“Don’t judge. I used to buy underwear because I didn’t do my laundry.”

The morning is perfect. It is still a bit chilly from last night, but the sun is so bright the day is quickly warming. It will be in the low 70’s today and the high 50’s tonight. I’m thinking that’s ideal.

My cleaning frenzy continues. Yesterday it was upstairs in the cat’ room and the bathroom. I even washed both floors. The kitchen floor no longer has a road-mark of paws. The hall is immaculate at least for a day. As for today, the den needs my attention. It is the room where we all hang out and the dog hair holds sway.

My fridge has been wonky. The ice maker stopped working. I was okay with that and bought ice until yesterday when I woke up to a fridge where everything was frozen. The small consolation was the ice maker worked. Luckily, the repairman came this morning. All is right with my world.

When I was a kid, everything was easy. My only responsibilities were school every day and wearing clean underwear when I went outside so I wouldn’t embarrass my mother in case I was in an accident. I liked school. As for clean underwear, it miraculously appeared in my bureau drawer every day. I thought it a bit like the elves and the shoemaker; however, because I was never in an accident, I did think all that clean underwear sort of went to waste.

When I was in Ghana, I appreciated my mother and the miracle of daily clean underwear. I had to wash mine in a bucket. Though I became proficient at washing my clothes in said bucket, it was not a talent I perpetuated, but I suppose it is like riding a bicycle. You never forget how to do it, and I do have a metal bucket just in case.

I always had to take cold showers in Ghana. Hot water was a luxury, but I became proficient at washing my hair in the warm water which first came out of the shower head. The pipes had been warmed by the sun. During the dry season, the water was often turned off. I had three or so buckets which were kept filled and lined up against the shower walls. I took bucket baths when there was no shower water. The technique was easy. First my hair then the rest of my body. The last step was dumping the water over my head. It was wonderfully refreshing. It is also a talent I still have should it be needed.

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8 Comments on ““Don’t judge. I used to buy underwear because I didn’t do my laundry.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hello Kat,

    Today will be a very slightly cooler day than yesterday. That’s a high predicted temperature of 98° verses 99° yesterday. A bit of a cool spell. -:)

    When I first started doing my own laundry I had no instruction and wound up with pink under shorts. My tighty-whities where pinkies and I had to buy new ones. I didn’t want to get in a car wreck or meet a young lady and be caught dead in pink underwear. Eventually, I discovered that the laundromat had bundle service which was cheaper than replacing my underwear weekly. 🙂

    Hand washing the laundry is something I never did nor do I want to attempt. Cold showers were never my favorite idea and I only had to do it one time several years ago when my water heater failed. I consider “Motel 6”, roughing it. 🙂

    I have a newer fridge in the kitchen and the older version of the fridge is in my garage. The previous owners left us both. Hopefully, neither one of them goes on the fritz. Finding replacement appliances today is getting difficult here because of the new housing construction boom. There’s been a shortage of all building materials, including appliances, because of COVID-19 last year. Now, the manufacturers are trying to catch up while the demand is very high.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Wow, cooler by a whole degree! Right now it is 73˚, and there is a cool breeze coming into the window. The nights have been superb for sleeping. I cannot grasp how how it is indoor state and so much of the southwest. It got really hot in Ghana and as high as 104˚ at the height of the dry season in February and March. From then on, as we got closer to the rains, it got cooler.

      I had to learn to use the washing machine when I went to college. Before that my mother always did my laundry. We did find people during training who washed all but our underwear.

      I have just the kitchen fridge, more than big enough for one person. A few years back I bought an insurance for appliances. Either they can fix them or they will replace them. Today’s visit only cost the deductible of $75.00.

      I knew about the lack of building materials and home improvement supplies. It figured not to have a high inventory of no one was shopping.We are all playing a varsity of catch up.

      • Bob Says:

        I have my fingers crossed because air conditioners and their parts are also in short supply. 🙁

      • katry Says:

        I too would cross my fingers. The last thing you need right now is no air conditioning!

  2. Christer. Says:

    Rather chilly morning here but the day has been nasty hot and it’ll be even worse tomorrow. I won’t complain too much since it after all is summer 🙂 🙂

    The cottage where I lived in before I moved here only had cold water (and no bathroom). So every time I showered I heated up water on the stove and then I stood in a small plastic bathtub and poured the water over me, after that I cleaned the floor with all the water that missed the little bathtub. I must have had the cleanest kitchen floor in the world 🙂 🙂

    Have a great dya!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      The nights are chilly here. I was hoping to take my blanket off the bed, but now I’m glad I didn’t. I’ve needed it.

      At least the bathtub served a dual purpose. I would not move into anything without at least a toilet. I could make-do without a shower but only a shower.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  3. lilydark Says:

    Hi Kat,
    We are having a heat wave here– I’m not sure of the temp– as my back room stays cool. I have too much stuff for this apt, and not sure how to get rid of it. Some items can be donated, some need to be sold.
    I only have one cat, but she makes a mess for ten cats. It is her specialty.
    We do have a washing machine in the back,only cold water, and sometimes it blows a fuse, though soon I might have to start using it. I used to have someone pick up my laundry and return it to be for a very low price. I think that is a better option.
    What I really want to do is swim.

    Have a cool day.
    Lori and Ms. Cookie

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      The news is filled with the story of the heat wave and that is extending to other states as well. We have been lucky that it is cool here. I just had to shut the windows here. It will be chilly tonight. Rain may be coming this weekend.

      Two cats and two dogs are Noah’s ark material. Two cats don’t make for a huge change for me from one cat, but two dogs make a huge difference. Right now I am sitting between them on the couch. I sleep between them in bed.

      I use a combo of cold and warm water in may machine. That seems to be the best combination. I used cold water in Ghana for everything as back then there was no to water where I lived. When I went back, the hotels in Bolga had hot water. Progress over town!


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