“I’ve buried a lot of my laundry in the back yard.”

When I got the papers, I noticed the road still wet from my lawn being watered. That screamed humidity to me so I turned on the air conditioning. The weatherman last night did say summer was returning today.

Periodically the AC turns on to break the silence. Gracie isn’t even snoring. Both cats are awake, unusual for the morning. One is cleaning her ears and the other is just looking out the window from her perch, the back couch cushion. I have no idea what holds her attention.

Today I have nothing to do, not a single list. I’m thinking about lolling and reading. Before that, though, I might hit the chocolate shop for bon bons.

Yesterday my list was completed. I even brought my laundry upstairs, a rarity. Usually it sits in the dryer for sometimes as long as a week. I don’t mind doing laundry. It is the up and down the stairs, the folding and the carrying up two flights of stairs which I don’t like. The house we lived in when we first moved to the cape had the washer and dryer in the kitchen because there wasn’t a cellar, just a small dug out area. That made doing laundry easy.  When I worked, I managed to get everything done including planning lessons and correcting.

When I worked, I managed to get everything done, mostly on the weekends when I shopped, mowed the lawn, did laundry and cleaned the house. Now, despite having all the time in the world, I hire people. The house gets cleaned every other Thursday. On the off weeks, I do a bit of dusting, a small bit of dusting, and some vacuuming. My lawn gets mowed every Friday. Peapod delivers groceries right to my kitchen. I order when the larder is empty. Skip, my factotum, does whatever I need, things like opening and closing the deck, painting and general repairs. I know I shouldn’t complain given what little I do, but I want staff, particularly a laundress or a launderer. I did find a drop off Launderette, but I just can’t see myself driving my laundry bag to Hyannis. I guess I’m stuck.

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8 Comments on ““I’ve buried a lot of my laundry in the back yard.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I took the dogs out for their morning walk very early today. It was cool but another one of those days that is so humid I felt I needed scuba tanks to get through the walk without drowning. As soon as I got back I shut up the house and turned the AC on to Dry. Supposedly this takes the humidity out of the air while not cooling it. I think it doesn’t. I think it’s just another air cooling setting. It ran constantly and it was cold. I changed it back to the normal setting after a few hours. Not much difference but the house is comfortable.

    Yesterday I was very productive, too. I have no idea why. The laundry that has been in the dryer for a week or so was removed and replaced by new laundry which is still down there in the dryer. I like consistency. 🙂 I also cooked a half dozen HB eggs, a pork roast, a Persian frittata, and hamburger pie. I spent time shredding old mail and other personal papers. And I vacuumed! With the moose Dyson instead of the hand held Shark. The heather gold rug was looking more like silver from the accumulation of dog hair. It was time for the big gun.
    Peapod is my friend as is my lawn service guy. Like you, I have all the time in the world and no time for things that irritate me (like grocery shopping and lawn mowing). I will gladly pay someone to do those things for me as long as I can afford to. What is money for if not to alleviate annoyances? 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’m with you in thinking I could drown today. I just went to get my mail and thought I’d die as soon as I stepped outside. It was a quick out and back in to the AC. My AC is set on 70˚ which feels cool if it is running but comfortable when it isn’t.

      I’m with you in thinking of the dryer as another bureau. With the last load, I did run downstairs and take out the shirt and pants so they wouldn’t wrinkle but left the rest.

      With all that wonderful cooking you did, I’d love to be your neighbor and invite myself over. You were far more productive than I was.

      My lawn just got mowed and they blew the deck clean after Hermine had blown through. I love your philosophy about money!

      Have a great evening!!

  2. Coleen Says:

    When I had 1 FT and 2 PT jobs, I gave myself the luxury of having my laundry done out. It was heaven and well worth the expense.

    My problem now is that I really cannot afford such a luxury, and to do wash I must go down 4 (small) flights of stairs from my 3rd floor perch to the basement.

    If you throw the laundry bag off of the balcony of the third floor and it lands on the first floor, it sounds like s gunshot.

    No, really… 🙂

    Waving…

    • katry Says:

      Coleen,
      Okay, you make me feel guilty about my complaining because of two flights. Now I will blithely go up and down the stairs carrying laundry.

      Having someone do my laundry is a Ghanaian thing. When I was in the Peace Corps, I paid someone to do my laundry. The two times I went back I had someone do my laundry. Both times I came home with clean clothes, except underwear.

      That would be just what you need: a neighbor calling police because of random gun shots!

      • Coleen Says:

        Precisely why, if I suspect someone is home, I yell, “LAUNDRY COMING DOWN IN…THREE…TWO…ONE!!!!”

        Never thought about worrying the neighbors…oops.

        C.

      • katry Says:

        Coleen,
        I wouldn’t want to worry my neighbors, but if I did by mistake, I’d profusely apologize but think it sort of funny.

  3. olof1 Says:

    It would be nice to have someone else doing the laundy but I don’t think I could find anyone here to do it for me 🙂 I have so little laundy to do anyway so I might just as well do it myself.

    We’ve had a nice start of the day here, fisrt a sunrise, then fog and now sunshine again and since it is a bit cooler and much lower humidity I can’t but love it 🙂 I think I’ll at least mow some of the lawn, where the grass is as highest. I can do the rest some other day.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I don’t mind doing laundry, but I do mind folding, carrying and putting away.

      It is an okay day with the sun in and out of the clouds. Maybe rain later.

      Have a good day!


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