Grandparent’s Day





National Grandparents Day serves as a day for Americans to honor grandparents
— not just those to whom they are related, but each and every senior citizen who
has helped to make home, community, and country what it is today.

GrandparentsDay credits its origins to Mrs. Marian McQuade. Herself a mother of
15 and grandmother of 40, McQuade was motivated to action by the plight of elderly
persons whom she saw spending the final years of their lives alone in nursing homes.
Not only were these individuals losing out on important part of life, McQuade
believed, but their grandchildren too were missing out on the wisdom, knowledge,
and rich cultural heritage grandparents could supply.
In 1973, McQuade launched a campaign to the United States of America set aside a day
to honor its Grandparents. Five short years later, her cause reached all the way to the
White House where then-President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the Sunday after Labor Day
to be National Grandparents Day.\

        September 13

1788 New York City becomes capital of the United States
1927 Waite Hoyt became the only 20 game winner of the 1927 Yankees
1961 "Car 54 Where are You?" premiers on TV 
1963 "The Outer Limits" premiers
1970 IBM announces System 370 computer


1851 Walter Reed US Army Surgeon, proved mosquitoes transmit yellow fever
1857 Milton S Hershey , chocolate manufacturer/philanthropist
1903 Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night/co-star Clark Gable)
1916 Ronald Dahl (author-Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
1924 Scott Brady Bkln NY, actor (China Syndrome, Gremlins, Johnny Guitar)
1925 Mel Torme (singer-nicknamed The Velvet Frog)
1944 Jacqueline Bisset(actress-"The Deep")
1948 Nell Carter (actress/singer won Tony Awar for "Ain’t Misbehavin’")
1959 Jean Smart (funny on "Designing Women," dramatic on "24")

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.
Enjoy the trip.  ~Author Unknown



16-Stepfamily Day
17-Constitution Day
21-Inter-National Day of Peace
22-1st Day of Autumn
25-Native American Day
27-Gold Star Mother’s Day




The Gift of Grand-parenting

Open your heart to your grandchild,
and your days
will suddenly fill with moments
of gladness and delight.
No bands will be marching,
no trumpets will be blaring,
so wake up and pay close attention,
or the gifts they’re bringing
might quietly slip out of sight.
– By Judy Ford

Wonderful Ways to Love A Grandchild

Grandchildren are God’s helpmates
in charge of softening our hearts
and opening our eyes and ears’
to the simple sights and sounds
that bring us joy.
Grandparents are in charge of
gentle loving and forgiveness,
for persevering and strengthening
the heart connection in your family.
– By Judy Ford

Grandma’s Brag Book

"Just happen to have them with me…"
This is what I say.
But when it comes down to it,
I plan it just that way!
Just happen to have the pictures
Of my sweet grandchildren here—
I like it when folks say, "He’s cute,"
Or, "isn’t she a dear?"

Grandparents keep these photographs
And show them near and far…
Their pride is understandable—
That’s how grandparents are!!!
– By Katherine Nelson

Grandparents Poem
Grandparents Day Poem
From early in the morning,
Until I go to sleep each day,
I know my grandparents love me,
In a very special way.
Sometimes it’s tea and crackers,
Sometimes a walk in the park,
Sometimes it’s just a hug when I’m scared and in the dark.
I love to hear their stories,
About the past and where they’re from,
And I know their hearts are filled for me,
With never ending love.

Funny Poems for Grandparents

Grandparents’ Advice

Don’t pamper the baby,
Don’t run to each cry;
Don’t rock that new infant
And don’t lullaby;
Don’t coddle or cuddle,
That’s all there is to it!
Don’t spoil that sweet baby
Let us grandparents do it!
– By Mary R. Hurley


Grandfathers are a special breed
Of kinfolk, all their own.
They love you and hug you,
And spoil you to death.
And then, they send you home.
– By Joyce C. Lock

Grandma’s Off Her Rocker!

In the dim and distant past,
When life’s tempo wasn’t fast,
Grandma used to rock and knit,
Crochet, tat and baby sit.
When we were in a jam,
We could always count on gram.
In the age of gracious living,
Grandma’s life was one of giving.
But today…
Now grandma’s at the gym,
Exercising to keep slim,
She’s off touring with the bunch,
Or taking all her friends to lunch.
Driving north to fish or hike,
Taking time to ride her bike.
Nothing seems to block or stop her,
Now that grandma’s off her rocker.
– By Unknown Author

Grandparent Rap

It’s Grandparents’ Day and we’re here to say,
"We love our Grandparents in a major way."

