Have you ever wondered how long different things might last? Well, I found a few listed in an HGTV magazine awhile back. I thought maybe it might hold some interest for you. It’s an odd assortment of subjects listed in an ABC index. Here we go:
Aloe Vera gel – 12 months once it’s been opened. It’s suggested to store it in the fridge.
Bulbs – 10-15 years These bulbs are of the plant variety, not electrical.
Cast Iron pans – Generations (finally something that lasts). Suggested to use warm water and a non-scratch scrub brush.
Deli-meat – Up to 5 days. (Told you it is an odd assortment). Best if kept in meat drawer.
Exterior Paint Job – Up to 10 years preparation, the quality of paint and color play into it.
Fertilizer (dry or liquid) – Forever. If it clumps or crystals break with a trowel.
Hot Water Heater (tank) – up to 12 years, (tankless) up to 15 years. Maintenance is big issue – should be flushed out when heat system gets checkup.
Ice Pops – Up to 18 months. Home made only about three weeks. Store in back of freezer.
Skipped J, K on to L
Laptop – three to five years. That one is funny! I know kids who can kill them off fast. Then you have me who has been using my adult granddaughter’s cast off for over six years!
Mattress – Up to 10 years. If it’s not a pillow top it ought to be rotated two times a year. We’re waking up achy, may be time for a new one. The achy can’t be because of US growing old.
Nut Butter – Up to 6 months. Store opened jars in fridge. Oil separation is normal, if it smells like oil paint, it’s bad.
Skipped O & P
Quinoa – three years. Keep it in cabinet away from heat source. It’s not a grain and any moisture may make it sprout.
Razor Blades – up to six weeks If you shave more than 2 times a week, anything over six weeks you’ll get razor burns and nicks.
Shower Curtain Liner – one year.
Skipped T,U & V
Wood Cutting Board – A lifetime, maybe even a passer-oner.
Skipped X,Y & Z
Okay, on to something else. Have you ever heard of Spoonerism? I hadn’t but I like it! It is an error in speech or a deliberate play on words where letters are switched between two words in a phrase. Examples follow:
Heard at a wedding: “It is kisstomary to cuss the bride.”
Heard a nervous college student on an official visit: “Is the bean dizzy?”
Heard from many a mother: “Now you go upstairs and shake a tower!”
Heard from aggravated fan: “I can’t believe they scored a Dutch town!”
I’m just curious how many times I have done the word swap! Thanks for reading! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget this winter when you can’t get out to get a paper, we are online!
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