Friday Fails – Hornet’s Nest & Toilet Paper


I want to start off by clarifying that Friday Fails is just about keeping it real. It’s for laughs and encouragement, not because we are depressed about our failures.   I write Friday Fails with my tongue firmly placed in my cheek and I’m sure that Friday Fails participants do as well. 🙂

Recently we had an Open House for our home that is on the market. I spent days getting the house clean and everything looking “just so.” When we arrived home after the Open House we found a note from the realtor that said there’s a HUGE hornet’s nest on the back porch. {major blush}

Ernie was out on the back porch the night before and didn’t even see it. Men, I tell ya, they are blind as bats sometimes. {chuckle} I’m SO glad no one got stung.


Of course, it’s still there because that’s just how we roll around here — “Out of sight, out of mind.” #fail

On Tuesday night as I heard my husband banging around in the bathroom cabinet, I thought to myself, “I bet he’s looking for toilet paper.”   Sure enough, he came walking into the bedroom and asked, “Do we have any more toilet paper?” {snort}

I thought for sure that there was more TP in the bathroom closet, but after scrounging around, we found none.  Nada. Zero. Zip. #fail


All that we had was a tiny roll to last until the next day. Then Ernie remembered that he had a roll in his car from when we ran out a few months ago and borrowed a roll from church. Please don’t judge.  Ahem.

(After publically embarrassing myself, I’ll be sure to take roll of TP to church on Sunday. Then I’ll be even more embarrassed. Ha!)

To make it even better, Ernie left for work the next morning without bringing the TP inside.  Brilliant!  When I got up, I had neither a stitch of toilet paper nor a kleenex in the house.

I made a plea for help on Twitter.  Leaves, napkins and other lovely alternatives were suggested. Ha! I quickly made it to the store and our toilet paper crisis was abated. Whew!

Please tell me that I’m not the only housewife that forgets to pick up toilet paper!

Do you have a “fail” to share? Link ’em up here! If you don’t have a blog, just leave a comment. Please follow the rules! I can’t wait to read your fails! Try to spread the love and comment on the other “fails” posts!


  1. You are not the only housewife that forgets toilet paper. When my girls were babies, I invited my friends over and told them they had to bring their own. They did! And theybrough me extra with a pretty bow tied around it! 🙂 You know you have great friends when they bring you toilet paper! 🙂
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  2. That was me in the women’s restroom at church Sunday evening… thankfully it was one of the teeny bathrooms and I could reach the papertowels and hope the commode wouldn’t clog! My first thought was to text my DH (who was in the sanctuary!) and have him bring me some, but then I realized I’d given him my purse (with cellphon in it) to take on in. I DID go get more from the supply closet and restock that bathroom!

    PS – I think that’s a wasps nest and not a hornets nest 🙂 Hornets nests are like a gray paper mache ball. Still stinging insects, though 😛
    Miriam´s last blog post ..Feelin Good

    1. Miriam, that’s a hilarious story! LOL Yes, you’re right about the wasp nest…I was mistaken about them. 🙂

  3. Chuckling along with you… I buy the gargantuan packs from Costco and STILL manage to run out. For years I’ve been the only female in the house and obviously I use more TP than the boys/hubby so a 36 pack lasts somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 months (unless I’m pregnant…).

    It’s easy to remember I’m almost out when I’m in the bathroom, but once I come out of there and get distracted – the chance that it will make it on the list are slim!
    Laura @ Homemaking Joyfully´s last blog post ..Chores for children

    1. Girl, it’s so good to know that we’re not alone in our forgetting TP debacle. LOL! Thanks for your comment!

  4. I laughed a little when I saw that you had a TP fail too! We run out as well but luckliy grandpa seems to keep up on the TP situation a lot better than us and right about the time we are realizing that we are out he is coming home from the store with more!

  5. Yes it happens to us all. But my hubby gets really mad at me if it happens. (like I am the only one who can go and purchase toilet paper?!?!?)

  6. LOL on the Toilet paper! I’ve done that before!
    And you can add a #5 to my list this morning, as I just noticed a title from a previous post up there on my Friday Fails Linky. The link is correct, but the title isn’t. Ahem. Fail.
    Dawn@ 5 Kids and a Dog´s last blog post ..Fails- oh My

    1. Thanks for your comment Dawn! I’m so behind and I’m just now working my way back through comments. Would you like me to change the title on your link? 🙂

  7. I just discovered your blog and this was my first email update – I am cracking up! I love the authentic and REAL part and will surely enjoy these Friday posts. Yes, we moms are not perfect and although I can’t remember the last time I ran out of toilet paper, I can certainly running out of a lot of other seemingly important items at the worst possible time!

    1. Hi Susan! Thanks for subscribing and for your comment! LOL Glad to provide some “keeping it real” amusement!

  8. As I told you on Twitter, TP is one of the things I forget to pick up with appalling regularity. I finally bought a 30-pack of double rolls of Charmin (because my hubby is a Charmin snob… why are so many men picky about TP brands when they don’t use it nearly as often??? Anywho…) and that’s solved the problem for the time being. 🙂
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  9. Hi Myra, you are not the only mom that forgets to buy toilet paper. It seems I’m always buying it and we are always out.If I think we have enough to last until the next shopping trip then someone uses a couple of rolls to clean up a mess or something.We once ran out when my in-laws were visiting. No one told me until I ask why there were boxes of Kleenex setting on top of the toilet.Then my dear husband told me. I was so embarrassed!! There is no stocking up on the stuff!

    1. Ha! Totally agree on the ginormous packs of TP. I just picked up a large pack yesterday! 🙂 Hopefully I can avoid such crisis in the future!

  10. Ah, dear, just wait until you have a few daughters in the house 🙂 We go through a re-dik-u-lus amount of toilet paper compared to my friends with boys! I’ve taken to buying the largest 30-roll packs Wal-Mart sells, and even with that, sometimes I still have to check all 3 potties in our house before I find one that has some TP left. ‘Course a potty-training 2-yr-old who has been known to empty a whole roll for a single bathroom visit also helps to drain the precious resources here (and cause overflowing nightmares too!)

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