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Oh, the weather outside's delightful
And the leaves are just so crunchy
And playing tag's awfully fun,
Til the twinges in the hinges bring us down
(Tune – Let It Snow)
I confess, this little ditty of mine was inspired by Amydeanne from 160AcreWoods. She is enjoying SNOW right now, while we are basking in gorgeous sunshine, crunchy leaves, and 70 degree temperatures. She wrote on Facebook, "Oh the weather outside is frightful.. but inside I've got pizza and rustic apple pie on..," and being a mega Christmas music fanatic, I immediately recognized it as a take off on one of my favorite holiday songs, Let It Snow. It's been playing over and over in my head all day – hence my own little take off. For a busy Sandwich Generation granny nanny, though, this version wasn't TOO bad. Better than my Sandwich Generation Holiday Travel Jingle anyway. 🙂
And totally apt right now as my grandkids and I have been enjoying the crunching of the leaves as much as the running around playing tag!
I don't know if you can tell from these photos, but the leaves were several layers deep, at least six inches high on the ground in some places. And even more in front. Most are gone now, thanks to their parents' hard work, but it was so much fun while it lasted! Except of course for the occasional "twinges in the hinges" in my hate-to-admit-to-aging baby boomers' body.
I rarely let arthritis get me down, but once in a while…. My senior mom has to deal with it a bit more than I – and she doesn't even play tag! No justice there! But she does have a great product that enables her to be a bit more active than normal when the grandkids are over helping her with her gardening or playing puzzles with her at her table. She loves these little white pain relief patches put out by Salonpas. She's been using them for years! She puts them directly on an area where the arthritis is bothering her, and within a couple of minutes, she is feeling so much better. I've used them on occasion myself and really appreciate them. They work fast, and they don't smell very strong. Always a nice combination.
A couple of weeks ago, Caroline Christy, who works for the Zócalo Group, wrote me to explain that her group is partnering with Salonpas on a program to support their FDA-approved over-the-counter Salonpas Pain Relief Patch and Salonpas Arthritis Pain Patch. As she explained to me, "many consumers have found that Salonpas helps reduce their pain and gets them back to enjoying their favorite activities" for grandparents and their grandchildren. I immediately wrote her back that I would love to as I have seen first hand how much they've helped my mom. She then sent me a delightful box of goodies:
4 BIG Salonpas pain relief patches to test out – two of each kind:
1 Pandigital 7 inch WIFI Digital Photo Frame. This picture frame is a wonderful way to display your digital photos full of your sweet family memories of active fun and activities for grandparents and grandchildren. And if you look at the bottom of the picture, you'll also spot the cute back and neck massager they included. I gave that a try after a couple of hours of typing – it definitely felt good on my sore neck! 🙂
This package was for me to keep, test, take pictures of, enjoy, and tell you all about it. AND she has TWO more packages just like it to give away to two of you. Talk about a great giveaway – and perfect timing as these would make delightful Christmas gifts for an elderly parent, a friend, or maybe even yourself.
As ALWAYS here at SandwichINK, while I very much appreciated their gift and their giveaway, I would never have participated if I didn't highly appreciate their product. Anything I recommend here at SandwichINK is because I have personally used it and liked it OR I have researched it and feel that it is an excellent product to recommend for myself and my friends – which, of course, includes you!
With that being said, here's how to enter this great giveaway to help keep all of us involved in fun and healthy activities for grandparents and their grandchildren:
Leave a comment below with your name and email address (so I can notify you if you win) and tell us something you or your senior parents do to stay active with your family = 1 entry
For additional entries:
- Sign up to receive SandwichINK by email – and leave a comment saying you did or already do = 1 entry
- Follow @SandwichINK on Twitter – leave another comment that you did or do = 1 entry
- Follow @MRSalonpas on Twitter – leave another comment that you did or do = 1 entry
- Follow Salonpas on Facebook – leave another comment that you did or do = 1 entry
- Tweet about this giveaway – leave another comment that you did or do = 1 entry
- Blog about this giveaway – leave another comment that you did or do = 1 entry
- Mention this giveaway on Facebook – leave another comment that you did or do = 1 entry
This giveaway will end on December 1, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. EST and I will do random drawings to pick the two recipients of these wonderful packages – one per person. The winners will have 4 days (96 hours) to respond, otherwise new name(s) will be selected. You can read more information about the process at SandwichINK Policies.
Do join us in this fun Salonpas pain relief patch giveaway. And in the meantime, I'm off to see if there are any more leaves on the ground for this granny nanny to go crunching through with my grandkids (can you see my foot buried in these crunchy ones?.)
