The chore I hate the most

Have I ever mentioned that I detest ironing?  I will let the pile of clothes turn into a mountain before I will even consider tackling them.  I usually notice poor Justin putting together some interesting combinations for outfits and my conscience kicks in…after all, I like him to look good and professional.  Yesterday while Cora napped I promised myself I would iron his shirts and pants…ironing for me goes like this.

**Lay shirt flat and make sure there are no wrinkles.  Swish, swish.  Wrinkles gone.  Grab wrong end of iron and burn hand.  Get mad.  Iron in next section of shirt…swish, swish. Wrinkles gone.  And then come the sleeves.  I hate the sleeves.  This is the step where I go swish, swish.  Iron in new wrinkles.  AHHHH.  Lay flat again.  Swish, swish.  Iron out those wrinkles but  iron in new wrinkles.  Grumble, grumble, grumble. Usually the body of Justin’s shirts are perfectly ironed but the sleeves…well the sleeves usually are far from wrinkle free.  I’m still learning. Then I have to hang all the shirts and button them.  I even hate this step.  And if they sit too long in the closet they often need to be ironed again.  My blood boils. Quite simply.  I hate ironing.  If we were rich that would be my one indulgence.  I would dry clean all dress clothes. I’ve tried every method to enjoy ironing (even praying while I iron.  No joke) but nothing works. Please tell me I am not alone….**

On a happier note…We spent some time outside yesterday.  The weather was on its way to warming up yesterday and will be 75 today.  I’m thankful.  I do not like cold weather.  Cora loves to “color-color” with her chalk.

I love her.

I also love the way our garden looks this time of year.  (Thanks to my dad and his landscaping skills) Everything is so lush and green…once the true Georgia summer starts all our plants will be scorched.

And then I noticed that a plant I had thrown away (from the fall) in the brush pile bloomed again.  So I saved the little plant and hope to put it in a pretty pot today.

Our lettuce is growing fast…which is very exciting as we eat salad almost every night.  The carrots are also coming along nicely.

And one more tidbit of unimportant information.  The black bench we bought last year is finally be put to good use.  Cora decided she likes it…but for standing, not sitting…of course.

It’s a great way for her to turn the hall light off and on…but this is what I originally envisioned it being used for.

But of course, standing is so much more fun than sitting.

Well, I’m off.  My mom just stopped by and Cora is so excited to see her “Mimi!!!!” ‘Til next time…


15 Responses to The chore I hate the most

  1. Betty says:

    Well, I’m not going to lie, I DETEST ironing. So much in fact that I do not do it. If Matt wants wrinkle free shirts, he knows where the ironing board/iron are. Usually he just throws his shirts in the dryer. So don’t worry, I’m worse than you! And Cora looks so grown-up in those pictures, it’s hard to believe!

  2. Kendra B. says:

    Ironing is so time consuming. I think that’s what I hate most of all about it. I remember when I was working as a maid I had to iron my employer’s shirts every day–and he wore nothing but button-up shirts so it was just never-ending. I had to use spray-starch on them, too, so by the end my hands were all sticky but they didn’t wrinkle after that. Ironing bad in the summer, too, when you’re already overheating and then you have basically a little hand-held heater of death in your hands.

    So I understand 🙂

    Cora is such a cute little doodlebug, I love her facial expressions!!

    I can’t WAIT to plant our garden!! I’m desperate for lettuce and fresh peas & herbs. It’s been raining every day since Sunday so I’m hoping by this Sunday the weather is better and we can plant!

  3. Lindsey Sieders says:

    i cheat….i buy Drew’s shirts that are wrinkle free….put them in the hot dryer and hang them right away…..but then again, he’s a carpenter so the shirts are only used on Sundays….:)

    the garden looks beautiful although makes me realize how much work we have to do in ours….

  4. LeAnna says:

    I rarely ever iron, but I find it therapeutic. The other day I ironed and starched my curtains, just for grins. Because I obviously have nothing else to do. Ehhhh…

    😉 My Hubby showed me how to iron his shirts, he learned from watching Martha Stewart on tv in a hotel room while traveling. Apparently you iron upward shoulder – sleeve, shoulder-sleeve, and then iron the bodice of the shirt downward last. Or something like that. He’s also tried telling me how to fold the towels, but I don’t buy it.

