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Kaye Swain Roseville CA blogger real estate agent sharing Advent and Christmas smiles and encouragement for caregivers and clients everywhereCaregiver Smiles

I love Christmas traditions including fun Christmas get-togethers, online and off, with dear friends. From December 6-12, 2015, one of my fave online Christmas parties is held every year at Caregiving.com by the very sweet Denise Brown. I’ve been attending this blog party since Christmas, 2009. That was 1 1/2 years after I started blogging. Denise was one of my first caregiving friends online, along with Carol Marak of SeniorCare.com as well as Gina LaGuardia and, a bit later, Michelle Seitzer of Our Parents. All of whom are still doing a great job online and still dear friends of mine through the years. You surely have to be careful using the internet and making friends. But there are definitely sweet friendships to be made online as well as off and they are such a blessing. Doubly so for caregivers or carees who may not be able to get out much.

I’ve been blogging since 2008 but I’ve been in and out of caregiving since my early 20s. First I helped my parents when they were caring for my mom’s parents, then my dad’s parents, and a few of my dad’s other elderly relatives as well as a couple of neighbors. My parents definitely set a lovely and caring example for me over the years. Later I helped my own elderly neighbors for a few years. Then I went through a season of caring only for my kids and sweet hubby. But the caregiving season returned big time with one of my sweet long distance elderly relatives and my own parents moving nearby which was great since I could more easily help my dad who was dealing with Parkinsons Disease. A few years later, my sweet dad went home to be with the Lord, my grandtwins arrived in this world to join their big bro and big sis, and I was fully in the throes of the Sandwich Generation, helping my senior mom who was now living with me and my grandkids and enjoying it thoroughly.

Now it’s a bit quieter. My senior mom still lives with me but my grandkids are older. I still help with them a lot but not as much as in the past. Though I also help with granddogs near and far. That and my real estate business (which, when you think about it, is another great example of caring for the needs of others – their real estate needs :) ). As you might guess, my real estate business includes a focus on helping boomers and seniors with all the things they may be juggling including aging in place, multigenerational needs, retirement homes, etc. 

Through it all, I keep on blogging – both here and at various real estate blogs including KayeSwain.com. I love to help others – readers, clients, family, and more -and enjoy sharing tips, tools and resources at all my blogs including here at SandwichINK along with sweet Christian encouragement. I post at least once a week, occasionally a bit more. And I’d love for you to subscribe to SandwichINK – an easy way to stay updated (see below). Or, guess what, you can also find me on Amazon for the Kindle, though there is a wee fee for that. But do take a peek, just for fun. :)

If you’re a regular reader, you’re probably smiling because this is almost as familiar to you as it is to me. If you’re coming from the Caregiving Progressive Holiday Blog Party WELCOME!!! And if you’re new to all of this, WELCOME as well. Any which way, I hope you’ll find interesting info, useful resources, handy tips, and fun and encouraging ideas pictures to give you a sweet smile.  So enjoy couple of cute and virtual gingerbread cookies and have a lovely Advent and Christmas time full of God’s joy and peace.

Gingerbread house cookies from Roseville CA real estate agent blogger Kaye Swain

Senior Smiles

My senior mom gets so frustrated with TV. There are only a few shows out now that she really enjoys. Fortunately some of them are in syndication like NCIS and Blue Bloods. But then again, she doesn’t understand syndication. Thus, while she appreciates them being on a lot, it really confuses her. :) And now that they are splitting shows up between summer shows and regular shows – and time outs for shows til February. Oyyyyy. Very hard for elderly senior parents to follow along, that’s for sure. But thanks to her iPad, we do have a few handy tricks up our sleeves to help.

