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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Life's Lessons... the hard way...

Sometimes we have to learn things the hard way... Tonight I learned two valuable lessons that I won't soon forget and being the kind and generous soul that I am (wink) I'm going to share them with you (at my expense) so you can benefit from my stupidity!!
First lesson: When you get an email from a friend telling you that Celtic Thunder will be on PBS tonight at 6 with a new two hour concert, BELIEVE her! DON'T believe what is shown in the TV guide! Silly me. I looked at the tv guide and there was no mention of the concert so I believed it. Knowing she has a satellite dish and we don't, I figured she was getting a different PBS station. Did I even turn the TV on at 6 to check? Nooooooo... Of course I was busy with Lesson #2....

Second Lesson: We have a dishwasher but I don't use it often. In fact I use it rarely. But tonight I had a fair number of dishes so I loaded it up. When I got the dishwasher detergent out, the box was almost empty. I put a very small amount in the "prewash" soap holder and the rest, which wasn't much, in the "regular wash" soap holder, closed the door and turned the dial to start. After a few minutes I realized I had not closed the cover on the soap holder so all the soap, what little there was, would have been dispensed in the prewash cycle. Stoopid! "Well, methinks, my dishes aren't going to get very clean..." So, once the regular wash cycle started, I opened the door and squirted in a good squirt of liquid Palmolive (for regular dish washing by hand). Luckily I was standing nearby, finishing up in the kitchen and after 30 seconds, not much more I'm sure, I thought "the dishwasher doesn't sound normal..." I opened the door and was met with the biggest growing cloud of suds that you ever did see. And that's when "the light went on"...DUHHH!!! I should not have put regular dish soap in the DW. Obviously DW soap is specially formulated to not make any suds. What to do? By now the cloud of suds is growing and spilling onto the floor... Forgive me - I did not stop to take photos.. I should have...sorry. I'm sure you can form a mental picture...(think I Love Lucy!!)  Looking back now, it WAS pretty comical but at the time it wasn't quite as easy to see the humour in it. So I took a bowl and scooped out as much of the suds as I could, closed the door and turned it back on. In another 30 seconds it sounded the same and when I cautiously opened the door again to check.. you're right - same result. A lovely mushrooming cloud of suds.... To make a long story a bit shorter, it took about 6 or 7 "scooping outs" before the wash cycle could finish, and my double sink had a towering pile of suds... and I do mean towering....
Now that I  have done a google search I know that if I had poured in some white vinegar, that would have helped considerably in breaking down the suds... So go ahead. Laugh! Just don't leave me any comments telling me how stooopid I am.. I already know... At least there was no harm done. And the dishes did come out clean. So is my floor....
PS I did catch the last 30 minutes of the Celtic Thunder concert on MPBN once I got out of the kitchen and thought to turn the tv on......
EDIT: Celtic Thunder is on MPBN again this Thursday March 7 at 11pm local time (Atlantic). You KNOW I'll be watching this time!!  :)

Peace,
Linda

"To make mistakes is human, to stumble is commonplace, to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity."
 ~ William Arthur Ward

11 comments:

Darlene D said...

Uh oh, not fun! As for Celtic Thunder, aren't they awesome. We saw them in Halifax 3 years ago and was totally amazed! Glad you caught the end of it!

Lee said...

omg! Sounds like an episode of I Love Lucy.

Lavender Cottage said...

Live and learn! The soap suds put me in mind of a Doris Day movie, but with her the suds came out of the washing machine.
Judith

Pamela Gordon said...

I'm sorry, Linda, but I am laughing. That is such a Lucy episode! I would be freaking out if that happened to me. I'm sorry you missed most of Celtic Thunder. Isn't that a pretty morning out there? Quite a surprise!

MissesStitches said...

Well, I have to admit it. That happened to me once, too, Linda. Those suds just keep coming and coming and coming, don't they!

Sandi Mac said...

I thought that everyone who has a dishwasher has done this ONCE!!!! and only once, because you don't ever forget this lesson. I did it about 20 yrs ago. I would not ever say that this was a stupid move. On the other hand, handwashing dishes when you have a dishwasher? Stack them into the dishwasher, turn around and wall directly into the studio!!!!

Karen said...

:))))))) It's funny when it happens to someone else!!!

Anonymous said...

All I am going to say, re the soap suds, is "You are not alone." Live and learn -- I should have told you my story and saved you the "fun" you had with the bubbles. Jeanne Kaye

Donna C said...

Hi Linda: FYI, Celtic Thunder is going to be on PBS again tomorrow night at 11:00 ....I already have my PVR set to watch it....(Thursday the 7th)

Linda H said...

Thanks for letting me know Donna!! I'll be watching this time!! :)

Dolores said...

Saturday night and 8:00 p.m. here it Toronto and guess what I'm watching. Yep, Celtic Thunder. Hubby is in the basement watching hockey.

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