Todays House Wife

Our Christmas Trip

Christmas trip

After Christmas, we decided to visit some friends 800 miles away. I was driving all day and I was ready to look for a hotel but before I can Do that I realized that we are stuck in the middle of the interstate because of an accident on the road that involved multiple vehicles.
Because there was more than 1 vehicle involved and from what I heard also fatalities, we had to wait until the road was cleared.
The problem was that it was late at night and not enough 24 hours towing service available for the big job. It took a long time until towing trucks from the nearby city arrived and the road was cleared.
Most of us waiting for the road to be cleared got out of our cars and started to socialize with each other. Between these people was an older man, Henry, who was a tow truck driver for 20 years before he retired.

Most of us have a negative experience with towing companies that illegally towed vehicles but Henry had too many interesting stories not to listen too.
Our time passed by so fast while listening to his stories, not because how interesting they were but because the way he was telling the story.
I decided to share some of his stories with you.

Henry was telling me that he has a story that he thinks at almost every day. One day the police called him for a lockout job. One driver locked his keys in the car and needed help unlocking his car. After the job was done and the car was unlocked, the driver started to act suspiciously so the police decided to search his car. What they found was shocking. Almost 40 bags of an illegal drug that will put that driver to jail for a long time. But the question that remained on Henry’s main all this years is why did the driver knowing what he has in the car called the police to help him unlock the car?

One time he had to pull out a car suspended in a tree in a ditch. Luckily the 2 men inside the car were not hurt but they were so scared that they were shaking for 2 hours.

One late night he was called by a lady who had a flat tire. When he arrived she was in her car listening to the music at her radio with no flashlight on, no triangle. She didn’t even knew if she has an emergency wheel in her trunk or not. She did so Henry was able to help her and explained to her that next time when she need a towing trucks help she needs to have her triangle set up, a reflecting vest on and she needs to get out of the care and wait for the towing truck to arrive in a safe place, not in her car. I was noggin my head but the truth is I didn’t know all this.

It was a long and interesting night as the cleaning took almost all night but listening to Henry telling his stories made the time pass so fast that we didn’t even realized how long we were waiting.

How to Extend the Life of Your Freshly Cut Flowers?

If you are like me, you absolutely love fresh cut flowers in your room, but does it worth the effort and/or expense?

For me it does. It’s just absolutely heartwarming when I see the room light up with color, but I hate when my flowers die.
Over the years I tried to expand the life of my flowers with different tricks I heard from friends or neighbors, or I found researching online.


These are just some of the ones I have found:
– First thing before you put your flowers in a vase is to make sure the vase is absolutely clean. I always use vinegar or bleach to wipe the inside of the vase before putting my flowers into the vase, just to make sure there are no bacteria’s left in the vase.

– I use vinegar not just to clean the vase but I add some even to the water, to make sure the water stays bacteria free. Keeping cut flowers looking good for a longer time means minimizing the growth of bacteria in the water and making sure they have all the nutrients they need. I add 2 Tbsp. of vinegar and stir. The vinegar helps inhibit the growth of bacteria and keeps your flowers fresher longer. If you don’t have vinegar a few drops of vodka (or any clear spirit) will do the trick. Even a copper penny and a cube of sugar to the vase water will have the same result. The penny is thought to act like an acidifier, which prevents the growth of bacteria.

– I always add a small mixture of aspirin, and a teaspoon of sugar to the water as the carbohydrates from the sugar feed the stems. The sugar will help nourish the flowers and promote the opening of the blooms.

– Remove all the lower leaves from the plant so no leaves end up in the vase. I do this because the leaves break down in the water can cause bacteria to form

– Before submerging my flowers I cut the stem in a 45-degree angle

– Try not to jam too many flowers into 1 vase because they will die quicker. Also, don’t leave your flower arrangement in the sun that will cause your flowers to die faster. They are not growing anymore, so sunlight it’s not beneficial for them anymore

– Make sure you change the water often and give your stems a fresh angle cut every time you change the water – at least every other day.

– If your flowers came with “flower food”, don’t use it all at once. Every time you change the water, add a small quantity to the changed water. The “flower food” contains sugar, an acidifier, and bleach most of the time.

– Keep flowers away from appliances, like televisions and computers, which give off heat and can cause flowers to dehydrate.

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Lots of people are obsessed with keeping their flowers alive for longer periods. One of my neighbors is putting her flowers in the refrigerator overnight. What? Yes, and if you think better the flower shop keeps them in a cooling box, they are transported in temperature controlled truck and temperature controlled shipping containers.
I remember a wedding I was attending as a helper for a wedding organizer. The truck that was supposed to bring the flowers to the wedding location in Norcross, GA broke down with all the flowers inside. Luckily they could still control the temperature inside but we still needed a way to get the truck with the flowers to us. This is where tow trucks come in handy. Just a quick call and the tow truck pulled the flower truck to the reception location and we managed to get all the flowers out. I’m glad that Anna (the wedding organizer) did not freak out and had the awesome idea to call the towing truck from Norcross.
So yes, if you want to max out the life of your flowers put them in the refrigerator overnight 

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