Old Time Radio for elderly seniors is a treat via Roseville CA real estate agent blogger Kaye Swain

There are several radio podcast station apps for her iPad that are free that have oldie goldie radio shows she used to love and still enjoys now like:

  • OldTime Radio
  • LuxTheater
  • Yesterday
  • Yesterradio
  • TheSaint
  • MissBrooks
  • MartinLewis
  • JackBenny
  • SpikeJones
  • SimpleRadio

I also subscribed to Hulu (the version with a few ads – to save money :) ) and that has several, if not all, of some of the less oldie goldie series we both used to love:

  • Cagney and Lacey
  • Simon and Simon
  • Remington Steele
  • Ellery Queen
  • Kojak
  • Airwolf
  • Hunter
  • The Rockford Files
  • The Fall Guy
  • Ironside

All in all, there are plenty of options for her to pick from. The downside is that she has to watch on the iPad which isn’t as easy for her to use as the TV. We could hook up Roku or Chromecast to her TV but she would NEVER be able to do that on her own (we tried). Either way requires my assistance. So if I’m out and about with real estate clients or helping with grandkids, she sticks with her TV and her clicker.

I don’t know that there are ANY perfect solutions for elderly seniors, for whom technology keeps speeding past them. But I’m very grateful for good options that do work a lot. How about you? Do you have any other suggestions to share? We’d love to hear them!

Advent and Grandkid Smiles

Kaye Swain Real estate agent blogger in Roseville CA shares at Pinterest too

My grandkids and I LOVE Christmas and Advent activities and crafts. I bet yours do too. I just saw a cool list of Advent activities from Half A Hundred Acre Wood – a home schooling mama – and posted it on my Pinterest board with fun activities and craft ideas for kids and grandkids. I’m definitely looking forward to giving this a try with the grandkids later this month or next month. I just updated that board with several new Christmas ideas and some New Years fun crafts as well. Have fun! :)


Encouraging Smiles

Christian words of encouragement from Mary for Christmas via Real Estate Agent blogger Kaye Swain



Advent Devotions for Boomers and Seniors

Today is the first Sunday in Advent. In our sermon, the pastor talked about Mary, the mother of Jesus, and what a great example she set for us. Can you imagine it? A young teenage girl, right in between the ages of a couple of my grandchildren, heard from God and fully trusted Him and surrendered herself to Him. After many years of walking with God, I learned about daily surrendering and I strive to do this daily (tho I’ve also told God that if, on any day I forget, He should just take it as a done deal forever! :) ). But at 14-18 years old, no way! Not even in my 20s was I that faithful. She was, indeed, a sweet blessing and example to us all, including her lovely song – The Magnificat. And oh my, this Multimedia Christmas Nativity video featuring the music of Todd Agnew using her beautiful words along with scenes from “The Nativity” and “The Passion of Christ,” was so touching to my heart, and I hope it will be to yours. Very powerful! And it definitely is an encouragement to faithfully join Mary in saying, “I am the “Lord’s servant” and surrender ourselves and our lives to Him daily – no matter our age or circumstances.

The book of John does not cover this particular story but it’s still a sweet lesson for us. (And if you’d like to know more about this particular section of Scripture – Luke 1, Pastor Guzik has also taught on that chapter – just click here.)

Fun Coloring Pages for Kids and Adults

My grandkids enjoy coloring pages, that’s for sure. But many adults, including senior adults, also love coloring pages. So here are some extra coloring pages in honor of the Caregiving Progressive Holiday Blog Party, including one for the Scripture picture above.

Cute Christmas coloring pages for grandkids and senior adults via Kaye Swain Roseville CA blogger and REALTOR


 Roseville CA blogger REALTOR Kaye Swain sharing Christmas coloring page for grandkids and boomers and seniors


Christian encouragement from Kaye Swain real estate agent blogger in Roseville CA reminding that GOD IS our light


Mary and Baby-Christian Scripture coloring page via Kaye Swain Roseville CA


Happy Advent!

I’m so grateful for another passage in Luke 1 – verse 37, “For with God nothing shall be impossible,” or as the Living Bible paraphrase puts it, “For every promise from God shall surely come true.” Either way they both mean the same thing – God has promised never to leave us or forsake us and to bring His children safely home – His Words shall surely come true for with God NOTHING is impossible. Sweet Smiles for all of us caregivers and grandparents, boomers and seniors in the midst of dark news on the front page or on the TV daily.


