The down side of down

I learned something new this morning.

In my spring cleaning frenzy, I tried to launder the down pillows from my bed. I checked the internet to see if there was some reason I shouldn’t put them in water (even though I couldn’t imagine one, since down gets wet when it’s on the goose or the duck.)

The instructions said to launder the pillows in a front-loading machine. Uh … I don’t have a front loader. But really, what difference could it make, right?

It does. Because, as I found out – down pillows float. I suppose that’s one of the reasons duckies and geese don’t drown.

Any suggestions for cleaning my pillows now that they’re saturated – and still dirty?

Happy Mother’s Day

I don’t know where this originated, but it’s a lighter look at the value of mothers.

I Owe My Mother

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.

“If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.

“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.

“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the
middle of next week!”

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.

” Because I said so, that’s why.”

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.

“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not
going to the store with me.”

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.

“Make sure you! wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an

7. My mother taught me IRONY.

“Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.

“Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.

“Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.

“You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.

“This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.

“If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.

“I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.

“Stop acting like your father!”

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.

“There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who
don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.

“Just wait until we get home.”

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.

“You are going to get it when you get home!”

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.

“If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze
that way.”

19. My mother taught me ESP.

“Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”

20. My mother taught me HUMOR.

“When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.

“If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.

“You’re just like your father.”

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.

“Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.

“When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”

25. And my favorite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE.

“One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you.”

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who are mothers. To those of you who are fortunate enough to have a mother, tell her – often – how much you love her and value her. But more important, show her, not just one day a year, but every day you’re lucky enough to have her in your life.

I’m back

Re-entry after vacation really sucks!

Not only did I come home to rain, fighting with insurance companies over the damage to my car, and no food in the house, I came home to really depressing news – not only did I come home to one rejection, but to THREE:hissyfit: from the same editor, virtually everything she had on her desk from me.

I’d been prepared for one when my son called me in Florida to tell me there was a big package from Harlequin waiting for me, but I really didn’t expect a hat-trick of rejections.

I think I should have stayed in Florida.

Heading out

You were wrong 🙂 Since we couldn’t find anything to eat, we went to my parents’ house. What a way to start a marriage, but it seems to have worked out :heart:

In other news, we’re going on vacation omorrow. :bananadance: Don’t really know where we’ll end up, when we’ll be back, or how available internet access will be. Apparently there’s a bread company that has internet cafes across the US, so I’ll be letting my fingers do the walking wherever we are and hopefully be able to check in.

Happy Easter

Easter is an important time in our house. Not because of the religious significance of it, but because it’s a reminder of how blind and all-consuming young love can be.

We didn’t even realize it at the time, but the date we chose for our wedding happened to fall on Easter weekend. We got through the ceremony (an aunt had a heart attack in the church), and the reception was fun (even though we weren’t even old enough to legally have champagne). Where we ran into a problem was later that night, and the next day. We couldn’t get food or even anything to drink at the hotel :wall: and the next day, Easter Sunday, EVERYTHING was closed. No dining room, no local restaurants, nothing was open.:no:

Can you guess what we did?