May 20

So, yesterday I got up, wrote my blog post, ate breakfast, got a shower, threw some laundry in the machine, sent the girl upstairs to get her shower.

The girl came down and said ‘mom, why isn’t there any water coming out of the faucet?’ hhmm no water.

No good. (I have just finished a Pirates of the Caribbean marathon, sorry)

Went to look at the machine which hadn’t begun to make that wonderful swishing sound that lets me know it is working.

The machine was only half full of water, and the water was an icky brown.

Not good when the material inside the machine is/was white. Not good when you have 3 other loads waiting to be done, not good when the girl hasn’t gotten her shower yet.

No good, no good, no good. (hard to starboard)

Ever notice that when you don’t have something, you immediately want/need it. Yep…I instantly became thirsty. (why is the rum always gone)

The water came back on around 3. The girl got her shower, I got my drink, and the whites, well….I don’t think they will recover.

Any suggestions on how to get icky brown spots out of whites?

(break off pursuit, run her light and douse canvas) (sorry, really I am)

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17 thoughts on “May 20”

  1. Call your local water department, explain what happened and ask them if they have anything to re wash the clothes with. Our water dept. supplies a detergent called “Rover”
    If they don’t use oxyclean, and lots of it. Good luck!

  2. (Why is the rum always gone?)

    Because we used it to make vanilla. πŸ™‚ (tee hee)

    Good luck with the used to be whites. I vote for lots of Oxyclean.

  3. You might want to get Rust-out at the grocery. The brown in the water may have been rust and that will take it out. Been there done that!

  4. Bleach, baby! Good ol’ Clorox! Just kidding, I don’t know what I’m talking about. I just love bleach. πŸ™‚ Good luck, though. I hope you don’t have to replace all those clothes, that would suck. Do you know, I dreamed about your recipe from yesterday, that one of my kids asked me to make it but I didn’t have the right ingredients and was trying to recall the instructions by thinking of your pictures but just couldn’t quite get it. I was a little stressed. I don’t think I’ve ever dreamed about cooking before.

  5. Love Pirates!!!! I vote for oxyclean as well. good luck. At least your sewer is working….our is backing up slightly and I can’t wash clothes…….

    I need some rum this morning.

  6. I’m a big fan of the homemade detergent. It seems to lift out most any stain. My husband sometimes spends several days wading through icky horrid swamp water at Ft. Benning and the homemade detergent not only lifted the stains from that dreadful stuff but neutralized the odor. The swamps are very nasty — often animals get into them and cannot find their way back out so there are a lot of rotting carcasses and also the plants emit a dye from the swamp water rubbing their bark.

    The recipe for the detergent is on my blog.


  7. Where we live our water is full of rust. I just buy everything rust colored and don’t have to worry.It can be frustrating,I know. You know what they say,”You never miss the water till the well runs dry”

  8. You may want to try adding a 1/2 cup or so of Cascade automatic dish detergent and letting them soak for an hour or so.
    Good luck

  9. All these years I’ve wondered where you Moms get the energy to homeschool. Now I know what it is – it’s the rum!

  10. The very best cure for whites is Tide Detergent (or the Aldi alternative, I think it’s called Tandil) with oxyclean. You may have to wash a few times, but you will have marine whites in no time.

    BTW, I love your blog!

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