Domestic distractions for the election that never ends

Has it been fifteen minutes? Can I check the results again? Maybe the numbers are different – Pennsylvania? Georgia? Do I want to know? Yes? No? Where’s my phone? Oh. Still in my hand. Hmmm,

I’ve done my morning rituals. I’ve picked spinach from the garden and cooked it. I’ve messaged everyone I know and it’s only 10:00 a.m. The day looms ahead and I need distractions – this election is moving like a herd of turtles and every little percentage point one way or another makes my heart stop.

I open the closet and a pile of dirty laundry tumbles out.

I’ve been procrastinating. Usually it’s just my ‘delicates’ in there. I always do them by hand for various valid reasons. But lacey tops can’t tolerate the massive commercial machines that crank out my heartier garments either. I have three that I wore over the past two weeks. They’re waiting.

All that wouldn’t be so bad, but there’s a queen bedspread with spots that will require bleach, and a white cushion cover that the neighborhood cat decided was his. It’s covered with short black hairs and muddy paw prints. The laundry isn’t good with too many details. They take a straightforward approach and do what they do to perfection. They just don’t do spots.

I take time for a little approach/avoidance conflict and finally give in. I can’t focus on anything more taxing than that anyway. May as well get it done.

A quick glance at the phone still in my hand – no change.

Soon I’m elbows deep in suds. It takes intense concentration to keep from splattering bleach on the dark blue dress I’m too lazy (or stubborn) to change for this task.

My second-floor apartment is a dream, but it’s small. The balcony railings double as drying racks and today there’s a perfect breeze. Here’s the bedspread…

And the cat’s cushion cover…

I used to schedule laundry day when I knew there’d be no friends dropping by for a chat. Garments and bedding festooned from the railings is not exactly an ‘uptown’ look. But Covid has taken care of spontaneous visitors – any visitors…

My lacey blouses hung from window handles flap happily and dry in a nanosecond.

But I’m most proud of my solution for drying two weeks’ worth of undies. At first I tried stringing ropes between chair backs. It worked but was aesthetically grim. Next I ran lines from the daybed posts and looped them around cabinet handles. This was a better solution since I didn’t have to circumnavigate the wash every time I moved. But it, too, was ugly as sin.

I don’t know exactly when inspiration hit, but it was a true ah-ha moment. Now, plastic hangers suspended from the shower head hook onto one another and my ‘little nothings’ drip into the drain – out of sight. Brilliant, don’t you think?

And not a bleach spot to be seen on my dark blue dress.

Normally I wouldn’t write a post about laundry. But these are not normal times.

After I’d finished my task – during which I hadn’t once checked my phone – I had a split-second panic attack. What to do next? Then, Dear Reader, I thought of you. Maybe this ridiculous story about my domestic distraction tactics will give you a moment’s reprieve from the grueling wait.

If so, laundry day was more than worth it.

Excuse me…I have to check my phone…

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. stevecastley
    Nov 06, 2020 @ 16:46:17

    Hi Sherry, Thanks for sharing this. Yes they are tense times and we all need a distraction, even if it’s just the laundry.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. writingforselfdiscovery
    Nov 06, 2020 @ 16:58:23

    It’s a pressure-cooker. Would never have dreamed it could be this close. Makes me really question a lot of things.



  3. Larry Bonsall
    Nov 06, 2020 @ 17:12:01

    Too Funny …

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Anonymous
    Nov 06, 2020 @ 23:21:05

    We are all frozen in time here in MN too. Living the phone-checking life you are, filled with disappointment when nothing changes. Until this morning when my granddaughter texted me new results. I love that she has become incredibly invested in this election. A true and deep convert. I also can do nothing but wander. I don’t feel well and call it the election flu. Soon over. It will be a restful treat to have a calm voice and calm presence in the White House again. Loved your wash story. Life has become so simple for most of us. We are being gifted a week of final summer warmth here in MN and are making the most of it.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Anne
    Nov 06, 2020 @ 23:55:58

    Great post, thanks! We can all relate I think.

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Anonymous
    Nov 07, 2020 @ 04:10:51

    Thank you Sherry. Such a fun distraction. I felt my anxiety level dropping 😊

    Liked by 1 person


  7. Julie Marshall
    Nov 11, 2020 @ 08:24:42

    Love this! The drying system for the smalls is brilliant!!

    Liked by 1 person


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