How To Make My Home Safer As I Get Older With Premier Care

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When I was young, I never thought about what it would be like to get old. I never actually thought that I would be old. But one day I woke up, and there was this old lady looking at me from my mirror. How in the heck did that happen? I’m not ready for it. Then one day, another unthinkable thing happened to me: I became disabled. Disabled. Me. Now, everyday, I have to think about what might happen if something happened to my husband, and I was suddenly living alone. Premier Care walk-in bathtubs can help with one aspect of that uncertainty.

There are many things that I can not do, so those are scary thoughts for me. Unfortunately, they are very real things that my husband and I have to think about. One of the things that is really hard for me to do is get into and out of the bathtub. I have looked at the walk-in bathtubs from Premier Care, and I think that would be a really good choice for me. I especially like the walk-in shower, because it would allow me to enter and leave without help.

Premier Care In Bathing is America’s leader in walk-in tubs. All of their products are backed by their Premier Care Promise: They guarantee all of their products and workmanship unconditionally during your first full year of ownership. Most of Premier Care’s Walk-In Baths are installed in one to two days. Their contractors are always clean and courteous, going  over every detail to make sure you’re completely satisfied with your new Walk-In Bath.


I already have an adjustable bed, that makes it easier for me to get in and out of bed. I’ve been using a shower chair for a couple of years now, too. But the really hard part is getting my legs up high enough to get in the tub to take a shower. I have to have help, so what if there was no one around?

Fabgrandpa and I have been discussing remodeling our bathroom, and getting a walk-in shower with a handicap seat built in. Premier Care also installs handicapped showers so they are number one on my list to call. Taking the obstacle of our regular bathtub out of my everyday life is just one less thing for me to worry about.

You can get more information about Premier Care by clicking the link to request your free brochure.

The Bees Were Eating My House!

WE noticed the bees on the porch a couple of weeks ago. Actually, it was my grandson, Owen, who first noticed them. My son and his family were staying with us for a week after he retired from the Air Force. Owen was pointing to the bees and saying they were going in the hole.

They were getting in through this hole.

They were getting in through this hole.

We didn’t think much of it, because surely they weren’t nesting in there, right? Wrong. Today, Fabgrandpa moved a box in the bedroom, and saw bees in there, literally coming out of the woodwork.

The bees were coming out of the baseboard.

The bees were coming out of the baseboard.

They were making a mess in there. Worse than that, they were IN MY BEDROOM. I do not want to sleep with bees in my bedroom, buzzing around. A fly is bad enough, but these things, they sting!.

So, right away I got on the phone and called Price Pest Control in Bremen. James said he would be right out, in about 2 hours. He was there quicker than that.

The pest control guy was here really fast.

The pest control guy was here really fast.

This guy is fearless. He did not put on a “bee suit” or anything, except for rubber gloves. He started off spraying a powder on the bees that were buzzing around outside the hole. Then, he sprayed the stuff inside the hole. When he did that, boy, howdy! Did the beez start coming out! He was just swatting at them with a towel. I stayed in the house.

pest control for bees

The pest control guy spraying the bees.

Yes, my window is that dirty. And no, I did not wash them today either. The pest control guy then came in the house and sprayed some bee killer stuff into the little hole in the bedroom wall. He said all the bees, or yellow jackets actually, should be dead in three or four days. I hope so. I do not like yellow jackets.

Today Is National Waffle Day & I Am Celebrating With A Van’s Gluten Free Waffle Giveaway!

This article is brought to you by Van’s Natural Foods
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Today, Sunday August 24, is National Waffle Day. I didn’t even know a day for waffles existed, because I thought every day was Waffle Day! It also just happens to be the anniversary of the day the waffle iron was patented in the US. Well now that we have all learned a bit about waffle history, how about a new way to eat waffles. Ok, this is not new for ME, but it might be for you!

I like to make sandwiches with my Van’s Natural Foods Gluten Free Waffles, and my favorite sandwich to make is Peanut Butter and Banana. It is so easy to make and tastes so good and is gluten free. Just toast two waffles, spread both with peanut butter, add banana slices, and you are done! It can be a good breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack,depending on when you eat it. What do you think? When would you enjoy a Peanut Butter Banana Waffle Sandwich?

Waffle Banana Sandwich

Waffle Banana Sandwich

Two lucky Fabgrandma readers will each win (5) five coupons good for free Van’s Natural Foods Waffles and a Van’s tote bag.  Just use the Giveaway Tools entry form to enter.

