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The Best Present Ever!

Do you or your partner have a loose change jar on the dresser? Sexy Grandpa did at one time.  One day I noticed that he had 3 piles of coins set up in the following way – One nickel, one penny and one dime. Finding it curious, I asked him what were the piles all about. His reply follows: “As you know, every morning I get my coffee at Barnes & Nobel. The total with tax is $1.66. When I give the server $2 and $.16 she gives me back 2 quarters. I set up the piles to grab one on my way out.” My response, “Are you for real?” My husband’s response, “I’m efficient.”

So, of course you’re wondering, what does this have to do with the title of this blog? I happen to be at The Container Store one afternoon and as you may know, they have containers for EVERYTHING. I was roaming one of the aisles when I came across a lucite 4 compartment container. I thought – this would be a perfect gift for Sexy Grandpa so he could efficiently separate his change without having to dig into a jar of mixed coins. I have to say, the idea of gifting him this got me really excited. (I know, excited over this? YES!)

Not wanting to interfere with the jar he had already started, I went to the bank and got a roll of each coin – 1 for quarters, 1 for dimes, etc. I emptied the coins in the compartments, beautifully wrapped the container and gave the gift to my husband for his upcoming birthday. I honestly had trouble waiting 3 weeks, knowing that he would laugh, love and appreciate what I had done. And, I was not disappointed. I handed him the gift. I told him he would really, really love what I had carefully selected.

I wish you could’ve seen his face when the package got opened. For a moment, he didn’t quite get what I had done. Then, the light bulb went off! “Did you buy this to replace my coin piles?” Then Sexy Grandpa burst out laughing. “I can’t believe you did this! When did you come up with the idea? What a great present!”

The new set up is perfect for my efficient guy. Each day he grabs a nickel, a penny and dime before going on his way. And, empties the quarters when he returns. While it may seem like a simple and maybe ridiculous procedure, I smile every time I see the holder sitting on his dresser. Every now and then, surplus coins get rolled up and exchanged for bills. The compartments always have enough change necessary to meet his coffee purchases.

While to you, our faithful follower, this may not seem like The Best Present Ever, it really is! It lasts and lasts, makes us both smile for different reasons and represents another example of how we are always thinking of one another, doing something special for one another and keeping fun in our relationship! Just ask Sexy Grandpa and he will tell you the same thing!

Stay tuned. We are counting on you to keep us young at heart.

Sassy Grandma

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Romantic Grandpa

The two of us love watching the Hallmark Channel and when we do, we like to sit close together to enjoy one of their movies. Although the features are somewhat predictable, we still appreciate relief from all the violence and disruption in today’s world by watching a story with a happy ending.

I refuse to go to any theater where a violent movie is being featured. There is enough terror in real life without having to pay to watch this on the silver screen. (How often do we pick a movie only to have the 3-4 previews turn out to be just the kind of movies we are trying to avoid? This occurs all the time.) Sexy Grandpa teases me because my #1 film choice is often a ‘chick flick’; the truth be told, he’s quite the romantic and sheds a tear or two when the ending brings the actors lovingly together. We have fun together forecasting how a Hallmark movie will conclude and we are usually right.

The other day, I got to thinking about my husband’s romantic side and quickly realized how often it shows up or is expressed. Maybe the Hallmark movies are ‘rubbing off’ on him? Maybe, he’s just been romantic all along and I’m becoming more aware? Whatever the reason, I’m so grateful that Sexy Grandpa shows his softer side, is willing to be vulnerable and doesn’t let the macho man mystique override his gentle, loving nature.

