the sandwich generation

Ginourmous hydrangea leaves shade cute pink flowers for my senior moms gardening activities - ipMy nearby grandkids just returned from a looooooong visit to see their far away cousins. My senior mom and I realllllllllly missed them. But, I have to confess, we also got a lot of necessary things done around the home that we'd been putting off – like cleaning the attics, organizing the garage, and even getting ahead with some "behind the bloggy scenes" work.

But OHHHHHH, how we missed them! And HOW LOVELY to hear them say, "Grandmas – we missed you SOOOOO much!" Music to a grandma's ears, that's for SURE! 🙂

Their great-grandma couldn't wait to show them how their plants and her plants were all doing!

They've gotten to come over every day this week while their parents get caught up on some of their own chores. So my to do list has grown but it's well worth it for all the hugs and cuddles we're enjoying.

We implemented a homemade version of a "Slip N Slide" with painter's plastic, thanks to the timely advice of a beloved niece. That, combined with our puddle pool and a sprinkler, kept them cool and my mom and me as well – courtesy of the mist that wafted our way.

Painters plastic - wading pool - sprinkler - and hose - equal fun in the sun for our whole Sandwich Generation family   ip

Of course, we made sure to put the plastic strips and pool in different spots each day as well as putting them up each night to protect the grass.

Where Sandwich Generation bloggers create - anywhere they are caregiving including the back yard with the grandkids and senior mom ane her lovely gardening activities   ip

And would you believe, I even got to handwrite the rough draft for this article while sitting outside, enjoying the grandkids at play and the flowers from my senior mom's gardening activities surrounding me. I do love being able to make blogging somewhat portable – though my laptop was safely inside away from all the water. 🙂

Where Bloggers Create 2013 - including those of us in the Sandwich Generation working in various rooms of our homes - including outdoor rooms

By the by, speaking of where I was blogging this week – it's time for one of my favorite blog events, Where Bloggers Create. As a busy member of the Sandwich Generation, you'll find me blogging everywhere. But some of the bloggers who join in this fun party have set spots that are absolutely GORGEOUS! I always enjoy looking through the various spots in their homes where they go to create. Sometimes I just enjoy the yummy "eye candy." Other times, I take notes to try to implement a craft or decor idea here at home with the grandkids. Do pop over and enjoy it as well. And have a lovely week! Full of lovely home decor and plenty of pink!


Beverlys Pink Saturday is full of fun things for SandwichINK Real Estate Info - including the occasional pink house

Say it Saturday has news and fun info for boomers and seniors and is a delightful place to visit each week

Fun for grandparents whether at home or out and about at the Grand Social




This berry electric recliner is comfy and easy to use - helpful for an elderly senior citizen for aging in place in spite of joint pain that keeps them from reclining manuallyOne of the joys of the Sandwich Generation is that you get a lot of experience in troubleshooting. Of course, with elderly seniors near or far, it's usually troubleshooting an issue they are having in or with their home, as opposed to troubleshooting kids and grandkids over a  tough tech issue or the REALLY tough matters of the heart. 🙂 So I'm quite happy to be dealing mostly with home and house issues.

Last week, though, I definitely had a mystery – it was the case of the mysterious no-longer-working electric recliner rocker. Fortunately, this rocker is local for me – right down the stairs and to the left of my bedroom. I went and sat down in my mom's rocker, picked up the remote with its blue lights brightly shinging, and pushed the button. Sure enough. Nothing! Absolutely NOTHING!

Then I checked to be sure all the wires were plugged in where they belonged – and they were. Just as I was thinking I would have to call the store to schedule a service visit, I picked up the big black square thing attached to the wires and, since it was so big, I turned it over. Lo and behold, it had a sliding cover. I opened that and found two 9-volt batteries. Who knew! I replaced them and it worked. Voila! Right? Not exactly. I did a bit more research and discovered those were for the backup in case of a power outage. Replacing them certainly wouldn't fix the whole problem. It just meant that we were now working on battery backup. 

However, in the process, I did move the surge suppressor the chair was plugged into. All of a sudden I realized there were no lights on it! I had checked that the chair was plugged into the suppressor properly. And I had checked the wall, or had I? That's definitely something easy to miss. After jiggling the plug firmly into the socket, we had REAL power again. Apparently, when my mom had moved a dresser, it had nudged it just enough. It "looked" plugged in but wasn't fully plugged in.

I was definitely glad that was a fairly easy problem to solve. And glad I had learned a few new "tricks of the trade." Namely:

When something stops working, don't just wiggle the plugs. Pull them out and plug them back in carefully. Make sure any lights that should go on DO go on.

Electric recliners may have battery back-ups in case of power outages. Best to change those batteries at the same time you change your smoke alarm batteries. (And if you have those cool new smoke alarms that do NOT need changing, change your recliner batteries at each time change, when MOST people have to change their smoke alarm batteries. 🙂 )

If all else fails or if you live long distance from your senior parent and their recliner, check online for the manual to help with troubleshooting.

And if even that doesn't work, give the store a call. If you bought it in the last year or less, it should be under warranty and they will be able to send a technician out. Even if it is out of warranty, they should be able to recommend a technician who can help you or your senior parent.

P.S. Check out this adorable pink recliner for kids! Bet I know a few dozen boomers and seniors (and younger) who would love this in an adult's version! For that matter, I definitely know a half dozen or more grandkids who would adore it!!! 🙂 

Pink recliner for children - perfect for Pink Saturday things

Beverlys Pink Saturday is full of fun things for SandwichINK Real Estate Info - including the occasional pink house

Say it Saturday has news and fun info for boomers and seniors and is a delightful place to visit each week