Van' Natural Foods Giveaway

Van’ Natural Foods Giveaway

Friday Product Roundup

Today’s roundup includes several products that you need in summer. Bubbles for the kids, anti-itch cream, bug repellant, and a snack or two. I received samples of these products to try.

Mary’s Gone Crackers


If you eat gluten free by choice or for medical reasons, you will be interested in the new Everything Pretzels from Mary’s Gone Crackers. These pretzels are crunchy and have a savory flavor due to all the things in them. They are full of exotic whole grains including brown rice, quinoa, amaranth and millet, as well as tasty and nutritious seeds including flax, sesame and chia.

Flavored with things such as onion, garlic, sea salt and herbs, the Everything Pretzels are organic, gluten free, non-GMO, soy free, vegan and provide omega-3s, fiber and protein. Wow! What a snack!  Mary’s Gone Crackers Everything Pretzels  retail for $4.99 for a 7.5 oz bag. Available on Mary’s Gone Crackers or in a food store near you.

Noosa Yoghurt

WebImageNoosa Finest Yoghurt is introducing two new flavors just right for summer: Noosa Coconut and Noosa Pineapple.  I’ve tried both of them, and love them! I like that the coconut flavor has real shredded coconut in it. Add some fresh fruit and you have the perfect summer lunch.

Noosa Finest Yoghurt is made daily in small batches on-site at Morning Fresh Dairy Farm in Colorado, and is  free of artificial ingredients of any kind. Noosa Yoghurts are also gluten-free and made from the milk of happy cows from local Colorado farms that are never treated with rBGH growth hormone.

Noosa leads the way as one of the fastest-growing yoghurt companies in the nation with 13 varieties and a 136 percent sales increase in grocery sales in 2013. Flavors include Honey, Blueberry, Mango, Raspberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, Peach, Passion Fruit, Lemon, Tart Cherry, Plain, Pineapple, Coconut, and Pumpkin, so you should be able to find your favorite.

Juggle Bubble

Juggle Bubble is fun for kids

Juggle Bubble


The Juggle Bubble kit  features a no-pop solution that lets your child bounce, toss and juggle bubbles without having the bubbles pop!  Juggle Bubble kits includes a bubble blower, bubble tray, unique bubble solution and  pair of magic gloves to juggle, toss, and play with the bubbles they create. It is so simple to use! Just dip the wide end of the bubble blower into the special solution, then blow into the blower to create the bubble. Then, toss the bubble around or let it bounce off of your hands with the Juggle Bubbles magic gloves. The bubble solution will provide hours of entertainment for your children, inside or out.

Juggle Bubbles can be purchased for $10.00 plus shipping and handling and are available at



mosquitno bandz

Tired of having to spray yourself with mosquito repellant or go indoors just to escape their pesky buzzing and biting? Get some of these cute Mosquitno Bandz and Spotz and never worry about being bit by one of those West Nile Virus carrying bugs again!. These Citronella infused wristbands, called Bandz, come in a variety of colors and sizes for kids and adults. Each one repels mosquitoes for up to 150 hours! That’s time enough for a bunch of smores! They can be purchased individually for $3.99 or in a 5 pack for $17.99.

spotz repel mosquitos for 72 hours

Mosquitno also comes in Spotz, which are reusable stickers that give up to 72 hours of mosquito protection. They come in a wide variety of colors and printed graphics, and start at $3.99 for a sheet of six. Shop now at Mosquitno.



tricalm anti itch

Been out there picking blackberries or blueberries and got a chigger bite? Or worse, got into a poison oak patch? TriCalm Steroid Free Hydrogel will help soothe that itching quickly. TriCalm’s is unique in that it uses  aluminum acetate, a water-soluble salt compound often used in medicine as an astringent or antiseptic, as its active ingredient. My grandson was bitten by some unknown bug one night while he was visiting me, and just one application of Tricalm eased the itching for him.

Tricalm Steroid Free Hydrogel’s unique formula reduces the sensitivity of specific nerves responsible for sending signals of itching, burning or stinging to the brain.  The people at Tricalm are so sure that it will stop your itching that they have issued a Itch-Free Guarantee: If TriCalm doesn’t relieve your itch, send us the empty tube and we’ll give you a full refund. It’s as simple as that. You can not beat that! To make a purchase, find a store near you or buy at


 Rescue TrapStik

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Summer time means playing outside, and kids going in and out the door. Eventually, probably soon than later, they will let in some flies, or find a wasp nest somewhere around the house. You can trap those pesky insects without having to chase them down with a flyswatter with TrapStik from Rescue.

