When faced with a real mountain I’ll hike up the trail to get to the view, the trout stream, the summit, the goal, whatever it may be.

I’ll hike with tired legs, heavy packs and blisters to reach my goal often only to remember that tops of mountains are windy, cold, really high up and I hate heights. That’s alright though, next time I get a chance I’ll trek the trail again.

It’s possible I just really like the challenge of a goal.

When faced with a mountain of laundry however I’ll turn and walk the other way.

Tonight’s relatively small mountain. Just three baskets is more like a large hill… but the washer is about ready to be turned over one more time before I call it quits for the night. 

Maybe that’s because laundry has nothing on the adventure and beauty of hiking new trails.

Or maybe it’s because one can’t “summit” the laundry mountain because there is always more laundry and no one likes an unattainable goal.


What’s your least favorite “mountain” to climb? 

Laundry Day

It was laundry day.

But it was not a day for doing laundry.

It was a day of perfect weather and blue skies.yello maple leaves

It was the kind of day that makes those of us who live with the ebb and flow of four full seasons glow. We shine as if to match the glowing autumn leaves because we know that we are just that lucky to live these blue sky days of fall.

These blue sky days of fall aren’t worth missing.

It was a day for looking up,Looking up

and digging down.transplanting

A day for bare feet in leaves,Jane running in leaves

and watching honey bees.honey bees

It was laundry day.

But it was not a day for doing laundry.

Reason #578 We Do A Lot Of Laundry…

…is because Jane likes to dress herself.

Jane contemplates how many clothes she can put on and still move.

Jane contemplates how many clothes she can put on and still move.

On a random Monday I peeled layer after layer off her and found…

a green swimming suit,

a pink swimming suit,

a long sleeved shirt,

a short sleeved dress,

a long sleeved pajama top,

a ballerina skirt,

a pair of leggings,

her pajama pants

and, finally, a single pair of underwear.

It might be reason #578 we do a lot of laundry but she sure knows how to layer for cold weather!

Things to Consider Before Entering A Tough Mudder

Two weeks ago John completed another Tough Mudder race. He loved it. However, I feel it is my duty, as his wife, to warn any potential Tough Mudders of some of the after effects of the challenge.

Inevitably, it has been one of the reasons we do a lot of laundry…John in the mud

It was also the entire reason his foot was swollen up black and blue and he couldn’t walk normal for a week  (it wasn’t broken he had it checked)…Electro shock therapy

And most recently, it has turned into the reason Jane refuses to let me cut her hair…Jane with bangs in her eyes

“But, I no wanna mohawk!” she cries, sad Jane

So, if you are thinking about entering a Tough Mudder, get a bucket ready for those muddy clothes, try to avoid kicking walls and please, for the sake of their vision, trim your kids bangs before the big day!

Reason #123 We Do A Lot Of Laundry…

… is because the first warm, rainy day of spring goes like this:

1) The kids refuse to go outside because they might get wet.

2) They see a puddle and run outside to splash in it.DSCN8395-(2sm)

3) All the clothes they are wearing get wet and muddy so the kids them off and throw them on the ground.

4) Then they play naked until they get cold.

5)Next they jump shivering into the shower until they are warmed up and ready to dry off with a new towel.

6) The new, wet towel gets dropped in one of the dirty puddles of water that they created on their way into the shower.

7) And then – they take clean laundry out of the basket and put it on.

8) Finally, no matter how I suggest, shout or cajole in an attempt to convince them that perhaps this progression could be slightly altered to allow for less laundry, they ignore, sneak and giggle their way through it again, and again until it’s time for bed.

Muddy Jane


So, tonight my plans are, you guessed it, laundry!

Perfection Pending

Reason #49 We Do A Lot Of Laundry…

What do you get when an unattended two year old wanders into a bathroom and finds a large bottle of conditioner with a pump top and a cat litter box?

Nothing that looks like this. Well, the two year old was the same but other than that it was a much less angelic scene.

Nothing that looks like this. Well, the two year old was the same but other than that it was a much less angelic scene.

A mess.

One that is too disgusting to describe but gets the two year old the extra shower she had been begging for all night.

You also get…

Reason #65 the girl takes more showers than I do.

Reason #42 that once again our new bar of soap is down to a sliver.

Reason #12 I’m very glad I clean the cat litter box every day.

Reason #22 Jane has silky smooth hair.

Reason #1 that I mopped my bathroom floor today!

And, of course –

Reason #49 we do a lot of laundry.

Reason #43 We Do A Lot Of Laundry…

…because the sand box sand didn’t move with us and Jane, apparently, misses it.Jane sitting in ashes

Fortunately(?) ashes seem to make a reasonable substitution.Jane throwing ashes

And before you worry (Because I know you worriers are out there!): Yes, they were cold. No, I don’t let her throw ashes in her eyes everyday. No! I’m joking, nobody got ashes in their eyes! No, there were no nasty objects in the pile. No, I didn’t watch as she started this fun. I came upon it too late and grabbed a camera before I extracted her (at arms length). And yes…Toes full of ashes

…yes, she did take a bath!

Reason #93 We Do A Lot of Laundry…

… because the kids “help.”

Jane has got the right idea.

When your shirt gets dirty in the mud puddle you take it off because it needs washing. Jane "washing' shirt

It’s a good first step.

She’s also onto the fact that washing involves scrubbing in water.

Jane "scrubbing"

Even though she seems to take after me, (laundry does not make her smile) I think she’s well on her way to being an expert clothes washer.

Her drying technique on the other hand…shirt in the mud

…now that’s a problem!