Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Washday Blues

"This is the way we wash our clothes, so early Monday morning."  Remember that little song from grade school?  Wash the clothes on Monday, iron the clothes on Tuesday, scrub the floor on Wednesday, mend the clothes on Thursday, sweep the floor on Friday, bake the bread on Saturday, go to church on Sunday.  And go around the mulberry bush every day.  Truth be told, I do not wash clothes on Monday and I hardly ever iron the clothes at all.

But on this washday Monday, we expected delivery of a new washer and dryer.  We bought a new refrigerator not a month ago and now a new washer and dryer.  (I'm counting the washer as number 2 and the dryer as number 3, so that's it for a while.)  No call early this morning from the appliance delivery crew.  So I called them.  After many starts and stops, incorrect information and confusion, it became clear that there had been a snafu and we were not on the list.  After waiting an hour for them to decide how to proceed, I called them back and told them to simply cancel today's delivery and bring the appliances on Wednesday.

A relatively minor frustration with customer satisfaction, but not a big deal in the overall scheme of things.  After all, I don't really wash the clothes on Monday.  But I used the confusion to play housework hookey for a while and sat on the deck with my second cup of coffee watching and listening to the birds.

We live in the woods so we have few sunny spots in which to grow flowers and herbs.  So we grow them on the sunny deck.  Our little herb gardens provide us enough fresh herbs for the summer.  And we have flowering plants to provide beauty and color for us and nectar for the hummingbirds.

One of the plants has really "taken off" and has been growing and blooming like crazy.  While the plants always do well, this one has exceeded all expectations.

When we first put the plant out, the blossoms did not cover the planter.
Now they drape far over the sides.

 They even extend beyond the planter onto and over the deck railing.

 The bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are grateful for this plant's nourishment.
And we are grateful for its beauty.

This plant, and its mate on the opposite side of the deck will give us such joy all summer long.  Then, too soon it will be done and replaced with autumn mums.  Time does fly by.


Anonymous said...

That is a beautiful flower box on your deck. Nice to take this Monday to enjoy its lovely summer colors. When we bought our new washer and dryer last year, we had to wait almost two weeks for the delivery, and in the interim had to do laundry in a laundromat for the first time in years.

Tara said...

those are beautiful indeed. they look like "Mexican Marigold." Though not technically in the woods, our house is surrounded by mature trees and finding enough sun for veggies and flowers is a challenge.

Your hiccup on the delivery is so familiar...nobody knows what the heck is going on! Good excuse to get out of doing laundry, though. Manana. We retired folk can be very flexible with our schedules.

Arkansas Patti said...

Your planters are doing spectacular. Mine succumbed to heat and lack of attention this year. Sigh.
Enjoy your new appliances. They all do seem to crash and burn at the same time don't they.

troutbirder said...

We look for sunny spots here on Oak Hill. Well good thing the Mrs. likes hostas...:)

Ms. A said...

Lots of scorching sun here and very little shade. Wish I could send you some!

The Bug said...

Love your plant! It's like a green lady with a giant blonde afro wearing red flowers in her hair :)

Lowcarb team member said...

Your post has bought back memories ... wash day when growing up was always Mondays, I can remember my dear mum working hard getting all the washing done, sheets washed and hopefully blowing on the line to dry! But now washing is done any day. Annoying about your delivery though - hopefully it will be sorted and delivered fine.

Your plant looks lovely - so nice to take time and enjoy some time outside in the summer sun.
Very interested to hear about your herbs growing too.

Hope the re-scheduled delivery goes well.

All the best Jan

Busy Bee Suz said...

I'm hoping you're correct with the 1,2 and 3. A new washer is kinda like a new toy. Maybe?
The flowering plants are just lovely; giving so much to so many!

Vicki Lane said...

How pretty! The laundry can wait.

Mary Lee said...

You've made wonderful use of your sunny spot!

How old was your washer? I'm wondering when I should start worrying--we bought everything at the same time when we moved her. I'm wondering when ours will start croaking.

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone. We finally got the washer/dryer installed and I'm as excited as one can get over a new appliance.

Troutbirder - I'm like Ms. T. I love hostas. Unfortunately the deer love them too.

Mary Lee - They are ten years old. Like you, we bought all of them at the same time and now three have croaked.