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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ain't No Mountain High Enough - 'Cept Laundry

My laundry is as high as a mountain. 

In honor of that, here are a few of my favorite songs with the word mountain in the title.

If you can make it to the end there's a laundry detergent recipe from my friend Donna over at http://tikitravelers.blogspot.com/2009/02/laundry-detergent.html.  We've been using it for months with great results, only about 2 cents per load.

This blog is not important, educational, or even interesting to some - but it gave me something to do other than laundry.

I will apologize to no one.  I love John Denver and cried the day he died.   

I want to go where I don't have to change my socks - unless I want to.  I would love to go where I can sleep all day - if I want to.  Paddle around in a lake of stew?  Not sure about that.  But the fascination with Big Rock Candy Mountain is simple - only things there are what you want there.  Be you a hobo or a king, it wouldn't be a bad vacation spot.

'Nuf said.

'Nuf said again.

For my Daddy.  He never met Hank Williams, but they were still best friends.

Wait for it, wait for it . . .  The best for last.

I'm slapping myself to the back side o' no where with this one.  Wow and Wow again.

You know how with faith you can tell a mountain to move from here to there?  Wish it worked with laundry.  I'd send mine to Timbuktu or the Artic blue - or at least Detroit.

I'm shouting Hallelujah like the angels 'cause it ain't this -

Washing Clothes

Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water. Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert. Shave one hole cake of lie soap in boilin' water.
Sort things, make 3 piles

1 pile white
1 pile colored
1 pile work britches and rags

To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boiling water.
Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and boil, then rub colored don't boil just wrench and starch.

Take things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then wrench, and starch.
Hang old rags on fence.
Spread tea towels on grass.
Pore wrench water in flower bed. Scrub porch with hot soapy water. Turn tubs upside down.

Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs. Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.

Happy sorting, spraying, loading, washing, unloading, loading again, drying, unloading, ironing (ok, maybe not), and hanging (ok, maybe not). 

Now the recipe, as promised - thanks, Donna.

Here is our recipe...

1 bar Ivory soap
1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Washing soda
1/2 cup Borax

Grate soap and put in saucepan. Add 6 cups water and heat till the soap melts. Add the washing soda and borax and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into a 3-4 gallon bucket. Add soap mixture and stir. Then add 2 additional gallons of water and stir. Let the soap sit for 24 hours to gel. You use 1/4 cup per load.

"Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."  Psalms 51:7


Jennifer said...

I love John Denver - grew up on Alabama and even think that the Rock Candy Mountain was funny .... all made better because I have my own mountain of laundry calling my name!

Rie said...

Hey Jennifer, it not only calls - it echos, echos, echos.

Love, rie

Donna said...

You are welcome!

Drawing of me losing my cool courtesy of budding artist, Izzy.

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