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“Stop Right There!”

There are a lot of things I’m trying to get used to, staying in the same house with my three grandchildren. Living alone as a grandma is quite a bit different than being in the same home with your grandkids (as you can well imagine, I’m sure). After many years of living by myself, it’s a bit of an adjustment. Even though I know I’ve forgotten a lot of the antics of my own children, I can at least remember that they were very similar to my grandkids, and this fact frequently makes me chuckle.

The last few days, my five-year-old grandson has taken to carrying a toy machine gun around the house and when he sees anyone, he points the weapon and says (loudly), “Stop right there!” It’s one thing to be fully awake when you hear this so you can react appropriately (hands in the air and a suitable facial expression), but I heard it the other day just after I woke up and was making my way down the hall to the bathroom. It took me a little by surprise (as I think the sun wasn’t even up yet) but I must say I appreciate his dedication to protecting the “castle” and the “princess” who lives here (his older sister).

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A Few Nuggets from Grandchildren . . .

I’ve been staying with my daughter and her three children (ages 8, 5 and 2) for a few weeks now. One of my favorite things about being around young children is the amusing things they say. The other day my granddaughter and I were going for a walk and she was singing a song she’d learned at church, one I recognized, and when she got to the part where it goes, “at the cross of Calvary,” she sang, “at the cross of Calorie.” Oh my, what nuggets of joy and laughter children produce!

My daughter and her husband pray with their children every night before bed, and also sing a little song with them. The other night I happened to overhear part of their nighttime routine, and they were near the middle of the song when my daughter paused singing long enough to say: “You two, cut it out!” She then resumed her singing and finished the song along with the rest of the family. This grandma was overcome with giggles.

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Two Identical Heating Pads Die Within Hours of Each Other (Elderly Woman Freezes Her Butt Off)

Sounds like a newspaper headline, doesn’t it? The only reason I’m posting about this is because it actually happened to me yesterday. It’s cold where I live and I need these things to keep my chair(s) warm, or any place I want to sit and not be uncomfortably cold. One heating pad is about 2 years old, and the other one is only 2 months old, give or take. They are the exact same brand and style. And they both chose yesterday to die. 

Now, I know that nowadays, most items are created to expire in a certain amount of time. Used to be when I was a kid (a rather long time ago) that this didn’t happen. Probably anybody with grey hair can remember those days, but today, everything—and I mean everything—dies right and left and we think nothing of it, other than being annoyed that we have to buy a new one. 

So I’m really quite impressed at the synchronization of the expiration date of these heating pads. Talk about perfect timing. It makes me wonder though . . . is it just me or does this sort of thing happen to anyone else?