Monday, October 08, 2007

Why I love October

For those of you who check in regularly just to see what mishap has befallen the Raising Five family, I'm sorry to disappoint you. Everyone's well, and the vermin issue (20,000 loads of hot-water laundry later) seems to be under control.

It's just a beautiful October day. Today's high: a breathtaking 86 degrees of sunshine mixed with clouds.

October is probably my favorite month here in the South. Sure, we put up our kid-painted fall decorations, but everyone knows "fall" won't get started till well into November, and for those of us with Red Oaks, we won't finish raking until January or February. I haven't pulled out one long sleeved shirt yet.

My roses are going crazy, my cantaloupe vines are still pumping out melons, and here are my azaleas, which have been blooming nonstop (I kid you not) since July. In October, sometimes I can even find a single activity that is fun for ALL FIVE kids, ALL AT THE SAME TIME! August's blistering heat is a small price to pay for this:

Of course, I don't get to be out enjoying the weather as much as I'd like, what with all the laundry I have to do (washing towels with EACH use, and changing pillowcases nightly is NOT helping my workload). We almost spent yesterday at the laundromat (again) until we discovered our machine will work if I put something heavy on the lid and prop a couple of flip-flops to help the sensor make contact (the sensor the repairman replaced last time he was here).
(Yes, the repairman will make his THIRD appearance on Wednesday. He will soon have built us a whole new machine.).

I swear this thing is possessed.

Well, I'd better go check and make sure the flip-flops haven't been dislodged during the spin cycle.

Yep, laundry could take a while today. But that's okay. It's a beautiful day.

**Edited to add, three hours and two loads of laundry later**

Ooops. I guess I should have worried less about the flip-flops and more about the Heavy Item on top the washer, since it makes a very big mess when it falls off during the spin cycle and the top breaks off. I wonder how many rinses it will take to get a gallon of Tide out of the ten towels I used to sop it up?

18 comments:

Queen to my 3 Boys said...

I just bundled the children up in their snowsuits - no snow yet, but cold and very windy - to go 'working' with daddy. Must say, I was longingly looking at the picture of you guys enjoying water & warm weather right now.

Terry said...

I, too, have yet to even think about a sweater. While the summers can be brutal down here, the mild winters make up for it, don't they? Of course, my kids sometimes wonder out loud what it would be like to play in the snow.

The Chatty Housewife- said...

Oh no!! Those are going to be some clean towels.

Lisa@Take90West said...

That is something that would happen to me, the spilled Tide! I hope it wasn't too big of a mess. We are enjoying wonderful warm weather here, too and spent our fall day apple picking, but the bottome will fall out in a day or two and we'll be bundling up before you know it.
Glad the lice is under control, it is that time of year, and it is not fun.

fAiThFuL cHiCk said...

I am tripping out over that washer! It needs an exorcism!

Elise said...

Oh, Katherine - it did end up being a post about a mishap! :)

I'm glad you're finding joy anyway!

My Pink Boutique said...

Oh Katherine! :0 I'm so sorry about the tide mishap. I have to admit that I'm sitting here laughing about it though. :D

:)
Kimberly

Alyson said...

We here in Canada just celebrated Thanksgiving. I was wondering why you americans celebrate it in november when it is so close to christmas!! my husband reminded me that is because your Harvest is so much later !! duh!!

We are in full fall swing here...leaves and all. I have to admit though that we are in the 70F for weather and that is amazing for us!! so beautiful.

Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

Katherine, your laundry woes crack me up! You probably have too much $$ in your machine to consider this, but I recently (in June) blogged about how much my new front loader has rescued my laundry!

Beck said...

It's funny to think about having to wash out Tide... although I've done that, too.
It's COLD here today, and it was tropical day at school, which means that The Girl is there in capri pants. Hope she's not freezing!

Mary said...

october is my favorite month usually, but it's been too hot so far. I love the smells, the crispness of the air, pumpkins and marching bands. This weekend we'll be camping with Boy Scouts and making s'mores. It doesn't get much better than that!

julie said...

I have to agree, fall is wonderful!

Hopefully your washing maching adventures will be over soon.

Jenn Lynn said...

Oh my... I say throw in the towel on that washing machine. Time for a new one! =) Seriously, am amazed at the patience you are having with it.

Our fall is definitely here, a cold bite to the air on most mornings. =)

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Oh the spilled Tide! EEEK!

But I do love October 'round here. It's my very, very favorite, too. Well, maybe October and April. Both just lovely. And speaking of lovely, your azaelas are sure pretty!

Susanne said...

Oh my goodness Katherine! Are you sure you're not in a sitcom about washing machines or on Candid Camera or something? Oh my.

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

OH my goodness Katherine, it sounds like something that would happen at my house!

You hang in there, girl. Things can only go up from here!

Jen said...

That is so funny....our washer is rigged too. Scott wouldnt pay the repair man so he fixed it himself...we have a paint can opener lodged in ours so the sensor will touch right...you may try it...if you need a picture I will send it to you...it works well for us.....

Queen to my 3 Boys said...

I just did something very similar. I posted about it if you're interested.