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Owl toilet seat tattoos regular and elongated to put a smile on our elderly parents faces In Roseville CA and beyondI promise you, this will be 100% G-rated. 🙂  As a mom, grandmother, and caregiver of elderly senior parents, toilets have been a big part of my life all my life – and I bet they have been for you too. I remember sitting by the toilet all night when my grandchild got the tummy bug and threw up over and over, while all I could really do was cuddle her, whisper in her ear that it was ok, and pray lots. She got better, and is much older now, but we both still vividly remember that night. It’s one of those sweet twists of life that it was an awful night that left sweet cuddling memories in both our hearts.

This week, some of my long distance grandkids have experienced the tummy bug and I’m too far away to cuddle, but I can still pray lots, and occasionally get to talk to one on the phone to share loving encouragement as well.

It doesn’t end with the grandkids, does it? Sometimes it’s our elderly parents who need our comforting words, our gentle pats, and our prayers. No, we’re not dealing with the tummy bug – at least not this week. But we have been back on the UTI issue again. And I do want to remind all of you of how much of a negative impact this can have on our elderly parents! And I STILL always have my senior mom tested for a UTI if she isn’t feeling well – and request a culture as well as a stick. And YES, I always recommend asking your own doctor about doing the same. Better safe than sorry!  You can read all the details at:

Resource-Full News and Information for The Sandwich Generation Issues: UTIs In Our Elderly Parents

Also, we are again using a raised toilet seat which is such a big help for our elderly parents as their range of motion and mobility decreases.

Pretty in pink toilet seats have covers to make it warmer for our elderly parents at night in Placer County California and beyondOf course, toilet talk doesn’t have to be all boring. We could also add in some fun things, like the gorgeous owl toilet cover tattoo, the pink rose toilet cover tattoo I shared a while back, and this cool pink toilet seat cover to make things a bit warmer and softer – great for those chilly middle of the night trips, and a lovely way to put a smile on our elderly parents’ faces. And all of these tools are great aging in place helps!  🙂

Multigenerational caregiving for kids and grandkids along with elderly senior parents isn’t always easy. But I really appreciate all the great tips and tools available to help make it at least a little bit easier – for both caree and caregiver. Don’t you?  Do you have any senior citizen or grandkid toilet tips or other aging in place ideas to share with us – here or at my Facebook page? We’d love to hear them.

 

Kaye Swain REALTOR in Roseville CA has Fun and so will other boomers and seniors and grandparents whether at home or out and about working at their real estate business at the Grand Social

Beverly's Got tons of cute pink things each Saturday to put a smile on the face of the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren

 

 

 

Kaye Swain REALTOR®Woohoo – it’s an extra-special day here at SandwichINK! It’s time for the big grand-daddy blog party of them all – the Ultimate Blog Party 2014. This will be the FIFTH year I’ve joined in and I’m quite excited about it. Not only that, I’m bringing my mulitgenerational BLOG family along with my multigenerational blog, SandwichINK. For the past several years, I’ve been combining caring for my elderly parents with helping big-time with my grandkids and writing all about it here at SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation (defined as those caring for elderly parents while raising children and/or caring for grandkids), along with  SandwichINK Real Estate Info (I rarely post there anymore but there are some great tips and tricks for multigenerational caregivers there as well!)

This past year, my grandkids have gotten older and – while I am still blessed to spend a lot of time with them, it’s less than past years. Thus, I took the next step I started with an AA in Real Estate and got my Real Estate License  – in THREE different states (tho I am only using one now  🙂 ), along with becoming an official REALTOR®. I’m taking all my years of experience with caregiving and real estate investing along with an excellent education and putting it to good work for my real estate clients – near and far.

