Laundry and Life

Tara - posted on 03/05/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I sit here at my lap top, no kids in the house for the whole night, not even the baby is here.
Steve has 2 friends over, they're down in the music room, plugged in and rocking away...
It's snowing like a bastard outside, but my Cafe Creme with Kahlua is just right for sipping even if it is a double shot. :)
I told the men I would make my famous "Tara's Saucy Balls" for dinner, they're hungry but I'm... well I'm here.
I really should be slaving over my washer and dryer now that it is the weekend and I don't have to stay up until 9 at night to start laundry.
Did I mention we have 7 people in our house?
That's a fuck of a lot of laundry if you ask me.
Stupid time of use pricing, isn't it just going to make everything all ass backwards anyways, all us sahm and senior citizens and unemployed people sitting around all day not doing their laundry and running their dishwashers, but right at 9 o'fucking clock in the p,m everybody in the whole fucking province is going to start running their major appliances, thereby (in my mainly uninformed opinion) is just going to fuck the whole plan up and the next thing they'll be telling us is that we have to wait until 2 am to use our hydro or we risk paying even more than we do now.
Anyone who currently works a night shift from 7 to 7 is really screwed. I feel for you.
Anyhoo.... off to switch the load, over. If I want to go to bed tonight I must spend the next hour folding laundry that currently covers the entire surface area of my queen bed, and it's pile high like a freaking mountain that smells like lavender.
First I think I'll grab another "mommy's special coffee."
You'll probably see me back later, unless I get too into the coffee and decide to grab a microphone downstairs.
:)

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I can't use scented laundry soap anyway - I'm allergic to most of it :(

My MIL bought me a laundry line last night and I'm going to hang it in my living room for the rest of winter :)

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Holly, There is nothing better then the smell of washing brought in off the line during a beautiful spring day. No need for scented washing powder.

Lady Heather - posted on 03/05/2011

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Pretty sure we're getting time of use pricing here soon. And general rate hikes. I guess they didn't get the memo that we all have only so much money. In any case, I simply can't do laundry past 9pm. The laundry room is right below the baby room which currently houses a toddler and will this time next year be housing a baby. I know the washing machine wakes up Freja and I doubt it will be any different with the next one.

Lately I have lost my brain and keep putting laundry in the washing machine and then totally forgetting and then I go to put something in the next day and there's the old wet clothes that I didn't hang or dry. I've just now remembered I put some in a couple of nights ago and it must still be waiting there. wtf. No wonder I have no clothes.

Medic - posted on 03/05/2011

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I live in South Central Texas... I guess it works out for the electric companies that way.

Bondlets - posted on 03/05/2011

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Holly - We've had a clothesline (several, actually) for years and it cut our utility bill dramatically. We actually have one in our bedroom, bathroom and one we can hang all the way across the living room (it retracts so I can have it rolled away during the day). That way the weather outside doesn't affect when I do laundry. And, when we were on a time-of-use plan, it didn't really matter because the dryer is what costs the most to run (and it puts the most wear and tear on clothes). So lines were a great investment in many ways!



Jennifer - I don't know where you are but here we can sign up for one of two plans: a regular plan where the rates don't change (best for households like ours that use less energy) or the time-of-use plan where there are peak hours. It worked out cheaper for us to be on the regular plan even with a family of 11.

Medic - posted on 03/05/2011

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Wait...I am confused. We pay the same for water and electricity no matter the time of day. I didn't know they could charge based on the time of day....I think thats a crappy idea.

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I want a clothes line! We're in our rainy season now, but this summer I am SO getting a clothes line to save energy (and have really good smelling clothes)! :)

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I currently have 1 load in the machine 1 one the line and 4 ready to be folded sitting on the kitchen table. We will be eating in fron of the TV tonight. I'm in Aus and i don' have off peak times like that. The only thing is our hot water system heats up at about 2am unless we run out.

