A Hint for the Fog

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/19/2010 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I bought a few electronic timers at the dollar store and use them to help me out because I'm constantly forgetting things. This morning I wanted to water my Christmas Cactus and the soil needs to be saturated but it can't stay wet or the root ball will rot. This cactus is an offshoot of the one started by my great grandmother back around 1865 so I CAN'T forget and leave it in the water.

I filled the sink, dropped it in, set the timer, put it in my pocket and went on to do some more stuff around the house. Sure enough! That timer went off and I'm like, "What the heck is that for?" LOL! These little timers are great helpers for fog!
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   Posted 3/19/2010 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like a good plan to me Jeannie but knowing me if I didn't have a pocket to put it in I would forget where the timer was and never hear it tongue
 
That's great that your family has kept the cactus alive for that long. If you ever want a plant to die send it to me, I kill them very fast.
 
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   Posted 3/19/2010 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Marlee,
These dollar store timers actually have a clip on the back that doubles as a stand/leg to make them stay upright. The cactus is the only house plant I have because of the daughter's allergies. I used to put silk plants in pots up on book cases and such... far enough away that they looked real as long as I dusted them every few months!turn

Haven't kept house plants in 20 years and then my 80 yr old aunt asked me if I would like a starter from her grandma's cactus. If I can keep it going and pass it on to my daughters and granddaughters it will be a six generation house plant!
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   Posted 3/20/2010 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   

Good idea idea, Jeannie.  However, last night after visiting a friend, I pulled the car in the garage, closed the door with the opener, grabbed my purse off the seat and got out of the car with it still running.  The hubby says 'are you going somewhere else?'  Uh, no and kept walking towards the bathroom.  If he hadn't been sitting there in the family room where he could hear it, (I am almost totally deaf) the stupid car would still be running.  Think there's a device that would scream 'Turn the car off, moron?" in the dollar store?  If only.

 

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/20/2010 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Donna,
I used to leave the car running or lock the keys inside. Found a way to not do that any more. Went to the hardware and got a lobster claw style brass clip that acts as the head of my keys. Fit all the rings into the loop end. Whenever I get done driving I
1. Turn off the radio
2. Turn off the heater/air
3. Turn off the car and clip the keys to the loop on my purse.
4. open the door WITH PURSE IN HAND
5. Get out of car
6. Lock with key fob from the outside with the keys that are clipped to my purse

I follow these steps religiously. It's the clipping of the keys to the ring I've put on the handle of my purse that makes this work. It's kind of an odd thing to do so I remember it. Plus I never have to search for my keys. They are always clipped to the handle. Might work for you.
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getting by
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   Posted 3/20/2010 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I use my microwave timer a lot. And if you don't turn it off, it goes off every minute until it is turned off. Now as long as I don't leave the house when doing something, I am all set.

That was some good advice Jeannie. Thanks for posting.

PS how is the cake baking going? Are you still doing it?

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/20/2010 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Getting revved up for a busy season. Most weekends of the entire summer are booked with 3 to 4 wedding cakes. Paying off my kids debts after daughter's spinal cord injury and the subsequent loss of their home. Got a house full of love, lots to do, little one (2 1/2 yr old) telling us all what to do and how to do it! We call her the "Little General". Life is busy... and life is good. Just keep on keepin' on.
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   Posted 3/20/2010 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh dear Donna, what is the next dangerous thing you will do??? I just hope you never forget to go in the house with the car running in the garage.
 
I have only locked both sets of keys in the car once. We were in some little town in Colorado and stopped at a convenient store and I assumed DH took the keys out of the ignition, nope. I don't take my purse in when I'm with him since he has money and I got out and locked the doors. They had to call a locksmith for us and it cost. Since he has never let me forget that I always take the keys out if I'm going to leave my purse in the car. I think it is now engraved in my brain.
 
Brandy always traveled with us and if we stopped to eat in the summer time we would leave the car running and air on full blast for her. After the Colorado incident just taking my purse with me isn't good enough for him I have to show him the other set of keys before he will lock the doors. smilewinkgrin He acts like I have a mental problem or something.
 
