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Ordinary Matters

My brother-in-law had his 2nd hip surgery, and is recovering at his usual lightning pace at home. His surgeon sends patients home the same day if possible, because their infection rates stay much lower if people don’t actually recuperate in the hospital. So the other day my sister walked him slowly up to the neighboring farm that backs their yard, and sent me pictures of him admiring a young cow and a pig.

The man who cuts my lawn called to see if I wanted him to do it again this year. He didn’t start until considerably later than this, last year, but the temperature reached the 50s and 60s just last week so the grass began to grow. Now it’s 30s again.

I’m catching up with cleaning now, after doing little for 2 weeks of being sick.
Doing laundry is something to dread even on normal days, because I use a laundromat, and it isn’t kept very clean. A silver-haired woman comes in around 6am to do what passes for cleaning, but she uses some awful-smelling cleaner which doesn't include bleach.

I figured if I went in very, very early I’d get there before she did and have the place to myself. I went armed with a bottle of soapy-water-and-bleach and a stack of clean rags to wash off the top of the machines I was going to use. I also washed the door handles and buttons on several dryers.

It’s a small laundromat. When I walked up, there were 2 young men asleep inside, one on a table and one on the long bench. There was a teddy bear propped up on the table across from them, obviously theirs, which was funny. This has happened before, finding someone taking a nap there, and it seemed too much trouble to come back another time. So I went in and started my laundry. The lady who “cleans” didn’t show up by the time I left at 7. Maybe she has stopped for a while. The young men stayed there trying to sleep the entire time, and wished me a nice day when I left.

posted on Mar 21, 2020 9:12 AM ()


I had to buy new appliances last year, (washer and dryer) and they don't
work like my old whirlpool did but I am super grateful to have them. Today is my laundry and change the bed day...I think it is a hangover from when I was working.
comment by elderjane on Mar 22, 2020 6:42 AM ()
Regular schedules are really good for us, especially when we're shut in.
reply by drmaus on Mar 22, 2020 8:33 AM ()
I have been seeing articles talking about conserving resources and not pollute the oceans with microfibers, and one suggestion was the people wash their clothes less often - said they tend to wear them once and toss in the laundry instead of hanging them up. I suspect people who use the laundromat get more wearings, but don't know.

I bought one of those Cora Balls that is supposed to capture microfibers to keep them out of the oceans. It's hard to tell if they work because it takes awhile for any fibers to show in the catchy part. One thing I don't like is they catch on towels and anything with a loose edge, so I have to be careful what I use them with. The marketing said they also catch human hair, but I haven't observed that.
comment by traveltales on Mar 21, 2020 4:37 PM ()
The bits of spandex that must be shedding from most stretchy knits must be now in what we drink and eat. Maybe we should "sun-wash" things sometimes.
reply by drmaus on Mar 21, 2020 7:26 PM ()
In New York, I used a laundromat up the street and they had an attendant and a helper who would do your laundry for you for a fee. So I let them do it. I was working and going to the hospital where Jay was, and trying to handle a lot of things. Well, the young helper tole my new jeans and when I pursued the matter over a period of a couple of months and wouldn't give up, I got them back.
comment by tealstar on Mar 21, 2020 11:48 AM ()
That would make me insanely mad. But I am not good at confronting and handling things like that.
reply by drmaus on Mar 21, 2020 7:20 PM ()
I haven't had the pleasure of a laundry since I owned the motel at the turn of the century. Time consuming and boring even tho the place wasn't usually dirty. It became unbearable when this family came in smelling like cat piss. Never did understand why they bothered cleaning anything, clothes included. Thanks for the unpleasant memory!
comment by jjoohhnn on Mar 21, 2020 11:21 AM ()
Cat piss is bad. I do not think I want to own a laundry.
reply by drmaus on Mar 21, 2020 7:18 PM ()
" wished me a nice day when I left"---it is things like that which keep me from hating the whole human race!

Luckily I have a laundromat near us where I can drop my laundry off and they will wash, dry and fold and do good work.

Stay safe
comment by greatmartin on Mar 21, 2020 11:17 AM ()
Yes, they were friendly and that teddy bear was a nice point too.
reply by drmaus on Mar 21, 2020 7:17 PM ()

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