Questions And Answers On Home And Garden Tv Kitchens

Kirstie asks…

Garden Grass Snakes also known as Garter Snakes (Thamnophissirtalis) can be dangerous???

Here’s why.
A couple in Morro Bay, California, had a lot of potted plants. During a recent chilly spell, the wife was bringing a lot of them indoors to protect them from a possible freeze.
It turned out that a little green garden grass snake was hidden in one of the plants and when it had warmed up, it slithered out and the wife saw it go under the sofa.
She let out a very loud scream.
The husband (who was taking a shower) ran out into the living room naked to see what the problem was. She told him there was a snake under the sofa.
He got down on the floor on his hands and knees to look for it. About that time the family dog came and cold-nosed him on the behind. He thought the snake had bitten him, so he screamed and fell over on the floor.
His wife thought he had a heart attack, so she covered him up, told him to lie still and called an ambulance.
The attendants rushed in, wouldn’t listen to his protests and loaded him on the stretcher and started carrying him out.
About that time the snake came out from under the sofa and the Emergency Medical Technician saw it and dropped his end of the stretcher.
That’s when the man broke his leg and why he is still in the hospital.
The wife still had the problem of the snake in the house, so she called on a neighbor man.
He volunteered to capture the snake. He armed himself with a rolled-up newspaper and began poking under the couch. Soon he decided it was gone and told the woman, who sat down on the sofa in relief.
But while relaxing, her hand dangled in between the cushions, where she felt the snake wriggling around She screamed and fainted, the snake rushed back under the sofa.
The neighbor man, seeing her lying there passed out, tried to use CPR to revive her.
The neighbor’s wife, who had just returned from shopping at the grocery store, saw her husband’s mouth on the woman’s mouth and slammed her husband in the back of the head with a bag of canned goods, knocking him out and cutting his scalp to a point where it needed stitches.
The noise woke the woman from her dead faint and she saw her neighbor lying on the floor with his wife bending over him, so she assumed that he had been bitten by the snake. She went to the kitchen and got a small bottle of whiskey, and began pouring it down the man’s throat.
By now the police had arrived.
They saw the unconscious man, smelled the whiskey, and assumed that a drunken fight had occurred. They were about to arrest them all, when the women tried to explain how it all happened over a little green snake.
The police called an ambulance, which took away the neighbor and his sobbing wife.
The little snake again crawled out from under the sofa.
One of the policemen drew his gun and fired at it.
He missed the snake and hit the leg of the end table. The table fell over and the lamp on it shattered and as the bulb broke it started a fire in the drapes.
The other policeman tried to beat out the flames and fell through the window into the yard on top of the family dog who, startled, jumped up and raced into the street, where an oncoming car swerved to avoid it and smashed into the parked police car.
Meanwhile, the burning drapes, were seen by the neighbors who called the fire department.
The firemen had started raising the fire truck ladder when they were halfway down the street.
The rising ladder tore out the overhead wires and put out the electricity and disconnected the telephones in a ten-square city block area
(but they did get the house fire out).
Time passed! Both men were discharged from the hospital, the house was repaired, the dog came home, the police acquired a new car, and all was right with their world.
A while later they were watching TV and the weatherman announced a cold snap for that night. The wife asked her husband if he thought they should bring in their plants for the night.
That’s when he shot her.

Home Gardener answers:

All that over a poor, harmless NONPOISONOUS snake. (shaking head in disbelief)


I remember a woman I worked with years back. She came to work one weekend so pleased with herself she was wagging from nose to tail !

The evening before she, and her Husband had been walking on their property by the Neuse River, and she saw a,”Humongous Snake” in the path. She sent her Husband all the way back to the house to get their shovel, while she stayed and watched where the snake might go. When he got backed, she said he,”Bashed that thing so hard another Snake came out of it’s mouth !”

That stupid woman, and her stupider Husband killed a King Snake,(Rare in NC), that had just eaten a Cotton Mouth. That King Snake in it’s life time, had it lived, would of killed more Poisonous Snakes than that retarded couple would ever of even seen !

Nancy asks…

Do you want to buy a nice price house in Mayan Riviera, Mexico?

