The weather was gloomy as the rain fell steadily here in southwest Ohio yesterday. Not a heavy downpour, but just enough drizzle to make it cold and uncomfortable. It was the perfect day to pull out all of the husband’s dress shirts from the laundry basket and iron them. (Can there EVER be a perfect day to iron?) I must admit that this job is not high on my list of household chores, but I refuse to pay the cleaners $4 to do each one! And I want him to look good- clean laundry IS a reflection on me, after all!
When I used to send shirts out to be laundered, nine times out of ten I ended up re-ironing them anyway. Too many wrinkles from being placed in those bags with the sleeves out of place or the button plackets not lined up all the way down. Was I being too picky? For $4 apiece, I think I had every right to be! So a few years ago, I just resigned myself to washing and ironing them at home.
I need a distraction from the drudgery of this chore, so I always set up the ironing board in front of the television so I can have a little entertainment. But can you really call watching endless shows of people having their kitchens and bathrooms re-done in as little as three days entertainment? I kept seeing all of the flaws in the drywall, the poor paint jobs, the mis-cut tiles….. Now I wouldn’t mind being discovered in Home Depot by one of those guys asking me if I wanted my bathroom re-done; but I don’t think they’d appreciate me telling them that the quality of work was sub-par! So what if it’s a free make-over? Shouldn’t I expect “professionals” to do their best? I don’t think I’ll ever have to worry about that happening, though, because those guys never seem get out of California to come to the midwest! And what are the chances of them finding ME?
All right, I have digressed big-time! Back to the ironing…. I pressed the heck out of the husband’s shirts and now they are so crisp and fresh looking. The guy will look like a million bucks. Ok, maybe a couple hundred…. And though I’ll never achieve the heavy starched crispness that a professional laundry is known for, at least I know that all the buttons are intact on each shirt I iron and I know that I won’t be permanently ironing in creases in the all the wrong places. Don’t you wonder why we can never seem to iron those suckers out once they’ve been set in? They must use industrial strength starch and extremely high heat in their pressers because multiple washings and ironings never seem to get out those errant creases.
After two hours of watching the tube and ironing the shirts, I popped downstairs to work on a table vignette for Valentine’s Day. Here’s a sneak peek of what I’m using as part of the centerpiece. I bought this heart for 50% off at an after Christmas sale. Isn’t it sweet and perfect for Cupid’s Day? I’ll be joining Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for her Valentine’s Day party on Feb. 10. Love is in the air at her house, let me tell you! Stop over and see what she’s been doing. Now, I still have to go put all those nice clean shirts back in the closet! Do you think the husband knows they were done with love?
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