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A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

I bought her the washer and dryer, doesn't that count? :D

Nah, I may not do laundry, but I do lots of other things that make up for it, like kill spiders. :p:D;) :cool:

Marjorie
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Marjorie

Well, as long as you fix things, repair, and all that jazz... ok. And killing spiders stands for alot! :D
(speaking of which, I had a simply huge brown rec. in my kitchen this morning... scared the you know what out of me - I looked down and there it was! :eek::eek: legs and all bigger than a silver dollar. luckily, I had a gallon bottle of vinegar handily nearby, so I just put that down on top of it and walked away. It was dead when I came back. Thoroughly creeped me out, though.

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

I knew the spider comment would get you. :D;)

I don't think we've go BRs here, but I did have an interesting experience a few weeks ago. Went out to the garden and harvested a bunch of Swiss Chard. As I was washing it up, I found a decent sized spider nest on the back of a frond. Turns out there was a HUGE friggin black spider there, around the size of a half dollar, and it wasn't happy to see me! It took a defensive posture, which is the first time I've seen a spider do that. I took it out to the chickens and even they wouldn't go near it. One squished spider later and all was well in the world again. LOL :D I don't really recall, but I remember it being completely black with a yellow diamond on it's back. I'm used to much smaller versions of Black Widows running around that leave you alone if you leave them alone. The chickens aren't afraid of BWs, they eat them like candy!:D

Fencepost
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Fencepost
A. Spruce wrote:

I bought her the washer and dryer, doesn't that count? :D

Reminds me of the story of my parents when they were first married. Lacking some of the modern appliances, Mom had to use the washboard and clothesline. She hinted that she'd like a washer for her birthday.

Lo and behold, on her birthday, Dad presented her with a small jewelry box containing a bright, shiny

(I think he must've had a washing machine on order -- after all, they stayed married & raised five kids for another 35 years until he passed away in '94.)

Fencepost
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Fencepost

Actually, Dad was quite good to Mom. He would often help out with the laundry. So much so, that the guys at work (this was a small town) took him aside once and complained that he was setting a bad example. Their wives would see my Dad hanging clothes on the line and start pestering them to help out a little more. :)

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce
Fencepost wrote:

Lo and behold, on her birthday, Dad presented her with a small jewelry box containing a bright, shiny

(I think he must've had a washing machine on order -- after all, they stayed married & raised five kids for another 35 years until he passed away in '94.)

LOL That sounds like something I'd pull! :D The women in my life like getting power tools. I've bought chainsaws, rototillers, wood chippers, and other things of mass destruction for them.

Marjorie
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Marjorie

LOL @ Fenceposts! :-D Your dad sounds like he had a terrific sense of humor, and your mom, too! :-) (that's not something just anyone would think of...) :D.. and he must have been quite the liberated man, helping with the everyday chore of laundry and all... he knew how to score the husband points! :-)

Hey, Sprucey - I wonder what kind of spider that was, especially since the chickens wouldn't have anything to do with it... did you look it up yet? Was it maybe 'defending' its eggs?

So what's your favorite way to fix the chard? I'm glad to see it's getting more popular - the stores are carrying it more.
Here's my favourite recipe for it:

Leeks & Swiss Chard

2 1/4 lb leeks, trimmed, sliced and well washed
1 lb 2oz Swiss chard
3 tbsp olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Take the leaves off the chard and shred the stalks and leaves finely. Wash and drain well.
2. Put the oil in a large pan add the leeks and the chard stalks. Season well, cover and cook slowly until tender.
3. Mix in the chard leaves and allow to wilt. Serve at once.
You could throw in some spinach at the end, but it's mighty fine as it is.

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

No, never looked up the spider, maybe I should do that.

We just steam our chard and sprinkle a little wine vinegar over it when it's goes onto the plate. And, if you've got a leeky pot, maybe it's time to replace it? ;):p

BigWalt
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BigWalt

Back to topic....
we have front loader washing machine.
Like someone said here it is common to have water residue inside rubber seal and do get moldy.

I think I found a way to get around this..... buy cheapo car wash detergent, use 1 cup of detergent and dump it inside and rinse thoroughly few times......heckuva cheaper than using laundry detergent or vinegar...:D

Marjorie
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Marjorie

Hey BigWalt - so you use the car wash soap in the laundry instead of regular laundry soap? How does it do on the clothes?

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