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Leaks, cotton buds and crazy deceased grandparents

Cotton budsWhen we got back from our California trip on Wednesday, as I was putting the sunscreen back into the bathroom vanity unit, I found we had a slight leak and our small stash of cotton buds had got wet and ruined.

Later the same day I mentioned this to my Dad, saying how lucky we were that it wasn’t worse as the box was nearly empty.

“Don’t buy any!” he said…

Later the same afternoon he turns up with this large vintage baking tin completely stuffed full with cotton buds.  The tin is even labelled on the outside, the inside has my Grandmother’s name on it.

There are approximately 40 packages of 70 cotton buds in this tin – I’ll do the maths for you, thats over 2000 cotton buds.

Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t use a lot of cotton buds.  Lets say I use one a week, what the heck, lets use them with wild abandon and use 2 a week.  This is 20 years supply.

Dad says “let me know when you need more, I have 4 more tins of them”.

I  need to live to be 140 to use 8000+ cotton buds.   Guess I’d better head to Pinterest and look for some crafting ideas … or find some way to live to 140 🙂


About The Sock Mistress

Slight fixation with socks. At last count, I had enough pairs of socks to last 14 weeks without having repeat a pair. IT geek by profession. Disney nut. 3rd world loan shark (http://Kiva.org ). Finds humour in the inappropriate. Holiday planner extraordinaire. Mum to doglets. Crazy Dachshund lady.


6 thoughts on “Leaks, cotton buds and crazy deceased grandparents

  1. I’m intrigued to know why your grandmother had 14,000 cotton buds; that’s one heck of a collection.

    Posted by Keith Channing | July 25, 2015, 8:38 pm
    • One of the many mysteries of her estate. She was a hoarder and a collector. I think having grown up through the depression, the urge to have “stuff” took over. They used to go to Australia on holiday each year and likely they were cheap – and lightweight – so easy to bring back.

      Posted by The Sock Mistress | July 25, 2015, 9:11 pm
  2. Gotta admit, that is a lot of q-tips. I think I use maybe 4 a week. I wash my hair twice a week, when I wash my hair, I wash my ears… I have to dry my ears or they will ache. But even I think I’d have a problem using 2000 of these… maybe you can use them to do your nails. Sometimes I do, I’ll put a little nail polish remover on one and use that to get the polish off of my skin… not sure what else you could use it for. I love that tin though and the fact that it was your grandmothers makes it all the better.

    Posted by The Daily Blabber | July 26, 2015, 12:42 am
    • Nailpolish is about the only thing I will likely use them for. I try to avoid using them in my ears unless I end up with water in them that I can’t get out – after I’ve been to the pool or similar. I’ll need to get messy with some nail art I think – perhaps more water marbling or some splatter art 🙂

      Posted by The Sock Mistress | July 26, 2015, 3:02 pm
  3. This was my observation about buying Q-tips at Costco. The package had 2000 of them in it. I use 1/day after showering but what am I going to do with 6 years of Q-tips?

    Posted by kabeiser | July 27, 2015, 2:49 am


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