The Laundry

Do you ever get so busy that something breaking is the last thing you need? A few months ago, I was super busy. I was in the middle of homeschooling my kids, working part time at H&R Block and taking care of the household chores. On this one particle day, I needed to do the laundry. The kids do help with many of the jobs around the house but the laundry is something I like to do myself. That morning the kids brought all the hampers down and I went through and sorted everything. It had been many days since we last did the laundry so there was A LOT of laundry. After sorting everything, I went over, put the soap in the washer, and turned the dial to start the washer. The washer did nothing, no water, no sound, NOTHING. The washer breaking surprised me because it was only a year old if at that. My mind started racing with what to do about the situation. I did not have a lot of time. My oldest had to be at work at 2, I had to be at work at 3 and some of the loads had to wash that day or no one was going to want to be near us. So I took some of the baskets and loaded them into the car, grabbed a bunch of quarters and drove down to the Laundromat praying that it would not be busy. Some of the washers were being used but there was enough for me to get all the clothes washed at once. I sat there and graded math papers while waiting for the washers to finish. Then I transferred the clothes to the dryers and waited some more while watching the clock carefully. Finally, I decided I was there long enough so I sorted out the damp clothes from the dry clothes and hurried home. Once home I had just enough time to unload the baskets, give instructions to my kids about drying the damp clothes (only the washer broke, my dryer was still working), sorting, and folding the dry shirts and pants. I then ran my eldest to work and when onto my job feeling satisfied that, I got what I had to get done that day. That night my husband looked at the washer and found that the washer was fine, the circuit to the laundry room went bad. He gave me an extension cord to plug the washer into another outlet in the kitchen. I folded the underwear and went to bed planning to finish the laundry the next day. That was Monday. Tuesday, the washer worked fine, I was able to get the rest of the clothes washed, and my daughter finished drying and folding the clothes for me. She saved the socks for me to fold later after I got home from work. That night after work, I sorted and folded the socks and started puzzling. For some reason I did not have enough socks. I looked all around for another basket of clothes and did not find anything. I then began to wonder if I had left a load of clothes at the Laundromat. It was too late that night for me to drive down to the Laundromat so all I could do was go to bed. The next morning I grabbed a basket and drove down to the Laundromat, hoping to find my missing clothes. At the Laundromat, I found the lost and found box and all the dryers empty. I started checking the washers that were not being used and in one of the washer, I found a pile of clothes. I asked one elder man there if it was his load and then I saw a collar that I recognized and realized that this load was my missing load. My clothes sat in the washer for two days and it was still there! I could not believe that I had left my clothes there and it was still there. I took the clothes home and rewashed them and I had a story to tell that night at Bible study.

  • sirtarin
    by sirtarin at 07/08/08 9:11PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    That's really cool!
    by cyber_space_cadet at 07/08/08 9:25PM
  • lori_in_pa
    So, if one wanted to hide something (like a body?) where it wouldn't be noticed for a good while, a machine at the laundromat might be a decent option? Imagine: I could take my stash of BBs fine quality chocolate there (We have a laundromat w/in a block of our house) and The Husband would never know. I could just nip in for a bite now and then...
    by lori_in_pa at 07/09/08 4:57AM
  • phyllisophical_mom
    Hey!! It's great to "see" you as well as read your laundry story!
    by phyllisophical_mom at 07/09/08 10:27AM
  • sirtorin
    Neat. =)
    by sirtorin at 07/10/08 12:44PM
  • mr_and_mrs_berry
    :) what a funny story - I used to think socks just disappeared into thin air, but this is better!
    by mr_and_mrs_berry at 07/21/08 2:12PM
  • lromanic
    That story was a hoot! One time a couple/few years ago, our washer stopped agitating. The problem was, the load was started --- so I had to take the sopping wet clothes out of the full washer, wring them out the best I could, and take them to the laundromat. It was kind of nice to have ALL the laundry washed at once, but I was oh so happy to have my washer working again within the week :)
    by lromanic at 08/23/08 9:49PM
  • deputyheadmistress
    Hope you all made it home safely! WE very much enjoyed your visit. We are disappointed by two things:
    1. You left so soon.
    2. We forgot to ask you to sign our guest book. We ALWAYS have overnight guests sign the guestbook! Now you have to come back!
    by deputyheadmistress at 10/16/08 12:05AM
  • phyllisophical_mom
    Thanks! We had a wonderful time with all of our "Cabbies" as well.
    Isn't it about time you UPDATED?????
    by phyllisophical_mom at 11/08/08 7:59PM
  • lori_in_pa
    Good to hear from you! I thought you had abandoned pleo forever...
    by lori_in_pa at 11/09/08 5:15AM
  • phyllisophical_mom

