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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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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

My Cell Phone

Here’s the issue, plain and simple. I own a Samsung, Galaxy S-6. Is this the phone I wanted? No. Do I need this fancy phone with dozens of apps? No. Do I talk to it? No. Do I want to? No. OK, you’re thinking – then why the heck (he–) did you buy it? Answer: Sexy Grandpa! Yes, Sexy Grandpa!

HE decided that I was living in the dark ages with my flip phone. I was fine with it. Well, when it died, and it did, we went to Verizon together to consider the options. And, a flip phone was not one of them! The sales clerk informed me that I would love the new technology and that I’d never look back. In fact, she reassured me that once I got used to all the bells and whistles, I’d wonder why I waited so long. Well, as of now, nothing she ‘predicted’ has happened! I find I use this fancy equipment mostly for a few reasons – email, phone calls, contact list, the time, occasional website visits and fitbit stats! I forget to post dates in the calendar. I’ve yet to check weather or traffic on my phone. And, all the apps with all the games and convenient ‘data’ available with a tap on the screen simply is of no interest. All the icons on the ‘home page’ actually overwhelm me.

I guess my resistance also is a reflection of what I see Sexy Grandpa doing. If he’s not checking sports scores, texting his son (none of the kids call anymore), opening emails when he hears a ding noise or taking to Siri, we actually might be doing something together. I find the modern phone an intrusion. Sexy Grandpa’s connections seems so often to replace our real time TOGETHER with what’s going on with his iPhone. Who cares? Why is this immediacy to secure information important? Why can’t checking in on a phone wait?

And, of course, my husband is in the majority. Cell phone activity seems to consume owners everywhere – gym, restaurants, walking on the street, movie theaters and really any time someone is out and about. Am I being resistant? Am I choosing to not get sucked into the very thing I find annoying when I view others always on their phones? Do I not have a ‘need to know’ by always plugging in when the need arises? Have I ever missed a birthday, appointment or any scheduled event? (Not that I’m aware of!)

Believe me, the phone is convenient and I wear it when I’m away from home. Am I attached? No. Am I content with limited use? Yes. Do I miss my flip phone? No. That doesn’t mean I’m thrilled with this purchase. It simply means that my Samsung is a phone. It is not my life or my life line. As long as I can connect when I need to, I’m fine. Maybe I am in the minority. At my age, I suspect many of my generation find current technology overwhelming as well. If not, oh, well. I smile when Papa Phil, aka, Sexy Grandpa, facetimes our grandkids. I’m glad when he finds an alternative route to a horrible traffic tie up. I’m happiest, however, when his phone is nowhere in sight and it’s just the two of us! So, that’s the story! Stay tuned.   We’re counting on you to keep us young at heart!

Sassy Grandma