The house is located in Puerto Morelos Quintana Roo Mexico between Cancun & Playa del Carmen and a 2 miles from de beach; it can be a big house or 2 independent departments. It’s a 2 floors house with : 3 Bedrooms,2Bathroms, 2 living rooms(2 TVs. with cable service), 2 complete kitchens, laundry area (with digital washing machine), Garage, Garden,Terrace( 60 square meters with barbecue & table ) , 5 Air Conditioning (58000 BTU’s), 2 telephone lines( with Internet Prodigy Infinitum), home PC , home theater, 110 & 220 volts ac,7 ceiling fans, 950 gallons water tank(with water pump ), 300 liters gas tank, fence wall ,With or wwithout furniture , All Services . Brand new. Ready to be lived (only bring your cloths , Unfortunately I must go back to Italy . If you are interested leave your E-mail , I’ll send you back some pictures and more info. All the documents are ok. The price: 115 000 USD.

Home Gardener answers:

I do not have that much money !

Graham asks…

My Mum’s discusting behavior?

From when I was 13 and younger (this was 4- years ago), My mum was always happy and did everything at christmas because my dad couldn’t cook and she was a sahm. He always picked out my brother and sisters and my presents but my mum always was left to pick out everyone elses. She seemed to like it this was and when I (or anyone else) offered to help she told us to just enjoy the season and leave it to her.
When I was 14, we had our first christmas away from home, (we were at my uncles). For the first time in 16 years, she hadn’t had to do anything xmas day and we all loved it because she was so relaxed and happy. That year was fine because everyone got their presents and was very happy and it was a great year.
The next year when I was 15 we did the same. We’d had a bad year where I had gotten pregnant and my grandad had died. We were all just enjoying what we had left of the year. My uncle and aunt did everything and my mum did nothing. No-one got presents that she had gone out and bought and thought of herself. My dad and my nan had to go out and buy everyone’s presents including mine and my brothers and sisters. At 59 years old, my nan had already gone through that stage of her life and didn’t need to go through that stress again did she?, especially since she had lost her husband. That year we assumed my mum was just low because her dad had died.
When I was 16, my mum ‘skipped xmas’. There is nothing wrong with this considering lot’s of people go on holiday. However, the bit that bugs me is that she took her friend with her, left her husband behind and so we ended up at my uncles again. She chose to miss her first grandaughters, first xmas. I know that Kayleigh couldn’t understand what was going on but it was important to me that my mum was there.
This year I am 17 and she is even worse. She sat in the corner by the door to the back garden (or yard or whatever people want to call it), watching the kitchen tv and wouldn’t join in toasts or drink or do anything. Anyone who tried to get her to join in simply got a ‘fuck off, i aint doing that’ or ‘no’. She and my dad got into a huge argument and me and Kayleigh’s dad were trying to calm Kayleigh down. I don’t know what to do! My mum seems to be very hormonal at the moment and she’s put on some weight. Her ‘place of calm’ is the bathroom at the moment. She’s only 35 and already a grandmother and I do feel sorry for her and try to help her out as much as I can by making sure Kayleigh’s not in her way and cleaning the house up but there’s only so much I can do since I go to college everyday and my dad brings Kayleigh home before I get there. The doctor says its not depression and these past few weeks have been the worst ever, the only other time she acted this bad was when she was pregnant with my little sister and that was when I was 4 so I don’t remember, this is just from what my dads telling me. The doctor says its not depression when I was there and my mum booked another appointment with him just before xmas. I’m getting desperate!! Is there anyone who can try and work out why my mums been acting all strange for the past six weeks? I asked her if she was pregnant (it’s possible since I know my mum and dad are active since they are still young parents and the walls are thin!), but she denied it. I’m still wondering if she is however, she did claim she had ‘the bug’ that was going around and so she didn’t feel like being christmassy but no-one else I know has had it, just a cold, but she was throwing up. I don’t want to doubt what she’s saying but, we need to know why she’s acting this way.

Home Gardener answers:

She could be pregnant or starting to go through the change of life or she could have other things wrong besides depression. She needs to see a Doctor for a full physical to rule out any kind of health issues. Then she should seek a counselor for mood swings and to have someone to talk to, there are other emotional problems besides depression that could account for the changes in her personality, some may even be chemical imbalances in the brain

Davina asks…

What should I do regarding my friend “Laura”?

I have been friends with Laura for about 3 1/2 years. She was a frequent customer at a previous job that I had worked at. We eventually started hanging out and quickly became friends. Laura always came to my house or we went out to eat etc. She never invited me over to her house. I am 31 and married with a small child while Laura is 33 and unmarried with no children.

After being friends for about a year and a half, the place that I had been working at was going out of business. Laura knew that I wanted some kind of part time job so she asked me if I wanted to clean for her elderly parents. I had never met them nor had I been to their home at this point in time. The state pays for someone to come in and clean for a few hours a week. Since Laura and I were such good friends, I decided to take the job. Not only was I doing them a favor, but they were doing me a favor. Now I hate cleaning and wouldn’t choose this kind of job ever again. But I thought that since we were friends that it would be a better atmosphere, I guess.

