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February 10, 2011


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Good Morning, Kim,
I actually wish I was on your porch folding clothes with you! It looks so inviting there!!

I am teaching school today...and we have parent teacher conferences tonight, so it is an especially long day. It is nice to have the opportunity to visit with the parents of our students though.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, ~Natalie


Hi Kim, took a break for doing nails waiting for my next client to get here thought I would Blog a bit. have a great day...



Kim, I will finish a little bit of laundry that I have left to do. I just got home from the Dr. as I have bronchitis, but nothing a BIG FAT shot and a Z-PAK can't take care of. I'll probably nap a little and have some soup ;) Have a wonderful day!

Ricki Jill Treleaven

Good morning, Kim! I am sipping a cuppa Earl Grey while looking at the pretty snow before it melts. Then I will be doing chores, just not laundry today. And then carpool. And then the barn for my daughter's riding lesson.

Is Miss Maggie helping? ;P


I'm home with a sick kid today, Kim! And I'm doing laundry too! :)

Suzy Miller

Would LOVE to be on the back porch doing laundry! fate would have it, I am on the computer, in my little home office...asking the question: Dear sore throat, WHY?
We are hovering around zero degrees here in Oklahoma.
However, Spring is on the horizon...I so look forward to the smell of flowers, once again...the warm breezes...the green grass...and last but not least...the opportunity to PAINT once again.
Furniture that is :)-

Thank you for sharing your laundry with us, Kim...we love you!


Shannon Olson

laundry doesn't seem near as fun at my house. If I folded on my deck...would you wear a parka, mittens and boots and come visit with me? I will make coffee.
ok we will do it at your place, it's much nicer there!

Susan Freeman

My washer and dryer are on my back porch too. I did laundry last night, so none today. I will be visiting my Mom today. She's my best friend.

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley


Just received a 1917 singer that I had ordered. Beautiful machine but the box was smashed and the bottom of the case was smashed. The needle and one of the attachments were on the wrong side of the styrofoam and the thread spool pin is missing. So torn because it runs and sounds good and we can make a new case but would like the manual and spool pins
Really wanted to use it and it is just all covered in good old victorian gold and red and it is so lovely.

Not sure happy or sad - more happy than sad. I'll get it fixed for sure! It is beautiful.

Pamela Gordon

Well, Kim, I'm certainly not on the back porch as it is -7 celsius and full of snow! I think it would be awesome to be able to do laundry that way though. There's something kind of romantic about it. I suppose in reality it isn't romantic though. I did do my laundry and washed and ironed some vintage linens that I use for table tops. I wanted to hang them on the line but it was too cold. They always smell so lovely after being on the line don't they? Have a blessed day! Pamela

Susie Sears Taylor

I am in Sebring Fla. (and glad to be rather than in Indiana) doing my laundry in the hotel laundry room. Just taking a break to check my email and read my favorite blogs.


Wished my laundry room looked like yours! I'm cleaning out old files and shredding. Trying to get an organization going around this household. Love from Okla, Cindy
Pretty weather finally ahead in the forecast!

Carol Keesling

I am sitting here reading blogs, posting snow pictures on mine and waiting for our 25 inches of snow to melt so we can get out. Record breaking here in N.W. Arkansas. So reading, scrapbooking and blogging for me this day...not a bad day :)

Hello Kim,
I am cleaning my studio and bathrooms.

The studio is in our basement and it is C-O-L-D down(61F) there, so I am splitting my time between upstairs and down.

Studio cleaning is fun, because discoveries hidden by messes get unearthed;D And I figure out which project to do next...

I'd love to come and help you fold laundry on your sweet porch!



Just finished sharing leftover Chinese takeout with Grand #6---that girl REALLY likes crab Rangoon.

She's allowed a ten-minute Fifi and the Flowertots before we go up for her nap, and I may have to struggle to get her undressed for bed---she's wearing flannel pants, a turtleneck, her tutu, ballet slippers, and apron and a tiara.

Washer and dryer are both humming, and I'll spend the naptime folding those warm, clean clothes and doing a little vacuuming---we've made so many Valentines lately we have tee-ninecy scraps of red and pink paper all over the carpet. And do you have any idea how much snowfall can occur from paper doilies?

SUNNY here today, but 2 degrees when I awoke, and only 18 now. Birdies in the driveway have been munching on warm food all morning, and drinking warmed water from a big plastic pot-saucer. Life as usual.

Terri Morse

Hi Kim! Today I'm working on a digital collage for Crowabout. It's been awhile since I've participated in the group so I'm determined to finish! Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Terri


Sorry to tell you that I am also doing laundry. Lots of laundry. Spring cleaning amounts of laundry. Just wish I could do it outdoors like you do. Have a great today, Kim. :)
Suzanne from Boynton

Lisa Sall

I too am catching up on the laundry here today. Wishing it was about 55 degrees and I could hang it out on the clothesline. Don't you just love sheets after they've dried outside on a cool spring day?


I just finished for pin/ornie dolls. They are ready to dance or be hung up so that one can be reminded to dance. Blessings, Janet


Whoops *Four - they are up on the blog. Blessings, Janet


I love doing laundry, and I guess I will tell you about my morning: I got up, did morning chores, and I went and walked six miles, then I came home the long way (back roads, you know how I like them, and I got three nice pictures) stopped at the apple orchard and bought more homegrown popcorn from the apple farmer, and I came home and ate a bowl of my homemade Garden Minestrone soup for lunch, yum! Now, I am heading upstairs to my craft/sewing room to try to finish sorting! The sun is shining and I am COLD, but it's a great day!