    by phyllisophical_mom at 11/25/08 1:16PM
  • sirtorin
    Happy New Year!
    by sirtorin at 01/01/09 3:30PM
  • missy_my
    Happy (late) Mother's Day, Mom!!!! :)
    by missy_my at 05/13/09 12:43PM
  • goofy
    Good Story Lori, was Art able to fix the breaker?
    by goofy at 10/24/09 9:53PM

one of my favorite times of the year

This is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the fact that the end of the year is so close. One time, when I used to have a full time job, on the last day of the year I asked my boss if I could have the rest of the year off. I tried to have the most serious face I could. He looked at me very puzzled by my question. It took him a few minutes before he realized what day it was and what I had asked him. After that, each year when I asked him if I could have the rest of the year off, he knew my sense of humor and I could not fool him anymore. Last week I told my kids that they could have the rest of the year off from school. They know me too well. They wished I would say that on January 1st instead of December 24th. :-)
  • sirtorin
    That sounds like something I would say. =)
    by sirtorin at 12/29/07 7:46PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    Funny story. I like your dry sense of humor.

    I see you figured out how to post pictures! least ONE picture. :)
    by cyber_space_cadet at 12/29/07 7:54PM
  • funnymonkey
    We are all so sad that this time off from school is almost up =(
    by funnymonkey at 12/29/07 8:55PM
  • sirtarin
    A dry sense of humor can be a lovely thing. :D
    by sirtarin at 12/29/07 9:57PM
  • bookworm14
    Cute picture.
    by bookworm14 at 12/29/07 11:34PM
  • bookworm14
    Hehe, you could have made a bad mistake of you had miscalculated the days and accidentally told them on the 1st. I'm sure they would have loved to have the whole year off of school. You could have come to visit us. =D
    by bookworm14 at 12/29/07 11:37PM
  • 7laughinghardmans
    I like this time each year but only because I'm much closer to Spring!
    by 7laughinghardmans at 12/30/07 7:34AM
  • snoopy
    by snoopy at 12/31/07 9:21AM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    I could deal with a bit of spring weather right about now. ;o)
    by cyber_space_cadet at 12/31/07 9:24AM
  • lori_in_pa
    I enjoy this time of year, though I am tired from all the holiday fun and frenzy. I like looking at what comes next with the school year and feeling refreshed from the break and routine and ready to have a fresh start.
    by lori_in_pa at 12/31/07 9:30AM
  • mamalady
    I love this time of year, at the New Year and just beyond. Time to set and reset goals, start anew with fresh energy. First to recover from our hectic holiday events!
    by mamalady at 01/01/08 8:19AM
  • sirtorin
    by sirtorin at 01/01/08 2:27PM
  • phyllisophical_mom
    by phyllisophical_mom at 01/02/08 12:37PM
  • dbsmelser
    I watch the debates, and keep the TV news on so I can listen when they're interviewed or radio is another good source, though I don't get to listen too often.
    by dbsmelser at 01/02/08 1:08PM
  • dragonqueen95
    Hi Mrs. Driedger!!!!!!!! It's Abby. Happy new year, happy holidays, and im glad you got on pleonast!!!! My dad's on here too so you can talk to him!!!!!
    by dragonqueen95 at 01/03/08 5:05PM
  • ethantweedie14
    Hi Mrs. Driedger!!! This is Ethan Tweedie!! It's good to see you're on!!
    by ethantweedie14 at 01/05/08 10:59AM
  • sallyanne
    Hope you had a nice time bringing in the new year. Hope 2008 is bringing you lots of joy already!
    by sallyanne at 01/08/08 11:13PM

