Orange You Glad it Went Away

I’ve been doing my own laundry since I was…14?. Yeah, I think that was the first year I did my own laundry at camp/summer school. So let’s say I have about ten years of experience.I still don’t consider myself an expert by any means. I don’t sort colors or anything, other than having a pants/sleepwear/outerwear load and an “everything else” load. I have started reading the laundry labels, though.

That’s why this shirt in particular gets hand-washed. It’s supposed to keep it looking nice and help it to last longer. Except I thought I almost ruined is this past week. You see, a certain smallish someone was finishing his “chocolate and banilla” ice cream on our walk back home and managed to get it both of our top halves (and his bottom half). I sprayed it with stain spray before letting it soak in the hand-wash bucket as usual, but that didn’t do much. So I added oxyclean to the water and left it another night. That got the chocolate stain out, but it turned orange.

Mostly. There were a few tie dye-ish yellow places, but it was mainly orange.I set it out to dry, and miraculously the orange started disappearing. (The picture above was the next morning.)

Now it is back to normal. Still, I think I have learned my lesson: No more mixing oxyclean with the hand-wash soaps.

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Focusing

I just can’t do it very well right now. You should’ve seen me this afternoon. I was wandering through the house, flitting from thing to thing as I saw it.

I came back from walking the baby to school and set about soaking his lovies for the wash tomorrow. But first I needed to make some tea. Then I needed to gather the lovies, except the tea needed to be poured over ice in the kitchen. So I needed to dilute the vinegar in the soak bucket. Then I finally gathered the lovies and tossed them in, moved the soak bucket to the laundry area, and found clothes that had been sprayed with stain spray yesterday that needed to be taken back to the laundry basket.

Eventually everything found its way into place and most everything I meant to do got done. I say most everything because once I get going I can’t always remember what it was I set out to do in the first place.

One thing I’m going to try to focus on and get done is a video for tomorrow’s post. If it works out, I’m trying to make Fridays video days for this month. So far, I have a list of covers I want to attempt. But maybe someone has a suggestion of a different type of video they’d like to see?

Videos are going to be posted here on Fridays, but you can get them a day(ish) early (Thursday night, and hopefully) if you subscribe to my Youtube channel. I’m going to try my hardest to get them uploaded the night before I post them. Mostly because I do my major editing, etc., on my desktop that is only plugged in and turned on from around 7pm to 7am because my poor little laptop is getting too old to handle much more than my daily Internet/regular usage. Editing video gets too frustrating when I’m constantly waiting for it to catch up to itself.

NaBloPoMo November 2014

WIP Wednesday: Planning Stage

I don’t have many pictures this week. Mostly because I don’t really have much of what I’m working on started yet. Most of it is still in the planning stages. But I do have the yarn for my knitting projects.

But that is for a secret Christmas project. My Christmas projects are usually secret just in case I don’t get it done. That way no one is expecting something that can’t get completely finished by Christmas.

One thing I know I am getting finished on time are some hats I am making to put in the Operation Christmas Child boxes. Really, they are finished but I am adding these care tags to them, to make them look more legit and less “home-made.”

Also, tangentially related as my laundry is currently in progress, I found this on a clothing tag as I was separating clothes for the dryer or the hanger:

I wonder how many people on the line noticed that and yet said nothing. Or if it really got all the way through without anyone catching the typo.

Clothespin Mess

That’s what I had on my hands after using my new clothespins for the first time. They had been packed so nice and neatly in their plastic tray, and then I just didn’t feel like trying to stack them all back up.

Easiest solution? Throw them in a bag. Only problem was, I didn’t have a bag like that lying around. So I made one.

Basic instructions (I didn’t write down anything as I was doing it, so very minimal instructions) are on the Ravelry project page. It has a drawstring closure

and sits pretty well when it is full.

It was actually a pretty easy project to figure out in an afternoon, so hopefully my vague instructions aren’t too confusing.

The List Keeps Piling Up

I really like to keep lists for some reason. Rarely actually follow them completely, but I make a lot of them. In fact, I have a list of projects I need to post here. Obviously hasn’t motivated me to do it, because there are some things on that list I think I made last year…

That’s why I have to keep such lists, though. I would never remember what it was I planned to do by the time I actually got around to doing it. I wish I could lie and say I’m busy, but I’m just a good procrastinator. You know, my CDs really do absolutely have to be re-alphabatized every so often. Especially when I have something like folding laundry or packing to do.

All of this to say that, I really do have things I plan to share, and I will get there soon. I was going to try to have posts written to automatically pop up while I’m on vacation these next two weeks, but that might not happen. We’ll see how the next hour goes…