Tuesday, September 16, 2008

More Laundry Tips

This is a picture of my laundry set up as it is now. From the right to the left is my dirty clothes hamper, presoak bucket, wash basin with the washboard in it, my 2 rinse buckets, and my clean laundry basket. I do have to say the handwash system really gets the clothes clean! It has kept me from throwing away some of Sarah's dresses that a machine would have never gotten clean. Recently I brought some clothes lines from my line at my old house because the line is better than any I have ever tried. It is called Green Vinyl Coated Galvanized Wire. It lasts much longer than other lines I have tried and it does not sag much under the weight of clothes when they are wet. The lines I recently put up were already 5 years old and they are still doing great. I found some of this wire at our local general store. They sell it by the foot and you can find it in a hardware store(Home Depot, Lowe's, etc) where they sell chain by the foot. At this store it was 31 cents a foot but I think it would be cheaper at Home Depot or Lowe's. It might be more expensive than the line they sell in the laundry section but it is worth the investment.

As I mentioned in my last post, I had a surprise last week when I went to the root cellar for some supplies to make breakfast. It was about 5:30am and I was going down to the root cellar for some sausage we had canned recently. We can alot of our meat so it does not require a freezer or refrigeration. Anyway this was at the bottom of the steps:
It is sort of difficult to tell but it is a recently shed snake skin. It was about 4&1/2 feet long and really kind of cool to look at, the children thought so too. Although I did not need any thing like coffee to wake up that morning!! In the light of my flashlight it looked like a real snake! We have been leaving our root cellar door open at night since the evenings have been cooler lately. The root cellar starts to heat up a bit after a long hot summer. The skin was pretty intricate, you could see the eyes and mouth along with other details:

Later on that day after a day of chores and other work Tracy made some sugar cookies again and I did get a picture this time:

I also promised Sarah I would post the pictures that she painted that day. Here is some of her handy work:

She really enjoys painting! You all have a blessed week!

In Christ,


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