Monday, May 25, 2009

Wringer Washer

When we first got married I had a wringer washer almost like this one. At the time I thought it was such a chore. But now I wish so much that I had one. I even mentioned to my husband that I would like to build a small wash shed close to my clothes line and buy one of these and use it during the summer. It does take a little more time to use it, but I would really like to have one. If you do it in stages there is such a water savings. Not to mention if it was situated close to my clothes line I wouldn't have to carry the clothes up the stairs and out the back door to my line. Of course it would only be good for summer, but that's fine with me.

This is a link to explain a little about how laundry was done with these washers.

I remember growing up on wash day. My mom would roll the wringer washer to the back door and fill it with water with 5 gallon buckets. Then the galvanised tub was filled to rinse with. I never gave a second thought to how other people washed their clothes. I just thought this was normal. Little did I know that I would have one when I got married. My mom actually found a used one and bought it for me. Memories are so wonderful as you get older. I even remember my grandmother doing her laundry. She rolled hers to the back door and filled with water. The hot water came from her wood cook stove. Yes I said wood cook stove. She cooked everything on that stove winter and summer. There was a reservoir that held water. She dipped it out for the white clothes. Then she threw in a bar of lye soap that she also made homemade, to clean the weeks clothes. Times were hard for them, but actually very simple. If only we could realize that in this day and age.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Today in Czech Republic

A couple of place's Jacob will be visiting today.

The first picture is St. Moritz.
The second picture is St. Wenceslas.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

He made it. Czech Republic

I finally heard from Jacob, our youngest son. He got to his hotel yesterday at about 4 pm. They are 7 hours ahead of us here. So he arrived at his hotel about 9:00 a. m. yesterday. He emailed me on face book today and said he was having alot of fun. Above is a picture of the Hotel Gol he is staying at. They slept late today to help get over the jet lag. This was his second plane ride ever. He doesn't remember the first. He was only 5 months old. He is 21 now. He is suppose to post some pictures soon and I will be putting them on here. Adventure, just makes you wonder how it would be to get out and see the world. Although I was so glad to just get home from the airport Thursday. I guess I'm just a stay at home person. I will get my adventure from the internet.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Leaving on a jet plane

Jacob, our youngest son, heading out to Czech Republic. Well actually this plane took him to Detroit. From there to Amsterdam, and then an 8 hour bus ride to Czech Republic. By the time I posted these pictures he was already half way there. I'm missing him so much already.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Emma and Thumper

Our little Thumper has been sick all day. He just lays around and doesn't play at all. I'm going to call the vet tomorrow. We think he may have an ear infection. He's had this before and he's acting the same this time. We came home from work and my husband covered him up on the couch with a large quilt. A little while later we noticed that Emma our tabby cat had laid on top of him. It was like she didn't even see him. My husband said that's okay, she's just keeping him warm.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Recycled Bike Rack

I love this. A great way to save the earth. How many of these old frames go to the landfill everyday? Then a company makes new bike racks from new steel. The old ones are so much better. Colleges use a lot of these racks for the students to chain their bikes to. The students could donate their old frames and leave a part of their history there when they leave.

Vintage Signs

I know there are a lot of these all over the United Stated, but these two are right here in our little town. They are just so unique.

Friday, May 1, 2009


This is our little dog Thumper. He is adopted and we can't believe how well he fits in. It's like he has always been here. His owner passed away and we were asked if we would take him. He is such a happy little dog. We Love him.

The first picture was taken with his baby. He loves this bean bag toy.

The second picture almost looks like he is saying look at me I'm so cute.