5 Things We Need for Low Carb Living

Carb Smart Ice Cream

I've mentioned here before that Jack has Type II diabetes and manages his blood sugar by eating a low carb diet.  Over the years, we've found a number of products that help him stick with his low carb eating plan.  Since some of my most often viewed posts here at My Grandma Knows have to do with low carb foods, I'm going to share some of the products that are so helpful to us. 1.  Half cup containersThe other four things on my list are actual food items, but the first item we must have to keep Jack on track is a set of 1/2 cup containers.  A few of our favorite foods are meant to be … [Read more...]

Coffee Talk

Coffee hour

My husband Jack and I have a morning routine that includes spending the first part of most days having coffee together in the living room.  I make the coffee--organic Fair Trade with a splash of half & half and some French vanilla creamer--while Jack checks the morning paper online.  We convene in the living room, he in his easy chair and me in my wooden rocking chair beside him.  This is my favorite time of the day. We both value this early morning hour before the telephone starts ringing, before the sewing room beckons, before the grass is dry enough to mow or the wood box needs … [Read more...]

My Greatest Blog Post of All Time


Some days I sit down at my computer to write a new blog post, and I ask myself, "What do my readers need to hear from me today?"  I wonder if it's possible to share anything new that hasn't been shared many times over on the internet. Those thoughts of "what's the use?" or "why not give it up?" bubble to the surface.  Then I remember  that one post that I shared here that has been read hundreds of times, and I realize that my blog is not in vain.  I am helping people.  I am making a difference. That one blog post is served up to readers who land here after searching the internet for … [Read more...]

Make a New Habit Challenge

Nothing's impossible

Benjamin Franklin said, "It's easier to prevent bad habits than to break them".  I agree with Ben on this one, but when that bad habit is already formed, our only recourse is to break it and make a new habit in its place.  It's hard, but not impossible. About six months ago, I decided I was going to make one small change in my life.   I decided that each night before I went to bed, I was going to put away everything that was on the table beside my chair in the living room.  That's it. I must confess that many nights before this, I went to bed with my end table looking like … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Hiring a Pet Sitter

TLC Sitting & Cleaning Service

Being a pet owner can be such a rewarding experience!  We love our little dog Mocha, but the question of what to do with her when we go away used to cause us a fair amount of stress.  We tried having friends or relatives watch Mocha in their homes, and while they treated her with love and kindness, we knew that having Mocha in their homes with their own dogs was disruptive. Our answer to the problem was to hire a dog sitter who comes to our home and cares for Mocha here.  We've had good experiences with all of the dog sitters we've hired, and as far as we are concerned, there are definite … [Read more...]