#31 Multigenerational Magic When the Unexpected Happens

#31 Multigenerational Magic When the Unexpected Happens

#31 Multigenerational Magic

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

The name of the trauma clinic where Kailen received treatment is called Thrive Trauma Recovery. You can read more about treatment methods at their website.

Meet Little Bird, the Beany Baby Anne found just before she and Kailen went out of town. Jolene put Little Bird in the bedroom where Tad stayed so he could cuddle with him while Grammy Jo told Tad Little Bird stories at nap time and bedtime.

#30 All About Cookies

#30 All About Cookies

#30 All About Cookies

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

Anne and Jolene referred to several products and websites in this cookie episode. Here they are for your convenience:

 

Now for the good stuff–a list of the cookies Anne and Jolene mentioned in the episode with links to as many of them as we could find.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

For shortening, use half lard and half Earth Balance Soy-Free buttery sticks.

Biscotti

For shortening, use half lard and half Earth Balance Soy-Free buttery sticks. Cut the sugar to 2 cups and use whatever kind of nuts you want.

I thought more cookie recipes were on the website. Obviously I was wrong. Hopefully, we’ll get recipes for molasses crinkles, monster cookies, shortbread, and coconut cookies on the blog soon.

#29 How To Handle Every Day Annoyances

#29 How To Handle Every Day Annoyances

#29 How to Handle Every Day Annoyances

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

In this episode’s feature, Anne and Jolene shared their favorite summer time treats. Anne’s is mint chocolate chip ice cream made using her Kitchen Aid mixer ice cream maker attachment. Jolene’s is an iced latte made in a Vitamix Blender using a Phillip’s Saeco Poemia espresso maker and  decaf espresso beans from Iowa Coffee Roasters. Both recipes are found below.

Anne’s Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

2 cans (16 oz each) whole fat coconut milk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
pinch of salt
3/4 cup Enjoy Life mini-chocolate chips
liquid Stevia to taste

Blend first five ingredients in blender until the leaves are totally liquid. Taste mixture and add Stevia to the desired sweetness. Pour mixture into Kitchenaid Mixer ice cream maker attachment and blend until it reaches consistency of soft serve ice cream. Mix in the chocolate chips. Pour into a bread loaf plan. Cover and put it in freezer until it is solid. Before serving, remove from freezer and let it sit on the counter for a few minutes. Enjoy!

Jolene’s Dairy-Free Iced Vanilla Latte

1 cup espresso, cooled (Phillip’s Saeco Poemia espresso maker pictured to the right)
1/2 cup whole fat coconut milk
liquid Stevia to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until the
desired consistency is reached and serve.

Three Levels of Every Day Annoyances

  • Level One: It’s annoying, and nothing can be done about it.
  • Level Two: It’s annoying and you can fix the problem by yourself.
  • Level Three: It’s annoying, and two parties or more are needed to remove the annoyance.

5 Steps for Dealing with Annoyances

  1. Remind yourself that no one is being mean or inconsiderate.
  2. Evaluate the annoyance and determine it’s level.
  3. If it’s Level One admit you’re annoyed, accept it, and remind yourself of the good things about intergenerational living.
  4. If it’s Level Two, fix it.
  5. If it’s Level Three, brainstorm possible solutions, communicate the solutions (not the problem) calmly and without accusation. Listen to the solutions others offer and together choose the best one. Implement the solution and re-evaluate it’s effectiveness in a few days or a week.

#28 Stories We Tell Our Children

#28 Stories We Tell Our Children

#28 The Stories We Tell Our Children

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

Jolene grew up hearing stories about her dad’s parents Fern Stratton, who died a few months before she was born, and her dad’s dad, Cyril Stratton, pictured below with Jolene’s older sister in 1951. Jolene also heard pictures about her mom’s large family surviving the Great Depression. The family is pictured below around 1940. Her parents also told stories of meeting in college in the late 1940s. The picture of them in front of Dad’s car is Jolene’s all time favorite.

Anne grew up hearing stories hearing her mom’s mom tell stories of her husband Harlan before he became ill with multiple sclerosis and of her dad’s dad’s love for machines. Her dad’s mom didn’t tell a lot of stories, but sent Anne and her brother audiotapes of her singing to them.

All that’s needed to tell stories is a memory and a willingness to share it. But for those who need a boost to get started, here are links to storytelling tools mentioned during this episode.

Storycorps.org is an organization that collects family stories from around the country and archives them at the Library of Congress. 

The bookemon.com website allows people to create online books for free and print copies for a reasonable cost. Jolene’s sister used the service to create books of many stories their mother wrote about her childhood. Below is a list with links to those books:

 

#27–10 Crucial Conversations to Have Before Living Intergenerationally

#27–10 Crucial Conversations to Have Before Living Intergenerationally

#27 10 Crucial Conversations

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

This episode’s feature was Anne’s garden update. So far the harvest has consisted of green onions, wax and green beans, brocolli, new potatoes, spaghetti squash, greens, and sweet corn. The first 2 photos below show the garden from different angles. The third photo is of Jolene’s new flower bed at the front entrance of the house because, you know, flowers are pretty.

Here’s the list of the 10 crucial conversations Anne and Jolene discussed, along with links to previous episodes mentioned throughout this podcast episode.

 

  1. Boundary Issues: #2 Establishing Boundaries, #10 A Closer Look at Boundaries, and #22 Unhealthy Emotional Boundaries
  2. Financial Responsibilities: #2 Establishing Boundaries
  3. Inheritance Issues
  4. Housing Arrangements
  5. Communication/Scheduling: #4: Whiteboard Central
  6. Dietary Issues
  7. House and Yard Chores
  8. Childcare and Pet Duties: #3 Early Conflicts
  9. Eldercare Duties
  10. Shared and Private Ownership of Tools, Equipment, Furniture, and more

#26 Two Men and a Toddler, Part 2

#26 Two Men and a Toddler, Part 2

# 26 Two Men and a Toddler, Part 2

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

In this episode, guest hosts Kailen and Hiram dished out the dirt on who in the Home Again household won in several “loudest” and “most” categories. For posterity’s sake here they are in writing:

 

  •  Loudest Moper: Appa the Dog
  • Loudest Sneezer: Hiram
  • Loudest Exerciser: Jolene
  • Loudest Nose Blower: Kailen*
  • Loudest Throughout the Day: Thaddeus (aka Tad)
  • Loudest Sleeper: Lewella
  • Loudest Sewer: Anne
  • Loudest Snorer: Hiram
  • Loudest Car Gaspers: Jolene and Anne
  • Most Mathematical: Hiram and Anne
  • Best Oral Reader: Kailen, followed by Jolene and Anne
  • Best Listener: Hiram
  • Best Under Pressure: Hiram and Kailen
  • Most Anxious: Kailen followed by Hiram and Jolene
  • Least Ruffled and Least Concerned about Time: Anne
  • Least Likely to Take a Nap: Kailen
  • Biggest Eater: Anne (nursing mom) followed by Kailen
  • Biggest Eater per Pound: Thaddeus
  • Most Socially Connected: Jolene

*Footnote from Tad: Carlos is the loudest sneezer in The Magic School Bus Rides Again cartoons because he has allergies.