Best Israel Itinerary for Teenage Grandchildren for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah

PopPop and I want to take each of our grandchildren on a special trip to celebrate their thirteenth birthday and their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  Our granddaughter chose Israel.  How we chose our guide and why he was the correct guide to choose is the subject of another post. We included our granddaughter in the […]

Fast and Easy Chocolate Mug Cake to Make in the Microwave With Grandchildren

According to the recipe for Chocolate Mug Cake reprinted in the New York Times, March 28, 2019, “if you google ‘mug cake,’ you’ll get more than 100 million results.” Amazing that google can connect with that many results in one search—and for mug cake! This Grandma loves fast and easy for any recipe to make […]

Because Everyone Has Something, There are Life Lessons to Pass on To Our Grandchildren

Great Grandmother (GG) Frieda, My Mother, a Holocaust survivor, who was taught Kabbalah by her Father, a Rabbi in the small shtetl (town) of Bransczczyk, Poland, had sayings she passed on to me. “Everyone has something.  Life is hard and then you die.”  She said, “Live every day as if it were your last day […]

Four of the Best Supplements and Medications for Boomers and Others to Discuss With Their Doctors To See If Appropriate to Your Health and For Health in and For Longevity

After all of the television commercials that advertise medications and supplements to discuss with your doctors if and as appropriate to your health and in and for longevity, it is hard to believe that this Grandma is writing this post suggesting supplements and medication for us Boomers to discuss with specialist doctors to see if […]

Two For One Summer Savings for Activities and More in Fort Lauderdale So Take a Look at Vacationing Here This Summer

Living in Fort Lauderdale is met with there is little to do and all you can get are early bird specials.  Please do not knock our early bird specials.  We get great meals at great discounts at fabulous restaurants. The best secret about Fort Lauderdale is that summer weather here is actually comparable or cooler […]

Where We Grandparents Can Intervene Getting Grandchildren to Eat

Every parent worries when their child refuses to eat.  We grandparents have learned that toddlers have a 36 hour food window and you have to think about what they eat over a few days rather on an individual day.  We know grandchildren do not like certain foods, whether their color or the way they look, […]

Grandma’s Best Four Tips to Get Gifts and Candy to Grandchildren at Sleep Away Camps That Do Not Allow Gift Packages

Gift packages have been banned at most sleep away camps.  For crazy grandmothers, all that did was make us try to find ways to circumvent the restrictions. And, there are.  Here are Grandma’s best four tips: GIFTS AND PACKAGES IN THE CAMPER’S BACKPACK TO CAMP OR GIVE THEM TO PARENTS FOR VISITING DAY My grandchildren […]

Feeding Grandchildren Dessert First Is Good Science For Grandma and Now A Scientific Study Confirms it is Good for All of Us

When our eldest daughter told us she was pregnant, I attended a conference where there were many friends and acquaintances who were already grandparents.  I asked each for what I called “grandma lessons.”  Once of the first and best was to feed grandchildren dessert first.  After all, spoiling grandchildren is a requirement for being a […]

Now That I Am in My Seventies I Understand Why No One Tells You the Truth About How To Optimize Life in Your Seventies

When I was about to hit seventy, GG Lee’s (Great Grandmother age 95) mantra was hitting home.  She said live your life to its fullest while you are “young old,” because when you hit “old old” at age 84 your life and health changes drastically and you do not want to or cannot travel or […]

What To Do When the Sixth Grand-baby Finally Likes Your Singing Voice

When I had my first child it was my joy to rock her to sleep and sing to her. It was horribly sad when one day when she was 14 or 15 months old, she pushed me away and said, “no sing, no rock, crib.”  (I have to admit it was more like, “no sig, […]

We Boomers Are in Medical La La Land If We Do Not Expect Medical Issues To Permeate Our Lives Now and NUMBER ONE TIP For Medical Survival Through Our Seventies

This Grandma has been living in medical La La Land. GG (Great Grandmother, now age 95) said live to the fullest and travel in ‘Young Old’ which is until age 84 because that starts ‘Old Old’ and your life changes drastically. I even asked each of my doctors if we Boomers can expect ‘Old Old’ […]

What this Grandma, Meghan Markle and Peppa Pig Have In Common Seems to Be the Big News Currently and It is not Sexiness

When I immigrated to the United States with my parents, I was six months old.  Although my mother (GG Frieda) insisted that I was toilet trained at that age, I know I did not yet speak.  My parents felt it was important for me to be multilingual.  After all, they came from Poland, which, because […]

Best Products and Tips New And Wonderful From the Mother of Her Third Child, Our Youngest Grandchild

This Grandma forgot the overwhelming joy a baby can bring to a family. After all, our youngest baby boy grandchild has brothers seven and eleven years older. I wonder if all third babies are as easy as our younger daughter’s third. I do know that some of the best contraptions and products did not exist […]

All Grandmas Have A Magic Recipe That Even Children Not Their Own Grandchildren Love and Here is a Favorite For Magic Cookie Bars

Our oldest grandchildren were excited to visit us in Florida for spring break, and were even more excited that our younger grandchildren’s grandmother was going to be with all of us too.  They wanted to know most of all if she would have time to bake.  I was curious.  I know that my specialty is […]

As a Child of Holocaust Survivors, I Have Experienced My Parents’ Extreme Trauma and Severe Shock

When you are a child of Holocaust survivors, when Holocaust Remembrance Day comes around again, you can remember vividly the year before that and the year before that.  You read articles about the Holocaust again or you try not to read them.  You read again about the myths of anti-Semitism and the rise of anti-Semitism. […]

Petting Zoo Animals Can Transmit Highly Virulent Drug Resistant Bacteria to Children and Best Tips if You Decide to Go Anyway

That petting zoo animals can transmit highly virulent drug resistant bacteria to children is not what this Grandma wanted to read on Science Daily April 14, 2019. Here is the headline: “New research presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (13-16 April) shows that petting zoos […]

One Day University is Just Enough Of Lifelong Learning To Keep Our Boomer Brains Blossoming

Once Grandpa and I finally settled into semi-retirement mode, we started paying attention to our friends who had preceded us into leisure time, and had been taking lifelong university classes.  One of the keys to a retirement location in which to settle is whether there are universities offering adult continuing education and enrichment.  When we […]

The Hidden Danger of High School Reunions and Why You Should Beware

The hidden danger of high school reunions is not what you would initially think. When I served on the family court bench, I was surprised to find that one going to one’s high school reunion and rekindling an old romance or finding new romance in a former high school friend was a recurring theme in […]

Happy Caterpillar’s 50th Birthday Happiness and Eric Carle’s Talent and Creativity To Share With Our Grandchildren

This Grandma remembers some books from our children’s childhoods, some even by heart nearly fifty years later.  Mostly, those are Dr. Seuss rhymes.  March 2 was Dr. Seuss’ birthday which has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.  See post, […]

Curated List of 309 Best Mother’s Day Gifts To Choose From or Craft For Every Kind of Mother and Grandmother At Every Price Point for Mother’s Day 2019

This Grandma is hooked on the apps that give you options to select a topic and read dozens and dozens of articles from any source, and even from different countries.  For Mother’s Day 2019, I decided to try the apps to research this post for Mother’s Day gifts, and have actually gone through many hundreds […]