Jenn - posted on 03/05/2011

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I've never understood why people wash their laundry separately. That seriously baffles me. If it's dirty - it's getting washed. Mine, his, the kids - all goes in together. Do people really take the time to separate their laundry from other members of the household before washing? Wouldn't it take much longer before you have a full load to wash?

Bonnie - posted on 03/05/2011

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Yeah I don't get it either...more people are doing laundry in the evenings and on weekends, yet that is the off-peak time. You figure it would cost more because there are more people doing laundry. Go figure.

Although, I know at least a few SAHMs who still do their laundry during the day even though it costs more.

Jenny - posted on 03/05/2011

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I don't do my partner's laundry (or make lunches). With working PT and dealing with me, the kids, the dogs and house laundry, he's on his own.

Jenn - posted on 03/05/2011

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It does make sense the way it is though, because before 9 most business are operating, and that's when you use more air conditioning or heat in your home. I try to do at least 1 load a night, and then I do the major stuff on the weekend (bed sheets, Brian's work stuff, etc.).

Jenny - posted on 03/05/2011

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I have two full baskets to put away, four loads to fold and a full washer and dryer. The time thing would suck. My washer has a delay function but you'd still need to get in the dryer right away. As my kids get bigger so does my laundry pile. I hate laundry. Wish I had some special coffee.

Mrs. - posted on 03/05/2011

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I'm sitting next to three loads that I've cleaned but not folded - you know since yesterday night. You've inspired me to get at it. I wish I could still drink, I could use a neat glass of scotch at the moment. Maybe I'll look at some pictures of scotch online.

Jocelyn - posted on 03/05/2011

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I have to do laundry as well..for the past couple days we've done the "pick thru the dirty clothes for something that's still wearable"....
I loath laundry.

Becky - posted on 03/05/2011

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Oooh, I make something similar, but I use a bottle of chili sauce instead of ketchup and vinegar. They're always a hit.

Tara - posted on 03/05/2011

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Tara's famous Saucy Balls.
Requested at all potlucks and gatherings.

Easy as easy can be,
Mix how much ground beef you need, I used 3 pounds tonight to feed 3 grown men, one growing teen and myself.
We'll probably have left overs.
Mix with bread crumbs, garlic powder, salt and pepper and one teaspoon of cinnamon per pound of beef.
Mix into balls about the size of a golf ball, bake at 350 until brown.
Meanwhile
Mix 2 cups ketcup
1 1/4 cups of grape jelly
1/4 or less white vinegar
Bring to a boil
Add browned balls, stir and lower temp to simmer until sauce is thick, serve with rice and salad.
Better go turn off the stove, the saucy balls are done and it's chow time.
Then I'm heading to a friends to do some henna tattoos.
:)

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My 2 year-old likes to "help" me with the laundry - which means that when I'm sorting it she takes stuf out of one pile (ex: my oldest daughter's clothes) and puts them into another pile (ex: socks and undies). It's great... ::note sarcasm:: A lot of the time I wash the clothes at night, but put them aside in hampers until nap time the next day so I can fold and put away in peace :)

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It's laundry day for me too! :) Our water isn't more expensive during the day, but our electricity is, so I try to wait until 5 (when the usage price goes down) to do my laundry... Unfortunately, I was sick this week and got behind on the laundry, so I have to start at 3 today to get it all done (including bedding) before bed time...

Good luck with the laundry, have fun with your spicy balls (lol) and grab that mic and have fun! :)

Becky - posted on 03/05/2011

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I don't think we have time of use pricing here.
Enjoy your evening, aside from the laundry! I hate folding laundry! Thus, my laundry room is a disaster area!

Amanda - posted on 03/05/2011

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Gawd I cant wait for that pricing, Unfor we were one of those fools who locked in their hydro (almost 5 years ago soon), so laundry cost me a ton no matter what time of the day.

Rosie - posted on 03/05/2011

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what might these taras saucy balls be??lol! i just threw in all of our bedding. not looking forward to this night of laundry either...wish i had alcohol.

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