Now Laura lives with her parents because after finishing college she thought it would be best if she moved back in to help with the finances of the house etc.

Anyhow, I have been cleaning their house for 2 years now, but I am really thinking about quitting. While I still consider Laura my friend and have come to think of her mother as a friend of sorts too, I am just to stressed out about cleaning their home. For starters, they have 2 big dogs that are a year old. Because Laura is at work for most of the day, her parents are in charge of taking care of the dogs. Her father uses a walker to walk and moves really slow. Her mother is a very overweight woman (at last 400 pounds). Neither of them can get the dogs out to the bathroom in time so the dogs will poop and pee in the house at times on piddle pads. Because they also have a few cats, the house smells of animal urine every single day. It’s permanently in the floorboards or something. So I need to literally hold my breath when I am there. When I come home, my husband has to hold his breath because I smell like the house. I shower right away, of course. Not only does their house smell, but they have a ton of clutter. I am paid to technically clean after Laura’s dad, however, her mother makes the list and I usually just follow them. I clean the kitchen and bathrooms, then I vacuum and dust. Typical cleaning things. The thing is, I really don’t think anyone else cleans besides me. When I am there, Laura is just coming home from work. She sits down on the couch or plays with her dogs. The most I’ve seen her do is clean up dog poo, make dinner or garden for her mother. If you saw Laura’s bedroom, you’d die. You can not see the floor. She has piles upon piles of clothing and stuff everywhere. There are cobwebs on her shelves and things on the wall. Her mother and I tried cleaning her room for her while she was away one time, but it went back to how it was before within the year. The spare room is a place to throw misc. things. Their front room has xmas gifts still in it. They haven’t found a home for them apparently. Laura has a dog crate along with 2 of those plastic dresser type things (that can be found at Walmart) full of dog stuff in the kitchen.

I’ve been asked by Laura if I could get a cobweb that she noticed or pick up this or that from the floor. I feel that if she noticed a cobweb then why didn’t she knock it down or if she needs something off the floor then why doesn’t she pick it up. I have come to the conclusion that the entire family is lazy and doesn’t want to clean a darn thing. It really frustrates me because I am supposed to be there to help an elderly person clean house. I am not there to clean the entire house while everyone else sits around and watches TV. It has come to the point where if they need something done they just ask me instead of having Laura do it. That’s how I feel at least.

Because of everything I have put up in the past 2 years, Laura and I barely hang out anymore or chit chat on the phone even. I would like our friendship to be like it was before, but the only way that can happen is if I quit this job. However, when I do quit, what should I say my reason is. I don’t want to go into this with her parents. I would rather wait until I have quit and then sit down and talk to Laura about how I feel. What do you think? If you need more info on anything, lmk.
Thank you all for your comments. Should I tell Laura eventually how I truly felt working for them (i.e. how she never does anything around the house herself and how if she had her own place she’d have to) or should I not bother?
I should also mention that the past few times I had stayed at least 10 minutes over my time limit. This means in those 10 minutes I did not get paid. The last time I was there I said I was leaving on time that day. So her mom asks me if I could clean the entire front hall. I said I had time to only mop the floor quickly where the puddle pads normally go (because I wasn’t staying later than what I got paid). She says can’t I do it out of the goodness of my heart. Ok I just gave them like 20 minutes of free cleaning last week. Plus they never tell me that I can leave early or when I’m sick to collect pay anyhow so why should I clean for free. They have Laura to do it, if they need something done, but everyone acts like Laura is soooooo busy with other things (work, church stuff, her dogs, running around doing errands). Isn’t that what adults do?
Oh and her mom will always say that we shouldn’t chit chat so I can get everything done, but then she’ll talk to me. Or she’ll give me way more things to do than the time I have to do it in.

Home Gardener answers:

Well my dear… All i can say firstly, is that i have never heard of such a ‘disgusting’ workplace before and I feel sorry that you took the job. Leave that alone for now. You have to think about yourself and your family and your well being. When they dont need you anymore, they will tell you without thinking about your feelings etc. So now its time to make the choice ….are you serious about wanting to quit?
Then it is this easy….write a letter and hand in your resignation on ground of the fact that you dont need to do this anymore, for anyone!!!
Then when Laura ask you about your decision – you explain how you feel. Do you think she cares about your feelings if she is sitting there and you are cleaning their disgusting mess? No, i dont think so.
No more – dont ‘chase them’ – replace them… Thats my advise.

