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2007 October 18 » Philoxenos

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Thanks Nana and Granddad

18th October 2007

Thanks Nana and Granddad

Dear Nana and Granddad

Thank you very much for my new book. The postie delivered it today and I was very excited. Mummy said that I could open it today and I like how its sparkly on the front. I am wearing the necklace and will make sure that Cutie doesn’t get to touch it because it’s mine. I like pretending to be Cinderella so it was a great story.

Love,

Precious

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18th October 2007

Laundry with legs

We have five people in our house, some of whom don’t know how to use a napkin. Or others that know how but think their pants are much more convenient. Add in accidental trips into the gutter full of mud, a mis-aimed spoon of cereal, one baby that’s just generally smear-y, a few runny noses that get wiped on mom’s pants, and splatters from the makings of dinner, and you get a whole lot of laundry. When we lived in New Zealand I did laundry every day. If I missed a day it started to add up and if I missed two days then it was going to take a while to catch up. This was for two reasons: 1) the washing machines are much, much smaller than here in the US. Like i could basically fit in four or five pairs of pants and that was it. And 2) we generally didn’t use our dryer unless we absolutely had to. A week of rainy weather, mom going absolutely crazy. Stuff like that. We had a big rotary washing line and I could fit at least three loads of washing on it with no problem. And on a day with no rain it would all get dry.

Where we live now, in an apartment, there is no washing line. We have no yard in which to construct one. I do have an airing rack that we brought from NZ last year for my mom which we’ve now appropriated and I dry most of my clothes (can’t risk any shrinking!) and my husband’s work clothes on there. But overall we use the dryer. When we buy our own house we’ll install a washing line. Why in the world would we use the dryer when it’s sunny over 200 days a year here and for at least four months of the year it’s over 90 degrees!

But back to my original post.

Because the washing machines are so much larger here, I don’t have enough clothes to make up a full load everyday, considering that I don’t want to wash our bright orange and red clothes with our white towels. So I’ve had to adjust our washing plan and I’m basically washing about three times a week. I get all the clothes out and separate them into piles by colour and then wash them. But the funny thing is, it seems that even though I gather all the dirty clothes and put them into piles, when I’ve finished washing all the piles there are still dirty clothes everywhere. I’m pretty sure that clothes in America have learned to grow feet and walk away.

Or it might be the little elf that lives in my house and walks by the piles and think to herself - hey that’s my favourite pink shirt. I think I’ll take it and put it on my dolly. Or the littlest elf that doesn’t yet walk but thinks he might like a sock to chew on and it disappears under the couch to be lost forever. Or the middle elf who just likes to make a mess.

So, I’ve done laundry today. There is a pile of clean clothes on the couch and mini-piles in several other places where the laundry has gotten up and plopped itself down.

By the way, I think this is also the answer to the mysterious disappearance of socks which plagues households world-wide.

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