Here are some examples: Leaving notes for me happens quite often. The other day, I baked one of his favorite recipes – banana bread. This particular one was a thank you gift for a neighbor. Anticipating that he’d take a slice when I wasn’t watching, I put the following note nearby: “Don’t even think about it!” Well, the note got replaced with “I did!” Maybe to you this doesn’t fit into the romantic category. For me, I smiled and knew that my initial note caused my husband to smile as well. Additionally, while I’m not really paying attention, Sexy Grandpa told me he loves to watch me undress and that alone ‘turns him on’. While, most women don’t consider themselves sexy changing clothes, I’m grateful to have a man who thinks that way! (I’ve even added spice every now and then when I sense he’s looking my way. Hey, why wouldn’t I knowing now how that makes him feel?)

Another example is something that gets verbalized daily. Sexy Grandpa will tell me – maybe when we’re watching TV or just getting cuddled in bed – “Have I told you today how much I love you?” Imagine hearing this every day? Can you imagine how romantic I feel hearing this wonderful and loving message? I make it a habit to exchange his question with mine: “If tomorrow never comes, do you know how much I love you?”

Being romantic with one another even after all these years continues to be an integral part of our intimate relationship. Whether it’s writing a note, gazing loving when the other is unsuspecting or not letting a day go by without expressing love, having Sexy Grandpa as my romantic partner is a treasured gift. I feel his heart and he feels mine. In our world, romance is alive and well. And, may it continue forever!

Stay tuned. We are counting on you to keep us young at heart.

Sassy Grandma


The Sock Drawer

Trust me.   You do want to read this blog regarding Sexy Grandpa and his addiction to fancy socks! It really is an addiction. I don’t think we ever go into a men’s store or the men’s department without him wanting to ‘check out’ the socks!

A few years ago, a blinding snow storm that hit the Northeast delayed my flight home 5 days. I was lucky because even though my conference was in Connecticut, the distance to NY City was within a reasonable commute and I got to spend 4 unexpected nights with my daughter and 3 grandsons! New Yorkers don’t stop for anything so the four of them did what they always do – work and school. Not only did I not have enough warm clothing, I had no intention of going out in the blistery weather. My daughter insisted, “How can you be in THE City and not go out to a museum or something?” My answer was the same. “I’m happy to have the apartment to myself – to relax and read. Will get dinner going.”

So, you’re thinking, what the hell does this have to do with socks? Stay with me! On previous visits, Sexy Grandpa and I loved browsing at a discount department store not far from my family’s apartment. Recalling the great sock selection they carried and a brand my husband loves, the day before I was scheduled to catch a flight, the snow had stopped, kids and daughter headed out as usual. I decided it would be a perfect time to venture out AND go by the department store. I grabbed my daughter’s extra pair of boots, a warm coat and scarf and went on my way.

I took the escalator to the 4th floor men’s department. Remembering exactly where the socks were located, I headed to that department. When I tell you, I found it easily and literally at least one hundred pairs of socks lined this huge wall. The colors looked beautiful and the designs amazing. I stood there overwhelmed at the array before me.   Just above the display was a great sign: All socks half off! Oh, my gosh! All $6 socks now on sale for $3. I couldn’t believe my good fortune – $3!

After some time, I picked out 6 pair. Now you may not think that’s a lot, however, Sexy Grandpa has an entire dresser drawer devoted just to his socks. I figured, this was a nice surprise, one that would make him smile and chose not to get carried away. In my 4 days in NY City, the only thing I bought were some groceries and 6 pairs of socks.

My husband was thrilled with my purchase and felt loved. (Oh, and I forgot to mention, I was caught in New York on a Valentine’s Day weekend.) We were both so happy I was safely home. When he went to put the socks away, guess what? Two of my selections were duplicates! Go figure. Last count, Sexy Grandpa now has 34 pairs tucked inside one another like a ball and 9 that haven’t been worn! I really don’t begrudge his sock addiction considering what mine is! (Which is considerably more expensive than his!) Stay tuned because I’m not going to tell you here. Promise will share another time. This blog is all about THE sock drawer. Hey, if it takes this to put a smile on Sexy Grandpa’s face, it’s worth it.

Stay tuned. We’re counting on you to keep us young at heart!

Sassy Grandma