Misfit Grannies

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When I saw this video, I was shocked. I was shocked at the Great Grandmother’s behavior and shocked that the officer would taser Granny as a result. OMG! She’s 72 years old. She could have been wearing a pacemaker or had a heart condition, it could have killed her. I’m picturing my mother, and asking myself if she would conduct herself in this manner. Now my mother is known to put on a performance or two in her day, but I can’t imagine her going to this extreme with an officer over a traffic ticket. The question of the day is, should the officer have used the taser on this misfit Granny? When I watch the video, I wonder why he just doesn’t restrain her and place her in handcuffs. It certainly appears that he could have overpowered her without causing injury. It’s clear she wasn’t going down without a fight, but I find it hard to believe she could have really caused him harm. She wasn’t packing a Saturday Night Special or an AK 47. On the other hand, it’s hard to believe that a respectful Granny would challenge an officer of the law on a highway over a traffic ticket. According to records, she was clearly speeding in a construction zone, which is why the officer pulled her over. If she disagreed with the ticket, she could have challenged it in court rather than resisting arrest. The vulgarity coming from this elderly woman’s mouth is amazing too, she has a potty mouth. She clearly shows no respect for the law on this video. What truly amazes me, is the fact that she intended to deny being unruly with the officer. At the time of her interview, she didn’t know the entire incident had been recorded and being watched by the world. She’s been caught in her lie, so she has no comment on her behavior now. I bet her children got a shock when they saw this video, especially since they hired an attorney to represent her for enduring the officer’s abuse. This video also caused me to think about an incident with my mother. She wasn’t tasered thank goodness, but the story is worth sharing. I received a call from one of brothers on a Saturday night years ago. Here is a part of our conversation: My brother – “You are not going to believe what your mother did this evening. (Yes we came through the same birth canal, but she suddenly turned into my mother). “She did the unthinkable at Duane’s baseball game.” (Duane is his son). Me – “Oh God, what did she do.” My first thought was she let the umpire have it for calling a bad game. My brother – “She hit some woman over the head with her purse because she was criticizing Duane.” Me – “What?” My brother – “She hit some woman over the head with her purse because the woman was talking about Duane while he was pitching.”Me – “OMG, is she in jail?”My brother – “No, the cops couldn’t find her.” Me – “What?”Summary – A lady who was sitting in front of my mother criticized my nephew throughout the game. She had no idea my mother was Duane’s grandmother. My mother quietly endured the badgering of her beloved grandson throughout the game, and decided she would seek revenge when it was time to leave the ballpark. She lived up to that thought. She stood up, took her purse and hit the woman over the head, and than walked away. After recovering from the shock of being hit in the back of the head, the lady headed to a police officer who just happened to be patronizing the game to inform him of her encounter with the “Purse Lady” as we’ve dubbed her. After giving a description of my mother, the lady and cop scoured the ballpark in search of my mother. The lady moved a little too slowly, my mother quietly slipped away and made her move into the back of my brother’s van. Now my brother and his wife were completely unaware of this incident. He’s chatting with the other dads and praising my nephew for pitching a great game. His wife is taking hundreds of pictures of her son for the scrapbook. After the smell of sweet victory wears off, they head for home with our mother in toll. They drop my mother off and head home to wait for the greatest pitcher on earth to arrive for dinner. Duane arrives shortly thereafter, and asks about Granny hitting the woman over the head. Here’s Duane’s memory of the incident: My brother – “What are you talking about?”Duane – “Granny hit some woman in the back of the head at the park.” My brother – “What?”Duane – “Granny hit some woman in the back of the head at the park. The cops were looking for her, but she was hiding in your van. I saw Granny when she hit the woman in the bleachers. Granny is slick, she just walked away and got in your van. The woman didn’t know what hit her, she just knew Granny hit her. Granny don’t play.” My brother – “OMG!”Duane – “Granny said something to the woman before she walked away.”The next day, we asked my mother about the incident and what she said to the woman. My mother admitted to hitting her over the head, and she said she told the woman, “You better be careful about whose grandson you’re talking about, bitch”. Leave us a comment on these law breaking Grannies and any unbelievable stories about your mother, grandmother or you. We would love to hear them.

