Thursday, June 24, 2010
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.