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Just some random, irrelevant, humorous, and hopefully inspiring musings on life, love, faith, widowhood, remarriage, adoption, blended families, caring for a handicapped child, mothering seven children, chickens, cooking, grief, over-coming grief, and everything else in between. Just Keep Livin!!

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People have asked if we have big plans for spring break, which we are currently in the middle of.  Are we planning on loading seven children onto an airplane or better yet cramming them tightly into a car, driving for hours on end to visit some magical place down south or up north?  Nope, we sure aren’t planning something as delightful as that idea sounds, but we do have some big plans unfolding nonetheless at the Ronne homestead.  I am finally getting a laundry room!

This has actually come out of pure necessity rather than a planned event.  I had a washing machine and a dryer stuffed into what used to be a bathroom until my dryer suddenly died on February 13, 2014.  

oldlaundryIsn't it lovely??

I know, not a world-wide crisis, but with seven small, muddy on a daily basis children, and a husband who is known to romp a bit in the murkiness as well on our 20 plus acres, this has been a trying situation to the core of my soul, and I’m not even one of those people who likes to do laundry.  I have a sister in law and a former mother in law who are professional laundress’s. They do laundry as if they were creating a masterpiece, their finished products are AMAZING.   Their laundry is soft, drenched in lavender or spring scented goodness, as if it had been soaked for days in Downy Delight.   Their towels are the kind of towels you can’t wait to wrap your cold body in after a nice, warm shower.  My laundry is not that laundry.  It does not smell good unless you happen to come across the one load a month where I actually remembered to add fabric softner; it doesn’t feel very soft because along with forgetting the fabric softner, I also forget the dryer sheet most of the time, and finally, I make money saving, homemade detergent so, well, it’s not Tide.  (Laundry Detergent recipe can be found in the recipe box)

We have no idea what happened to the dryer and after numerous attempts at trying to fix it, my husband gave me the green light to buy a new one.  That led to the green light of buying a new set because the washing machine hasn’t sounded real healthy either for the past few months. In the meantime, we have been laboriously hanging our clothes in 40 degree weather.

Honestly, I enjoy hanging clothes, it’s a relaxing practice, especially when the sun is out, and I have an excuse to occasionally step outside throughout the day.  However, I do not enjoy crispy clothes, especially crispy jeans or crispy towels.  A nice, hot shower after a long, tedious day, only to be wrapped in a hardened towel is not exactly how I imagine the best day ever.  But, I have been thankful my washing machine has continued working so I didn’t have to employ one of these from our ancestors of old..  

My generous, fabulous husband has put my laundry room at the top of his renovation schedule.

It has been a super fun journey already, as is everything we put our minds and agendas to.  We were so excited to discover this beautiful, slate blue washing machine and dryer pair at Lowes clearanced out as the last floor models.


We bought them, without much thought, and then once home realized our electric hookup wasn’t going to work real well with our new gas dryer.  That beautiful pair went back, much to my dismay.  But…. the same day, approximately 2 minutes later, I discovered this pair, a bigger pair, a white pair, a more options with decorating pair, a pair that was the exact same price as the pretty blue pair.  We took them as I whispered convincingly to my husband that I must be a dream wife to shop for appliances with as it took me literally two minutes to make the life changing decision (sometimes as wives we need to point out our obvious strengths). He agreed with a happy smile etched upon his face.  Here is our new pair….


Stay tuned, laundry renovations to continue…

Just keep livin!!

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    Holly Thursday, March 20, 2014

    It's always good to have fresh laundry....just doesn't happen when you have will when you are older.....glad laundry room is in holly

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