Friday, July 15, 2016

102 in the shade











Crazy things happen when it's 102 degrees in the shade. Lucky thought she would dig a small pool in the back yard. Durango and Pinto treed another roadrunner. A family of dragonflies took up residence in the butterfly bush. At last count there were five of them hanging out in the branches! And I decided to clean and restore my grandmother's collection of antique linens, some of which she embroidered herself.


I read up on the old school ways of restoring linens and started two experiments.
Pot #1: One gallon of hot water and 1/4 cup of kosher (don't ask me why the recipe said kosher) salt. Soak linens 48 hours, rinse, and lay in the sun to dry.
Pot #2: Boiling water with lemon slices. Soak linens 24 hours. Rinse well and wash with mild detergent. Lay said linens in sun to dry.

I'll let you know which method worked best.

Durango settled for his wren when the roadrunner flew off. And the pool Lucky so thoughtfully tried to dig for the family? I filled it in and we don't talk about it anymore.

20 comments:

  1. old linens :) one of my most favorite things...

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    1. Mine too! They're like a link to the past...and these linens are especially precious because they belonged to my grandmother.

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  2. that wren!! lucky durango.
    and that little lucky-pup, pressing her sweet self into the cool of the floor.

    i mean HOLY COYOTE and HOLY you-know-what (begins with b and ends with k) can you believe the temperature??!!
    we're dying up here, too, at 88F and 90F on the deck. pinto won't even sleep on her memory-foam bed, too hot....!!

    i some of my grandmother mamie's old crochet'd pieces....i treasure them....

    xx

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    1. Wow! It is *buggin' hot up that way! And your poor Pinto....maybe Lucky could come up and dig a pool on the Pencilfox acres!

      Aren't the old linens and crochets from our ancestors true treasures? I cannot wait to dry mine in the blazing sun and see how they turn out. And I am happy to report that, so far, they *do* look whiter in the pots.
      xx

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  3. That sounds like a good indoor summer project. Be interesting to see which method works. Can't wait to see the results!
    Sounds like the pack is making the best of it. Roadrunners beware! Lucky is soooo lucky...she landed in pooch paradise. Look at that SWEET face. Dragonfly spirit asks us to pay attention to our deeper thoughts & desires. Lucky does look lost in deep puppy thought:-)
    I'm ready for summer to be over. I'm melting right along with Lucky.
    xx Sheree

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    1. Believe me, I am ready by mid-April for summer to be over! It seems the older I get, the harder it is to take the heat.

      And I wondered about the dragonflies.....are they sending a message? Telling me to listen to what's deep inside? Or maybe they're telling Lucky she should finish digging out the pool!

      Let's hope the days cool off soon and fall comes early.
      xx

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  4. "I filled it in and we don't talk about it any more." LOL-- that's awesome! I am interested in seeing the results of your linen experiment. I, too, have quite a few old pieces including some stitched by my great-grandmother for her own wedding in 1899. I'm afraid to do much with them because they are so fragile.
    Lucky wants me to ask you if you could possibly consider finding a small wading pool so you can reach a happy compromise. It sounds like such a reasonable request given the heat...
    xoxo

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    1. A wading pool sounds perfect! That will be tomorrow's project....photos will soon follow. Lucky, Durango, and Pinto thank you for the suggestion!

      And wow--linens stitched by your great grandmother! Now that's quite an heirloom!
      I've read that--when cleaning-- salt, lemon juice, and baking soda are the least damaging to old fibers. I will definitely let you know how the experiments turn out.
      xx

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  5. Hahaha!!!! Yeah, let's not talk about it! Good one, Sagey...
    102? Yuck.
    I'd be super happy to watch all those dragonflys do their magic! Right there in your own backyard. :))
    A road runner in your tree, looking to make his get away. Ah, those crazy pups.
    Since we're comparing temps, it's in the high 80' here. No wind. Not bad!
    x

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    1. The dragonflies are AMAZING! I sit behind the butterfly bush and watch them fly around me....Sometimes Pinto joins me and it becomes our secret garden hideout. :)

      Geez, we don't drop to the high 80's till after dark. Enjoy that cooler weather!
      xx

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  6. Those linens are just beautiful!! One of my favorite things to pick up at estate sales!! You made me laugh out loud with your description of how you're no longer discussing the fact that Lucky dug up your yard!!!! We have a digger in the house as well. His name is Sparky. Thankfully he hasn't been digging up our new backyard as much as he did at our other house. I can't wait for you to see the TWD photos!! I'll be posting them in another couple of days. : ) XOXO

    ~ Wendy

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    1. Little Lucky is our ankle-biting hole digger but we love her!

      I'm still working on the linen cleaning experiment. One small pile of linens left to clean and then I'll post my scientific results! ;)

      Can't wait for those TWD pics!!!
      xx

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  7. "Lay said linens in sun to dry." Yeah... :)

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    1. And I'm still laying linens in the blazing sun to dry! Just finished another batch today.

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  8. I find that ice cream helps in the heat :)

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  9. such gorgeous Summertime images xo

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    1. Thanks, Deb! It's been a hot one this summer!

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  10. Ahaha, Lucky thought she'd dig you all a hole to cool off in! There's not much else you can do in such intense heat. I feel for you, hoping the heat breaks soon. Fall is coming!

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    1. Lucky certainly did have big plans for the back yard. We finally bought her a wading pool instead.
      And yes, fall is coming. Soon, I hope!

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