Actually, I'm not the only one in the house that needs those timers. Since DH does most of the cooking and you can't hear the stove timer in his office and smoke detectors were not meant to be used for timers for food he could use one. devil
 
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   Posted 3/20/2010 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
OMGosh! I finally found someone else who uses the smoke detectors for food timers! tongue
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   Posted 3/20/2010 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Just thought I'd put my 2 cents worth in about lost car keys.  I finally found a very useful item that has helped me out of the "oh no,  I locked the keys in the car" situation.  By the way, they are not usually in the ignition but laying on the seat because I got distracted---rummaged around to find my list or my shopping bags and got out of the car without the keys.  Anyway, I digress--I went to the key shop and bought this nifty little credit card looking thing with two flat spaces to put my car key and house key.  The other side is black and shiny looking like a credit card and fits right in my wallet along with the other cards.  IF--this is the big IF--you take your purse, slam the door, but the keys are inside all you have to do is use your extra set.  Since I am not one to leave my purse, it works for me. 
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   Posted 3/20/2010 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie - that is a good idea with the timers. I am one too that will hear my kitchen timer go off and think, what is that? Oh yeah, the cookies I just put in 15 minutes ago - how is it possible to forget so quickly!

My husbands car has one of the buttons you push to start the car and the keys just have to be in it. One of the first times I drove it I actually got out of the car, didn't take the keys and left it running, and went in the store. I came back out of the store and realized it was still running! Thank god no one stole it! Since then, I am good about turning it off, but I always forget the keys in the car and don't realize until I go to lock it with the key, which I don't have! I hate that thing - I wonder if it will go the way of the automatic seat belt?
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   Posted 3/20/2010 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
That's been a joke in our house for years Jeannie. He actually likes burned food and is not allowed to BBQ when the boys are around. If someone ask, "is the food done Dad"??? Someone else will always reply with, "has the smoke detector gone off yet". But hey, as long as the man keeps cooking, all the things I can't eat, for himself I will keep letting the smoke out by opening the doors and windows.
 
Since I'm married to a small business owner I know being busy is a good thing right now. So you keep whipping those cakes out as long as you can.
 
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   Posted 3/20/2010 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I started locking my car with the key so that I wouldn't leave them in it. You can't lock it if it is running, so that is good. Though in the winter, I want to keep it running to keep it warm, but I tried it and tried locking it because I had an extra set of keys, and it wouldn't work. I guess that is good though. But my car automatically locks when you reach 15 mph.

You sound so busy Jeannie, and you sound happy. I am happy for you.

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Sherrine
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   Posted 3/20/2010 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a timer that flashes, makes noise, and vibrates!  LOL  I can't hear the noise and I don't usually see the flashing light but I can feel the vibration so I clip it to my blouse when I'm cooking.  My son bought this for me when I forgot that I was draining extra water from my pool and ended up draining half my pool and flooding my neighbors yard.  Fog is fun!
 
Jeannie, I have a Christmas Cactus but I water it from the top.  Are you supposed to set the bottom in water to water it?  I've never had one of these plants.  I do well with outdoor plants but any plants inside are silk!
 
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/20/2010 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Sherrine,
Most succulents like to really dry out between waterings and then like a really good soaking where the roots can absorb what they need and send it on up to the plant. But they must also drain quickly to prevent root rot. The best thing about them is that they are very forgiving if you forget to water them. They just don't like attention (as in frequent watering.) And the time that we are all busiest, from October to Thanksgiving... if I forget to water then I always get tons of blooms for Christmas. It's the combination of drought and less light that makes the flower buds start. I give it gentle waterings starting with Advent and it usually performs for Christmas.
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Sherrine
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   Posted 3/21/2010 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Jeannie!  I've been watering it about every 2-2 1/2 weeks...when the surface is dry.  I put it in my laundry tub and add water until I see it coming out the bottom of the pot.  I drain the excess off and then put it back in the basket.  I think it will go outdoors soon.  It's beautiful but very messy!
 
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