Multigenerational Joys As the Holidays Begin

Multigenerational Caregivers

Neighborhood Joys

kaye-swain-roseville-real-estate-agent-neighbor-enjoys-using-nextdoorIt’s was a lovely autumn-y rainy weekend for my local multigenerational family. Our Sacramento area is very grateful for the sweet gift of rain from God as we need it badly! It did keep me inside most of the weekend. I know I won’t melt. But since I didn’t HAVE to be outside, it was quite nice to stay inside and work on projects. I had a lovely time chatting with neighbors on Nextdoor (it’s like Facebook only for immediate neighborhoods – to learn more, you can click here), experimenting with a new recipe, and having fun watching NCIS, and other TV shows with my senior mom.

Healthy Eating Joys

She’s been enjoying the various recipes I’ve been adding to my repertoire.  Yesterday, we enjoyed a roast chicken with potatoes. The leftover chicken is snuggly in the freezer, waiting for a Chicken Alfredo pasta recipe I’m also going to try. But first, today I’m making a delish lasagne dish I tried a while back and we all loved. This time, though, I’m going to take a good friend’s advice. I’m replacing some of the noodles with zucchini circles. One of those great “less calories and more healthy eating” ideas!


Have any of you tried a spiralizer to make veggies into spaghetti-like noodles? That’s something else I’d like to try and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it at Facebook. 🙂

Holiday Craft Joys

I’m also starting to plan for my next visits with two sets of grandkids. Yes, it will be a while before I get to go. But with so many great sales, especially at Michael’s, now is the time to think about it! Besides our latest normal fun games like Trouble and chess along with craft joys like needlepoint and crochet, I think we’ll also work on homemade greeting cards. And maybe some new wooden ornament projects. We might also try the wooden Nativity sets again. Last year, due to busy schedules, only about half had time to make them. And I think they’d all enjoy it even if a repeat. 🙂 We made our own totally from scratch with popsicle sticks. But this might be a good kit so that even the littles can do it more easily.


Music Joys

Speaking of adorable littles, one of my newest grandkids is already enjoying Cedarmont Kids songs, just as his older cousins always did. And I’m looking forward to sharing those fun hymns and other songs with his other young cousins as well! I’ve added the cd to my car and the mp3’s are loaded in my Amazon Music app, ready at a moment’s notice. 🙂


Multigenerational Encouragement Joys

I took this photo in my city of Roseville in between storms. I loved the leaves turning colors. But the grey skies reminded me that we are in a season of storms – in weather, but also in life with all that is going on in our country and in our world. The election is getting closer and closer. Terrorism threats pop up daily! General unrest seems to be so prevalent. This is such a vital time to stand strong in the Lord, vote according to God’s Word and your conscience, and pray LOTS! AND it’s so vital that we share these thoughts with our grandkids as well. A blessed way of leaving a sweet spiritual legacy and encouraging another generation to keep their eyes fixed on Jesus!


Potluck Joys

With the holiday season fast upon us, I’ve also been thinking of possible options for any potlucks I might be invited to. In case you are thinking along those lines as well, do check out my Pinterest Board of Potluck recipes. I’ve added some fun new ones there:


Have a blessed week!


P.S. Some of my fave tools for multigenerational caregiving needs including a few I mentioned above 🙂 :


Multigenerational Joys

Caregiving Chat About Microwaves, Pacifiers, and Encouragement

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It’s been a busy month here in our Sacramento area for my senior mom and me. How about you? I have heard for years that once you get older, you get less busy and have more time for other things. HA! I’m busier than I’ve ever been! Of course, a large part of that is blogging and real estate. But a whole other part is grandkids, kids, granddogs, senior parents, friends, family, and other sweet joys otherwise known as caregiving. I don’t know about you, but I’m NEVER bored and I LOVE that! 🙂

Caregiving Tip For Microwaves

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I was reading a fellow caregiver’s comment online this week. She was concerned that her elderly mother had decided to stop using the dining room option at her assisted living facility and was going to make do with a microwave in her room instead. I shared some lessons learned with her while caregiving and thought I’d share with you as well. We all think of microwaves as very easy to use and almost impossible to have problems with. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. In particular, senior parents who may be dealing with memory issues can easily have microwave woes on a regular basis. How? Here are some examples I know of:

  • Put a bag of bread into the microwave to defrost it and leave the twisty tie on – those ties may have metal and could spark or even start a fire.
  • Press 60 on a microwave that doesn’t give you the option to do that directly and you are most likely going to incinerate the food after 6 minutes of cooking!
  • Put a while egg into the microwave, shell and all – they can explode.

