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?