Saturday, July 28, 2007

"Queen of Dish Stacking"

This morning I was washing the dishes that have accumulated the last day or two.  Nothing much..just a few bowls, some silverware, one small sauce pan and a couple plates.  For the first time in in many years, I don't have a dishwasher in this mobile home so I've washed dishes by hand the last 5-1/2 years.... I don't mind all that much, except that when they pile up, there's no place to hide them. LOL    Anyway, as a kid...it was my job to wash dishes at least once a day, the other times I dried and my mom washed them.  The times when I washed and was supposed to dry & put them away, I thought it was just easier to let them air dry.  We had the standard dish drying rack and I developed a method to put all the dishes, silver, pots and pans for a family of four in and on the dish rack. Stacked so well, I don't think an earthquake could have toppled them.  My dad finally dubbed me the "Queen of stacking dishes."  I held that title for years...until I married and we bought our first automatic dishwasher.  It was a portable one that we rolled over to the sink to load and wash the dishes.

This morning as I washed those dishes and delicately stacked them in the small dish drainer that sits in my second sink, I thought my dad would be so proud of me.  Once again, they are air drying....I'll go back and put them away in a couple hours. I haven't lost the art of stacking dishes. 

Dad......I love you and miss you........Linda

12 comments:

jonibooks1991 said...

Oh Linda what a nice memory.  Funny how stuff like that comes back to you once in while.  Have a nice day.  Joni

pharmolo said...

We all have our little ways of doing things - I used to hate having to dry dishes. So, now they airdry too :-)

ally123130585918 said...

Linda I had forgotten about aprons ~ my Mum always wore one ~ even when she wasn't washing dishes ~ you don't see them anymore do you !!!!! ~ my Five Brothers wern't expected to wash up or dry the dishes that was a job for us sisters ~ which I always thought was unfair ~ I know how you feel about missing your Dad I miss mine terribly and my Mum ~ Ally x
http://journals.aol.co.uk/ally123130585918/Lifewithally

pm71blackfen said...

Hello Linda,
Now am I wierd or what?!  I ALWAYS wear an apron! I don't have, and never wanted, a dishwasher. When my new kitchen was being built Peter asked me if I'd like a dishwasher but I said I'd rather have an extra cupboard! As for aprons, I put mine on as soon as I get up in the morning and am often found wearing it when having dinner, I have loads of them and wear a clean one every day! I collect aprons like recipe books, lol!! Pat  http://journals.aol.co.uk/pm71blackfen/ramblings-from-pat/

jeadie05 said...

Apparently it is more hygeinic to let your dishes air dry ,thats my story anyway ! great pictures ,have lovely week end  ..love Jan xx

fasttrack58 said...

I was always the dish dryer growing up... but our neighbor who was probably only in her thirties (I was only ten or so) and so excentric, she bbqed a whole pig in her backyard once, use to put the dishes away wet claiming they would dry in the cupboard, lol....
Enjoy your weekend!
Linda :)

nay0114 said...

That's cute... we did the same thing here too. Washing was bad enough much less drying and putting up. I was laughing because the other day I wrote in my journal I did dishes with my hands for the first time in a long time. LoL. We get spoiled with dishwashers.
Take care, Chrissie

mariealicejoan said...

Lovely memory of a moment with your dad.  I have not had a dishwasher for years.  We did have one when I was a girl, but my mother only liked using it at Christmas and Easter.  The rest of the year my sister and I did the dishes in turn.  One week I would wash and the next I would dry.  I never minded.  Actually I lie when I say I don't have a dishwasher, I do!!!  Todd!!!! He says that I do the cooking so it's the least he can do to wash up!  I don't mind a bit!
Marie
http://journals.aol.co.uk/mariealicejoan/MariesMuses/

breakaway1968 said...

Hi Linda..I want to apologize to you!  I have missed a ton of your entries. I have you on alerts and thought you were not posting because I haven't been getting them :( so today when I got your comment I thought...Well, I'm going to just jump over there and make sure she's not updating...and wow did I miss alot. I have to spend a while tonight catching up with you! lol  I'm going to add you again to see if that helps. It was working before because I seen your alerts for a while. I just thought you were not updating.  You asked if it was a special day...well every year the catholic church puts on a HUGE picnic/firework show (always at the end of july) and it IS the best around...they are awesome!  And that's why we really wanted to see them :(  And missed the most of them.  THey lasted 25 min of pure fireworks...non stop.  

breakaway1968 said...

HI LInda...can you try emailing me again  I don't think my email box was ever activated but I did go and do it (I think) but will find out.  THanks so much

wwfbison said...

Sometimes the most simple tasks can bring back memories.  Nice entry, I enjoyed it very much.
Lisa

sunnyside46 said...

my house is so bad, I cringe every time someone comes in
not that I am ashamed, I'm just scared its the Board of Health come to shut us down!
Marti
http://journals.aol.com/sunnyside46/MidlifeMusings