P.S. For more information about Salonpas, the first FDA-approved, OTC pain relieving patches, please visit their website, Salonpas. To request free samples of the Salonpas pain patches, just go to Salonpas on Facebook.
i’m a Christmas music fanatic too! i listen to it in july,
august, and from november through january.
thanks for sharing about those patches. i have awful
leg aches at night. these might just be the ticket.
please don’t enter me in your giveaway. bless someone
🙂 🙂 🙂 Oh Lea, that’s almost exactly like me except I usually quit listening a day or two after Christmas (I think I’ve listened to them so much by then I’m ready to start fresh back with regular praise and worship music. 🙂 ).
I’m not sure if the pain relief patches are big enough for night leg cramps. If you do try them, let us know. 🙂 🙂 🙂 But she does use them for night knee cap pain now and says they work GREAT for that! 🙂
Have a blessed week!
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Really nice post,thank you
Hi Lynda, I really enjoyed your site as well and will be following. 🙂 I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I had a friend with neuropathy and know how painful that can be. Praying for you both!
Thanks Ron 🙂
Thank you for visiting my blog. I love yours and am excited to receive updates by email. This time of year is always a wonder if my mom will be able to get up and about. She is already on some pretty powerful pain killers, but her neuropathy is quite advanced. Have a blessed day, and enjoy the leaves. Makes me want to go walking through a pile.
I would love to be included in the give-away. My Mom suffers. Even though she has had both hips replaced she still has pain. I would love to have her try these patches. Would they work on my back too? 🙂 Thanks so much for coming by today and I really hope you get to plant a pink rose bush next spring. These new ones are amazing.
Hi Lynn, Glad to have you enter! 🙂 As I will be pointing out in an upcoming article, it’s probably always wise to doublecheck with your doctor, even with over the counter pain relief patches. But my senior mom sure does love them – she has used them on back, hips, shoulders. Also – you might try both these new ones and their older ones and see which you like best. They both seemed to work fine for my senior mom but one was warm and one was cool. Very intriguing! 🙂 And very definitely in our medicine cabinet for good! ;).
I surely do hope I get to do another rose too! I miss them so much! 🙂
Thank you for visiting my blog. I just love Pink Saturday! always meeting new fellow bloggers! Thanks for sharing about the patches.
Hi Renee, I’m with you. So many new and interesting blogs through Pink Saturday! 🙂
Have a great week!
My mom isn’t quite a senior yet but honestly she is the most active and fit person I know, even though she has broken bones more times than I can count she still gets out there and does everything. She is even a nanny to a 2 year boy right now…she really does amaze me!
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Awesome to hear Amanda! And what a blessing I can tell you are to her. 🙂 Thanks for entering! 🙂
We maintained an organic garden through the Summer at my mother’s house. It was a lot of work but we all feel very proud of it and the kids love eating all the fresh veggies!
How Fun Katie. My senior mom’s gardening was smaller but mostly organic as well. 🙂 My grandfather was HUGE on organic, got me hooked on Organic Gardening and Farming even when I only grew roses. Love the precept. 🙂
My mother isn’t a senior yet, but suffers from fibro. Most days it is really hard for her to be active, but she does anyways when the grandkids are around. We make sure she has plenty of time with them! All 4 of them (and another on the way!). firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Shannon, Sounds like she does GREAT! What a wonderful inspiration to me! And to your grandkids who watch her dealing with that yet spending time with them. And CONGRATS on #5! 🙂 🙂 🙂
I love digi frames, it’s a great way to display the images we love and proud of.
Hi Self Sagacity – very true! 🙂
I just found your site–very intersting stuff! My parents are in their early 70’s with 5 kids and 5 grandkids, and in terrific shape! I have occasional knee problems and would love to try the patches for the pain I experience sometimes when doing lots of stairs. And the digital photo frame looks just plain fun! Glad I found you!!!
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Hi Kathy, Sounds like a terrific family! Thanks for entering the giveaway 🙂
My father just recently started bike riding again after getting hip surgery shortly before I went back to college several years back. I’m so proud of him for staying active, and for literally “getting back on the bike!”
Awesome, Jordan! That is great! And bike riding is so good for so many of us boomers and seniors – including those with Parkinson’s Disease. Tell him CONGRATS! 🙂
So glad you visited my web site and signed up to win the DVD. I had to come over to your site and sign up too. Fun, isn’t it? Thanks for doing this!
Thanks for reminding me about your giveaway, Dear. It looks very nice. I will follow you on Twitter. Blessings ~
Hooray, Jean. I’m so glad you did! Have a blessed week! 🙂