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

My quiet mornings ended this morning. I heard a dog barking, a little girl yelling from down the street, two mowers from different directions and voices from the next door deck. Gracie even barked out the front door. I didn’t bother to get up to see why. I was hoping to fall back to sleep, but then it got quiet and the silence was as loud as the noise.

Today I have people. Skip, my factotum, is completing the deck decorating. He has connected the umbrella light, gotten the fountain working and put down the deck rug. The barbecue has been cleaned, and the squirrel nest on the tray underneath the burners has been cleared. My shower has a new board replacing the mushy one. New lights are on the rails just waiting for the spawns to eat. Lee and Rosanna, my cleaning couple, are due here in the afternoon. Peapod is coming Saturday morning with all my groceries. My job is to write checks, worthwhile checks, as a recent study has shown that if you hire people to do household jobs you are far happier. That would be me sitting here with a grin on my face.

It was sunny when I woke up, but clouds have taken over the sky, and the breeze makes the air feel a bit chilly. Last night I woke up cold and added a light blanket. How silly this weather is for late July.

My menu is set, my movie chosen and the deck is ready for movie night. The only issue is the weather. It may rain on Saturday night at the movies so we’ll have Sunday night at the movies.

I’m getting the urge to cook again. I used to love making new recipes and inviting people to dinner. I’ve been mulling an international dinner with dishes from a variety of countries, each identified by a tiny flag. It would be fun.

When I worked, I had a schedule for weekdays and another for weekends. I got everything done: the cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry and garden and lawn work. Now I have people. The only thing left for me is the laundry, and I admit I procrastinate. The laundry bag sits in front of the cellar door for a few days and sometimes even a week. I don’t even care. If I could hire a laundress I would. I have no pride!

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

    • katry Says:

      This is one of my favorite soups. My grandmother always made it and she is why I use barley instead of rice or noodles.

  1. Birgit Says:

    Potato pancakes may also fit to your movie nights.
    Serve them warm with apple sauce, sour cream, smoked salmon, bacon, cheese, parsley or whatever you think or whatever you find in your kitchen. Popular here at parties, festivals, Christmas markets or just at home. In this region we traditionally eat it with apple sauce or sugar beet syrup on top.

    • katry Says:

      I love potato pancakes and haven’t had them in a while. Now you’ve given me a great idea!!

      I like sour cream or apple sauce on mine!


  2. Bob Says:

    When I was single I realized that I could screw up my laundry big time doing it myself in a laundromat. Luckily I found a laundry that offered bundle service which solved my problem until I got married. 🙂 I never figured out why colored and white cloths couldn’t be washed together to save a quarter in the washer. My wife claims that I fake laundry dyslexia to avoid doing it. 🙁 My wife was the first woman I dated that owned her own washer and dryer.

    Yesterday our cafeteria at work served chicken barley soup. I never thought I would like barley but tried it and I liked it. I guess I’m not too old to try something new and different.

    Today was the hottest day so far this year topping out at 101.

    • katry Says:

      I used to do my own laundry when I was in college, but like everyone else, I’d bring it home on weekends. During Peace Corps training, we found women to wash our laundry right way. Bucket washing just wasn’t appealing. The cost wasn’t much and it was well worth it. During my whole time in the Peace Corps I paid to have my laundry washed. Maybe that’s why I hate to do it-I have seen laundry heaven!!

  3. olof1 Says:

    It rained here last evening and during the night so suddeenly everything looks as if it is alive again 🙂 I actually didn’t see how bad they looked until this morning when I noticed the big change 🙂

    I have some things to do today but garden work isn’t amongst tham, so far the rain hasn’t made the grass growing and the rest is like it is, weed and flowers mixed in the beds 🙂 I’ll go to the pharmacy to get more medicines for Nova and I’ll also buy some food for me and the cats. I think I’ll stop at the grocery store in the village where I work. I knoe´w exactly where everything is and very few will be there since it is vacation season.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      We had just a bit of rain a couple of times during the day, but the forecast does say rain on Saturday. We have had a rainy July, about an inch above normal.

      My grass does need cutting. I noticed it today when I was taking Gracie into the yard. My feet always get wet when walking through the grass.

      I have to get dog food today as well. She hasn’t any small cans, her morning meal, and only a couple of regular cans. Gracie also needs treats. Maddie has plenty of food and treats.

      It is getting humid, uncomfortable humid.

      Have a great day!

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