Ceiling food

So here’s the deal. You’re a parent with little darlings running around, and one day you walk through the kitchen and notice stuff stuck to the ceiling above the kitchen table. Finding out what it is is a lot easier than knowing what to do about it. What it is, is food. Your little lovies have learned that if they put food on the handle of a fork, and bang the tines, this food will soar up and stick to the ceiling. Oatmeal lumps stick best (I have this on good authority). Avocados are good, and peas or asparagus if they’re mushy enough. Meat doesn’t work, and you can try it with camp food, such as hot dogs or hash, but why bother? That stuff is too good to waste. Mashed potatoes end up splattered all over the walls, dogs, and siblings. Some things, like bits of well-done pot roast, stick for a few minutes then drop on the table the minute your mother sits down for dinner.

 The answer? There is none. They’re kids, having fun. This is not a problem, it’s a solution. Join them once, have a competition, then help them clean up (leaving most of it to them) and declare that from here on this business goes outside. Hang a peck basket from a tree and let them catapault acorns or garden slugs into it from a card table. (Do they still make card tables?)

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About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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One Response to Ceiling food

  1. Claudia Parisi says:

    Well, I sure did enjoy this site of yours Peter! I have spots on the textured ceilings of the bath and bedrooms where the girls decided that they could spitball wads of wet toilet paper and have it stick. It took me a while to figure out what the heck they were doing…gotta figure out how to make them fix the ceilings…that would surely work as a deterant..or just fix it myself…lol.. 🙂

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