Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Packing a "Mini-Clinic" Box for Yur College Grandchild

Grandparents of college grandchildren sometimes don’t know what to do when their grandchild goes off to school. They still want to stay in touch, but the grands are so busy with homework and new activities. Sure you can send a gift card every so often, and they will truly appreciate it, but how can you stay connected? Well, there’s the obvious, text, facetime, message via Facebook, and email, as well as snail mail.

But as fall arrives and cooler weather sets in, packing a “Mini-Clinic” box can be blessing that they’ll be glad to receive. Money is always tight for a college student, so when the sniffles hit and the sinuses are begging for relief, think how happy they’ll be to go to their “personal” health care box.
Getting Ready for College: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go by Polly Berent (Random House) can be a useful guide in preparing such a health care box. Some items you will want to include in your “Mini-Clinic” box are:

-Vitamin C and Zinc Lozenges for sore throats
-Cough medicine such as Robitussin
-Cough drops
-Antihistamine sinus meds such as Benadryl
-Pain meds such as Tylenol
-Digital thermometer
-Ace bandage for sprains
-Safety pins—you know they’ll lose the clips
-Ice gel packs for bruises and swelling
-Heat gel packs—these can be warmed in the microwave
-Stick-on heat wraps (wonderful invention)
-Band-Aids (all sizes)
-Antibiotic cream
-Cortisone cream
-Insect repellent
-Something for nausea
-Azo for bladder infections—will do until you can get to the doctor
-Daily vitamins
-Extra toothbrushes
-Packets of chicken noodle soup with mug
-Bottle of 7-up or Sprite to be used only when ill

Your “Mini-Clinic”box is sure to tell your granchild how much you care. When the first illness away from home hits, they’ll appreciate it even more and be sending love your way. Happy grandparenting!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


When John and I got married in 1962, little did we know that our family would be blessed by expanding to a clan of thirty. Even that is not a finite number. As the grandchildren establish families of their own, we will continue to increase. We are blessed! Our daughter has seven children, five who are now married, and our son has two daughters still in school. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me go back to the beginning of summer.

This summer, two of my daughter and son-in-law’s children got married. Their older siblings, coming from multiple states, returned home for the weddings, along with our eight great-grandchildren. It was something all grandparents dream of, seeing all the grands and great-grands, especially when you haven’t met one of them. The wedding were strategically placed on the calendar so one trip home would suffice.                            

Needless to say the weddings were beautiful, both outdoors, one in the evening and the other in the afternoon. But between our grandson and his bride’s wedding, and our granddaughter and her groom’s wedding, we managed to tuck in lots of family time.

Granddaughter number four graduated this year. This joyous occasion was celebrated with friends and family. Lots of delicious food! Yum!


Then the ladies got together for a tea.

A 4th of July party complete with s’mores and sparklers, plus getting together with cousins.  

Ice cream cones at Pops & GiGi’s, playing with the McDonalds

A game of ball in the backyard and watching TV with cousins

Meeting our two youngest great-granddaughters, as they met each other for the first time.


We did all this and so much more. We’re all a little closer, but all things must come to a close. Until we meet again, there’s Facetime.

What next? Stay tune as four of the greats begin their school years, two in preschool and two in kindergarten. Oh, my, make the most of your days, for they certainly do fly by.