Saturday, February 24, 2018

Wringer Washer

Yesterday, I used my wringer washer. It was a nice warm sunny day. I used my lye soap and hung my clothes on the line. Jim’s tee shirts got as white as the snow without even using bleach on them. The warm wind made my clothes feel like they had been in a dryer.

With a wringer washer, you can get a lot done in a short time. I use the same wash water for at least 3 loads. First, I did the white clothes … underwear, sheets and towels. Then, I had a lot of dark clothes, so I did them. Then, at the end, I did my dog’s Mickey Mouse blanket and a couple old throw rugs. I wouldn’t put the dog blanket in my regular automatic washer.

At the end, I had to drain the water out in buckets. I took it out to the front and watered my 2 new baby magnolia trees. Well, the one magnolia is about 3 yrs old and the other one is almost a year. They are about in full bloom. Also, I cleaned off the sidewalk and let the water go to the plants on the sides.

Before I began my wash yesterday morning, I made what I call a wash day soup. This way, the soup’s on the stove and I can devote myself to doing the wash and hanging out the clothes. It’s really a lot of work, but I love it. I enjoy the rhythm of it … one chore leading to the other and all of it flowing together. I enjoy the water splashing all over the kitchen from the wringer. I clean the kitchen as the loads are washing. I use my kitchen sink as a rinse tub.

The best part of the whole thing is braggin’ about it to Papa when he gets home from work. “Well, Papa, did you notice how cute the yard looks? I emptied ALLLLL THE WASH WATER on the sidewalk and on the plants in buckets!” He must have felt sorry for me, as he took all the clothes off the line after supper. Of course, Papa’s ending statement to Dan at the end of the day sort of took the edge off the thrill. Papa said to Dan, “Dan, you should appreciate it that your Mom did all of your wash for ya, and all on that dumb wringer washer.” Welll, Dan is supposed to be doing his own wash and he didnt, so it got backed up.

But such is the life of a housewife. I enjoyed my day on my “dumb” wringer washer (using Papas words). To me, it ain’t dumb, but good and normal and wholesome … and I loved every minute of it.

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