My Signature

On floor space between our dishwasher and cabinets.

By the children's art proudly displayed on our fridge.

If you were to stand in this one specific area for a few moments. 

When the bright morning sun rays illuminate most of the kitchen.

At that time, if you look up, you'd be in for quite a sight.

Liquid stains on the ceiling. 

Not many, but a few.

And, any is more than there should be.

No matter how many times we have scrubbed that ceiling, some of the stains remain.

I never would have guessed that a gallon jug of milk, dropped onto a floor from chest-high would create such an explosive force that milk would spray the ceiling and become a fixture. 

So, sunny mornings from time to time, one or more of our observant kid crew will say, "Dad, look!  I can still see that milk you spilled on the ceiling."

Gee, thanks.

When we moved into this house, several years ago it was new.

Milk displayed above appears to be my contribution as the "signature feature" that makes our house unique.

Now, we have others--the older kid's height chart marked with a pencil on a wall, trees and bushes that we planted outside to commemorate a birth or death, etc.

But, that milk residue is the most talked about one.

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So, do you have any "signature features" around your house, apartment, or residence?

One that you can boast about or are responsible for?

Hopefully, your contribution is much more appealing than mine.

26 comments:

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I don't but that's quite a story. I too would never have realized that milk could explode like that out of a jug.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

I have wee bowls and baskets all over my house which contains general shite. When I can't find something, its generally in one of these wee baskets. I drive everyone insane with them.

Och I know I'm daft...

LadyFi said...

LOL - brilliant!

And I'm so happy to hear I'm not the only one with milk stains on the ceiling!

The Blonde Duck said...

When my husband and FIL repainted our kitchen, they had to paint over tons of splatter around the stove and sink--a product of all my cooking!

Pat Hatt said...

LOL wow never knew milk could do that, another reason to avoid it. Nope nothing like that at my place.

Jax said...

Milk scares me!!! The fact that it's permanently on your ceiling would freak me out :P hahaha

Ummm, I just moved into my new apartment, so nothing yet. And Madre kept her house like a musuem, so nothing there...

I will have to pick up this tradition to get a homey feeling :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Too funny about the milk on the ceiling. We have a bunch of dents in the framework around our main door where the twins got ahold of a hammer...

Pia said...

so far i don't have any. but there's something just above my counter top that used to annoy me a lot. definitely, it wasn't my own doing but the tenants that lived above my unit. they spilled water over and let their floor soaked in it for days and now the marks showed on my ceiling. i had it painted two years ago but it re-appeared. guess what, they spilled water again. argh!

Candice said...

Wow...I bet that was a mess at the time it happened. Just like scars on a body, these blemishes tell a story. Like the dent in our floor that happened the 1st night we moved into our NEW home when Graham accidentally knocked over a lamp. We were smart enough then (and now) to know a house will only stay "new" for a very short time with kids running around!

Christina Lee said...

Ooooooh good one. Hmmm let me see. YES--red wax from a lava lamp that imploded. Can't get those stains out! :D

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Well, there's are NO bullet holes (yet) from the locals...guess that says something (like, I return fire?)
As to the milk...the TRICK is to drop it on the SIDE...then it ONLY shoots into the NEXT room and misses the ceiling completely.
Trust me on this one...!

Good post and comments by all.

Stay safe (and lactose-free?) out there.

Ed Pilolla said...

that's a riot. the milk you spilled on the ceiling is a gem of a line:)
i have a good one fer ya: i got into the (bad) habit of tossing a league ball in the air while i was reclined on the sofa. and, well, the ball would occasionally (more like often) graze the wall on its way down, leaving red marks from the stitching. so that's my claim to fame:)

Diane said...

You never thought to paint.....? I guess its what makes you guys fun and special. :O)

Cameron said...

Only been in our new digs a year, so the best so far is the red wine stain in the white calcutta marble that we can't get out. a sign of a good time :)
Cheers!
Cameron

Amber said...

Hi...I'm new and was hopping around and I came across this blog. I would love it if you hopped over to mine. I think we share some things in common. -Christian who enjoys crime fighting (of course mine is in my imagination and writing :)

I enjoyed your posts. Some were sad, but refreshing there are people like you out there who care :)

Selma said...

I have Coke stains on my ceiling from a bottle that exploded. We cleaned it and repainted it but in the right light you can still see the stains. Haha.

Secret Agent Woman said...

Oh, there is a huge stain on my hardwood floor where I set some bags of wet aquarium gravel for a couple of days. Only re-finishing the floors will fix it, and that's not in the budget!

terri said...

It never occurred to me that milk could be spilled on the ceiling!

I'm sure I've left my share of signatures around this house. Most of them have been covered with paint or repaired in some other way.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

haha, you have such a great mind. I love your sentiments like this. Seeing how I'm still in apartments, all of our bad deeds can be "erased" by Landlords so I'm not there yet. But I do always love kids' growth charts on the doors. Totally doing that when I have kids (and own a home).

Talli Roland said...

Hm... I can't think of anything at the moment, but I love reading about yours!

Maxi said...

Your signature reminds me of our kitchen. For years there were stains on the ceiling above the counter…

Just before David passed away we began to update the house: painting, new floor tile, new furniture…

Those stains are gone now, we never could figure out how they got there…

Blessings - Maxi

Clarissa Draper said...

I have moved so often that I leave very few signatures behind. It's kinda sad that.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Love this!

Our cats have scratched at the jambs and carpeting underneath two of the bedroom doors when we are busy and want to keep them out. I want to replace the carpet and wood; hus says leave it 'til we move; they'll just do it again.

carma said...

speaking of fixtures, tonight I broke a light fixture while on a vacuuming jag - now we have a nice "signature fixture" over the kitchen table. Maybe no one will notice ;-)

Diana said...

Back when my boys were little and we lived in a different house, my youngest son opened a bottle of soda and it sprayed the kitchen ceiling... which in turn ricocheted, dripping onto him, still holding the bottle and standing there stunned. I saw it all, having been just a few feet behind him. I'll never forget the sight as he looked over his shoulder at me, streams of sticky soda pop running down his face. For several years after, I scrubbed and scrubbed those dark spots on that area of the kitchen ceiling. They faded a little with time, but never truly disappeared. My boys and I have had a good laugh over that memory now and then. :D

Hilary said...

That's too funny, really.

I had a cat who, as she aged, decided the walk to the litter box was too difficult. She left her bladder signature in the corner of the carpet all too often. It stains the subflooring to this day.