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.
Well...

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...

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Comments

Mimsie said…
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. :)
jabblog said…
I love it!! On a more serious note my late mother-in-law, suffering from dementia, regularly watered her artificial plants . . .
Linda said…
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
NanaDiana said…
LOL- My husband has done the SAME THING when I was away from home. Including topiaries on the mantle. uh-huh.....lol xo Diana
Anonymous said…
Oh noooo! Funny story.
Ann said…
LOL. OMG that is the funniest thing I've heard all day
FAB said…
Ha .. That definitely put a smile on my face. Sorry JP but at least the sitter didn't kill it.
NCSue said…
That's hysterical! So funny!
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No problems from overwatering here, JP. And maybe just a sign on the non-living plants would work next time.
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.
carol l mckenna said…
Great post and still smiling! ~ Neat photo!

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^
You know it's a good fake plant when your pet sitter waters it!
Debbie said…
Ooooooh that is a great story....no wonder she watered it, it looks real!!
Gail said…
Please her heart...she did follow instructions.
betty-NZ said…
LOL I need very specific instructions, too!!

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