The Joys of Laundry

I am thrilled to be doing laundry today!

Seriously. I’m not being sarcastic here!

My wonderful husband has spent three days running wires, water lines and drain lines so that my washer and dryer could be hooked up in the new house.

After 3 days with no laundry and seven people in the house- it was time. We had dusty dirty clothes from cleaning out and sorting through the storage room. There were my smelly and sticky painting and varnishing clothes. There were piles of towels and wet wash clothes.

I even found a bag of my parents dirty clothes from their last visit that had somehow gotten left on the porch when they were packing up!  (It was a little confusing that afternoon!)

The pile was growing and beginning to take on a life of its own!

Still it wasn’t quite as bad as the ice storm last December when we went without power and water for 6 days…

Or as bad as after our week long camping trip every summer…

But still I am grateful. My Amish neighbors still use wringer washers and hang everything outside, even in the dead of winter. My 87 year neighbor still hand washes all of her clothes on a wash board (by choice).

But my washer and dryer are modern conveniences that I appreciate.

The sound of the washer changing cycles is like music to my ears!

The hum of the dryer sounds so normal and homey.

So on this Thanksgiving eve I would like to express my thanks for the wonders of modern washers and the convenience of my dryer. Ahh- there’s the ringer for the dryer now- what a sweet sound!

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4 Responses

  1. When i was younger i lived in a tent while saving money , having only three sets of clothes i washed quite frequently by hand in a stream , even now with the most high tech laundry devices available (the newest washer and dryer my husband had to have) , when i am upset i just wash by hand and somehow it comforts calms and helps me think straight

  2. You just solved a mystery! This morning I was looking for that sweatshirt that I had worn at your place that week! Can’t believe we left dirty laundry!
    How privileged to have “our” laundry be the first “guest” laundry in your new home!!!!!

  3. I’m so happy for you! It is amazing what an absence can do to remind us to be thankful. I can’t imagine washing everything by hand, but then I guess you have less clothes and wear aprons. 😉

  4. Hello. I was looking for a laundry picture when the one you posted in this post came up. I wanted to let you know I borrowed it over at my blog/online journal and linked back to you as I am not sure where you got it but I got it from you, and wanted to give credit. *smile* So, I linked to you in my post…just so you know. *smile* Sincerely, Mommy of two little blessings & so much more!