Our laundry room is actually a wonderful space that serves many purposes. It has always been called “The white room”. When we moved here 16 years ago, this room had never been painted. So now, even though pale green, it retains its name.
In addition to the washing machine and all sorts of laundry paraphernalia, there are closets for linens, old paint, coats and boots. There is an ironing board, a huge island with shelves and drawers for all sorts of things such as my husband’s tools, hats and mittens, old gardening magazines, etc. There is a spot where my father’s slide collection resides. I can’t throw them away. There are also cupboards above where I keep sleeping bags, table cloths, Christmas ornaments, gifts for the grandchildren, etc. There are shelves for loads of knitting supplies. And there’s my treadmill too. Everyone needs such a room! (That doesn’t mean it is always tidy!)
I also keep plant lights in this room. I have shelves where I save seeds from flowers and vegetables. Today I discovered seeds sent by a friend several years ago! I decided this was the day to see if they would germinate. I extracted vermiculite from one of the cupboards, moistened it lightly and inserted it into ziplock sandwich bags with 10 varieties of clematis seed. Now the big wait!
While tidying up, I also discovered some handiwork made by my mother years ago, when I was a little girl. I remember her crocheting in a comfortable chair near a window waiting for dinner to cook. She often made these butterfly handkerchiefs. I can’t even remember using handkerchiefs, but I thought they were pretty. Her mother-in-law in France was impressed by these and asked her to show her how she made them.
Mom made many things. She even made tablecloths. I have none of these and have no idea what became of them. I have one embroidered tablecloth from Alsace. But I did keep a “muffin cozy” that she made to keep things warm when they came out of the oven. Here’s how it works:
At the time she was getting rid of her posessions, I had no interest in these old things and certainly no space for them. What a shame.
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