Just like a real person!

Tobie and I went for our morning walkie at sixish, me lugging a hamper of dirty clothes.

Up until a little over six years ago I washed my laundry by hand in the front yard, weather permitting – it tended to pile up in winter but I did what I could in the sink. Then S&L moved in full-time and Neighbor S insisted on washing my clothes for me once a week, and that became part of the routine and I grew dependent on it. Now recently I’ve scored a second-hand washer that works fine once I figured out how to properly install it, and I’ve been fining in the procedure(s) for doing it myself just like a regular person.

I’m really pleased with this clothesline. Reminds me of some of the less unpleasant parts of my childhood.

I’ve put several small loads through the procedure to get it right, but this is the first morning where I brought the hamper and got it all done at once – except for gel socks, which are separate. Just like a regular person. Tobie and I took our walkie while the machine was doing its thing the first time, and I had some work to do in Ian’s place during the second load.

This is a process that’s been going on since I got here, really. At first I was virtually camping, everything was improvised, nothing was settled, and life could sometimes be quite uncomfortable. Progress away from that was halting and fitful, with long intervals where I sort of settled into “by my standards” but then punctuated with sudden major improvements that were almost disruptions in themselves, like…

* Moving into the cabin
* Getting a woodstove that worked
* Getting an electrical system that worked
* Getting the cabin sided
* Getting a decent set of batteries
* Building the bedroom addition

…and so forth. I gradually came to a point where I wasn’t improvising anymore: I recall writing two years ago “I was just thinking the other day about how it might be time to retire the blog because it’s less and less about the adventure of roughing it out alone in the boonies and more about an old man quietly living in a cabin with a Corgi.” Well, Bad Things happened to the Corgi only two months later and now it’s an Anatolian Shepherd (who tried to have an adventure with some cattle this morning, BTW, and was rather miffed with Uncle Joel for interceding) but the principle is the same. The point of moving to the boonies was not to have hair-raising adventures but to live quietly.

And the quiet life is getting more comfortable all the time.

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9 Responses to Just like a real person!

  1. Ben says:

    “life is getting more comfortable all the time.”

    1) Find wood.
    2) Knock long and hard!

  2. Mike says:

    I hate to break it to you, Joel, but the steps taken to live like “a normal person” will never end because there is no such thing as normal. 🙂

    You may want to start saving those nickels for one of these to help with the laundry.


  3. jrg says:

    “We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home, in towns and cities.” – George W. Sears

    Smoothing out the rough makes sense. You can’t make butter with a toothpick. Given that wild weather has caused you to go into civil engineering mode, I think you have it plenty rough.

  4. Judy says:

    If I remember correctly, Joel, has all of that gear for laundry in his shed.
    My memories of clothes line are not all that unpleasant. But, The Rules, are firmly embedded. Don’t mess with Mama’s clothes line, if you valued your back-side.

  5. Jim Price says:

    Even though I have a clothes dryer, I have three vintage racks like these, but from the 1940s, that I use for drying most of my clothes.


    Saves a whole lot of energy and my clothes last nearly forever.

  6. Terrapod says:

    Hey Joe;. how bad is the foam on the two front seats of the Jeep?
    I have a couple of used seat covers snagged at auction, no clue if they will fit but they might do the job. I will scrounge up some repair foam if needed.

  7. Terrapod says:

    Ugh, touch typing in the dark is not my thing. That is Joel, not wit a semi colon

  8. Joel says:

    Terrapod: The foam on the shotgun seat is falling apart rapidly. The much newer driver seat is in better shape but the seams are starting to show strain. BTW, the shotgun seat, which is original, is really high in back while the driver seat barely has a headrest.


  9. Mark Matis says:

    Don’t forget to let me know when that driver seat needs replacement again!

To the stake with the heretic!