Define*Me Clothing – Personalized Baby Clothes

One of my favorite foods when I was growing up was Campbell’s soup. When I saw this tee it reminded me of my childhood and that great lunch my mom served, Campbell’s Alphabet Soup and a grilled cheese sandwhich. Oh, how simple things were then.

This personalized tee is so cute and comforting. Soup is suppose to be comforting, right. Alphabets are scattered throughout the bowl, and your child’s name is spelled out on the spoon. Define *Me Clothing – Personalized Baby Clothes is the creator of this original Alphabet Tee. It is shown in blue, my favorite, but is available in red and black for boys and pink, lavender as well as the red and black for girls. This little number is also available in a onesie. I added the tee shown to my Grandma bag. It gets 2 snaps and a booty shake. My grandson will be wearing it this summer.

Jennifer Kirkpatrick. owner, said she loves personalized items for her two children so she decided to create her own line. Jennifer has done a fabulicious job. As we all know, finding adorable clothing for boys has proven to be a difficult task. Jennifer has designed a large selection for both boys and girls. Sweet! She has included Bling Is My Thing, Daddy’s Little Cupcake, Mommy’s Wish Come True, and Snipes and Snails to name a few. Her products are 100% cotton, so they will be gentle on your little one’s skin.

Jennifer in the process of adding a new line to Define Me Clothing, so bookmark her site so you don’t miss out on her new items. Her tees will make great Christmas, Birthday or baby shower gifts.

I love give aways and I know you do too. Jennifer is offering a tee from her current line to one of my readers. Say thank you Jennifer. You can be a winner. Here’s how. Visit Define*Me Clothing – Personalized Baby Clothes by clicking on this link. Let us know which tee you would like to receive if you’re selected as the winner. Contest is opened to US Residents 18+ only and will end July 10, 2009 at mid-night. We will randomly select a winner from the posts.

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Quotable Sunday

It’s Quotable Sunday thanks to Toni at A Daily Dose of Toni. I love Quotable Sunday. I get to list a few of my favorite quotes and travel the blogosphere so I can reader other’s. This week I decided to focus on quotes relating to family. Here are a few of my favorites:

It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family. — Confucius

Man is the head of the family, woman the neck that turns the head. –Chinese Proverb

If you’ve had wonderful family relationships, you will be able to call yourself a true success in life no matter what else you’ve achieved.–Vic Conant

Families are like fudge… mostly sweet with a few nuts. — Author Unknown

The family you come from isn’t as important as the family you’re going to have. — Ring Lardner

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. — Desmond Tutu

Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.– Jim Rohn

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.–Henry Beecher

Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.–Welsh proverb

Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.–John F. Kennedy

Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up – ’cause they’re looking for ideas.–Paula Poundstone

I hope that you have enjoyed the quotes today. If you’re interested in participating in Quotable Sunday or reading more quotes, please visit A Daily Dose of Toni.  Please leave me a comment on your favorite quote, and I’ll stop by and let you know my favorite. 

Dr. Seuss – Book Give Away

Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham was one of my favorite books when I was child. I remember asking my mother to read it over and over at bedtime. I also remember her being happy when I learned to read and I could read it over and over on my own. Oh the memories of childhood.

I’m not surprised that this book is still a childhood favorite after 49 years. I am amazed that this book consists of only 50 words and was written on a bet. After Dr. Seuss wrote the Cat In The Hat using only 225 words, his publisher wagered $50 that Dr. Seuss could not write a book using only fifty words. He accepted the challenged and thus we have Green Eggs and Ham.

The Cat In the Hat was also one of my favorite childhood books. The Cat In The Hat turned 50 in 2007. This book has sold over 10.5 million copies and has been published in more than 20 languages. I read both of these books to my grandson this week-end. Green Eggs and Ham was his favorite. He handed the book to me over and over. I’ll be adding both to his library, which I started for him at birth.

