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Monday, February 17, 2014

Frugal February - day 17

Good Monday morning to you all
My house is in need of some cleaning this morning and I am working on that. 

It is warming up so I planted cherry tomato and flower seeds in the egg shells I've been saving.
The pigs and elephants are from Dollar Tree. They have tiny solar panels on their backs and when they are in sunshine, the pigs flap their wings and the elephants flap their ears. Dollar Tree makes them for some holidays. Last sping, their were dancing daisies and in the fall, their were scarecrows.
They are silly and make everyone smile when they see them wiggling.
The egg shells are just in old egg cartons on a thrift store tray to catch the water that spills. 

Part of my housework today is laundry. For 2 reasons, I am hanging some of the laundry to dry, either on a drying rack or in hangers in doorways.


It is cheaper (very little electricity used)
Our air is so dry right now, I hope as the clothes dry that it will moisturize the air.
We have an outdoor clothesline  but the wind is gusting to 40 mph today- so indoor drying is best right now.  
Before I air dry, I add liquid fabric softener to the final wash rinse and then the clothes get fluffed in the electric clothes dryer for 10 minutes. Even air dried, our laundry is soft and wrinkle free this way. 


15 comments:

  1. I dry my jeans inside on hangers when the weather is bad; I don't like them dried in the dryer for fear they will shrink! Can't have that happening! Also, they seem to shed dirt and dust better when they're a little stiff from hanging.

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  2. My Mom-in-law collects those little solar powered figures and keeps them in her front window. The great-grands just love them!

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  3. I need to get some seeds started. Really I should have a couple of weeks ago. Time just seems to pass by quickly. I can hardly wait for the snow for melt so I can hang out laundry. I don't mind the stiffness from line dried clothes but Chuck does so I put his into the dryer for about 10 minutes to soften them.

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  4. Your eggs look cute all lined up with soil and seeds! Can't wait to see how this turns out!

    I'm doing laundry today, too...I skipped two days last week and now I'm paying for it. ha.

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  5. I sowed carrots, beets and peas outside on Saturday as per the ok fact sheet and started my peppers, eggplants and tomatoes inside on Friday. Also started hardening off the cabbage I started in jan. now it is all quiet until march with potato planting. Such a great time of year. Love the tip on drying indoor to add moisture.

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  6. Oh, I can't believe you have already started your seeds! You give me home that winter will finally be over...

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  7. Drying inside today, too, on account of that little thingy that does something with that other little belt fell off and the drum won't spin. But it's fix. And I now know what the inside of a dryer looks like!

    Tomatoes I planted on 1/28 now have a second set of leaves! One day at a time!

    Love the little piggies.

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  8. Must be laundry day. I was at Jaymees and she was doing laundry and I came home and have 2 or 3 loads left to do.

    I am so ready for spring time and to be outside and have windows opened.

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  9. I might try some plants from seed this year. It's still a bit early for us. I think? Not sure...have never done that before. Mainly because I don't have much room in front of a sunny window for the plants. All that room is already taken up by house plants! I have an idea to pass on to you for the laundry...instead of using fabric softener which is loaded with chemicals, try using plain white vinegar in your rinse water instead. It softens the clothes and is non-toxic. I need to use my drying rack more than I have been - thanks for the reminder!

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  10. I love yur sweet little egg containers! Yu are one smart cookie!! (Or, maybe one smart EGG!)

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  11. Yu = you! Silly spell check did not catch that one!

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  12. I really like that egg shell idea. Too soon to start seeds here but down the line I think I shall try that, since egg shells are good for the compost as well, why not start off that way. Ingenious! :) I just have to start practicing cracking the egg shells differently from what I can see in the photo...

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  13. Robert and I planted green onions in pots on my patio this past Saturday. They should do all right since the weather seems to be warming up.

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  14. And I thought I was the only one who did the collapsible drying rack-hangers in doorways routine :-)

    I would want to try the eggshell-egg tray way of starting a nursery some day. Maybe I'd also get some sun-loving piggies to keep the seedlings company. Just too cute!

    Have a good week!

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  15. Hi Rhonda-
    I thought I left a comment here earlier...but am not sure now if I posted it or not.
    I haven't even started my seeds yet...but I know I should. I've done them in egg shells, TP tubes and newspapers...all very successfully.
    Like you, I have a folding clothes dryer...I love using it.
    Especially when the wood stove is going. I think they dry pretty fast in there and the moisture HAS TO HELP.
    I sent you an email also.

    have a great week. Pat

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