Rachel asks…

Please give me some advice?

Ok so I post here quite a lot, and apart from ShineOn, everyone thinks I am a troll (I don’t know what that is btw) and is rude to me… but this is all true.

I’ve been with my husband for 4 years and married for 2. We had a tough time conceiving our baby, and we’ve had problems in the past, but for the past year or so things have been great, apart from the odd argument.

I had a real problem trusting him – from day 1 I would accuse him of porn and cheating, even when there was no reason to. Sometimes, I had reason to suspect him (finding porn on PC for example) and we’d have a massive argument, but he would always have a believable explanation.

Anyway, I got therapy and she suggested that he was stonewalling and I had an obsessional fear of him cheating. She told me that not all men are interested in porn or other women and that this is very normal, but my perception of men tells me different. I learned to stop obessing and started to trust him. I will admit I didn’t trust him 100%, but it is a complex issue and like the famous setting “trust takes years to build, but only seconds to destroy”.

Anyway, all was going swimmingly until Saturday. I’d found a text message on his phone (no I was not snooping, I was borrowing his phone). He told me he didn’t know who it was, and I thought nothing of it because the text was blank. Until I rang it out of curiosity and a woman answered. And then I checked his phone records (not just to snoop, I do this regularly as part of our accounts) and found he’d called it. Until then, I hadn’t bothered confronting him. But after I found he’d called it, I casually asked if he knew who it was and if he’d called it. He said no, which is a downright lie. So I accused him of lying (well, he was!) and he flipped.

He smashed up his phone, stormed out, slamming the door repeatedly so that the lock even broke and our baby woke up. He came back, and every time I tried to talk to him, he got angry and threatened to wake the baby up by shouting/smashing stuff if I didn’t leave him alone. How sick is that? Using her as a weapon! I threw my ring at him, he threw it out the wndow, then threw his out too. Childish I know. But I was angry.

Anyway, Sunday he ignored me and the baby all day, stayed upstairs on the computer and only came down to grab some food. He didn’t talk to me at all, didn’t even look at us. Ironically he did make me some food but I’m not sure if that’s cos he wanted to avoid more arguments or if it was a peace offering. I stayed in the kitchen whilst he watched tv, then he slept on the sofa and I went to bed.

Yesterday he went to work, came back and played with the baby a bit but still ignored me. We both watched tv but he didn’t speak to me at all. I went to bed and he slept on the sofa again.

He didn’t put the bins out this morning – I don’t know if this is incase his ring fell in? (The bins were open so it could have fell in when he threw it out the window). Either way, he knows I can’t put them out as they’re heavy and I have a bad back.

I found my ring yesterday so I put it on today. I couldn’t find his, but I think he was looking for it on sunday as he kept going in the garden. He’s not wearing it, but he wouldn’t be – he’d wear it to work so no-one asked questions, then take it off when he came home. He knows how hurt I am that he took his ring off, let alone threw them out the window.

I just don’t know what to do – if I ignore him, he ignores me back. If I talk to him, he either storms out, ignores me, turns the tv up so I worry he’ll wake the baby etc. If I’m normal and act like nothing happened, he ignores me… If I just try to cuddle him, he’ll push me away and storm off etc.

What should I do?

By the way, I am an excellent mother. I spend all day with her. She never sees or hears anything. I don’t act any different, wont even cry in front of her. I keep the house immaculate, clean whilst she naps (and I mean immaculate!), do all the cooking and laundry… I’m like Bree from desperate housewives lol.

My only problem is my lack of trust in him, which I am working on, and it is a whole lot better than it was. We don’t argue often, and the last time we argued this badly was 2 years ago. Normally he will ignore me for days, until I go on at him and apologise and make him not ignore me.

And before you think about being rude – no I am not a troll.

I cannot leave him (and do not want to) because I have no money and do not work. I can’t work, as I have SPD and my daughter needs 24-hr care (she is very ill, she was premature and has reflux so severely she needs an op). I live 1 hour away from family and physically couldn’t drive there. Plus, my dad does not have the space, and could not have a baby disrupting his sleep as he is very very ill himself. I have no-one else to go to, my on
edit: just to add, this number turned out to be just a wrong number.

Home Gardener answers:

1. Inability to trust is something that goes back to your childhood – so you need to deal with that with a shrink.

2. Your life is FULL of care for your child and your partner is just trying to find a break. It probably means nothing. Turn a blind eye and you’ll keep him. Confront him with your jealousy and your suspicions, and you’ll lose him.

