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Cranky
05-12-2008, 08:14 PM
Isn't that just the way it goes?

My darling husband had to work yesterday (noon to 10pm), but he brought me home a lovely potted plant and some balloons. I was super touched!

I put them atop my DVR overnight, hoping to plant the flowers this morning. Only when I came out at 6:30 this morning...my poor plant had been stripped of it's leaves and blooms, which were scattered all over my living room floor, and the balloons were bobbing against the basement ceiling.

Happy Mother's Day. *sigh*

quickWit
05-12-2008, 08:24 PM
Aww, I'm sorry Cranky. Look on the bright side...they've given you a great story you'll tell on every Mother's Day to come. :)

Cranky
05-12-2008, 08:37 PM
Thanks, quicky. :)

It wasn't nearly as bad as the mess they made a few years back with sugar and flour and baking soda...all over my living room carpet. That was a nightmare...I've never wished so hard for a Shop Vak in my whole life! :D

James81
05-12-2008, 08:43 PM
Heh, I have a nephew that did the same thing to my sister-in-law's present.

He made her something in school for Mother's Day, but when she told him he couldn't do something, he got mad and tore it up.

quickWit
05-12-2008, 08:44 PM
When Mrs. Wit and I were very young and naive we had 2 dogs from Hell that would tear the house apart whenever we were gone. One night I came home from working late and the house was an absolute wreck. Standing there, looking at the remnants of what little furniture and electronics we had, I still remember marvelling at the potting soil on the ceiling.

Good times. :)

CACTUSWENDY
05-12-2008, 09:17 PM
Okay, what did I miss? Who is 'they'?

(Inquiring minds want to know.)

Cranky
05-12-2008, 09:24 PM
My four sons. *shakes head* I love 'em to pieces, but they do make me crazy sometimes.

RLB
05-12-2008, 09:25 PM
Who are we talking about here? Poltergeists? Cats? Garden gnomes?

ETA: ah, I see, small humans

EriRae
05-12-2008, 09:28 PM
Aww...so sorry, Cranky. They meant well. Hope you had a great Mother's Day!

III
05-12-2008, 09:30 PM
Happy Mother's Day, superhero.

Cranky
05-12-2008, 09:32 PM
LOL! Actually, it would be more accurate to say they didn't mean any harm. :) My Mother's Day was actually pretty crappy anyway.

I was just disappointed because it HAD been a rough day, and the plant and the flowers really made it a lot better.

I'll get it over it...

ETA: Thanks, Trey. I must've misplaced my cape, though. Otherwise, I'd have just levitated the mess right into the trash! LOL

Unique
05-12-2008, 10:21 PM
Kids did that?

I'd believe it from cats ...

and it's a wonder ....

that you're still a mother, if you get my drift. :rant:

Cranky
05-12-2008, 10:24 PM
Well, to be fair, it was only one that actually did the damage.

The older two pulled the plant down to get at the balloons, and left the plant within reach of my four year old, who is autistic, and currently has a "stim" that involves throwing things into the air to watch them fall. He does it with grass clippings (and cards, and Crunch n Munch, etc.), so this probably didn't seem much different to him.

I don't blame him as much as I do the older two, who most definitely know better than to do something like that...*sigh*

Soccer Mom
05-12-2008, 10:26 PM
Kids. At least mine are old enough for grounding when they destroy things.


Now, if only I could ground my husband.

Cranky
05-12-2008, 10:30 PM
My older two are grounded. :D

I expect to see pouty faces all week!

Unique
05-12-2008, 10:30 PM
Now, if only I could ground my husband.

You can!

Just bust his balloons. er ....

quickWit
05-12-2008, 10:31 PM
My older two are grounded. :D

I expect to see pouty faces all week!

What a mean, mean mom.

CACTUSWENDY
05-12-2008, 10:32 PM
So, SM. Do your kids ever get to go anywhere?

(Inquiring minds still want to know.)

sassandgroove
05-12-2008, 10:37 PM
Hug to Cranky.

Unique- that was funny.

Jersey Chick
05-12-2008, 10:38 PM
My son pulled the petals off a beautiful tulip my daughter had given me a few weeks ago - now it's just a green stick that I hope will flower next year. No flowers are safe when he gets them in his sight.

Cranky
05-12-2008, 10:43 PM
What a mean, mean mom.

Because I grounded them, or because I'm looking forward to the pouting? :D

Susie
05-12-2008, 10:50 PM
:Hug2:'s and :Cake: & :popcorn: Sure sorry that happened, Cranky, but hope you had a good Mom's Day anyway.

Cranky
05-12-2008, 10:53 PM
Actually, not really. But the eight year old did write me a very lovely poem. I shared it elsewhere on the board, but I'll post it again here. I think you'll like it Susie. :D

Roses are red
Daises are yellow
My heart sings for you
Just like a cello

Too bad he didn't show the same sensitivity when it came to my gift from Dad, eh? :D

quickWit
05-12-2008, 10:59 PM
Because I grounded them, or because I'm looking forward to the pouting? :D

Neither. It's because you obviously set them up to get into trouble. It's like parental entrapment.

