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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

The Washing's almost Done ... But the Ironing is Piled High!

Happy New Year! Now that life is back to 'normal' and the madness of 'The Festive Season' has abated for at least the next 9 months, I find the will to live has returned! Only remnants of the past month remain -- especially the laundry.

We do not use the clothes dryer in our house ... The Man's rule, not mine. Over the '12 days' at least 10 sets of sheets and duvet covers, numerous pillow cases and the Lord only knows how many bath towels piled up and at last count over 50 table napkins!

Today for the first time in my life I considered all the work my mother put up with for all the years she did! My parents always wanted as many of as a possible for the holidays. I figured out today that she was my age in 1986 and she carried on valiantly until 2003 -- in 2004 they sold their house and moved into the retirement home where Mom still lives. She loves it there and I don't think she misses all the seasonal falderol one little bit. If I follow in her footsteps that means I've only 17 years to go.

It was easier for her in this respect. Christmas is one day. It's not Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and then New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. And I almost forgot the Grandson's birthday popped up on the 27th. We had a birthday party for him after they went to play laser war games. His three school friends sat at the table and played games on their smart phones and turned down most of the food! His Grandparents were aghast...

Not that I'm complaining, mind you!

I have really missed you all and it's good to be back ... so here's a something for your enjoyment...

28 comments:

  1. Are you ready for Arbor day?

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  2. I keep pairing down, and down. Actually, and finally, this was an easy holiday, not staying at home, meeting people for lunch somewhere else, avoiding all the fuss! Wow! I guess at some point we have to stand up and declare our independence.

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    1. You are sooooo right, Rosaria. A few years ago it looked as if it would be just the two of us at Christmas -- Once I got over the 'shock' at the idea, I really started to look forward to it -- in the end it didn't happen that way. Indeed, perhaps it is time to take a stand for independence!

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  3. Happy New Year and welcome back, Broad! You have been missed. No wonder you've been out of sight for a while. After so much laundry I'm surprised you have energy to post.:-) I too try to dry my washing without using the dryer, but draw the line at bed-linen in winter. I changed the bedding today and the dryer is on as I type....

    Many thanks for the excellent flash mob. It's new to me and I loved the expressions on the faces of those listening and especially the little boy up the lamp-post conducting.

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    1. I used to have a dryer that was operational. But He who shall remain nameless repositioned the dryer in such a way that I can't get to the wire to replace the plug which he removed so I couldn't use it!!!

      I love that little boy on the lamp-post, too! Glad you enjoyed the flash mob.

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    2. Ouch, that's what I call underhand behaviour! I guess you dry everything on the radiators?

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    3. 'Radiators'??? You've got to be kidding! According to the man, if I dry things on the radiators, I'll cause them to rust! I have to wait for his back to be turned for that!!!;-)

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  4. All that washing and ironing exhausts me just reading about it. I had all the immediate family round for Christmas. Because we've been having to go to the hospital every day, I'm afraid I found everyone a job and not one of them minded. (Old Chinese Proverb) many hands make light work and it was one of the best Christmas's ever. Perhaps the bald statement - 'you'll have to see to yourselves' might have a shock reaction for less intimate guests though. Anyway - Happy New Year from me too and the Flash Mob are great!

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    1. Actually, people were very helpful -- but there is only so much you can delegate! Anyway, I think there was something about this past Christmas that didn't work for me -- I never really got into the festive spirit like I do most years.

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  5. Happy New Year Broad!
    For some bizarre reason I enjoy doing laundry. It's all the rest of the stuff that throws me for a loop. This is a great flash mob!

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    1. Happy New Year to you, too, Rubye Jack! Glad you liked it!

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  6. Oh, I really enjoyed that Flash Mob. I've not seen that one, and I watch them whenever anybody posts them. Laundry is not my favorite thing, but I confess that my iron only makes it out of my closet every few years or so :-)

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    1. I don't mind ironing too much -- nevertheless, I do put it off as long as possible! :-)

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  7. Hi Kathie, Great to have you back! And Happy New Year to you, the Man and the rest of your family. Good luck on the ironing ... Martine

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    1. Thanks, Martine. The ironing is beckoning!

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  8. But where do you dry it? When I was a child it was the lines in the basement. When I was married it was a clothes dryer, first the laundromat, then mine.

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    1. We have a reasonably large utility room and a 'clothes drying rack'. The room is fairly warm and the clothes dry pretty quickly considering ... I do spend time turning them over and moving them around. Bah!

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  9. Can't imagine having that much laundry and not drying clothes in the dryer. We had lots of linens during the holiday as our daughter has four children. They did their own laundry while here. That left me with the bedding etc. when they left. All is now done and put away. Whew. What a job!
    Good luck with getting the last of yours put away.
    I iron very little and catch things as they emerge from the dryer warm and mostly without wrinkles.
    Blessings to you in the New Year. barb

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    1. I've got used to it now -- in fact it's not so uncommon in Britain for people to not have a dryer or not use one if they do have. The Man used to stand in front of the electric meter when I'd use it -- practically gave him a nervous breakdown! It's one of those arguments I could never win so I gave in 'ungraciously' ;-)

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  10. The "man" won't let you use the dryer? Interesting. Maybe HE should do the laundry.

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    1. Sometimes, he does :-( Usually when I think I'll take a day off from it!!

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  11. We had the sort of guests who automatically sort themselves - and us - out...but there was still a mound of washing to be done.
    No problem here...out on the line in the sun and that's that, but when in France I had a sheila maid in the kitchen in front of the wood stove, also having a Man who has palpitations at the mere mention of a dryer...

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    1. It's the bedding that get's you every time! Those men and their palpitations!

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  12. Our dryer is gas, which we don't have here, so we hang the laundry on the line, lines. It's one of my favorite pastimes, or is it work times? I never had that kind of busy life around the holidays. It must be very tiring, but also very rewarding.

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    1. It's 'mostly' rewarding ;-)... Winter in England is so dark and this year so wet, that hanging anything outside is a lost cause...

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  13. I would love to be a person with out a dryer. It is something I aspire to....and in France, I can become that person......not here though.....no space, no dry days, or at least that is what it seems like. Oh well. I have much admiration for you ! I hope the effort required has been worth it, and that you have really enjoyed all that company..... as I'm sure your' mother did. Personally, I've taken a year off from making Christmas efforts, and it has been interesting seeing how everyone else has picked up the mantle.....it has all happened, seamlessly, beautifully, and without me lifting a finger.
    Loved the flash mob.....tears streaming down face as I type this ! Happy New Year Broad. Jx

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    1. I am so glad that everyone mucked in and gave you a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas -- you deserve it! I, too, enjoy pegging out the wash when we are in France! And we have a really great purpose made clothes line that came with the house!

      So happy you enjoyed the flash mob! It's a real joy, isn't it?

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