Thursday, June 24, 2010

My Bad

Up until June of last year I was really good about doing laundry in the washtubs.

I would use the old scrub board, making sure to get all the dirt out.Then I would put the laundry through the hand cranked wringer into the rinse tub.

There I would make sure to rinse all the soap out before running them back through the handcranked wringer and hanging them on the clothesline to dry. I even made my own laundry detergent. It seems like I cannot find the time to use the washtubs. As soon as my feet hit the floor its walk the dogs for their morning potty, start a load of laundry in the washer, feed the cats, get dressed, feed and water the animals before fixing and eating my own breakfast. Then its on to the chores of the day before doing evening feeding, watering, and dog walking. I can't understand where time goes. Before I was milking 7 goats and still had time to do laundry in the washtubs. Now I am not milking a single goat but time keeps slipping away. Now my washtubs sit in front of the soap building (which I haven't had time to make soaps in forever.) looking like a vintage decoration.
I am making a promise to myself. After all the things are marked of the to do list to get ready for my friends grandson's birthday party here on the farm, I am going back to using my washtubs. I did my best thinking while cranking the wringer. And if I happened to be mad at someone boy did the washboard get a good working out! Yep, its time to get back to my homesteading ways and let the washer and dryer have a vacation.


Lib said...

Glad to hear its not just me wondering where does time go?
I hang the clothes and I am getting Dh &Ds doing more Green things which I am thrilled.
Getting ready for retirement yrs. which is here we've been very busy with reno projects, some we did ,some had to hire . Its been a super busy season around here.
I'm ready to slow down and enjoy the Simple life.:o)
Loved your pix. Thanks for sharing!


Anonymous said...

I admire your dedication Peggy. I know that's hard work. I happen to know that you make the most delightful soaps in the world.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I grew up with a Mother who had the old fashioned wringer washing machine. Hers was electric --but every Monday was 'wash day'... And she'd hang everything out on the lines. Tuesday was ironing day.

I'll bet using that old washboard would help get the anxieties out!!!!! Hope you find time to get back to that --if you want to. I'm too spoiled for that these days.


melissa said...

Don't forget that old adage..."all work and no play."

Fit some rest in there, sweet thing. :)

Anonymous said...

I know exactly what you mean. Time gets away from me too. I am just about to go out and start picking and shucking corn before the 100 degrees burst out today.

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Granny J said...

I'm so happy to read the comment saying you won the nest box. Good for you!

When we lived in the mountains I did my wash by hand for about six months until we got an old washing machine. With washing them in the washer I still hung them on the line to dry. It was so dry in the mountains that even in the winter time they would dry if I got them out early enough.

amelia said...

This is the way I did my laundry in England. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when I came to Canada and everyone had washers and dryers including me!! I always use my clothes line if I can though but I have never got over the luxury of the washing machine!!

Denise said...

Wow I'm impressed, I bet there is a lot of satisfaction when you work that hard to get your clothes clean.

DayPhoto said...

Boy I wish I had one of these! I've been waiting a month for a part of my washing machine and going to the laundry mat sucks!