Rosa's World

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Misc. - Laundry

Hi there!

Okay, I've got TONS of blogging to do and so little time! Actually, yesterday evening I had promised myself that I would upload a bunch of pics that I've been taking or getting from the net, to share with you and wouldn't you know it?!?? I got some kind of stomach problem - diarrhea(SP?) and nausea, yesterday evening.

Went to bed around 9h30 and only got up at 7h30, this morning!
And I NEVER go to bed early, either!

Anyhow, feeling 100% better this morning - Thank GOD! *grin*

Recently, there were chit-chats on the Dear Jane forum about laundry and hanging it out on the clothes line. And since it was so interesting and I had saved a few pics and even an email that my friend Barb had sent me, I thought it might interest some of you and I'd just "blog" about it. LOL

Here's the email that Barb sent me.
No, she didn't write it but I thought I'd share it with you, as I found it rather comical. *grin*

Washing Clothes Recipe

Never thought of a "washer" in this light before..what a blessing!

Washing Clothes Recipe' -- imagine having a recipe for this ! ! !

Years ago a Polish grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe:

This is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrapbook - with spelling errors and all.


Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water. Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert. Shave one hole cake of lie soap in boilin water.

Sort things, make 3 piles
1 pile white,
1 pile colored,
1 pile work britches and rags.

To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boiling water.

Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and boil, then rub colored don't boil just wrench and starch.

Take things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then wrench, and starch.

Hang old rags on fence.

Spread tea towels on grass.

Pore wrench water in flower bed. Scrub porch with hot soapy water. Turn tubs upside down.

Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs. Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.

Paste this over your washer and dryer. Next time when you think things are bleak, read it again, kiss that washing machine and dryer, and give thanks. First thing each morning you should run
and hug your washer and dryer, also your toilet---those two-holers used to get mighty cold!

For you non-Polacks - wrench means rinse.



Now, another Janiac shared these two pictures. Apparently, in the 1900's, Laundry Day was on Mondays. Well, I can ASSURE you that this working gal, in 2008, does her laundry on Sundays! Yes, I realize that it's the Lord's Day, but unfortunately this is the day that I've designated as "Laundry and Household Chore Day". *grin*

And this pic, I had saved. I dunno... it still has the power to make me GRIN! LOL

Now, I just heard the dryer buzzer go off.... Guess what I need to do?!?!?


Have a great laundry/relaxing day!


1 comment:

Cheryl said...

Loved your blog and pictures of wash day. Sunday is also my wash day- in fact the washer is going already. I used hang laundry outside when we lived in FL- and if it was raining I would hang it in the garage. Here in the Pacific NW we live in the woods now and I much prefer my dryer! It's going all the time for someone.
Cheryl in Port Orchard WA