So sit right down and take a seat,
And we’ll put on a show that can’t bebeat!

Some Grandparents are skinny. Some eat a lot.
Some are funny. Some are not.

Some short, some tall, some big, some small.
It doesn’t matter. We love them all.
– By Unknown Author


Here is an easy fly repellant from Elsa… Fill a Ziploc or other kind of
baggie half full with water and add 4 pennies. Just hang in the
doorway of where the flies are a problem and they will not enter.
O I know it sounds crazy but it does work!!!!!


Heating Pad:
 5 pounds of rice (I get the cheap stuff) and sew a bag with heavy
material, cut the leg of a pair of jeans, or some other heavy type of
material. And I make the bag a little bigger then the bag of rice.
Sew any sides if you need and one end. Pour the rice into the holder
and sew the end and then place in microwave for about 5 minutes
and you have a heating pad. Last for about 45 min at a time. Maybe
longer depending on how and where its used. Works great for my
earaches. And other body aches. Or if you don’t like heat then keep
it in the freezer for a cold pack. Works great!









Grandmothers Love? – children say it best:Age 10
-Sweet, kind, gentle are the words to describe my loving
grandmother–her heart as big as the ocean not to be
filled with water but love.





This is a picture of a unicorn. A real, live unicorn. While technically not
a corncob, a single horn protrudes from the center of the animal’s head.
The deer, which resides in Tuscany, Italy, has a twin with regular horns.
It was born in captivity after its mother was struck by a car and unable
to fend for herself in the wild.

The earliest mention of the beast was by the Greek historian Herodotus
in the 5th century BC.






Tomorrow’s edition of Gone With The Wind will be photos of
the Tara and Twin Oaks Mansions rooms and shots of scenes
in them.  You won’t want to miss it!










                             Old Fashioned (coming back into use)Cold Remedies

Mix 20 drops of Sandalwood in 3 oz. of base oil. Sweet AlmondGrapeseed
and Safflower oils are some carrier oils to try. This blend is said to
strengthen the immune system against colds and flu.
Use as a massage oil. Massage feet before bed put on socks and go to sleep.
At the first signs of cold or flu begin diffusing a blend of essential oils
known to be effective against viruses. This may nip the infection in the
bud or at least help reduce the severity of your symptoms.
The Eucalyptus oils , Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon leaf and Ravansara
aromatica have been helpful against upper respiratory viral infections


Home remedies are made at home & work out less expensive
than other alternative forms of medicines.  Generally, homemade
remedies are harmless when compared to other forms of modern
medicines and rarely cause reactions or side effects.

Since ages ago, herbal remedies & home made medicines have been
used by our ancestors to cure common ailments.
This link is provided as general information only, and should not be
treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor.








Shifting with Nature’s Energy
              Change of Season
In today’s world, office jobs and supermarkets have made it
possible to work and provide for ourselves and our families
regardless of nature’s cycles. While most of us no longer
depend directly on nature’s seasons for our livelihood, our
bodies’ clocks still know deep down that a change of season
means a change in us too. If we don’t acknowledge this, we
may feel out of sync, as though we have lost our natural
rhythm. These days, autumn is more likely to bring thoughts
of going back to school than harvesting, but in both cases,
the chill in the air tells us it’s time to move inside and
prepare for the future.

We can consciously celebrate the change of season and shift
our own energy by setting some time aside to make the same
changes we see in nature. We can change colors like the falling
leaves and wilting blooms by putting away our bright summer
colors and filling our wardrobes and living areas with warm
golds, reds, and browns.

While plants concentrate their energy deep in their roots and
seeds, we can retreat to quieter, indoor pursuits, nurturing the
seeds of new endeavors, which need quiet concentration to grow.

We can stoke our inner fires with our favorite coffee, tea, cider,
or cocoa while savoring the rich, hot comfort foods that the
season brings in an array of fall colors: potatoes, apple pies,
pumpkin, squash, and corn. As animals begin growing their
winter coats and preparing their dens for hibernation, we can
dust off our favorite sweaters and jackets and bring blankets
out of storage, creating coziness with throw rugs and heavier
drapes.We can also light candles or fireplaces to bring a
remnant of summer’s fiery glow indoors.