The TrapStik For Flies uses new VisiLureTM technology to lure flies with appealing colors and a multi-dimensional pattern. Flies are attracted by the colors and patterns on the TrapStik®, then get stuck to the adhesive surface.  It catches common house flies, cluster flies and fruit flies. Once it is full, or the flies are all trapped, just throw it away. I love these because they get rid of the bugs with no poison and no smell.

Find a retailer where you can purchase TrapStiks. They have many different varieties designed to catch various bugs like wasps, yellow jackets, stink bugs, japanese beetles, and more. Suggested retail price is about $5.00.

Thrifty Thursday


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A couple of weeks ago when we were coming home from the Birmingham VA, we decided to take Highway 78 instead of going on the interstate. We stopped in at 7 Springs Ministries Thrift Store on Hwy 78 in Oxford, Alabama. They had a lot of furniture and clothing outside in the parking lot in front of the store.

The front of the store

The front of the store

They have a pretty big store. They are also building a church camp next door. It looked like they mostly have household goods like furniture; lots of clothing; and kitchen supplies.

7 springs thrift store oxford alOn the day we were there they had a washing machine and a dryer, and some exercise equipment out front.

Lots of mugs and cups

Lots of mugs and cups

If you need a new mug or coffee cup, this is the place to go. They had bunches of them!

That's a nice table and chair set

That’s a nice table and chair set

There was a really nice curio cabinet in pine, and a pretty good black  table and chair set. There was also some living room furniture for sale.

My purchase for the day

My purchase for the day

Of course, I was atrracted to the fabric and patterns. They had a lot of fabric for sale, but I only had $10 in my pocket. I got these three fabrics and a cute pattern for cowboy outfits size 2-6X. There is about a yard and a half of the plaid flannel fabric; about 5 yards of the blue cotton print; and about 1 yard of the striped fabric. That is a pretty good deal for $10.

7 Springs Thrift Shop located on Hwy 78 in Oxford, Alabama. If you are interested in volunteering, or for location and hours of operation,  please contact Colonie Hughes 256-770-4089.

Searching For Clues To My Family Origin With

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I have often wondered exactly where my family originated. On my father’s side, one of my aunts paid a professional ancestry investigator to research the Stroud family back in the 1960′s or 7o’s. They were able to trace us back to my great great great grandfather, Yerby Stroud. He was born in 1761 in Belfast, Ireland. So, all those red beards and fair freckled skin comes from my Irish ancestors! Yerby was a hardy old guy, living to be 82 years old, but only had one child, a son. That son, though, populated the world with enough Stroud babies to carry on the name for hundreds of years: He and his two wives produced fifteen children! You can find your great greats on It’s a lot more fun way to research your family lineage.

Grandfather and Grandmother Stroud

Grandfather and Grandmother Stroud

The oldest ancestors that I knew in my lifetime were my grandfather and grandmother on my father’s side of the family, Herman and Blanch. they both lived a long time, too. Herman was 86 when he passed away, and Blanch was 89! Very impressive I would say.

While I was doing the research, looking for my kin, I decided to check out what my maiden name means. Here is what I found:

English (southern): habitational name from places in Gloucestershire and Middlesex, so named from Old English strod ‘marshy ground overgrown with brushwood’. Strood in Kent is named with the same word, and some examples of the surname are no doubt derived from this term in independent use

I think that tells me that before Yerby, the clan I call family started out somewhere in England. What do you think about that?

My Mom and Dad in 1949

My Mom and Dad in 1949

On my mother’s side of my family, we can only find as far back as my grandfather, William Brouch, who immigrated from Russia around 1914, He wound up in Pennsylvania after passing through Ellis Island, working for a family in Philadelphia. The young woman who became my grandmother, Mary was the governess for the same family. We “think” her last name was Havaschak, but can’t confirm that. If any of my cousins see this and have more information, please do let me know so I can set the record straight. Mary immigrated in 1914 as well, from Austria. I would love to find out more about this family line.

I wonder if we are related in some way to the ill fated Czar Nicolas? I ask, because when my daughter was in high school, her classmates found a photo of one of the Czar’s daughters, that looks so much like Becca that it is spooky!

Becca on the top, Tatiana on the bottom.

Becca on the top, Tatiana on the bottom.

You can get a free trial membership to so you can find your own stories, see if you may be related to someone famous, or find out what your last name means. You never know what you might find!

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