Sunday, 14 January 2018

Nice evening.

My son and his wife came round last evening and we had take away pizzas with chips and salad.   No, I wouldn't want it every day but now and again it is fun.    The pizza I had was vegetarian and had tomatoes, jalapenos, olives and cheese.   The salad was varied and good and the chips were crisp and hot.   No complaints really except the jalapenos were a bit on the hot side!  It passed a
nice Saturday evening.

Today has dawned cloudy and very cold as forecast.   No sign of any sun.   Sunday is always my day out to lunch with friends so no need to think about what's for lunch.   I have just about time to iron yesterday's washing before my friend calls to take me so shall close my post and may add to it later.   Incidentally - do you iron the clothes?   My friend W doesn't even possess an iron - I iron everything.   Yesterday I bought a new duvet cover in the sale and brought it home and unpacked and ironed it - it was very creased.  When my son called he said he thought my generation equated untidiness and lack of ironing as signs of poverty and that was why we still kept everything so tidy and ironed even the dusters.   Do you agree?

 

 

37 comments:

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I always iron shirts, though that's not very often as I tend to wear other things most of the time. My mother used to refuse to buy plum jam, which I like, because when she was a child it was the cheapest available and was therefore regarded as "poor people's food". We did eventually talk her out of ironing (and airing) face flannels!

Karen Ann said...

Your son's perspective is interesting, I hadn't thought of it. I don't iron any of my family's clothes unless we're going somewhere special and the item of clothing really needs it to be presentable. My daughter works in a bank and has to dress up daily in professional clothing. She doesn't own an iron. Much of what today's clothes are made of can be washed, hung and worn without the iron. I think your generation was raised with cottons that wrinkled profusely - my grandmother said she ironed every piece of clothing her family wore - my mother's habit is about half that. I can't imagine it.

Your pizza topping are exactly what I like on mine - or any combination of veggies.

Have a good Sunday -

Elizabeth said...

I'm probably the last person besides you who irons napkins - or even has cloth ones.
Paper napkins seem so wasteful.
I wonder if my grandchildren would know what a napkin ring is for? I have a nice silver one from my christening somewhere.
15F here today.
Horribly cold.
Stay warm.

Jules said...

I'm guilty of ironing almost everything, I couldn't imagine not. I even buy flat bed sheets rather than fitted because they are easier to iron!
I hope you enjoy your lunch. X

Marty Damon said...

I started to iron a tablecloth for company the other day and then instead just tossed it in the dryer with something damp. It came out just fine. Still, someone in wrinkled clothes always looks unkempt to me. It's why I never wear linen.

Heather said...

I think your son might be right about ironing. I always iron duvet covers and pillow cases but not fitted sheets. Many of my clothes are made from fabrics that do not need ironing but I would always press a crease into trousers should they need it, and iron shirts and blouses. I hate the look of creased clothes and it puts me right off linen. I iron tablecloths but seldom use one. If I am going somewhere special I'll iron a hanky, but most days they just get tucked up my sleeve as they are.
I like the occasional pizza but as I am trying to lose a bit of weight I'd forgo the chips, lovely thought they are.
Keep warm and enjoy your Sunday lunch.

Tom Stephenson said...

H.I. came from the sort of Sheffield household where the doorstep was scrubbed at least once a week.

Linda Metcalf said...

I'd be lost without my iron! I iron my clothes and sheets and pillowcases....these are a must!

Sue said...

My daughters laugh at me for ironing. I love freshly laundered and ironed bedding.

Mac n' Janet said...

I ironed everything when our daughter was young, but now with just the two of us I iron pillowcases and tablecloths. I ironed because everything use to wrinkle.

Derek Faulkner said...

I'm still amazed at some of the things that people still iron, i.e. bedding - why, one night in the bed and it's all creased and crumpled again, surely you don't take it off the bed every morning and re- iron it, because otherwise what's the point of doing it that first time.
I stopped ironing 11 years ago when I retired and then it was only five suit shirts once a week.

Maria said...

I like to see my linen well ironed and nicely folded flat in my wardobes so yes, and when I have the energy, I iron everything.
Greetings Maria x

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

Iron dusters!
I've tended to think ironing (I like ironing even though I don't do it any more) and cleaning are a sign of having not having much money - making the best of what one has because one has so little. Whereas if you have more money you don't need to bother . . . or you can employ someone else to do the cleaning!
(I wish I could employ someone to do the cleaning!)

the veg artist said...

I quite enjoy ironing, but don't bother with sheets or duvet covers. I am fanatical about making sure things are aired before being put away, using a stand that I have literally had for (my) ever - my childhood pyjamas were aired on it in front of an open fire!

Joanne Noragon said...