By making a conscious celebration of the change, we usher in
the new season in a way that allows us to go with the flow,
not fight against it. We sync ourselves up with the rhythm
of nature and the universe and let it carry us forward,
nurturing us as we prepare for our future.




                French Stew – Potée Champenoise
Potée is a French stew that you will find served up in various ways.
Each region has its own version of potée although all contain a variety
of vegetables, a little broth, and various meats. Here’s a look at some
of the variations, and one easy vegetable stew recipe, called Potée
Champenoise. The term Champenoise indicates that it comes from the
Champagne region of France.

                                                  Vegetable Stew Recipe

This French stew makes for simple, hearty eating. Be sure to start preparing it plenty
of time in advance, because it calls for slow cooking, although I have seen some potée
recipes made in a pressure cooker. (It is interesting to note that pressure cookers, or
cocottes minutes, are very popular in France).
You can use whatever vegetables and meat you have on hand – just get everything in
a pot with a little water, put it on to simmer and wait a couple of hours. It’s really as
simple as that.
You can imagine that this was originally peasant food because it could be adapted to
whatever was on hand. If carrots were plentiful,
into the pot they went. If potatoes were scare,
turnips could be used. Slow simmering is also a good way to make sure every bit of
meat came cleanly off of the bones.
Nearly every region in France boasts its own version of potée, but many are quite
similar, and people are not always in agreement as to what distinguishes the potée
of a particular region.
Techniques for eating this French stew can vary some as well. In some cases, the
meat and vegetables are separated from the cooking liquid, which is served as a
first course. In other cases, notably with Garbure, the stew receives a bread and
cheese topping and is then baked in the  oven until golden on top. Sometimes 
wine is poured into the soup bowl and the stew served on top of that.
So French stews vary from region to region, but some ingredients appear frequently.
Popular vegetables in a potée are:
Celery Root
Various cuts of pork dominate many versions of this French stew, but you’ll find
other meats as well:
Sausages (many regions boost their own special sort of sausage)
Salt pork
Ham hock
Pigs feet and tails
Other possible ingredients
Bouquet garni – This is a bundle of herbs (the exact contents can vary) tied with
a piece of string. If you can’t find a bouquet garni, you can make your own, or
substitute whatever dried herbs you’d like.
Onion spiked with cloves, called an oignon piqué
Salt – Most times the meats add enough salt, so salt is rarely included.
1 pound  lean salt pork or 1 pound ham hock
1  tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
8 ounces bacon, sliced in small pieces
4 large carrots, scraped and sliced
4 turnips, peeled and cubed
bouquet garni
1 cabbage, thinly sliced
4 large potatoes, scrubbed and cubed
1 pound sausages (Toulouse sausage work well, but you could try others)
1 teaspoon black ground pepper
Blanche the salt pork to remove the salt by soaking in cold water for two hours and
changing the water several times.
In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil on medium heat and cook the onion for
several minutes. Add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, for five minutes.
Add 1 quart of water, then the desalinated salt pork (or ham hock), carrots,
turnips, and the bouquet garni. Bring to a boil then turn heat down and let the stew
simmer for 90 minutes. If the water gets very low, add a bit more, but you don’t
want to end up with a lot of liquid.
Meanwhile, cook the sausage according to package  directions. The Toulouse
sausage is boiled for about 20 minutes to cook it through. Boiling is a great method
for cooking sausage that allows it to retain all of its juice.
After the stew has simmered for 90 minutes, add the cabbage, potatoes and sausage.
Another cup of water may be added as well. Cover with a lid, but stir often. At first
stirring may be difficult – more like rearranging things in the pot – but as the cabbage
gradually shrinks, it becomes easier. You can then stir in the pepper.
Simmer another 90 minutes and serve hot. To serve I like to slice the sausage and
pork into  bite sized pieces and return them to the pot.
Makes 6 servings.
Special note on cooking cabbage: Some people find that cabbage gives them gas
because of the sulfurous compounds that it contains. To control this effect, try
blanching the cabbage in boiling water for 5 minutes then rinsing it well with cold
water before adding it to the soup pot.









Mid-men, the male versions of mid-wives, are called accouchers.

The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.




Grandfather Poem

Just Like Him
©  Jackie
He taught me how to build a fire;
he gave me hope and desire.

He taught me how to build a chair;
he told me that life wasn’t fair.

