April 8, 2010 at 7:30 am | Posted in Benefits, Family, Interests, Senses, Smell | 6 Comments
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Nothing hooks your delicate sense of smell
like these babies.

When you return home from dropping your partner at the airport, you may find evidence of their hurry to pack.

The instant you enter the house, the stench of mothballs will assail you.

The balls may be old and few.

The wardrobe (closet) door may be open mere millimetres.

It may only have been an hour since you left.

Yet for you the smell has pervaded the whole building, altering its aspect and bombarding your uber-delicate senses with torrents of data.

If you feel this way, you may consider becoming a detective – where attention to detail is a boon.


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  1. You know, one time when our child was in high school, my husband and I left for a weekend. She stayed home with a friend. When we returned, the house was just as we’d left it. Almost. We are not particular about being very tidy, but things definitely have a place. This time, a pillow was a millimeter off from where we’d left it. There was a plastic barrette in the grass of the back yard. A chair was 1 inch from its accustomed place. A picture was a tiny bit crooked. And on. And on. It is amazing how everything was ‘right’, yet not right. By these tokens, we knew something big had taken place in that house over the past two days!

    Different from your mothball overload, but the same in that what may be small differences to others can be big, flashing neon signs to those who are alert to change!

    • What a fascinating account, Lynn! I can’t describe how good it is to know there are ‘others’ like you and your husband out there.

      Anecdotes like yours add so much value to our discussion. I’m very grateful you took the time to share. Best regards, AS. 🙂

  2. ha ha … these babies remind me of my Nana.

    • Hi, Catherine; good point! You just reminded me how a visit to my grandma always began with a mothball fog blowing past me at the front door. Many thanks for playing. 🙂

  3. PAUL,

    Greetings from rural Australia.

    How timely, Paul.

    We use moth balls or naphthalene flakes to put around our front and back verandas to deter snakes. Especially under the dog beds.

    Snakes don’t like the smell.

    After seeing a poisonous brown snake slithering along both verandas last week for an unwelcome extended visit, I rushed for the moth balls. Only to discover I’m out.

    When Victor went to replace them, he couldn’t. Both products are now considered carcinogenic and no longer sold. So I’m trying out camphor.

    Not the same. BUT. The same alienating fragrance!

    Fabulous post.

    LOVE the comment by Lynn. I had the same experience on arriving home after Victor’s mother stayed in our house dog sitting. Photos slightly askew. Towels not quite square on the towel rack. Electric jug not quite flush with the wall. Et al!

    Best wishes always,


    Carol Jones
    Interface Pty Ltd
    Designers of The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover

    Ironing Diva’s stories are at

    • Many thanks for your gripping reply, Carol. And for taking the time to transcribe it from Facebook. I sure didn’t want it to vanish into the … ether. Kind regards, P. 🙂

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