What a grand discussion. I own an iron because of the charity quilts I piece for my sister. Precision ironing is part of quilting, so I do it for the quilt. I would never iron for myself. Occasionally my granddaughter darts into the sewing room to iron a wrinkle that "annoys" her.

Gerry Snape said...

Ironing....about once a year...so the summer short sleeved shirts...maybe....I tend to dry it all very stretched....ha...but everything is aired and carefully folded in the airing cupboard. It's all a personal choice I think.

Agatha said...

Totally agree. I iron everything and enjoy the sense of order it bestows. I think I’m old enough to never fail to appreciate a light, efficient iron either! Thank you for your blog which I very much enjoy.

donna baker said...

Maybe once a year I get out the iron. My friend's mothers used to iron the sheets. I am terrible at it.

liparifam said...

I would never go about in something wrinkled, and I iron curtains, napkins, tablecloths, and any bed linens which show - like duvets and pillow shams - but not the sheets and pillowcases. However, I purchased a small handheld travel steamer, and find that I can use it for about 95% of my clothes, so my iron doesn't see that much use any more...

jinxxxygirl said...

I never thought of it as a sign of poverty Pat but i do iron. I just think wrinkles look sloppy and lazy. My daughter does not iron.. enough said..lol Enjoying a dusting of snow this morning.. frigid temps are due for the next few days so hunkering down and trying to stay warm... Hugs! deb

Andie said...

I iron everything, even socks if they are for a baby. Dusters, tea towels; knickers, underpants, sheets, duvet covers; cushion covers . . . the lot. I always have and until I cannot I always will. I was brought up with the maxim that ironing killed bugs, probably the drier does that now, but old habits are hard to stop. If you are happy not ironing well good for you, but I am an oldfashioned lass. Love Andie xxx Love your new home and I hope you will be very happy living there xxx

justjill said...

I do not iron. After ten years running a b&b and being chained to a steam iron, scars have now faded.

Penhill said...

I dislike ironing,but hate to wear creased clothes so I iron my clothes.I persuaded my husband he ironed his shirts better than I did so now he does his own! I don't iron duvets or sheets,but do like ironed pillowcases. Would love to meet for a coffee in Leyburn in the summer,just typing the word summer makes me feel better on this horrid raw January day.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for the comments. Seems that the majority of the people I blog with iron some things - don't know what that tells me really. As to sheets - they really do feel so much better when you get into them for the first time. Look forward to the day Penhill.

Gail, northern California said...

I actually enjoy ironing. I'll always remember a comment my husband made one day before he died. He said, "I love the smell of ironing." It's true. There is a fragrance. I wonder now if part of his comment harkened back to his mother too.

Bonnie said...

My iron is a sewing tool as I iron seams and such in the quilts I make. Occasionally I will iron clothes but only when absolutely necessary. It is interesting what your son says about ironing. He may be right although many of today's fabrics don't wrinkle as badly if put in a dryer.

Cloudia said...

I think we like to keep up to standards we're used to; and to impose our vision on our surroundings in a world that seems to move on. . . .

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks everyone. I shall now show him the comments and see what he has to say - and report back.

honey said...

I have always felt if you took care of things then you didn't have to replace them and so you saved money you could enjoy spending on other "wants" or needs. I fear to day we live in a throw away world where old people, poor folks, unborn babies, heirlooms, the earth itself is not cherished. Just my feelings, not saying they are right.

Frugal in Essex Tania said...

I do iron but not everything anymore. Underwear and socks go straight in the drawer. Lots of things I own only need a very light press so it's a quick job done.

John Gray said...

Pizza...you fast cat xx

The Weaver of Grass said...

John - I have been known to order in a Chinese too. Does that make me even faster?

Chris Elliot said...

I iron less and less each year because everything seems to be wrinkle free. I don't use the spin dryer, just hang things to dry.

Anonymous said...

I'm not into ironing, but I am into eating pizza!

thelma said...

Gave up ironing a few years back, laid back lifestyle means what I wear the creases normally fall out when I wear them for a couple of hours. Maybe do the pillow cases to make the guest bed look tidy. Being left handed is also a problem, but I'm not sure what;)

Librarian said...

I am one of those strange people who actually LIKE to iron. Therefore, I iron almost everything except for my undies and towels (I do iron my dish cloths).
It is just something I enjoy for its neatness and quietness, so different to what work is like sometimes. Ironing occupies my hands but lets my mind wander freely, something else that is impossible at work.

As for chips... The first time I came to Yorkshire many years ago, I couldn't believe how people had chips with everything - even with pizza and lasagne! For me, chips are a meal in their own right, even more so with fish or a sausage. Whenever I have pizza (or any other carb-based food), it fills me so well I really don't want or need chips on top. Salad - any time!

Derek Faulkner said...

Ironing dish cloths??