Why did I have kids when I could have just gotten ferrets? Here's a picture of the actual things I retrieved from our living room heating/air conditioning vent today:

An old cell phone, a pacifier, the tip from a cake decorating set, a plug-in bug repellant, a green racquetball, and ... a can of water chestnuts.



  1. Haha!

    I find stuff like that in our vent too.

    I don't blame the kids for throwing in those water chestnuts though. I am not a fan of those things. *Shudders*

  2. I once found 6 my little ponies in the vent - i had to reach in to my elbow to get them out. I also have that same can of water chestnuts - my mother in law bought it for some unknown reason 4 years ago and I still haven't figured out what to do with it. Maybe the next canned food drive?

  3. LOL! I use the water chestnuts when I make lo mein or stir fry. They add to the authenticity ... at least the "Americanized Chinese restaurant" version of authenticity. :)

  4. Just think if you were ever held hostage (or think Nazi Germany), you'd be glad the kids stashed those things down the vent. You could survive happily for a while with those six items!

  5. Several years ago, I met the lady who bought my childhood home when we moved out. When I mentioned playing marbles in the front hallway with my brothers, she laughed and said when they took out the old furnace, a whole bunch of marbles fell out the bottom of it! I guess we lost a few down the heat vents!

  6. Wrap the water chestnuts in bacon and bake them til the bacon is cooked. They're good!!!!

  7. YUM Jenna - that sounds kinda like the Chinese rumaki, but without the yucky chicken liver and green peppers. I'm gonna have to try that - I bet my kids would love it!


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