3. Put yourself in his place and really THINK about how he must feel. He just wants a bit of adventure.

4. The choice is yours.

Richard asks…

Mummy, where did I come from?

“Tomorrow we will discuss human reproduction so I’d like you to go home tonight and find out as much as you can about the subject,” said the class teacher.
Young Tommy went home and found his mother in the kitchen.
“Mummy where did I come from?” he asked. Too busy to sit down and tell him the truth, she replied, “A stork brought you, darling, and put you under the rose bush.”
Tommy went into the dining room where his grandma was watching TV…”Where did my mum come from,?” he asked her.
Now Grandma didn’t discuss such things so she replied, “A stork left her under a bush in the garden.
Great Grandma,” he said softly “where did my Grandma come from?”
“Not now darling,” she replied, “I’m a bit tired, but you must have heard of the stork?”
The next day in school, the teacher asked the children what they had learned…..
“Please Miss,” said little Tommy putting up his hand, “as far as I can see, our family hasn’t had sexual realations for three generations.”

Home Gardener answers:

ROFLMAO!!!! That was hilarious!! Mainly because its based in reality…. Our kids know more than we give them credit for… I went to explain “wet dreams” to my 10 year old son the other day and it ended up with him explaining them to me (sometimes the stuff they talk about on the schoolyard can be not only correct but educational!!lol)

Mandy asks…

Should I talk to social services about my neighbour?

I think she is endangering her children through her filthy cluttered house. Her husband has a hoarding problem and there is a path through shoulder high piles of stuff from the front door to the sofa and the piles are lower just in front of the tv. Another narrow path goes to the kitchen. It is all very dirty. They have takeaway several times a week and she has told me the children have crisps for breakfast. Her oldest child (8) is dangerously obese and has frequent asthma attacks and unexplained skin rashes and the little one (4) has what she calls ‘tummy bugs’ a couple of times a month. They get no exercise and can’t get into the garden cos there is stuff piled in front of the back door.

The reason I wouldn’t is because she is a lovely lady who spends every minute with her kids and has fought to get her autistic oldest child a good education – they are clearly her priority. No expense is spared and she is very patient and loving. Her son’s autism makes him hard work at times but she never flags. She lost a baby and has struggled with depression since and an operation on her knee has left her walking with a stick.

The reason I would is because she does not seem to relate her children’s illnesses to their lifestyle and gets very annoyed if I hint at improving their diet or exercise or cleaning the house. My husband and I offered to clear their garden so the kids could play outside but she says she will get to it (not this summer tho) and when they have come to mine they run mad with the space – they have to sit most of the time at home – no space. She keeps the 4 year old on reins cos she will just run if not. I have diplomatically suggested she may need more exercise and she snapped at me ‘I’m a terrible mother cos I can’t run after them I suppose.’ I said no, but the school is next to a park which has a seat and is all enclosed and safe. She walks further to the shops. She jokes that her 8 year old is in age 13 trousers and they’re tight but then says she has to take them up loads and does not see the significance. :-( She does not see that her little one’s ‘tummy bugs’ have continued all through the school holidays when she has not been near children.

It will do no good talking to her – my experience of that has been unpleasant. If I told social services about the problem they would not take the children but educate her about hygeine and diet etc? Do you think? I used to offer to help have a clear up but she never accepted. Her husband cannot help as he has the hoarding problem and when their son was diagnosed autistic it was found that he is mildy as well – he does not see a problem.

Home Gardener answers:

I know so many people who grew up in bad situations because people thought their parents were “lovely” and didn’t deserve to have social services called on them. This woman may be lovely, but she is failing in her duty as a parent.

Call social services. The kids need someone to look after their interests. They can’t do it for themselves and since you’re the only adult who seems to care, I think it is your duty to report what you’ve seen.

It is not your job to guess how social services would react… It is unlikely they would remove the kids permanently. If they did remove the kids, then at least the kids would be taken care of and the mother would have an opportunity to change her ways and get educated about parenting, then get them back. But don’t be afraid… There are REVOLTING people and houses out there. It is very likely that this woman is not that bad in comparison to the people whose kids get removed. Unless there is physical abuse and major filth, she will probably not have anything drastic happen because social services doesn’t have the resources to deal with more minor cases in a drastic way.

There have been a lot of horror stories about social services in the news over the past few years. But in my experience, although social services isn’t perfect, it’s a heck of a lot better than a lot of the parents out there. You need to remember that social services can educate this woman, look after the kids, and get them medical help if they need it. Unless YOU can do all this, you need to involve social services. Good luck.

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