You left a balloon-toting houseplant unattended within the confines of a home to which your children were granted unfettered access. It's textbook depraved indifference. My God woman, why not just put some cupcakes and cash in there as well to make sure they took the bait?

You should be ashamed. :)

Cranky
05-12-2008, 11:00 PM
OMG. You mean...I'm an accessory to herbicide?

*cries*

quickWit
05-12-2008, 11:03 PM
OMG. You mean...I'm an accessory to herbicide?

*cries*

That's right, sweetheart. It's the bighouse for you.

*cue Hawaii Five-O music*

Book her, Dawno. :)

HeronW
05-12-2008, 11:03 PM
Pets think any new thing in the house is worth investigating. They were trying to spell out Happy Mother's Day but since they can't spell...

Certain plants are extremely toxic to dogs and cats so if all they did was shred--you're lucky.

Jersey Chick
05-12-2008, 11:13 PM
Her pets didn't do it, her young'uns did. But, maybe they, too, were trying to spell out Happy Mother's Day...

Anyway, isn't herbicide a minor offense? Like a fine, or maybe some community service? I'd think accessory to herbicide would be relatively minor as well. You might just get a slap on the wrist.

Unless, of course, you'd like some jail time - small cell all to yourself for a few days? ;) Three hots and cot, as my mom would say (of course she was talking about a local rehab place, but still...)

Cranky
05-12-2008, 11:13 PM
I can haz cell? :D

Cranky
05-12-2008, 11:14 PM
That's right, sweetheart. It's the bighouse for you.

*cue Hawaii Five-O music*

Book her, Dawno. :)

You'll never take me alive, copper!

quickWit
05-12-2008, 11:21 PM
You'll never take me alive, copper!

*derailing thread even further...* :)

No one calls me copper and lives to sing about it, see?

finewritingfinewine
05-12-2008, 11:23 PM
Cranky, I'm sorry for your plant. and card. And all the other things that have been, and will be destroyed, forever and ever....oops,, sorry. i repeat that mantra so often it's become more faith than anything else. I've got 3 boys between the ages of 2 and 6. And right now the only reason my card and flowers still exist is because the TV cabinet is--for the moment--still out of reach.

Hats off to you, lady.

Jersey Chick
05-12-2008, 11:29 PM
http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb134/JerseyChick71/dontshoot.jpg


after careful negotiations, the accessory to herbicide was brought in, though not without protest...

Danger Jane
05-12-2008, 11:32 PM
Hey that's what I did to the TV my dad got my mom!!





(maybe not)

Cranky
05-12-2008, 11:39 PM
*derailing thread even further...* :)

No one calls me copper and lives to sing about it, see?

What about nickle? Or dime, maybe? :D

quickWit
05-12-2008, 11:47 PM
What about nickle? Or dime, maybe? :D

Works for me. :)

stormie
05-12-2008, 11:51 PM
Oh, cranky, I'm sorry, but I had to laugh. I remember those days so well. Balloons are to be played with, not just looked at, geez! And plants are fun to tear at. Don't even need sharp scissors! Whee!

Now that I laughed, here's a hug :Hug2:

choppersmom
05-13-2008, 03:09 AM
Thanks, quicky. :)

It wasn't nearly as bad as the mess they made a few years back with sugar and flour and baking soda...all over my living room carpet. That was a nightmare...I've never wished so hard for a Shop Vak in my whole life! :D

You got it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhSSiKFyg1I (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhSSiKFyg1I)

choppersmom
05-13-2008, 03:13 AM
http://ihasahotdog.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/funny-dog-pictures-feathers-torn-bed-not-sorry.jpg

Cranky
05-13-2008, 04:20 AM
:roll:

That's pretty much what I got, too. LOL!

C.bronco
05-13-2008, 04:43 AM
This is for you, Cranky! :D
http://collateraldamage.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/sausage.jpg

choppersmom
05-13-2008, 04:49 AM
OMG, is that a giant bratwurst??

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

C.bronco
05-13-2008, 05:02 AM
When a sausage is that big, you don't ask its name.

choppersmom
05-13-2008, 06:11 AM
I guess not!!

"Ummm, right...will that be sauerkraut or red cabbage, Mr. Giant Pork Product??"

Cranky
05-13-2008, 06:14 AM
:roll:

finewritingfinewine
05-15-2008, 01:06 PM
Currywurst, anyone?

choppersmom
05-15-2008, 07:14 PM
Currywurst??

What do you even eat with that? I mean, what kind of sides could possibly go with currywurst?

writerterri
05-15-2008, 07:35 PM
My four sons. *shakes head* I love 'em to pieces, but they do make me crazy sometimes.


You have 4 sons?

What you needed was an opium plant. :D

Cranky
05-15-2008, 07:38 PM
ROFLMAO!

Don't tempt me, Terri. Please. :roll:

The backyard swingset is the closest I can get, methinks.