He watched every basketball game
and treated me like fame.

He bought me ice-cream
and listened to my every dream.

I talked to him everyday,
we never ran out of things to say.

Without him I don’t know who I’d be,
but one things for certain I wouldn’t be me.

He taught me how to be just like him,
and I already am within.


"In the Cookies of Life – Grandmother’s are the Chocolate Chips!"

To all grandmothers, whose wisdom, courage and love have paved the
path for future generations – we thank you!
Grandmother-grandchild relationships are simple.
Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love.
— Author Unknown

Grandmothers are ladies with silver in their hair and gold in their hearts.

Grandmothers are voices of the past.
Role models of the present
They open the doors to the future.

A Grandmother’s Love Is Always In Bloom.

Grandma’s my name, spoiling’s my game.

When you need a hug call 1-800-Grandma 


Grandmas are for stories about things of long ago.
Grandmas are for caring about all the things you know…
Grandmas are for rocking you and singing you to sleep.
Grandmas are for giving you nice memories to keep…
Grandmas are for knowing all the things you’re dreaming of…
But, most importantly of all, Grandmas are for love. ~ Author Unknown ~

"It’s the strength of your convictions that inspired us to believe. It’s
the courage of your character that led us to achieve. It’s your faith that
gave us confidence to follow our own stars. it’s the good and guiding
spirit of the wonderful grandfather that you are."
Focus on the wonderful role grandparents play in the lives of young
children by:
1. Giving of themselves When we make time for young children,
something wonderful happens….we become embedded in the child’s
memory. A few moments on the porch listening to the birds, a walk
down the street to visit a neighbor’s dog, or just sitting together and
looking out the window at the snowflakes–these moments make a young
child feel secure, loved, and able to better understand the world of which
she is a part.
2. Bringing Comfort and Culture ….grandparents offer soothing care –
the gentle, familiar voice of a grandparent can offer comfort and can calm
an upset child. ….grandparents help us discover our roots – whether a
native language or a favorite family recipe, children discover their
background and understand themselves better through the things their
grandparents share…and grandparents often discover how creative they
can be!
3. Second Time Around Grandparenting often brings opportunities to do
things you have not done in years–coloring, playing on a swing set, going
to a play ground. Sometimes it can also be a chance to reflect on routines
and practices you did with your own children when they were young.
4. Try to spend one day a week at my grandchild’s home for a ‘grandma’s
day in’ in order to bond with my grandchild and give Mother and Dad time
to themselves. It has been wonderful and the parents love it. It’s been a
"win,win" thing!  Causes close relationships
Grandparents and Communication:
Research by the Newcastle Family Studies Centre suggests that
interpersonal communication is fundamentally important to a successful
ageing process. The grandparents in this study said repeatedly that what
mattered to them was being able to chat to someone ("anyone who’ll listen")
about anything and everything – the ordinary, everyday things. It was clear
that many of these grandparents were the ones who maintained the family
networks, who made it their business to keep in touch.
Grandparents and Child Development:
Grandparents are a tremendous resource for their grandchildren. They can
share their past through stories and songs – an important step towards
literacy – and help children discover their roots by sharing a native language,favourite family recipe or hobby.
British families are changing rapidly but grandparents are a constant source
of support both to their own children and their grandchildren. They are
often "the glue that helps to bind a family together."
A study by the Newcastle Family Studies Centre concluded that
grandparents are viewed by grandchildren as fun companions nowadays,
rather than the authoritarian figures of the past. Many children confide in
their grandparents if they have problems.
Grandchildren are to grandparents like sunshine is to day.
If nothing is going well, call your grandmother. ~Italian Proverb
Grandchildren are a grandparent’s link to the future, and grandparents are
the child’s link to the past.
I may not be rich, but I do have priceless grandchildren.
Life is easier if you hear the steps of grandchildren walking beside you!
Grandchildren fill my heart with pleasure.
Each a joy for me to treasure!
That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his/her
little fist, you’re hooked for life.
I’ve learned that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly
How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it!

Grandmas are for stories about things of long ago.
Grandmas are for caring about all the things you know…
Grandmas are for rocking you and singing you to sleep.
Grandmas are for giving you nice memories to keep…
Grandmas are for knowing all the things you’re dreaming of…
But, most importantly of all, Grandmas are for love. ~ Author Unknown ~





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