Blue squash

Have you ever heard of a blue squash? Recently a friend gave me one. It was a big bluish gray squash and ugly. It weighed about 20 pounds. My friend said that you could cook it like an acorn squash. This thing was so big that I was not sure if it would fit in my oven. I don’t know about you but I am a chicken when it comes to cooking something new but I am interested in using new food items. I am just afraid that I would put a lot of time and effect into preparing it and ruin the food. I asked around if anyone else had ever heard of a blue squash. No one had until I asked the farmer at church. He said that it’s real name is a Hubbard squash. He knew all about it. He said that his wife serves it to them many times. He told me how to tell if the squash was still good. (My friend was not sure if the one she gave me was still good.) He told me all the ways his wife has prepared it. I was a bit overwhelmed. So I went home, did a google search on blue squash, and guess what. I found some recipes for the Hubbard squash. (I am enough of a chicken with cooking that I need a recipe before trying something new.) I looked through the recipes and found one that I thought my family would like so I started cutting into the squash. It was not easy. The farmer told me to remove all the seeds and clean out the insides. The recipe said to also cut away the outer shell. The other shell reminded me of a pumpkin (only blue) and once I got it open the insides looked like a pumpkin too. The recipe called for 3 pounds of flesh so I pulled out my handy dandy kitchen scale and cut and cleaned until I came up with 3 pounds. Then I put it in a pot, filled the pot with water and boiled the water until the flesh was tender. After I drained the water out, I put the squash in my mixer. The recipe said to mash it and then add maple syrup, butter, salt and pepper to it. After I did all that, I fed it to my family. To my surprise, they all loved it and the kids wanted me to take some of it to my in-laws the next day. The next day my husband’s family was gathering to eat dinner together and we were each bringing a couple of dishes to share. My husband’s family enjoyed it too. All together, I was able to get three batches out of that one squash. We also saved the seeds; we thought we would try to grow some next year. It should be interesting. I will have to see how else I can cook this vegetable. If you have used a Hubbard squash in your recipes, I would be interested in hearing how you cooked it and what you used it in.
  • lromanic
    I've heard of blue potatoes (chips) but never a blue squash. I'm not a big squash person. I make Zucchini bread every summer and that's about it ;) My husband, on the other hand, is more adventurous - he loves to cook.
    by lromanic at 12/28/07 11:28AM
  • sirtarin
    Weird. :)
    by sirtarin at 12/28/07 12:19PM
  • missy_my
    It was really good:)
    by missy_my at 12/28/07 1:17PM
  • marmee
    I grew up on hubbard squash in VT ... just the way you fixed it! Can't improve on that. :)
    by marmee at 12/28/07 1:37PM
  • jaydon
    I have never tried it, but maybe I'll look for it and give it a try. A couple of winters ago Anaja and I tried a new winter squash every week. We loved the adventure (although like you I needed a recipe and how to cook it info) and got a few that were keepers. What we didn't like was spaghetti squash, some say we did not cook it right!
    by jaydon at 12/28/07 2:47PM
  • enyek
    Some of the squashes I see in the market just look kind of funky to me; yours maybe was one like that. Brave you! I often wonder about weird looking fruits and vegetables and what we could possibly be missing. I am always afraid of buying, then wasting.
    by enyek at 12/29/07 2:33PM

My apology

I must apologized to the world. In my family there are five of us who now have Pleonast accounts but only one computer connected to the world. I am on this computer a lot either because of emails or homeschooling or my own school work. My kids want to get on Pleonast but I’m busy with the computer. I will try to let them get on more often. In the meantime, if we have not updated in a while it is probably because I'm using the computer a lot.

On more thought. Have you ever looked Pleonast up in the dictionary. I found pleonasm. Quite interesting.
  • sirtorin
    Greetings, Mrs. Driedger! This is a Hamilton twin. =D
    by sirtorin at 12/14/07 1:56PM
  • lori_in_pa
    What is your own schoolwork? Are you taking classes?
    by lori_in_pa at 12/14/07 2:55PM
  • bookworm14
    No, is isn't on yet. She wants to be really badly but daddy decided not to let her do it yet.
    by bookworm14 at 12/14/07 3:06PM
  • bookworm14
    Hehe, that's funny. Its the opposite on our family. Mommy rarely uses the computer.
    by bookworm14 at 12/14/07 3:06PM
  • sirtarin
    Heylo, Mrs. Dredger! This is the other Hamilton twin. =D
    by sirtarin at 12/14/07 4:25PM
  • tia
    Hello! This is Tia Broasdus, from HS Camp, also the Hopkins' cousin!
    by tia at 12/14/07 6:26PM
  • phyllisophical_mom
    Hello!! No, I'd never looked it up....
    Very Interesting!
    Etymology: Late Latin pleonasmus, from Greek pleonasmos, from pleonazein to be excessive, from pleiōn, pleōn more — more at plus
    by phyllisophical_mom at 12/14/07 7:17PM
  • phyllisophical_mom
    Can you say redundancy?
    by phyllisophical_mom at 12/14/07 7:22PM
  • remark_93
    Hey! This is Kramer Hardman, Glad to see you on here!
    by remark_93 at 12/14/07 11:45PM
  • tabitha
    by tabitha at 12/15/07 8:58AM
  • redmustang
    hello, mrs drieder this is Jonathan Biesecker. welcom to the nast!
    by redmustang at 12/15/07 3:38PM
  • funnymonkey
    Hello, Mrs. Driedger I'm Fred. Welcome to pleo!
    by funnymonkey at 12/15/07 9:57PM
  • rose_of_sharon
    Hi Mom! Welcome to pleonast.
    by rose_of_sharon at 12/15/07 10:25PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    HAHA, that was a good one, Connie! :D
    by cyber_space_cadet at 12/16/07 8:16AM
  • 7laughinghardmans
    Howdy! Charlotte Hardman welcomes you to the nast.
    by 7laughinghardmans at 12/16/07 9:21AM
  • nanna
    Hello! This is Hannah from camp! I hope that you have fun with this pleo account!
    by nanna at 12/21/07 6:01PM
  • mrs_doolittle
    Hi ever learning mom!... We are so cool, I impress myself! Welcome to the place to be!
    by mrs_doolittle at 12/23/07 4:00PM
  • cyber_space_cadet