I’ve always loved real estate which was handy since I was helping my senior parents with their real estate needs, giving advice to my kids, and buying-selling-and renting my own homes. It’s even more fun now that I’m working with Keller Williams Realty. And I am thoroughly enjoying continuing my two boomer and senior blogs as well as adding two more. The first is KayeSwain.com where I focus on Real Estate in general, including sharing fun ideas for home decor, frugal home staging tips, finding plenty of pink and blue goodies and more. On top of that, I am always on the lookout for homes with aging in place options and multigenerational possibilities which I share at both SandwichINK AND at KayeSwain.com The second new blog is Old Historic Homes. I started that one to help dear ones sell their 100-year-old Victorian Farmhouse. Now I write about all the delightful old and often historic homes here in my neck of the woods – and trust me, there are many.

But don’t worry, I’m also still sharing plenty of other resources and ideas of interest to boomers and seniors like great games for grandkids, practical ideas to help our elderly seniors, and Scripture pictures and verses to encourage all of us from our grandkids on up to their great-grandparents.

SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation is again nominated for best boomers resource AND social media rockstar at SeniorHomes

Not only that, I’m even more active online in social media. You can see my tweets in the column on the right and find all my sites by clicking here. And I’m thrilled to announce that I have again been nominated for SeniorHomes.com Best Senior Living Awards 2014 .  SandwichINK has been nominated for Best Boomer Resources and I’ve been nominated for the category of Social Media Rockstars – Individuals – WOOHOO! That’s truly music to my ears and eyes. 

Here are some samples of my articles here at SandwichINK:

And what’s a party without some fun gifts?

One of my favorite things are MOBILE APPS! I love them and so do my grandkids. Even my mom has a couple of favorites for her iPad. I pretty much have to help her with them, but she thoroughly enjoys seeing updated photos of her great-grandkids or listening to a favorite book on it. I love to find useful mobile apps to share here and at my other sites.

My best gift to you is a FREE mobile app called AppsGoneFree – every day it tells me about 4-7 FREE apps – but you have to hurry, they might ONLY be free for THAT DAY. It’s a grand resource and it’s how I have found more than a couple of hundred excellent tools and resources including grand games for the grandkids, fun photo apps, and even apps to help me with my real estate business. CLICK HERE to download it, then ENJOY! (It doesn’t appear that Android has the same app but I did find Droid of the Day – with one free app per day and good reviews. 🙂 )

More free gifts! Coloring pages for the grandkids – always a hit with my long-distance grandkids!

My grandson will LOVE this cute truck coloring page - how about your grandkids

 

And all my grandkids will love this dinosaur coloring page - fun for baby boomer grandparents AND grandkids

 

A cute frame for grandkids to decorate for a gift

Stationery for grandkids and elderly parents and the boomers and seniors in between

 

Thank you again for joining in the Ultimate Blog Party 2014. I look forward to chatting with you this week. 🙂

SandwichINK and SandwichINK Real Estate Info are joining in the fun at the Ultimate Blog Party 2014 at 5 Minutes for Mom which is also open to grandparents boomers and seniors

 

Hooray! My senior mom and I are starting to feel a bit more settled into our new abode. Today I was able to straighten up the garage enough to park my car in it – and I beat the massive rains and snow, assuming there are any this year. 🙂 One of my sweet grandkids spent the night and helped me assemble the table since we FINALLY found the screws to put it together. And oh my, the gorgeous tree colors and breathtaking views that surround us are truly a blessing and delight as we drive around, get lost, get found, get lost, get found… 🙂 I am so grateful to God for the beauty of His world and for grand GPS apps, I’m telling you!
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And even though we’ve moved to a new state and a new home, there are some things that never change. Like reading the Word of God with grandkids before tucking them into bed when they spend the night. These treasured verses were a sweet treat last night.

God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever…As for me, the nearness of God is my good. I have made the Lord God my refuge that I may tell of all Thy works. Psalm 73:26,28

What’s a tradition for you and your grandkids that would cross state lines, if you did? We’d love to hear! And now, it’s off to find a garage remote control. With all the comings and goings of our Sandwich Generation family, those come in quite handy, don’t they?

