Brief (breef) –noun

1. a short and concise statement or written item.

2. an outline, the form of which is determined by set rules, of all the possible arguments and information on one side of a controversy: a debater's brief.

3. an outline, summary, or synopsis.

4. briefs: close-fitting, legless underpants with an elastic waistband.

Grandma's Briefs (grand-muz breefs) –blog

1. Bits and bytes on life's second act: The good, bad and humorous of being a baby boomer, grandparent, parent of adult children, wife and writer, all while working to be a positive influence in my family, my community, my world.

About Lisa Carpenter

with declan, my youngest grandson (age 3)

Hi, I'm Lisa. I'm a grandma, a mom, a wife. I'm also a freelance writer and former newspaper editor (Special Sections) doing my best to keep my writing muscle flexed.

When I first became a grandmother, back in 2008, I found few regularly updated blogs by and for grandmothers, so I decided to give it a whirl. This is my whirl. I started whirling in July of 2009 and am still whirling more than a decade later. I'm happy to report that in that time, the number of blogging grandparents has grown and the grandma blogger community of which I'm a member now thrives.

So, yes, I am indeed a grandma. My first grandson was born in June of 2008. My second, baby brother to the first, arrived in June of 2011. Their little brother arrived June 2014. All three June babes are children of my middle daughter and her husband — both whom were born in 1983. My eldest daughter (born in 1982) became a stepmom in 2016, providing me with a "bonus" grandson born in April 2008 and her firstborn (a boy… and my first local grandchild!) arrived in October of 2018. My youngest daughter (born in 1985) has yet to make a final decision on whether she wants children or not, which is okay with me. She did, though, gain a nearly adult stepson (now 18) when she married in April 2019, adding another “bonus” male to the count.

The word "grandma" unfortunately conjures images of old ladies with gray-haired buns, content to do nothing more than while away their remaining years in a rocking chair, crocheting this and that for loved ones. That stereotype does not fit me. That stereotype doesn't fit most grandmothers nowadays. We are so much more. We're younger, more vibrant, more active, more engaged, more involved, more interesting than the inaccurate and unrealistic idea often associated with the word grandma. My hope is that someday soon the media, marketers, and the non-grandma population will understand that.

That said, I must admit to possessing a few of the stereotypical grandma traits: I love rocking chairs; I don't mind at all being called Gramma by my grandsons; I think that cool and unique socks make a perfectly fitting gift — though I do draw the line at underwear. And most importantly of all: I love my grandkiddos to pieces.

Beyond that, here's a smattering of other traits I'll admit to, for those sincerely seeking enlightenment by clicking on the "About" tab of this blog:

READER'S DIGEST (online) published this piece: The Touching Way One Long-Distance Grandma Stays Close to Her Grandkids

UPWORTHY had this to say: One grandmother has found a way to help her daughter out from miles away

  • I've been married to the same man for nearly four decades. In addition to the grandsons, we have three beautiful and amazing adult daughters, three sons in law, one cat and an embarrassingly spoiled and now quite senior rescue pointer/pit mix named Mickey.

  • I'm a Christian. I pray daily, hourly and sometimes even more often than that. God probably gets a little tired of the running commentary in my head, but hey, we're told to pray without ceasing and I take that seriously.

  • I love to read: print books mostly but I’m becoming a Kindle convert due to downsizing and needing to limit my books (after reluctantly ridding myself of more than 500 in the downsize process).

  • I also love (love!) movies, music, and live performances.

  • I was born in Minnesota. I live in Colorado — have for more than 40 years — and have never skied.

  • I have MS (relapsing remitting), diagnosed at the age of 27.

  • I'm trying to master my DSLR camera (Canon EOS Rebel T3i). I didn't have it at the outset of my blogging career but hope the quality of the photos accompanying my posts has improved at least a smidgen since getting it.

  • I like my coffee black and prefer Columbian, Kona or Italian roasts. I'd choose tortilla chips and guacamole over M&Ms or chocolate cake any day. I don't drink a lot but when I do, I drink beer more often than wine; choose 7&7s or lemon drop martinis when it comes to cocktails. I like to bake more than I like to cook. I'm just now getting the hang of caring for perennials and cross my fingers each year that those I planted will come back the following year; sometimes they surprise me and do. I’ve recently added roses to my repertoire and have yet to see how well I do with those. I own a lovely old (100+ years old!) piano and continually tell myself I will learn to play it … but need to be more consistent in the key-plunking in order to see progress.

  • I'm a long-distance grandma, with three grandsons living more than 800 miles away in the desert. That's hard as hell. This blog is one of the ways I cope. Being relatively recently blessed with a local one has made the coping far easier … and fun!

Disclosure: I sometimes am paid and/or receive products in exchange for being an ambassador for those products and services. I sometimes accept free products and write honest lifestyle (no tech and specs) reviews on them. I sometimes get paid to write posts on specific topics. I sometimes get paid to tweet or post Facebook status updates for various things. Any content for which I've been paid is clearly marked as such and usually — but not always — posted in Grandma's Back Room, not on the home page. Sponsored or promotional tweets and FB status updates will include the #ad, #spon or #promo sort of hashtag.

Ever wonder about any of the above? Just email me. Ever want to pay me for any of the above? Just email me. Ever want to send me free product with the understanding that I'm going to give my honest opinion even if I don't like the product or maybe even post no review at all if I don't like the product? Just email me.

The official and legal fine-print version of what I said above, aka my disclosure policy: This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contactLisa Carpenter (Lisa at GrandmasBriefs dot com). This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network. Those advertisements will be identified as paid advertisements. The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest. (To get your own policy, go to