Thanks to my friends at Random House, Giggles & Sugar Kisses is giving away a set of Dr. Seuss Books to one of our readers. The set includes:

  • Green Eggs & Ham
  • The Cat In The Hat
  • Happy Birthday Baby
  • (2) Dr. Suess-isms

You could be a winner. Here’s how: check out the selection of Dr. Seuss books at Random House and tell us another book that you would like to add to this collection. Readers who do not follow these instructions will have their post rejected.  The requirements apply to everyone. This give away will end July 10, 2009 at mid-night. This give away is open to US Residents 18+ only. We will randomly select a winner from the posts. Want extra credit. Do one or all of the following:

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Sweet Baby Shower Gifts

Check out this adorable bibs at Giggles & Sugar Kisses. Our Choo Choo train applique bib is made from 100% cotton velour terry. This bib is a pullover and has a bonus removable washcloth. If you’re looking for a gift remember, a new Mom can never have too many bibs. I remember my grandson drooling. I carried 4 – 5 bibs in my diaper bag, bibs for feeding and bibs for drooling. My little sweetie needed all of them, lol.

These bibs are great for a teething baby and they will make a great baby shower, birthday or Christmas gift. Mom will be grateful, we guarantee it. Not only are they practical, so they’re so cute. The bonus wash cloth will come in handy too.

We have a large selection to choose from, so buy a few. We offer free monogramming too, be sure to personalize your gift by adding the child’s first name up to 12 characters. Personalization makes your gifts special. Mom will love showing off baby with this unique gift. You’ll find them at Giggles & Sugar Kisses.

You Can Make This – Personalized Name Pillow

You can make this! Isn’t it adorable. Kids love personalized items, and a pillow to snuggle up to will make the perfect gift. It’s a great gift for toddlers at naptime, teens hanging out in their rooms, teens heading to college, or a great baby shower gift.

I was thrilled when Courtney offered two of my readers free instructions to make this pillow. We knew you would be thrilled to. The download includes step-by-step instructions on how to choose fabrics, cut out the letters, appliqué, and complete your boutique pillow.

You could be a winner. Here’s how: visit You Can Make This and check out the sample of pillows that have been made with this wonderful pattern on the video (lower right corner). Leave us a comment on which pillow is your favorite. My favorite is Briona, it’s so cute.

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White Sangria Recipe

  • 1 bottle of white wine
  • 1 cup of white cranberry juice
  • 3/4 cup of Apple flavored Barcardi Rum
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of red seedless grapes halved
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 lime sliced

Stir first 4 ingredients until sugar is dissolved.  Add the red grapes, orange and lime slices.  Chill up to 2 days before serving.  The longer you chill it, the better it tastes.  Nice refreshing drink for a GNO party. *Note: This can be served in a punch bowl, but it looks beautiful served in a nice glass pitcher.  Great center piece on the food table.

Welcome To CVS

Welcome to CVS. You can find these feathered friends wandering the grounds at our local CVS welcoming the customers. Aren’t they adorable. These little fellows will pose while you take their picture and entertain the children for a few moments. The parking lot is full of moms and their little ones enjoying the new greeters.

When I saw them I wondered if Wal-Mart would pick up on the idea and fire their greeters. Why do I say this, because these feathered friends are friendlier than the greeters at my local Wal-Mart. The greeters there look like they’ve eaten a jar of sour pickles, they’re mad as hell about it, and they’re ready to take it out on you. I’ve yet to have one ask me if I needed a cart or say Welcome to Wal-Mart. They act like they’re doing people a favor by letting them in the store to spend their own money. There have been times when I’ve looked at a few of them, and said to myself I’m scared of you. I wanted to ask if they had woke up that way, if they were having a bad day or what, but I was actually afraid to say anything. So I just kept walking, and occasionally I would look back over my shoulder to make sure they weren’t following me with an ax, lol.
Aside from the mean greeters, just trying to find a parking space at that store raised my blood pressure a few notches. By the time I reached the front door of that store I was usually frizzled. A warm welcome would have been nice.

