• P.J. Griekspoor

    Thank You, Tractor Supply, For Helping Santa Out

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on December 27, 2011

    Santa found every single most-desired item on the lists this year. No small feat when you are talking grandkid numbers in the double digits. But perhaps the greatest kudos go this year to the helpful people at our local farm supply store -- not where you'd first expect to find the perfect gift for the urban 3-year-old, which is probably why it was there. Baby Geneva, having made what appears to be a full recovery from her lymph node surgery, had one big request for Santa: a springy…

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    Christmas Cheer Is Recovering Child

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on December 20, 2011

    It looks like my tiny granddaughter, Geneva, is on the mend. At 3 years old, Geneva finally hit 25 pounds a couple of months ago. She was premature and has gained size slowly, but steadily, since she came into the world. What she lacks in size, she makes up in energy and spirit. She is a really, really busy, active little girl. Even after a lymph node began swelling on her neck around Thanksgiving, she has been undaunted. But the lump got bigger and bigger and then became inflamed and…

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    Walking, Chewing Gum Not Always Easy

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on December 14, 2011

    I have more than once been accused of not paying attention to where I'm going. On Tuesday, it proved costly. I was carrying my baby grandson, Dylan, into the bedroom to change his diaper. But I hadn't noticed that his brother had been playing with a small step-stool in the same room and left in the walkway. I tripped over it and took a nasty fall. It might not  have been so bad had I not had Dylan in my arms and shifted all my weight to the right so I could lift him out of the way…

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    And, Suddenly, It Is Winter

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on December 6, 2011

    What a difference a couple of days makes!! Less than a week ago, my petunias, snap dragons and sole surviving geranium were still blooming in my front garden. Now, the fountain sports icicles and the once-vivid flowers are more like puddles of color on the soil. It happens this way every year -- we get maybe one cold spell around Halloween and then a month of summer-ish November weather followed by a sudden chill down. You'd think I'd be used to it after almost 22 years in Kansas, but…

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