but not in my house!
Have you ever noticed the way coathangers breed?
At one point, all the hangers in your wardrobe may be occupied, but as items get worn and washed and replaced you one day realise there are way more hangers than there are items of clothing.
I occasionally – not as often as I should – sort out clothes to take to a charity shop. Charity shops go by different names outside the UK, but essentially it’s where you take clothes you have hardly, if ever, worn to assuage your guilt for buying them in the first place. I also donate my unwanted hangers, but I’m willing to bet I’ve donated more hangers than items of hang-able clothing.
Home and garden invaders
I once read that if you find evidence of one mouse in your home, you already have a family of them.
When we first moved here, out of town, hubby would watch the mice run freely around the garage shelves while he was working. Then they ate their way through the water-hose supplying his garage shower-room. He’s since installed new garage doors.
In our garden, I pull the flower heads off dandelions. My husband tells me they look cheerful, but I look on them as lawn-mice – if you leave one to propagate, you have a garden-full (and those roots go a lo-o-ong way down). I can’t do anything about the little fluffy seeds that blow over our fence, but I can remove their relations before they take over my garden.
I’ve nothing against dandelions – or mice – as long as they stay out of my way. I even trap those BIG spiders under a glass when they run across the carpet, so I can release them outside (although I sometimes wonder if they survive out there).
Live and let live. . . but not in my house.
Dog hair is something else that seems to multiply once it has left the dog.
The washing machine doesn’t get rid of shed dog hairs; it just distributes them around the rest of the laundry. And weaves it into the fabric.
(I’ve known this for years, but apparently my husband didn’t – even though he once kept German Shepherds.)
On the plus side, at least the dog hairs now sticking like glue to towels and tea-towels are clean.