niece. Over the years they have become favorites of all four of the grandchildren - after all, they can run and jump and roll around and play for hours with the little o...
Posted by: justcallmemom on 09/27/2010
I think I have discovered one reason why grandchildren love to go to grandma's (and grandpa's) house - most of the time the main reason they are coming over is to just spend time with us . There is no real agenda - sometimes we might have an activity planned, but usually we just hang out - plain and simple - no pressure to produce anything constructive, no pressure to "hurry up because we have to be somewhere," in fact - no pressure!
If my granddaughter spends the night she mi...
Posted by: ogeewiz on 05/17/2010
Grandparents (or let's just say it - "Old People"!) are always trying to preserve something, it seems. Food or memories - it's all the same. I was thinking about this as I picked up a piece of newly framed artwork this lovely spring evening.
The "artwork" is a modpodged puzzle - a winter project worked on diligently by Grandma and 3 eager grandchildren, with the occasional assist from Grandpa or another family member. Behind the glass frame, a fun-loving panda peers ...
Posted by: mommy9 on 03/23/2010
There have been so many thoughts in my head since last week as well as an ache in my heart. There is no one like a grandfather or a grandmother. When I think about my grandparents from both sides of my family, I only remember the best things about them. The qualities and the character they possessed or possess is a true testimony of the reality of genuine faith that is tangible and real!
Last week I received a phone call from my mother that my Pa Pa had been admitted to the hospital...