P.S. Don’t forget to pop over to Caregiving.com and say HELLO from SandwichINK. They are having giveaways to enjoy including a $10 Amazon gift card from me, Kaye Swain of SandwichINK, to use for an adult’s Scripture verse coloring book, caregiving needs, etc. :)

P.P.S.To get free updates to encourage boomers and seniors, caring for elderly parents, helping with grandkids, and more, just…



Holiday Joys

Roseville CA 2015 Christmas Parade via Kaye Swain Real Estate agent Santa on Denios vintage firetruck and lots of cute company

Such a lovely week past and another delightful one to come. Yesterday was our Holiday Parade. I believe they schedule it a bit early to celebrate Thanksgiving as well as Christmas AND to hopefully avoid bad weather. That worked beautifully yesterday as it was in the mid-60s most of the day, beautiful sunshine, bright blue skies, and no rain due til Monday at least. Hooray!

I had so much fun watching the parade with all ages participating from young kids and grandkids on up to senior citizens. I loved the oranges Kaiser handed out, the unicyclists who did an awesome job, the adorable kids dancing, twirling, and waving away. And getting to see friends and neighbors while walking along. A delightful time full of new memories along with lovely old memories of times gone by with grandkids in tow.

Roseville CA parade had great team of unicyclists via Kaye Swain real estate agent blogger.jpg

Does your hometown do parades? You can usually find out by checking the city’s website or the Chamber of Commerce’s. It’s a fun tradition in so many cities and a delightful expedition with the grandkids.

Today I  visited a delightful Quilt Show put on by the River City Quilters’ Guild in Sacramento CA. I enjoyed looking at so many creative and colorful quilts including several lovely ones by dear friends. I snapped a cute photo of an owl quilt for my senior mom. She will love seeing it!

Not only were there many delightful quilts on display. They also had several interesting vendors with a wide variety of quilt, craft and other products. And oh my, I was especially tickled by this cute quilt one of the many intriguing vendors, The Quilt House, had displayed. As I told her, I bet if my grandsons could see it, they’d wish their grandma had better sewing skills. :)

Cute caterpillar quilt my grandkids would love via Kaye Swain Roseville CA real estate agent and from The Quilt House

This was the second year I had admired the cute crafts shared by the sweet husband and wife team of Generation to Generation Heirlooms and I had a great time taking his….errrrrr….Santa’s photo.

Sacramento CA Quilt Show had Generation to Generation Heirlooms with an adorable nativity set and more via Kaye Swain Real Estate Agent


Santa at the Quilt Show in Sacramento CA via Kaye Swain blogger and REALTOR

I love the Bible verse that is on their business cards – “But, LORD, You remain the same forever! Your throne continues from generation to generation. Lam. 5:19” :)

Long Distance Joys

Are all your grandchildren nearby or long distance or both? At the moment all my grandkids are long distance in different directions so probably no quilt shows or crafting projects with them over the holidays this year. But I was blessed to visit one set of grandkids a few weeks ago and they were so sweet. They put up their Christmas tree way early and the grandkids and I had a wonderful time playing Christmas music and decorating the tree just as we’ve done many times in the past. It was a wonderful treat for all of us and something I’ll treasure in my heart. I do love flexibility on all sides. As I tell my grandkids, we aren’t changing dates! We’re just spreading out the fun!

Kaye Swain Roseville CA real estate agent blogger is at Instagram too

I’m looking forward to visiting the other set of sweeties down the road. And how I cherish the various phone conversations with my different “phone buddies.” It’s not easy being so far apart. But I continue to give thanks to God for cell phones, email, texting, and more! What’s your favorite way of long distance grandparenting?