Beverly's Got tons of cute pink things each Saturday to put a smile on the face of the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging and comforting BIble verses and praise music to lift the hearts of the Sandwich Generation

Sunday Stillness - visit Janis Cox and be blessed by encouraging Bible verses for the Sandwich Generation

The Weekend Brew With words and Scriptures of encouragement for all of us in the Sandwich Generation

Faith-Filled Friday for the Sandwich Generation

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social

One of my grandchildren had a vignette with an angel a cross and the empty tombMy grandson and I were driving to his home the other day and listening to his Bible memory work, the 10 commandments, on a CD. When it was done, we started talking about the passage that tells us not to worship idols. I pointed out to him that even though we don't have little statues that we bow down to ("Like the golden calf, grandma," he asked. Isn't he SMART! Bragging grandma moment, here), we can still have idols – like a TV, Gameboy, Minecraft computer game, etc. He asked what we had to do to prevent that from happening. I suggested praying about it often, regularly "surrendering" all our favorite things – and ourselves – to God and asking Him to use us and them to bring glory to God. I was so blessed when he agreed with that. 

My grandson and I worked hard to get the wine and bread for the Last Supper vignette for our Lent and Easter activities

Then I asked him if he wanted to do our Easter Resurrection eggs again this year. I was afraid he'd say that he was too old for those, but he was actually quite excited. He loves the hiding of them, the finding, and the retelling of the Easter story. From there, we meandered into the idea of making Easter story "vignettes" on Minecraft. "What a grand idea!" I said. "And if you and your brothers do that, I'll take pictures of them and put them on my blog. That way we can share them with others. Wouldn't that be a great way of using Minecraft to share the story of Easter." 

As you can probably tell from the pictures I've used with this (the top picture is an angel, the cross and the empty tomb; the next picture is the last supper with a cup of wine and a loaf of bread), he LOVED that idea and so did his brothers. Now, Minecraft is NOT the best program for creating people, so we opted to just do scenes from the Passion Week AFTER the people had all left. Hopefully these give you a whisper of what is going on. Even more importantly, we had a delightful time working on these pictures (actually they did ALL the work while we reminded each other of the actual story events), and once again, the story of Jesus' supreme sacrifice for each one of us is becoming an important centerpiece in our Lent and Easter season – this time mixing hi tech with low tech.

And oh my, I had such a lovely follow-up to this conversation the next day in church, when the pastor shared the encouraging Bible verses in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15,

For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

I read that to my grandson but he didn't quite understand the New American Standard version. So I've added the Message version as well:

Christ's love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own. 

Then I shared with my grandkids that this is another encouraging reminder to live our lives fully surrendered to God during this season of Lent, as well as all year long. I added this passage to my cell phone, along with last week's Scripture, Ephesians 4:1-3.

Life so often speeds by too quickly. But tiny moments like these will, hopefully, be the building blocks that lead to lovely memories as well as leaving a sweet spiritual legacy of God's love in the hearts and minds of our children and grandchildren. (And lest you think my grandkids are perfect, they went from sweet peace to loud "sibling rivalry" ten minutes later. Sigh. Slowly but surely, and trusting in God, and one "building block" at a time, right? As Floss' "Pause in Lent" reminds me – I will "Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude…Fast from negatives; Feast on affirmatives…" Be sure to check all of the poem out – it's lovely! đź™‚ )

How about you? Do you have suggestions for other ways to share these vital truths with our grandkids of all ages during this season of Lent and Easter? We'd love to hear.

P.S. If you'd like more fun and creative ways to prepare for Easter with your grandkids, you might enjoy these past posts at SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation:

A Pause in Lent 2012 at SandwichINK will focus on encouraging Bible memory verses - meditations - and music for kids grand children and grandparents

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social

Hip Homeschool Hop has great resources for grandparents and grandchildren - especially if you help with their homeschooling

Be blessed by words of Christian encouragement and inspiration for the Sandwich Generation at Faith-filled Friday

Such fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grandparents Say It Saturday Linky Party - Do Join in the fun

Spiritual Sundays are full of devotionals with encouraging Bible verses to bless the Sandwich Generation boomers and seniors busy caring for the elderly parents while babysitting grandchildren