LifeHacker has a good list of do’s and don’ts for microwaves, in case you are wondering about others. The problem, though, is not that they do or don’t know what they can microwave. The problem comes when they start forgetting what they can or can’t microwave. As many caregivers know, that can vary from day to day – making the routine use of a microwave a bit concerning. It’s still worth using, but simpler can definitely be better. The microwave in the photos above has simple rotary dials instead of push buttons. That’s not a guarantee but it might help many. I’m going to get one for my next microwave. Also, if you can’t be there when an elderly parent needs to use the microwave it can be wise to use your alarm clock on your smart phone to ring at mealtimes. Then you can call and chat with them, and help talk them through using the microwave. A good way to visit and a safe plan for all.

Grandkid Tip for Pacifiers

When my kids were little I loved the Nuk pacifiers that were considered orthodontic-safe pacifiers. When my first group of grandkids came along, the Mams were our favorites. Now we have more adorable youngns and half our fave pacifiers have disappeared. While experimenting, I found Amazon was a big help in finding pacifiers that might be hard to find locally. Of course, if your grandchild is one of those who just does NOT like pacifiers, it’s back to long walks and cute cuddles. 🙂  And by the way, if you’re looking for baby gifts that provide cute smiles, I have found both of these pacifiers got great responses! 🙂

  1. You can find pacifiers with sports team logos for just about any football team out there. My football-happy recipient LOVED theirs.


2. Yup – this pacifier has a fake mustache and lips making him look wise beyond his years. His dad LOVED this one 🙂



Words of encouragement for Caregiving and More

While studying through the book of Isaiah with Pastor Joe of Calvary Chapel Philadelphia, I was reminded of this passage that I have long loved! With all that is going on in our world, isn’t it awesome to know that GOD IS GOD and HE IS STILL ON THE THRONE! 🙂 Great words to ponder upon and meditate over!

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Have a great week!


P.S. Did you notice anything different about SandwichINK? I changed to a new “theme.” That’s the software that makes it look like it looks. I actually tested several themes and finally settled on this. It lets me put a cute pix at the top of the blog and it has speeded up the loading time considerably. Personally, I don’t notice loading times unless they never load. But apparently GOOGLE HATES making people wait too long. Hopefully this will work great for you AND keep Google happier 😉 You may have noticed there are no comments – at least, not for older posts. Unfortunately, there are so many spammers, it’s ridiculous. And most of the software that can weed out the spammers was blocking real people – you – from leaving comments. I would LOVE to hear from you – just email me at or come visit over on Facebook. No spam, no blockers, and fun conversations. 🙂

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Check Out the Cool Grandkid Baby Equipment

Grandchildren are such sweet joys, aren’t they! Whether they are teeny tiny babies, like two of my delightful younger ones.


Or whether they are almost out of their teens and working hard in college.


And everywhere in between.

Over the years, I’ve had tons of baby and kid equipment that I’ve bought to keep at my house. I’ve learned, whether I babysit a lot or just occasionally, that it can really come in handy to have some extra clothes for an unexpected spill, or a Pack N Play port-crib for nap times.

Even when I don’t necessarily need something, it’s still fun to walk through Babies R Us with a friend, as I enjoyed recently. It’s AMAZING what they have for moms and dads nowadays! Things I WISH we’d had when my own kids were little! Then again, there were some decided advantages back in the day, before they discovered that certain things could be dangerous, at least in rare occasions. Nowadays, you can work up some good muscles heaving and toting baby car seats and infant carriers, can’t you?


I had to smile big at the infant carriers I noticed. One was called a MaiTai. THAT was the name of my carrier when my kids were little! Back then, it was a hand-sewn item that was basically a square piece of material with ties and you tied the baby on your front. Seeing the one in the store did bring back fun memories. Upon closer inspection, I realized even IT had undergone some upgrades and I have to say, I definitely approve. It looks like it would be much more comfy!


My kids have had some very nice and very expensive baby carriers over the years. They were ergonomic and better for the backs and healthier for the kids and all the important stuff you need. There was just one problem. My KIDS were experts at getting them on. I tried a few times and had to give up. I just could never get it figured out. I loved this particular Mei Tai carrier – I COULD figure it out! Always nice to have some low-tech tools in the midst of all our high-tech ones!

So if any of you grandparents have a delightful grandbaby who needs a bit of extra cuddling and carrying, you might want to take a walk through a baby store like Babies R Us or along the baby aisles at Walmart. You’ll have fun remembering how it USED to be and I bet you’ll be pleased with many of the updated changes as well.



P.S. Have you seen these adorable balls – they are labeled for infants and up. They’re very lightweight and skinny so I would think a teeny grandbaby might be able to hold on to it. How about you?