Michigan Mom Wednesday, Sep 30 2009 

A Michigan mom that does a wonderful favor for her working friends by keeping their children and putting them on the bus safely is now being told by the Michigan Department of Human Services to stop.  According to yahoonews.com, “Under state law, no one may care for unrelated children in their home for more than four weeks each calendar year unless they are licensed day-care providers”.  Why does this include helping out a friend? 

The governor of Michigan has asked for an intervention for this matter and that the law be addressed and changed.  Does the state of Michigan have nothing else to do?  The economy dictates that both parents work, and if there is another parent fortunate enough to be able to put the kids on the bus, so what?   In the meantime, baby-sitting has stopped and a good deed along with it.   

I can understand if the woman was accepting money, had a bunch of kids that were not being watched and were in danger, and that this invaded the rights of operating day care centers.  She is not, this is a matter of state infringing on  private citizens for the sake of money.  This woman is taking money out of the pockets of the day care owners…….and the state!!  Who do the day care centers have to pay their license fees and taxes to?  The state!!

It’s not about what is best for the kids, it’s about who is getting paid.  How did the Department of Human Services find out and why target this woman? If the government has nothing better to do, put those people to work picking out such nonsensical laws and refine them instead of attacking innocent people trying to do what’s right.

I have to tell all people helping out a friend or any one else for that matter and keep on going.  It’s called doing the right thing!!!!!

Who Dat?? Brees Baby Monday, Sep 21 2009 

Drew Brees has definitely proved himself again.  In yesterdays game against the Eagles, Brees threw  311 yards for 3 touch downs giving the Saints another week scoring 40 some points in a game.  In the first 2 games of the regular season, Brees has thrown 9 touchdown passes to not just one but several different receivers: Jeremy Shockey for 2 tds, Devery Henderson had 5 catches for 103 yards,  Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Pierre Thomas who is due back on the field next week.

Why is Drew Brees the #1 quarterback in the NFL? His stats say it all, so far this season Brees has completed 51 of 68 passes for a total of 669 yards for 9 touch downs.  During his time with the New Orleans Saints, he has been elected to three Pro Bowls while being named 2004 Comeback player of the Year, 2006 All-Pro Team, 2006 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recipient, and 2008 NFL Offensive Player of the Year.  Wow !!

 He is a local favorite as well.  In New Orleans he and his wife have founded the Brees Dream Foundation in 2003 and have raised and/or committed over $4.5 million to help advance cancer research, care for cancer patients, and help rebuild schools, parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields in New Orleans, San Diego, and Purdue communities.  His commitment to the rebuilding of New Orleans and the surrounding ares in the aftermath of Katrina have been paramount.  Drew Brees I applaude you.  For mor info on Brees Dream go to www.drewbrees.com.   kudos to Sean Peyton, Charles Grant and the entire Saints organization for all of their love and support they given to hurricane victims and the commitment they made to stay in New Orleans.

Back to football, with McNabb out for the game Kolb did a good job throwing for 391 yards and two touchdowns.  The Eagles just couldn’t handle the Saints offensive team.  And the Saints defense was on the ball (literally) keeping the Eagles from gaining ground.  Kolb needs to prove himself a bit more if he wants to keep playing, with Michael Vick set to start in December and the return of NcNabb, Kolb needs to step up his game,which I hope he does.  I like to root for the underdog, and in my opinion, McNabb and Vick are over rated.

It appears the Saints have come into their own this season.  And for all of you heathens out there who don’t ” believe” shame on you.  It is predicted by some that the Saints will be in the Super Bowl in 2013 to be held in New Orleans.  But why put expectations that far in advance?  Why can’t they play in this years Super Bowl and again in 2013?  It could happen, anything is possible when you belive !!

Tell me if you BELIEVE………

And that is par for the course

 

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Quote of the Day Monday, Sep 21 2009 

    I Like this quote I dislike this quotePeople often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.

Quote of the Day Saturday, Sep 19 2009 

Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.

 Jamie Paolinetti

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?? Saturday, Sep 19 2009 

Yes it’s that time, FOOTBALL.  I am not going to talk about football like pro, but I do love the game.  Son #1 will be with me to watch LSU v ULL tonight, and today the rival of ECU v UNC.  Since I am new to NC I am trying to get into the local football scene I am open to suggestions and help with this.

Empty Nest Is OK Saturday, Sep 19 2009 

All parents dread the inevitable time when their kids leave home.  My philosophy is give them wings to fly.  I have 5 kids ages 15-28, and 3 are on their own living in 2 other states.  I do miss the chaotic life we had when they were younger.  Sports was a major part of life for our family, I didn’t think I would miss it as much as I do.  To have 5 kids playing at the same time was a bit deranged, but fun.  My kids are all very different individuals which keeps things interesting.  So I am going to have them write on this blog as well to share their life perspectives on what they know.

Son #1 has been in the Navy for 5 years and his take on life both in and out of the service is hysterical yet informative.  Son #2 is a person trainer, he helps me and the other kids to exercise and eat right.  Both of them love LSU as much if not more than I do, and we will have SEC football discussions on this blog as I have already mentioned.  Son #3 does his own thing in life and has  a lot to say about almost everything.  Princess is the only girl, being raised with 4 brothers made her tough.  She is entering college, loves sports naturally, and is into movies, music and true crime.  Son#4 the intellect, his views both surprise and disturb me at times.  He is talented in music and art, he can play the drums and guitar by ear.  #4 is also a gamer one of  the things that disturbs me but what the hell. 

