This is the week between Christmas and New Years and it has always been the week that brings these childhood memories back to my mind. I have no vintage photos for this post however I am showing current time photos. My laundry room as it looks right now, including me in the mirror taking this photo. Lots of clothes to wash and then iron and fold and put away or hang in the closet. Please note my new little rug that my girlfriend gave me for Christmas because it is so perfect for this room and it mimics my little hanging clothesline Mr. C put up.
For the memories, my Grandma would never begin a new year with any laundry or ironing piled up. So, every year before New Year's I make very certain that I have all of our clothes clean and ironed. This little bottle stopper is actually from my mother who used it on a Coca Cola bottle to sprinkle the wrinkled clothes that she then would roll and place in the freezer to iron later. When she did her ironing I remember her sitting on a chair in the closet door opening and ironing all the clothes on a mangle iron that sat in the closet. I have never used one but I think it would be great for linens and flat things. Fortunately I have always liked to iron. Thank you Mom and Grandma for that.
Looks like my supplies are all here and ready for my marathon week of laundry and ironing before New Years. Midnight comes very quickly some years and I am still frantically ironing. This year I hope to be finished and relaxing when midnight strikes bringing in 2012.
Thank you Donna for hosting Memory Lane Mondays (which can last all week since I am late).
I am very thankful for this childhood memory. I can only imagine how much would pile up and never get done if I didn't follow tradition and complete my laundry before the new year.
Gentle week to all...