Saturday, February 16, 2008

Laundry Day



Please no one turn us into the SPCS (The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Stuffies)

No this is not torture day for Carley's stuffed friends, this is what happens when you decide to wash them all in an effort to get rid of the dust that may be causing her respiratory problems. Laundry here is a never ending process, and an adventure. We or shall I say Alma does at least three loads a day. We have an 8 kg washer which means that we can wash about 17.5 pounds of laundry. I would say that is about half of what I used to put in the washer. But all the new washers here use very little water so if you fill the washer up to full capacity you will end up with clothes that wear out very quickly because there is not a lot of water to decrease friction. When I do the laundry, I usually add a small bucket of water so there is extra water in the machine. Once all the washing is done then the real fun begins. We do not own a dryer. SO everything is air dried, from undies to Sunday clothes it all goes outside. You dry everything inside out to reduce the amount of fading caused by the sun. We have several different sized and shaped dryers and hangers galore. Most of the time our backyard looks like this.

But Luckily so does everyone else's yard. I only know a couple of people who own dryers and they are all expats. There are several down sides to drying outside. First is the rain. It comes almost everyday and you hope you are home to bring in the laundry. Then there is the dust and wind. One day we brought in the laundry and it was dirtier than before we washed it. Lastly is the birds, enough said. But all in all we are pretty lucky and don't have to rewash often . The weather has been very dry so all the curtains have been washed as well as couch cushions. So the next time you pull that warm towel out of the dryer, think of me. Blessings.

6 comments:

K Mayne said...

Ahhh, Laundry. reminds me of sending out laundry in Calcutta. Definitely cleaner when we sent it off. I think they laid it on rooftops or traintracks to dry. It's great keeping up with you this way. ben and Sam are soccer and Destination Imagination as usual. And video games. And looking at colleges (Ben).

Jon & Ashley McP said...

I don't envy you!!

Jennifer Partin said...

That's how we do it too but we don't have an Alma. :)

The nice thing in Japan---the neighbors will come knock on your door to let you know if it's raining and if you are not home, they will bring it inside their home.

we do not have nearly the yard space that you have though! I'm envious.....

Misti said...

Elmo...look at him. That muppet is happy anywhere.

E Keller said...

Wish I had sun for smelly hockey gear but bless my dryer and high volume washer.

Hope Brian had a great trip.

:oP

P Mixter said...

Paige, you mentioned Carley's respiratory problems. What's going on? There's some precedent for allergies coming from your dad's side of the family. Love on Valentine's to you and yours!