Author: Kaye Swain

Kaye Swain Roseville real estate agent sharing cool pumpkins squash Kaye Swain Roseville real estate agent sharing cool pumpkins squash

Pumpkin Smiles with Grandkids


I saw the cutest idea while out delivering a neighborhood newsletter today. A neighborhood mom bought tiny pumpkins and gave them to her son along with some stickers. You could tell they had a great time decorating the pumpkin! Talk about senior friendly AND toddler friendly! I didn’t get a chance to snap a picture so at Safeway I bought my pumpkin pie AND a small pumpkin along with other cute autumnal squash. We had fun decorating it with my rose stickers (I use them for my business) along with some fun smilie stickers from the Dollar Store.

Kaye Swain Roseville real estate agent sharing cool pumpkins squash

One word of warning, though. I looked all over the fruit and vegetable section and settled on this cute pumpkin. I actually prefer little ones usually, although for this project big would have been even nicer AND made a great decoration for the front door. But these were all I saw and I did look around a bit. As I was walking out the door, however, I realized I totally missed a big display of ginormous Halloween pumpkins on sale. I could have bought a big one for $5. I looked at my receipt for my cute little one and realized it had cost me $6. I decided to keep it since it was so cute. But wanted to warn you so that you check better than I did and, perhaps, save some money.

Senior Friendly Toilet Talk

Kaye Swain caring for elderly parents discovered lysol toilet cleaner not senior friendly

Doing a little toilet talking here, again.  I have used Lysol toilet cleaner for years and I love it. It does a great job and I really appreciate it. However, that being said, I will no longer be buying this particular product. They have a lid with a child-proof lock on it, which is good. But they’ve apparently gotten much sturdier locks.

Lysol toilet bowel cleaner cap hard to open

I’m pretty strong but I could not get it open without trying about 10 times, re-reading the small print, and trying again! These are definitely NOT senior-friendly containers. For now, I’m going back to my other favorite.

clorox toilet wands senior friendly easy open easy use

Clorox ToiletWand disposable toilet cleaning system with the soap already permeated into it. They are easy to open, easy to use, and there’s no mess. The only reason I had switched back to Lysol was that the toilets only seem to stay clean for a week or so. While with Lysol, they stay clean much longer. However it certainly won’t kill me to clean my toilets once a week!  Whereas, trying to open those Lysol containers wasn’t going to kill me but sure was going to frustrate me to death! Thank you to Clorox for a definitely senior-friendly product!

Clorox toilet wand refills senior friendly easy to use easy to open

Election Smiles

More good Words to remind us that no matter how you stand on the election this autumn and what the results are, we can keep our eyes fixed on God! 🙂
pumpkin smiles election encouragement toilet cleanser talk via Kaye Swain

senior friendly encouraging coloring page for kids adults

Have a great week full of senior friendly projects, pumpkin smiles, and sweet encouragement!



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

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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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