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Genealogy and Laundry

My siblings and I are hoping among my father’s papers are family tree information. For school long ago I had to make a family tree, and my father was very interested and gave me a lot of details on his family side, but those papers are lost. In fact he might have had it, and probably had a lot of other research too. I seem to remember not only Irish but Scottish antecedents. My last name is a Scottish one, but considering that my grandfather was a con man, anything is possible including made-up names or family members. I do not care to do research online, as that seems like asking someone to please steal my identity.

Already the landscaping man called to ask if he should start to mow the lawn in April. But of course the weather did that thing it does — of rising to 60+ degrees for a few days, before reversing itself and dropping to below 30. It’s all to trick us.

While I suspect that there’ll be so much rain next month that hardly any mowing will be possible, I could be wrong. The weather is so weird these days I think I will write down the conditions in a journal, because by next year I’ll forget it all.

If you read enough news articles about pollution, it can freak you out enough to send you looking for ways to be a less polluting citizen. At least there are more options now than there used to be.

I’m trying out a clothes detergent that isn’t in a bottle, just a thin cardboard envelope, made by TruEarth. Soon I’ll be trying out a bar shampoo, and a bar soap for dishwashing that you use with a little scrub brush. Not sure about these, but we’ll see. The last 2 are very expensive, and I doubt I could continue using — but have no plastic involved at all.

The best thing was that I found a zippered bag for doing laundry in that is designed to filter out most synthetic fibers so they don’t go into the water supply. It’s called the Guppyfriend Bag, and it’s sold by Patagonia. I bought 2, and maybe later I’ll buy another or so. Right now all my fleece items are going in them, to start with. That weird Cora Ball thing, that Trout has written about, was also on my mind, because I have some blankets of dubious fiber content that can’t fit into these Guppy bags. (People who don’t use public laundromats like me, of course, can add special filters to their washers’ hookups.)

I’ve unfortunately delayed doing laundry lately so I have Mount Washmore now.

The water comes to my mind more often because my town has just horrible-tasting tap water. The town is careful; they switch periodically from chlorine to chloramine, like they're supposed to; this prevents bad stuff from building up, but so much chlorine!
The water is probably pretty clean, but sometimes I can’t stand it, it smells like a swimming pool. I have a Zero Water pitcher, which gets rid of the chlorine along with other stuff, leaving the water tasting wonderful.

posted on Mar 6, 2021 6:53 PM ()


Jeri & I message each other on this platform every day, and I copy/paste our 'letters' into Word documents. I told her I will give the file to her daughter some day. It's already hundreds of pages. For many years, I didn't save what I wrote to Jeri, just what she wrote to me, and I'm sorry about that.

My other journal is a sporadic thing. I have a datebook where I once in awhile jot something on the appropriate day's slot, putting the year.

That stupid Cora Ball cost $29 and I bought two of them, one for each house. To save water, I always wash mixed loads, so there are towels and buttons and other things that get caught up in the ball's little fingers. I do use it if it's just sturdy clothes that aren't going to get all tangled up.
comment by traveltales on Mar 7, 2021 11:43 AM ()
I hadn't thought buttons catching in the cora ball. Looking at it, I don't understand how it worked anyway.
reply by drmaus on Mar 7, 2021 5:39 PM ()
we have to make so many adaptations to live a clean earth friendly life.
Congratulations on doing that. when I was a child we used bar soap for shampoo and it left us with clean shiny hair. My mom made her own soap and it was excellent for clothes washing and hair. we used something that smelled good for baths.
comment by elderjane on Mar 7, 2021 2:50 AM ()
It would be nice to be able to make decent soap. The only recipes I've seen are using castile soap, which I might be allergic to.
reply by drmaus on Mar 7, 2021 5:38 PM ()
We are leaving a messy, nasty, dirty deplenished world for our future generations and nothing is being done!!
comment by greatmartin on Mar 6, 2021 7:16 PM ()
Sad but true. I try to pretend I'm just part of some sci-fi novel in an apocalyptic world.
reply by drmaus on Mar 7, 2021 5:37 PM ()
I think I remember the weather conditions and plant progress from one year to the next but I am usually mistaken. I am well aware of the fallacies of memory, but I guess that only applies to others. Then fb shows me a pic of a March blizzard or red tomatoes from a previous year when I think green ones are ahead of schedule. There is no reason to ponder such things, I know that too.
comment by jjoohhnn on Mar 6, 2021 7:05 PM ()
That reminds me, if I plant vegetables I'm definitely going to do like Martin does and photograph them. You plant a lot, from what I've seen, but for some of us it's a rarer thing.
reply by drmaus on Mar 7, 2021 5:36 PM ()

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