    Your entry garden is gorgeous! Looks like a cottage oasis, and your lettuce looks so good! It’s a cool weather crop here, and I always forget to plant it!

  5. bchallies says:

    Can anyone in the world really ENJOY ironing?…I have done it faithfully for forty years, but ….Still, I always rememmer Sabina Wurmbrant saying how much the women imprisoned in the Gulag withe her, regretted grumbling about the daily tasks they had been taken from….Would have given all to be back in that ordinary routine….So I remind myself, remind myself of that!

  6. sherene says:

    You are not alone my dear, I don’t like ironing either. But when I married hubby I promised myself to take care of his personal needs and that includes ironing. Did I mention my husband is using formal shirts and slacks every single day? Imagine to torture.
    Cora is really looking like a real big sister:))
    Lettuce is yum:))

  7. Anna says:

    We don’t iron until we’re about to put an outfit on. A.J. is an avid iron-er (is that a word?) and irons everything he wears – jeans, t-shirts, everything. So he was in the habit of ironing his outfit every morning when I met him. He still does and I don’t feel bad about it… I tried ironing at night for him for awhile, but he doesn’t mind doing it. I iron when I have a particularly wrinkly shirt to wear!

  8. Nikki says:

    Ironing? The worst thing ever. I spend about 2 hours a week doing this dreadful task. Matter of fact, I almost (keyword) was going to tonight. Since I have a mountain piled as well, but oh no. I took a rain check! Whew. It is awful! I can’t dry any of Jayson’s shirts because he is so tall! So between his work clothes and mine it is awful! I don’t dry hardly any of those clothes!

  9. Susanna says:

    I HATE ironing too! I only do it when I really have to!:)

  10. Jessica says:

    I strongly suggest a steamer! You can find ones that are fairly inexpensive and you can hang the shirts, button them and THEN get the wrinkles out with out putting new ones in!! I loathed ironing so much to the point where I would just leave the clothes in the dryer and run it every time I needed something out of it to get the wrinkles out. Once I got my steamer my iron never saw the light of day or burned my hands again!

  11. admin says:

    Thanks Jessica,

    We actually had a steamer and it always leaked and therefore ended up taking longer than ironing. I know a lot of people recommend them though…maybe we’ll replace our old one:)

  12. Victoria says:

    I miss you my dear friend! You look so beautiful 🙂 I am praying that your nerve pain will be healed.

  13. Danelle says:

    I absolutely detest ironing too! D.R. wishes I liked it and asks me repeatedly to iron certain shirts. Although in the past year or two, something GENIUS happened. My family bought her wrinkle-free shirts from Joseph A Bank (pricey but worth every penny) and now, he throws them in the dryer the morning of if they need a little extra fluffage and wa-BAM~ perfect looking dress shirt (and pants) I suggest you invest in some of those for Justin and put an end to iron injuries. 🙂

  14. Jane Fyre says:

    I dislike ironing also. I make myself finish all of previous week’s laundry before beginning current week. The pile is always manageable this way. All steamers will leak if you do not place the item being steamed on a higher level than the pole you leave it hanging on. I usually place it on the hangers that I have above the washer/dryer. I will put Joseph E. Banks clothing on Justin’s Christmas list (wrinkle free). You really will need the assistance next year.

  15. Dropping by from Kendra’s blog. 🙂

    I so agree with you on the ironing. I literally CANNOT do it-I get violent and crazy. It isn’t good for anyone in my house for me to iron, ha. So, I get wrinkle free shirts and pants for my husband-he dresses in slacks and buttondowns every day. I try to remember to take them straight out of the dryer and hang them up right away, and I also keep a spray bottle on hand for him with 1/4 cup downy fabric softener in it, and then filled the rest of the way with water. He sprays his pants and shirts down with that mix, and then takes them into the bathroom with him and hangs them in the steam while he showers. I wouldn’t say he looks “pressed” but he doesn’t look wrinkled, if that makes sense. 🙂

    Your garden looks lovely!

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