    by cyber_space_cadet at 12/24/07 4:59PM
  • missy_my
    Haha Connie! :p Welcome to pleo, Mom!
    by missy_my at 12/15/09 7:05PM

12/08/07 8:40PM

Hi. Is there anyone out there?

  • cyber_space_cadet
    Ummm. No. :P
    by cyber_space_cadet at 12/08/07 9:03PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    I'm SO glad that you're finally ON here! =)
    by cyber_space_cadet at 12/08/07 9:04PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    You should go and say hello to Wendi. (Click here)

    It's nice to see that you have all of your freds in order according to age. :D
    by cyber_space_cadet at 12/08/07 9:15PM
  • mr_and_mrs_berry
    Hi Lori! This is Natalie. Go to my blog and start clicking on people or your kids blogs. Then you can add folks (you have to go to their blogs to add them).
    by mr_and_mrs_berry at 12/08/07 9:57PM
  • mr_and_mrs_berry
    I just added you. Now you will get a little green message in the upper right hand corner and you can click on it to see it.
    by mr_and_mrs_berry at 12/08/07 9:58PM
  • mr_and_mrs_berry
    I hope your updates are more interesting ..... :)
    by mr_and_mrs_berry at 12/08/07 9:58PM
  • mr_and_mrs_berry
    7laughinghardmans is Charlotte.
    by mr_and_mrs_berry at 12/08/07 9:59PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    Well, I just hopped over here to add Natalie, but I see she's already given you a link to her blog. I'm sure I have other people on my friends list you know.
    by cyber_space_cadet at 12/08/07 10:15PM
  • lori_in_pa
    Hi! Thanks for finding me. I'm so glad you are on pleo -- it is such a terrific way to keep in touch.
    by lori_in_pa at 12/09/07 5:38AM
  • lromanic
    glad to see you're on pleo!
    by lromanic at 12/09/07 6:20AM
  • sallyanne
    Hey Lori--this is Sally! Your gonna love pleo!!
    by sallyanne at 12/09/07 1:10PM
  • marmee
    Hi Lori ... this is Sue. Happy blogging!
    by marmee at 12/09/07 10:27PM
  • mamalady
    Bertina here. Welcome: ) There are also groups you can join if interested. See my blog for ideas. There are many more. I don't spend a lot of time on any one part, but just dart in here and there. I enjoy pleonast.
    by mamalady at 12/11/07 8:02AM
  • video_nana
    I added you to my friends' list. We got back a week ago last Tuesday. We were in Perth Australia with our son and daughter-in-law for almost 7 weeks and then the four of us were in New Zealand for 2 weeks. We're missing them, but it's good to be home too!
    by video_nana at 12/13/07 9:16PM
  • jaydon
    Lori, so glad that you are on here! Hope to make it out to PA sometime this coming year to visit the Smelser's it sure would be nice to see you and the girls.
    by jaydon at 12/13/07 9:36PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    I responded to your email. Hope it makes sense! :P
    by cyber_space_cadet at 12/13/07 10:06PM
  • snoopy
    I'm back safe and sound and loving it!
    by snoopy at 12/13/07 10:34PM
  • bookworm14
    Hello Mrs. Driedger! (I think I'm still spelling that wrong.) This is Brittany. =)
    by bookworm14 at 12/13/07 11:34PM
  • enyek
    Heeeeeeey Lori!! Nice to see you. Update often and give a peek into your corner of the world.
    by enyek at 12/14/07 8:10AM