I know times are tough, but it is a job and you are getting paid. Can I get a smile please? I’ve thought maybe they really don’t want to be here; they’ve lost a six digit salary and this is the best they can do for now. Who knows what’s going on in someone’s life.  Maybe my timing was off and I just showed up on their bad days.
I am pleased to announce that my trauma is over, they’ve built another Wal-Mart that’s a little closer to me. I’m no longer stressed because I can’t find a parking space within a 1 – 2 mile radius, and to top it off the greeters always have a smile and Welcome Me to Wal-Mart. I love good customer service.
I still can’t get the memory of mean Wal-Mart greeters out of my head. I guess I’ve been damaged for life. I’m tempted to send the pictures of my new feathered friends to Wal-Mart’s corporate office, and suggest that they replace those mean greeters with a few little duckies. They understand customer relationships. Everyone enters and leaves CVS with a smile on their face. A grassy knoll, a few bugs and worms and a flashing camera is all they require in compensation.

How’s your Wal-Mart greeters? Please leave us a comment on your experience(s).

Only Positive Attitudes Beyond This Point

Have you ever been around someone who has a frown carved into their face and they reek of negativity like a drunk reeks of alcohol? If you say black, they will say white. You see the glass as as half full and they see it as half empty. I work with a manager who falls into this category. When I see her, I want to run in the other direction.

I hung a poster like the one shown outside my office door, hoping Ms. Negative would see it and it would have an affect on her. To this day, I don’t believe she even noticed the poster. Her employees are begging other managers to help them find jobs in their departments, and she walks around like everything is fine. There’s constant drama in the office, and guess who is always in the middle of it.
It’s so bad that I refused to ride with her on a business trip. I didn’t want to be stressed out before we reached our destination. I have wondered if people with this mind set are aware of the devastation that they leave behind when they exit a room, a party or any social interaction. I know this lady is miserable and unhappy with herself and her life, and I should have compassion, but I find it hard to feel anything except dread and nausea when I see her. I am a strong woman emotionally, and for the most part I am able to keep my emotions in check, but I have found someone who literally makes me sick.
Rather than allow Miss Negative to affect my health and bring me down, I knew that I had to come up with a method to ward off her devastation and the sign of the cross or a voodoo doll would not be sufficient. I thought of using a baseball bat to put her out of her misery, but the thought of me being handcuffed and dragged off to the pokey ended that quickly. Besides, I’m not a violent person. The perfect solution came to me, a smile. I knew that she wouldn’t understand it, but it would help me get through the days when I had to interact with her.
Smiling has been shown to improve one’s health. It helps reduce stress and you’re seen as a more attractive person. Personally, I feel better when I’m smiling and I see myself as an attractive person. Additional benefits are:

  • Reduces your blood pressure.
  • Reduces stress.
  • Changes your mood.
  • It’s contagious
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Produces a positive attitude
  • Draws other people to you.

Be sure to start your day with a smile. It’s very becoming. Leave us a comment and let us know how you deal with negative people.

Uptown Baby Couture Give Away

Is it Naptime yet? How many times have you asked yourself that question? We found this haute tee at Uptown Baby Couture. It’s perfect for any mom who loves bling. The products are made with Swarovski Crystals. Uptown Baby Couture specializes in haute gifts for celebrities, moms, grandmothers, and babies. You can find pacifiers, tees, flip flops, and car seat covers at this upscale boutique.

Several tees caught my eye while I was browsing. If you’re looking for a gift for a technically savvy friend or family member who’s moving in the social media world, they have iBlog or iTweet tees. Sweet! I don’t consider myself to be technically savvy, but I blog and I tweet. I would sport these tees. Imagine yourself wearing one of these tees at BlogHer 09. If you’re not attending you should recommend one of these tees to someone who is attending.

I like the fact that Uptown Baby has a large selection of tees to choose from. Girls Night Out, Haute Mamas, and Brides. You’re sure to find that special gift in one of these categories. Uptown Baby offers their tees in long or short sleeve and they offer a variety of colors for their crystals. You can choose, clear, black, red, or emerald to name a few. Custom orders are their speciality.

You’ll also find a varity of tees for the girlie girl. Their Little Princess collection is divine. Spoiled Rotten, Move Over Cinderalla, and Daddy’s Princess is part of the collection.

Uptown Baby is offering a custom tee for Mom. Mom deserves a little pampering too. You could be a winner. Here’s how: Visit Uptown Baby and browse their tees. Come back and leave us a comment on which tee you would choose if you’re selected as the winner. This give away is open to US Residents 18+ only. Give away will expire June 1, 2009 at mid-night.

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