Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I hit the jackpot!

The other evening at the strip pits, I seen these milkweed bloom pods so I went over to bet pictures of the bloom. But as I was trying to take a picture of the milkweed itself, I seen movement. I got to looking and first only seen this moth.
So in taking pictures of it, I seen the other bugs. I am not sure how many different bugs were on it, but there were several. Just click and enlarge these and see what all you see.
I have not had time to look up what any of these are, so feel free to comment if you know. I am sure I have looked the ones in the middle picture up before, but for the life of me I cannot remember what they are.
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It was another hot one here in the Midwest....for sure here in Indiana. The humidity makes it miserable to be outside. Though Lorelei and I did sit outside for a while right before she was to go home and she enjoyed it. I got to thinking that Roger has a fan out in the garage, so am going to have him bring it for the front porch tomorrow.

I did a load of clothes and hung them out and they were practically bone dry in less than two hours. It sort of surprised me with the humidity being so high. I still love to hang clothes on the line, even though I don't do it as much as I used to.

When we were kids, mom had a wringer washer and used it even after we got an automatic washer. Things were done in a certain way...from the washing to the hanging on the line. Not sure I can remember just exactly how things were washed...I think sheets were washed first, followed by towels and then underwear, or vice versa, then our shirts and dresses, followed last of all by the jeans which could sure get dirty with farm work.

Mom wanted sheets hung over the line of course down the middle, and towels were hung from the top...I think everyone hangs them that way....but the wash rags were hung just from one corner so as not to take up to much space. Our dresses she wanted hung from the shoulder seams, as well as the t-shirts. And jeans were hung from the waistband. And she wanted each thing hung together...shirts with shirts, dresses with dresses, etc. Not a shirt, then a dress, then another shirt.

Mom usually hung a load or two out, but would have me hang up the last loads....it just now crossed my mind that I wonder if she hung out the sheets cause she didn't want to risk me dropping one on the ground. Probably it was more that she liked to do laundry and liked to at least hang a load or two.

And we used to bring it in and a lot of it had to be ironed...we would bring a load in in our arms and either throw it on the couch or the bed, and hang what could be hung, but a lot of it we sprinkled with water and wadded it up in a ball to be ironed the next day or so. I must say that I never loved ironing then and I don't love it now. Unless it is to do with quilting...

I think now about how much less water was used with a wringer washer...there are times I wish I had a good wringer washer now. I still enjoy laundry as a rule...there is a smell I love when I walk in someone else's house and they are doing laundry. For some reason I don't notice it much when I am the one doing laundry.

11 comments:

Carletta said...

Great shots! I've noticed lots of bugs this week.
Doing laundry - it sure has come a long way. I got my hand in a wringer when I was about five - man that hurt.
What I still don't understand is if you were going to let the clothes dry then bring them in sprinkle them, and roll to iron later. Why didn't you take it down a little damp, iron it and put it away! It never made sense to me.
Ironing now - once in a blue moon as they say. :)

Tricia said...

That's a milkweed? It's so pretty - I love it & that moth is really pretty too!

Tricia said...

I remember my grandma doing laundry & hanging everything on the line, I don't remember any order it was done in, but she probably had her way about it... we all do! hehehe

I so enjoy your stories!

fishing guy said...

Rose: Neat captures, I'm so happy to see more when I look at the photos on the computer. I saw ants and a fly.

Neal said...

I remember mom washing clothes. I would hang them up and take them off the clothes line sometimes but never washed them.

Leedra said...

Such memories you bring back with your wash day story.

The milkweed photos are good too.

I had Mason today, and for the first time he followed me around calling me Granny. Such a little thing, but such a thrill.

Jacob said...

I love your photos, even if they do "bug" me! ;-)

Must be something in that milkweed attracting them

You laundry story is good, clean story! I remember hanging out wash, too, and sprinkling and balling stuff up and how hard it was to iron it!

Some things I don't miss at all.

Have a great evening. It's hotter than blazes here in Florida, too!

Deborah Godin said...

Great shots and great nostalglia! That moth is very familiar, we had a similar one out west, but I can't locate my old field guide at the moment. It's beautiful, anyway. Kind of has an Art Deco look to it!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I know it's summer when the milkweed blooms. Not quite here yet...but almost.

I enjoyed your memories about hanging out the wash for and with your mother.

Agnes said...

I know the laundry story well. The load order was from cleanest/lightest colored to dirtiest/darkest color because, of course, the same water was used for the whole days wash. Haven't fabrics come a long way to make the ironing easier? I, too, avoid ironing unless it is quilting related.

I enjoy your stories and pics equally well.

Paula said...

I saw a wringer washer for sale just last week. I told John look at that old washer for sale. He said why are they trying to sell that? I said some people plant flowers in them to decorate their yard. I didn't stop to price it but I bet it cost more then when it was new.

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