The rest of the week is Mine, All Mine!!!
Tuesday was warm and sunny with a nice breeze. I celebrated my four-days-a-week freedom in a homesteadly manner by scrubbing down Maybelle, my beloved vintage Maytag wringer washer and doing laundry The Fun Way. She has been sitting idle since the beginning of last winter, poor girl. The whole summer I've been working a 40 hour week and not had the time or energy to clean up the porch and get her going. Yesterday, however, she got a good scrub, as did the double utility sink that serves as my rinse tubs. I got a new, much longer garden hose awhile back, so I don't even have to carry water to fill the washer and tubs anymore. Yay!
In winter, when water in Maybelle's insides might freeze and burst something I use the automatic washer in the house, but even then I don't use the dryer. I prefer hanging things to dry. I have clotheslines in the loft which is very warm in winter.(it's very warm is summer too, come to think of it.) I've also got three wooden folding drying racks that I can set up by the wood stove downstairs. Clothes drying adds moisture to the air, which is especially nice in winter when the house is heated and closed up.
Here's a pictorial tour of my fun, fun first day off of work.
|The utility sink makes a great set of washtubs, and the price (free for the hauling) was perfect for my budget. It had the kind of drains that take a rubber plug. I had two, but one has gotten mysteriously lost.|
|On the way to the clothesline you would do well to stop and have a few cherry tomatoes, sweet and warm from the sun. Yum.|
|A drain plunger with holes in it makes a good agitator for doing small loads of wash in a bucket. There are fancy versions of this available online and from catalogs, but the homemade version works pretty well.|