Thankful Joys

Christian encouragement for Thanksgiving and beyond via Kaye Swain Roseville CA blogger real estate agent



Giving Thanks for and with Music

Isn’t that a lovely photo of an autumn waterfall, courtesy of a grand app – WordSwag. So peaceful to see and such a lovely Bible verse. Both of which reminded me of a favorite contemporary praise and worship hymn song, Waterfall, by Chris Tomlin. My grandkids and I enjoyed listening to this a few times on my visit. Some of the lyrics include:

“Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Running wild and free
You hear my heart when I call, when I call
Deep calls, too deep
Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Raining down on me

That is so true. When we receive Him into our heart as Savior, surrender our lives to Him daily as our Lord, we will see such sweet wonders of His love! He has proven this to me over and over through the years. Isn’t He wonderful. What a great song for this week of Thanksgiving, don’t you think?

Sweet Words of Encouragement for Boomers and Seniors

Continuing on in the book of John, here is part 10 – covering John 5:1-9 – Opposed by Hopelessness. I know this story well, but Pastor David Guzik had some intriguing highlights and gave me new food for thought as I listened. Always a nice treat! :)

Coloring Pages for Kids and Adults

Here’s another fun Thanksgiving coloring page for our grandkids, senior adults, and others who might enjoy it.

Happy Thanksgiving to the Sandwich Generation caregivers and grandparents everywhere via Kaye Swain Roseville CA


And I thought todays Scripture Picture might make an interesting and challenging coloring page for adults.

 Happy Thanksgiving to the Sandwich Generation caregivers and grandparents everywhere via Kaye Swain Roseville CA

Happy Thanksgiving

My prayer for all of us is for a safe, peaceful, joy-filled holiday whether our sweet families are near or far away. And for us to keep our eyes fixed on the power of GOD no matter what. :)


P.S. If you’d like more Thanksgiving coloring pages for kids, grandkids, adults, elderly seniors, and more AND some cute resources, my local blog, Roseville California Joys, has some fun ideas in my post, Thanksgiving Fun in Roseville CA, in the section – Thanksgiving fun for kids and grandkids. And you don’t have to live in or around Roseville / Sacramento area to enjoy them. :)



God’s Comfort on Dark Days

Christian words of encouragement via Roseville CA social media blogger Kaye Swain

As our hearts and prayers are with the victims of terrorism everywhere along with their family and friends, I find myself clinging to one of my long-time favorite and very comforting Bible verses from Isaiah as well as sharing it with my family and friends.

Comforting Hymns and Songs for Difficult Seasons of Life

The God of Angel Armies, a lovely contemporary praise song by Chris Tomlin, is a favorite of one of my grandkids and myself. And it’s especially comforting during difficult seasons of life – whether brought about by terrorism, family grief and sorrow, personal woes, etc.

Here’s a lovely version with the lyrics showing and it’s part of a beautiful playlist to encourage and lift your spirits

Pastor Nates teaches the next in the series of verse by verse Bible studies in the book of John, part 09, from Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara, California.

Coloring Page for Kids and Adults

Here’s another fun Thanksgiving coloring page plus I turned today’s Scripture picture into a coloring page. Enjoy!


Christian encouragement coloring page for adults and kids via Roseville CA social media blogger Kaye Swain


Fun Thanksgiving Coloring page for kids and adults via Kaye Swain Roseville CA blogger

Praying for Our World and Our Families

Praying for our world, our country and our families this week for a season of peace and God’s wisdom in the midst of sorrow. I was very blessed with the opportunity to pray about all that had happened with various grandkids nearby as well as long distance via cell phone. It was a sweet way to teach them to pray about everything that happens – good and bad – and put our trust in God. We also read the encouraging and comforting Bible verse in the photo above together. A sweet way of leaving a spiritual legacy in their hearts and minds.


P.S. Last week I shared resources for boomers and seniors, caregivers and grandparents in and out of the Sandwich Generation dealing with grief and sorrow during the holiday season. If you missed it or are interested in those resources in the wake of more international tragedy, it’s at Sweet Words of Comfort as Thanksgiving Draws Near.


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