Monday, November 3, 2014

Monday Wash Day

I am not on a schedule…that is no big surprise!  I wash about one load of clothing everyday.

Years ago you washed on Monday and Ironed on Tuesday. I rarely iron, I hang up clothing right out of the dryer! I think you mended on Wednesday.  Who mends anymore?  I do if it is something simple…a button to sew on.  I used to mend lots of knees on jeans when the girls were little using the iron on patches and then sewing the heck out of them.  Do you darn socks?  Do you know how?  I remember learning and I could still do it in a pinch.

We try to recycle everything we can. There are huge recycling bins in nearby Osage.  I keep a separate recycle can for all our recycles and they are sorted when we get there. The Disabled American Veterans takes clothing and shoes.

Recycling should be a habit that we teach all of our children and grandchildren.

  Ashleys washing machine

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19 comments:

  1. Good morning! I found your blog through Judy/Travels with Emma. I think my Grandma had dish towels that she embroidered with the task of the day. I don't know anyone who mends, embroiders or darns socks. My two youngest are 'Millenials" & I have such admiration for them. They may be the first generation in awhile that doesn't 'do better' than their parents. In spite of that possibility, they are optimistic, hard-working, conscientious & just plain fun to be around. They are Class A Recyclers--they love to buy & refurbish old furniture & old houses (my youngest & his wife bought a 100-year old house & are loving it back to beautiful). They don't waste anything. They cook at home & are world-class canners. I'm so optimistic about the world in Millenials hands--they may even bring back embroidery & darning! I don't know about mending. Have a good day.

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  2. I love your recycled planter. I think it's fun to repurpose old stuff and keep it useful. I do mend my wool socks and I even use a wooden darning egg that was my grandma's. Regular socks it seems wear out on the bottoms -- way too big an area to mend.

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  3. We have recycling bins at our apartment complex, and I use them. But you sure brought back some memories with that old recycled wringer washer! I used one in a rented apartment in my early married days. :-)

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  4. I used to darn all my socks years ago. My mother had taught me to darn which is really a weaving procedure. Now I have lost my beloved wooden darning egg which had a handle, and it is probably not possible to find darning cotton in the stores these days. I recently sewed up a few holes in my athletic sox toes and it looks bad but does the job which is to keep the toes inside the sock while being worn. I used to hate darning socks but now miss doing it. These days many people throw things away instead of mending them.

    Shirley H.

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  5. Thankfully, my town has curb-side recycling for paper, plastics, tin cans, glass, and cardboard, yet many stubborn people do not participate. Personally, I think recycling should be mandatory.

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    1. We have that curb-side recycling too. I cannot believe how much is accumulated in two weeks. The polycart is full. I agree that it should be mandatory.
      Love the wringer washer and flowers!

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  6. Great post on the benefit of recycling. Love the flowers in the old wash tub. I remember using these with the old wringer washer. I do not darn socks, as my husband has very sensitive feet, and any kind of stitching would irritate his tender footsies.

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  7. Yup, remember helping Mama hang the clothes out on the line on Mondays. Love the old washer, Blessings Francine.

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  8. Agreed - everyone should recycle and buy used clothes! As for ironing... what's that?! ;-)

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  9. I can (and do) darn socks. I love wool socks, but I wear them out very quickly… so… They aren't pretty when I am through with them, but my heels are still warm!
    Iron? I left it on the bus. I look at the blouses in my closet that are in need of an iron, and I select something else to wear!
    Our son lives in San Francisco. They are serious about recycling and kids learn, from an early age, to separate their trash. I am a bad example as there aren't many places I have found to take recyclables. They don't make it easy here.

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  10. Our little suburb has mixed recycling pickup. We just dump paper, plastic, and aluminum into the same trash container and it gets sorted at the recycling company.

    My mom washed on Monday, ironed Tuesday, bought groceries Thursday, cleaned the house Friday. I think Wednesday was "free" to sew, cook, drop in another load of laundry, can a bushel of peaches, weed the garden, and whatever else needed doing. :)

    (And I did used to darn socks, but no longer.)

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  11. I used to sew a lot but when it became cheaper to buy then sew I stopped. I still do quilts and small repairs. I will just say I have been TAUGHT how to darn a sock but am thankful I am able to add those to my rag bag instead of mending.

    Recycle everything I I don't understand why every one doesn't. We were trained to use and reuse every thing even before there was an Earth Day.

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  12. Nice post today. You neatly link recycling to the antique washer. Believe it or not this washer is before my time. Cool that the belt and motor are still there.

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  13. My trunk is loaded to take the recycling today. I get tired of doing it but am always amazed at the quantity of stuff we used to throw in the landfill.

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  14. With socks from China costing 49 cents, who would darn socks anymore?

    Sad the tradition is lost - our youth basically knows just about nothing of "how to live."

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  15. I could darn a sock if I had to, but I don't:) We are big on recycling here. We put it all in a blue bag, and it is picked up each week and sorted at the depot. Garbage is only picked up every two weeks. It irks me though to see people that live on acreages put out their less than one gallon sized compost bucket each week. I think every one that has a yard should have to compost their own household green waste. As you already know, I buy used, just about everything I can, including socks, but not underwear!
    You do a load of laundry every day, for just the two of you? Maybe we don't change our clothes often enough! I've always wondered why more people don't use clotheslines. I remember Monday being wash day, and my mother ironing outside in the summer. I use the iron rarely, mostly to iron the aprons and bags I have sewn.

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  16. The only recycling we do is donating, and we do a lot of that. I am trying to declutter with dreams of downsizing into a smaller house someday soon. Since mom passed we really don't need the big house any longer.
    I do still mend my jeans, the ones I use out in the garden anyhow.

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  17. We have bins in a nearby town. It seems to me that a lot more people recycle than just a few years ago. I think more know about it now, and more are becoming aware of what we are doing to our planet.

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  18. Yep, we're big on recycling in my family and in fact my daughter has given classes on composting up in Iowa. I built my own 3-bin composting system back on the farm and I recycle here but they're only in it for the money and the metal. You have to take it there and they do take plastic but only #1 and #2 and only big cardboard boxes with no writing on them and they don't take any glass so don't ya know my basement is full of clean glass jars that I save...I just can't throw them out and I do use them for many things but there are still more than I need...mostly from candles.

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