Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Clear Instructions

We all know how important clear instructions are. The come with appliances, electronic devices, yard tools and even kitchen gadgets. Well, before we left for vacation, I typed up a set of instructions for the sitter. The list included helpful hints for feeding the dogs (who occasionally go on a hunger strike when we go away), where all the baked goods were that I made, etc. Added to the list was "fill the bird feeders" and "water the houseplants sparingly."  After all, I knew I wanted the birds to know that I was coming back AND we all know that giving a plant too much water is NOT a good thing.

The day after we returned, I was up early as usual trying to get some of the quiet things done while the Pres snored and snored. It was when I was dusting that I lifted the rectangular planter up off the granite divider that I noticed a huge stain within a puddle of water about 15 " around. Setting the planter down in the nearby boot tray on the floor, I scurried to grab some paper towels and began whipping.

Later that day the sitter stopped by to get paid. Placing my arm around her neck as I turned to pick up the rectangular planter, I said, "Babe, this is artificial."

"OMG! And I watered it", she exclaimed.

"Yep...twice," I replied smiling.

So, like everything else in my life, this was a learning:

Always leave clear instructions.

just saying and sharing...


Our World Tuesday


  1. I'm so sorry but I couldn't help smiling (just a little) but do hope the stain isn't permanent.
    I thought your instructions quite clear but perhaps some people who don't do a lot of gardening can't tell between live and artificial plants. Guess she was just trying to follow instructions. :)

  2. I love it!! On a more serious note my late mother-in-law, suffering from dementia, regularly watered her artificial plants . . .

  3. I have a lovely old piano with an unsightly water stain from an eager house-sitter. After that experience I learned to put my plants in huge saucers out on the porch. đŸ˜©Linda@Wetcreek Blog

  4. LOL- My husband has done the SAME THING when I was away from home. Including topiaries on the mantle. uh-huh.....lol xo Diana

  5. Oh noooo! Funny story.

  6. LOL. OMG that is the funniest thing I've heard all day

  7. Ha .. That definitely put a smile on my face. Sorry JP but at least the sitter didn't kill it.

  8. That's hysterical! So funny!
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  9. No problems from overwatering here, JP. And maybe just a sign on the non-living plants would work next time.

  10. I hope it's OK to laugh, the poor gal! When I worked in a florist shop for a couple of years the owner had faux orchids amongst the real and it was a challenge sometimes to figure out which ones to water.

  11. Great post and still smiling! ~ Neat photo!

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

  12. You know it's a good fake plant when your pet sitter waters it!

  13. Ooooooh that is a great story....no wonder she watered it, it looks real!!

  14. Please her heart...she did follow instructions.

  15. LOL I need very specific instructions, too!!


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