My kids have been raised to voice their opinions and learn and experience new things life has to offer, at the same time understand that every one has a different attitude.  I know y’all will enjoy their rants and ideas.

Thanks

C

TATTLE-TALE REPORTING Friday, Sep 18 2009 

What is up with the tattle-tale media??  Whoever that reporter was that had to run out and tell people that President Obama called Kanye West a jack ass  is an ass-hole.  Nothing more than a grade schooler that couldn’t wait to “tell” that the President used a bad word.  I know this story is getting too much coverage and you are probably tried of hearing it as I am, but jeez Louise !!  The President is a man, just like any other man.  He expresses himself, being use to having reporters with him every second of every day, he saw someone acting a fool and expressed his thoughts out loud.  I said a few choice words too when Taylor Swift was so rudely interrupted at the VMA’s.  But the President, caught off guard said what he thought, and when he realized what he had said, he looked around and asked that it not be repeated.  But no, one guy had to tattle.  If it wan’t bad enough that there was a blabber mouth in the room, some one gave (or sold) the actual footage and felt the need to pubish it on the internet.  Then decided, oh we shouldn’t have done that, my bad.  REALLY???  Once it was released and viewed it was decided that was the wrong thing to do??  Are you stupid???  And these are journalists?  I think  Freedom of Speech/Expression is taken way too far and out of context.

I say so what??  President Obama has every right to express himself other than in the privacy of the family quarters of the White House (which I am assuming isn’t all that private either).  The public has this false idea that the President is holier-than-thou, that he shouldn’t say or do certain things.  I like the fact that President Obama is “human”.  The time the man had a beer at a basketball game…….omg alert the media!!!  At least he had a designated driver.  Who cares that he a beer or two or  three even??  I personally appreciate the fact the he is a man.  A beer drinking, cussing man.  Every one can relate with that, people can relate more to a person of authority if he is like them. 

And what about the coverage of Michelle Obama wearing shorts while taking the family to the Grand Canyon?  Who gives a rats ass?!?  What should she have worn, a dress and heals?  Give me a break.  Isn’t there more important things to report about?  Let the woman alone, I applaud the First Family for being the down-to-earth family that they appear to be.  Why report on and make such a stink about every little the these people do?  And they are people just like you and me.  What’s next?  What else will the media find necessary to report, what kind of toilet paper is used in the White House?   That is how trivial all of this is.

To the media I say report on the important matters and stop “looking” for things that aren’t important and we the public just don’t care about.  I am losing respect for reports, if they stoop to a level of tattle-taling and bull shit to get published, shame on you!!!  And please stop drilling these senseless stories down our throats.

What do you think?  I would like to know that I am not alone with this issue.

thanks

C

NEW IN TOWN Thursday, Sep 17 2009 

September 17

New In Town

Ok, so I just moved to a new state with my two youngest kids ages 18 and 14.  Being from Louisiana, the question I am always asked is ” is it a big culture shock?”. Yes and no – I can’t get some of the foods I use to have such as Blue Plate mayo, Bunny Bread and CDM coffee (with chicory).   I did bring a small supply with me, but I am now out and need to get some friends from home to send it.  I have to say the people of North Carolina have been peachy, very  nice and willing to help with all my silly questions.  Such as: I need to water my lawn? Mother Nature has always taken care of that task for me.  When does the garbage need to be put out?  For the first 2-3 weeks it was a different day, I was confused, putting out the garbage and it not getting picked up and all. 

 

Football would have to be the biggest adjustment.  No more LSU??  I don’t think so, once a Tiger fan always a Tiger fan.  Nothing against the college teams in NC or the ACC, but you can’t beat SEC football.  But this is a subject for another day.

 
Since we have been here we have been to 3 concerts at Walnut Creek, a wonderful venue and our first time in an amphitheater.  The NC Agjam,  and we have been camping, another first but definitely not our last.  Learned that I need an air mattress, I guess I am getting old.  And the Watermelon Festival, held in a quaint little town of Winterville.  I must say, being from Louisiana which is known for festivals, my expectations were a bit high.  I was surprised to find no watermelon daiquiri, no watermelon wine, not even a real watermelon!!  It was a nice little festival and I need to not compare things to what I am used to.  If you don’t know about the Louisiana festivals:  Jazz and Heritage Fest, French  Quarter Fest, Pontchatoula Strawberry Fest and Essence Fest to name a few, all are wonderfully produced.  Music, food, vendors, and of course alcohol.  Can’t do anything in the New Orleans area without alcohol.  Here is a link to so you can see the oodles of events in and around New Orleans  www.nola.com/festivals.
 
Which brings me to another point, no “go cups”  what’s that about???  I was leaving an outdoor mall which was have a summer concert and I had a beer in my hand, a police officer stopped me and told me I had to dispose of the beer, that I couldn’t walk out with it.  My response?   “for true?”, a typical response for hearing something we didn’t want to hear.  He looked at me funny but serious, so I did what any good person would do, I downed the rest of my beer and tossed the empty can, no alcohol abuse in my book. 
 
Yes, I like my new surroundings, so much to do.  The ocean (with real waves) to the east and to the west mountains, this is very different.  I can’t wait for the leaves to change, my kids have never laid eyes on the colors of fall.  In Louisiana it goes from green to brown……that’s it.  So if any one has any info for us in our new home please let me know.  And if you are a transplant too, let me know how you have adjusted to your new home as well.
 
Thank you for reading, and as I see it life is par for the course.
C

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