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Do I divorce him or keep him around for a slow torture? We arrived home two nights ago at 10pm. We have had rules that we never travel at night, no more than eight hours, and never arrive home at night in case there is an issue with the house. We broke them all...my appt. in Orlando went smoothly and we were on the road by noon. Spent the night in SC when the storms got too scary to drive. That put us 14 hrs to home...

Before we left, hubby took all the food to the fridge downstairs. We unplugged the main floor one and left the doors open. When we walked in it smelled like dead mouse...I had been riding for 15 hours and it was 10pm and now this. He went through the house,basement, and even the attic looking for the dead body...nothing. Then he noticed the fridge doors were closed. He opens them letting out the most horrendous smell...it was gas mask quality. By then, I have lost my mind. Opening all the windows even tho it's 30 out. He slammed the doors closed. What the heck did a mouse get in there? Our son was watching the place, he closed the doors because he couldn't find the cause.Didn't want to tell us and ruin our trip! Our freezer is on the bottom and there's a shelf at the very top and unless you stand on your head you can't see it. A package of CHICKEN somehow made it up there!!! Two months to thaw out!!!! OMG

We went to bed and the next morning said quilty person is getting dressed to go to work. I told him if he left be prepared to sign divorce papers tonight. Are you kidding me! We scrubbed everything 10 times with clorox, but to no avail...new fridge was delivered by dark! Not how you want to end a wonderful vacation!!!!

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Comment by Terry F on April 14, 2017 at 3:13pm

Ugh!  Dead anything is the worse smell!

Comment by Irene Gallway on April 8, 2017 at 11:01am

Oh my Gosh,  what a mess to have to face.  I think the torture treatment is fair game. lol  However on second thought cleaning it up was probably the worst punishment.  Glad you made it home safely.

Comment by Sandy Larkey on April 7, 2017 at 4:38pm

If your husband is guilty, your son is complicit!  I'd make them both live in the kitchen for several weeks, while I went to a motel--they could scrub the house and spread air fresheners about while they're meditating on the problem.

Comment by Janet/MO on April 6, 2017 at 8:45pm

You  have my sympathies.  A few yrs ago we arrived home from a vacation to discover that our hot water heater had leaked water all over carpet in the garage that had been converted to my quilt studio.  It was beyond disgusting, but fortunately the only thing ruined besides that awful carpet was some reams of paper.  The upside was I got my new flooring that I had been wanting for 2 yrs.  Now that I think about it, maybe I should do the same thing here. 

Comment by Barb/WI on April 6, 2017 at 5:36pm

Arghh!  That would be my worst nightmare!  Keep remembering how nice the vacation was.

Comment by Barbara Graham on April 6, 2017 at 4:39pm

Oh my, it sounds ghastly. We had a little critter perish in our absence one time and is was nasty but a whole package of chicken?!! Nasty. If you go to trial, I'll testify on your behalf.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 6, 2017 at 2:03pm

I was afraid it was the freezer full of food that had somehow gotten unplugged.  I was actually relieved to hear is was just one package of meat.  That is probably no comfort to you.  That "dead" smell is hard to get over.  Hopefully all is forgiven.  However, it might be a day or two before you'll want chicken on the menu... 

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