“Give me a laundry list and I’ll set it to music.”

The clouds have finally done more than just hang in the sky. The rain started last night. I was reading in bed when I heard the first drops. I stopped reading to listen. When I woke up, the rain was heavier than it had been. I stayed in bed until Henry drove me to get up with his usual exuberant morning greeting. He runs up and down the bed wagging his tail and pushing at me until I pat him. He leaps into the air and spins as he’s leaping. Henry is a morning dog. I am not a morning person.

When I was a kid, we didn’t have a dishwasher or a dryer. My mother washed all the dishes. She hung out the clothes to dry. In winter, when the sheets frozeΒ straight out, my mother would lug them into the house and hang them in the cellar to dry. The rest of the year the sheets would dry on the lines. My mother would drape them across the line in the middle. Each side of the sheets almost touched the ground. I remember watching them being blown by the wind. I loved those sheets fresh from outside.

When I have guests, I pile my dishes in the dishwasher. When I am alone, I wash my dishes. Mostly I have just a cup, a glass, one plate and maybe a pan. All my clothes go in the dryer. I do have clotheslines up in the cellar but they date from pre-dryer days. My sheets smell like Bounce.

I have errands which I have decided not to do. Each can wait one more day. I’m tired. I was up early this morning, just before nine. I went upstairs to bed at 10:30 but didn’t turn off the light until after one thirty. I finished one book and got involved in another. I kept doing that one more chapter thing. I did it for an hour.

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12 Comments on ““Give me a laundry list and I’ll set it to music.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Kat Worthy

    Hi Kat, today the Wall Street Journal ran a lengthy review of “Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now – Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970”
    It documents Ms Mitchell being hurried on stage in front of a very hostile crowd and it captures her entire 11 song set. It features a couple of songs from Blue but was before the recording.

    Somehow Joni dealt with some random jumping on stage to play drums and grab the microphone and an Angican Minister being sent on stage to defuse the situation ….and failing. It also includes her thoughts from 2003 on the whole event

    Yup – it releases September 14 on Blue Ray and it can be yours at amazon.com for around $16

    (wonder if Lennie played that day)

    • katry Says:

      Hi,
      I just read the review. Talk about a tough audience. I chuckled at her calling them tourists. Even here that is an insult. I’m amazed the piano quieted them down enough for her to concentrate and for the crowd to listen.

      I also read the article about Joni in Greece and Cary who is the Carey from Blue.

      Yup, Lennie was there, but he didn’t play the same day. She played Saturday, he on Sunday. The list of performers is amazing:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isle_of_Wight_Festival_1970

      • Hedley Says:

        Those outdoor shows were a monster and generally unpleasant –

        my first was at the Oval in 1971 and I stopped the “sit in a field” crap at Mosport in 1980. In between I suffered under rain, airborne bottles and all sorts of unsocial behavior. I always paid to get it but usually I was the exception. Saw a lot of interesting acts and some less so.

        I did see Joni, I didn’t see Lennie

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        I never attended an outdoor concert unless the town band in the gazebo counts. Those concerts were every Sunday!

        In 1970, I was in Ghana. I didn’t even know there had been a Woodstock.

  2. olof1 Says:

    I have no idea what kind of weather we had until I stopped working for the day and it was a bit cloudy but with lots of sunshine when we had our walk. It has rained a lot though, I noticed that I need to empty the rain gauge.

    I still haven’t any dishwasher but am seriously thinking of buying one of those smaller counter washers. They are so much better now days than they were when I had one the last time. That one sort of just moved around what was already on the dishes πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I still hang out my washing to dry, even in winter πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • olof1 Says:

      By the way! I move to my new place tomorrow. I had forgotten to check how much space I had left when WP told me I had none left πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We have had no sun. My house is damp, especially cushions and such. We need some sun to dry us out. Maybe tomorrow, but I’m not holding my breath.

      I don’t mind doing a few dishes, but when I have company, I’m just going to keep filling that machine. No one around here puts laundry on clotheslines. With pine pollen and the like, the clothes would get covered.

      Have a good day!

  3. Birgit Says:

    I don’t have and need a dishwasher but I would like to have one just to hide the dirty dishes. When we moved into this house an old working dryer was already there. I haven’t used it for years and when we ever move out the dryer will probably stay, it’s larger than the cellar door.
    I was at a political rally against nazis today, unfortunately it’s necessary again in this country.
    Enjoy your no-errands day!

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I’m thinking the anti-nazi rallies are necessary here now. They seem to think it is okay to crawl out of the garbage and parade.

      My mother left an old ice cream type freezer in her house. It was too heavy to move. I suspect it might still be there after all the years.

  4. Bob Says:

    A dishwasher and cloths dryer are indispensable in our house. My 21 year old son gets a clean drinking glass several times daily when he gets a new drink of water and he fills the dishwasher. The dryer gets a thrice weekly workout because my son and my daughter change outfits at least twice a day.

    Sunny with a few clouds with a high in the low 90s. Summer isn’t through with us just yet. 😦

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I do laundry every couple of weeks. When I worked and had to change outfits every day, I did my laundry every Sunday. Now I wear casual clothes and have plenty of pants and shirts.

      I use the same glass every day so I wash it every night. The glass is a favorite and holds just the right amount of liquid. I do the dishes in the dish washer once every 10 days just because I want to keep the hose in perfect shape.

      I shut the window behind me as I felt chilly. Dampness does that.


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