Love your laundry porch, it's so sweet as is that blue apron, I have a couple like that. :0)


I'm working on a room re-do in our home and putzin around fluffing stuff! I also just put dinner in the oven! It is sunny here today, but in the negatives with the wind chill. Oh to be on the porch doing laundry....

Barbara F.

Hey Kim, loved yesterday's post which I just got to read today. I am cleaning bird cages - not my favorite job but an absolutely important and very necessary one - and getting ready to venture out in the cold to do some errands. Wish I was hanging out with you on your adorable porch! Well, a girl CAN dream, right? ;-) xoxo

Shelly Virtue

I am crocheting on a lilac hooded cape for my beautiful 2 week old grandbaby, Lilly. That makes me very happy. I do however have to go to work at 2:30 this afternoon at a job that I dislike very much. The office I worked in closed and this has been the only job I have been able to find....factory work. It is hard but I am thankful I at least have a job. Meanwhile I will continue to search for a better fit job....and read your blog to perk me up! <3


I am avoiding housework, contemplating a sewing project, browsing through some new library books that I would like to sit and read, and perusing through the blogs.

Maybe at some point, I will actually accomplish something!


I got in line at 7:45 a.m. to get into a church rummage sale that started at 9:00. Found a few goodies, so I guess it was worth it! (Now I'm ready for a nap, but I have laundry to do also.)

Sheree Cloyd

Sitting by the fire. It is 24 degrees here in East Texas :)) Have a "great day" Kim!

Teri Metts

I'm also doing laundry. Like you, we live in an old bungalow. In its earlier days our laundry room was a utility porch, but it has now been enclosed. With two large windows overlooking our backyard, it makes for a pleasant place to do laundry - when it must be done. ;-)

Love your pictures! I hope Marley has forgiven you by now.

Have a blessed day, Teri



I am having two really lovely friends over for lunch. I have made: roasted new potatoes, crispy Asian chicken and rocket salad followed by homemade mango ice-cream tickled with crushed maltesers.


I've cooked breakfast and got a granddaughter off to school (2hours late cause we had snow last night). Dishes, laundry (in my not so pretty corner of the garage), sorting through a pile of mail-a task I put off way too long, looking for a recipe for apple butter, and heating up leftover hamburger-veggie soup for lunch. I live such an exciting life.

Oh and chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for dessert:)

Laura what is rocket salad? Your lunch sounds lovely.

Barbara Buchanan

No school today because of yesterday's snowstorm, so I am enjoying doing all the bits of nothing that capture my fancy! Among these have been dreaming of Spring and my gardens!


I'm sitting at the computer while I should be getting ready for my quilt retreat this weekend. Lots of packing to do. I also need to get the house cleaned so it won't look quite so bad when I return. Unsupervised hubby and all....... :-)

linda moczan

i am cooking meatloaf, baked potatos, veggie, and choco pudding for dinner and for my dads dinner. i will be sending food over for my dad since my moms in the hospital.
but i have to say that you sure make laundry fun kim!
hugs, linda

Kathy Charniak

I am also doing laundry in my basement today while watching my grandaughters. My basement is not finished-it is an old house around 1930 and in spring has a bad habit of leaking water on the floor. However, I hung up pretty pics, some laundry signs and a rag rug in the laundry area. I am thankful for my washer and dryer as I remember days of the laundromat. Love the smell of clean clothes. Blessed. Love from ILLinois - Kathy C


Eating lunch....been outside twice already today. Taking pics of the "last snow" I hope!!


At work now, going home and putting a 2nd coat of red paint on my mirror. I just fell in love with yours! Now I'll be on the hunt for more mirrors at GH.


Nothing as pleasant. I just finished washing and grooming the poodle. She's now giving me a quite proper cold shoulder so I'm visiting you.


Today I am sitting on the I have been doing for a week now. My back is out and I'm not allowed to do anything. Doing laundry even sounds fun to me!!:)
I am on the I'm sure chores won't sound so fun in about a week or so.

Cindy lane

Laundry, also...but it is SO much fun to do this type clothes, bibs and bedding from the 2 day visit of our adorable little 8 month old granddaughter. Nothing sweeter than folding little ruffly dresses and sweet smelling baby items : ) I swear I hear her precious little giggle with every item I pick up to fold. Also arrange a huge fres flower arrangement of baby pink tulips to put in my kitchen. LOVE pink! I'm close o Houston Tx and it's 24 degrees again today. Yikes...not the norm for us and I'm forcing Spring feel in my house : ) Happy laundrying to you!!

Drawn to the Sea

I just sat down to rest from folding my towels... honest. The older I get, the more it seems the laundry does ME.

Pleasant day, Miss Kim,

Kathleen Grace

*sigh* it looks so warm there:>} I't about 16 degrees here but I'm warm inside baking brownies and cookies for the church bake sale. I can't wait to hang my clothes on the line again in spring!


Wishing I could do ANYTHING on my porch - it's buried in snow! The robins are here so spring can't be too far away!


I went to Costco this morning, so I'm organizing my pantry! The hardest part is done -- carrying in all of the cases of canned goods and boxes.

Jeanine Q.

It's my day off and I'm doing laundry too, but not on my porch! It's freezing cold here in Wisconsin and I long for the days when I can be hanging out my laundry in the fresh air! Have a lovely day everyone!

Cathy Callicoat

Today, I washed my outdoor dec. pillows. Dreaming of spring even though we still have traces of snow on the ground...I just know Spring is going to pop up before we know it, so I decided I'd get things ready for some good ole porch time. (Laundry Not Included)!
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I'm nursing my injured right hand today - and wishing I could be decorating Valentine cupcakes now instead - but your cheery post has brightened up my otherwise messed up day! Thanks, Kim! I needed that!

Carol at Our Sears Kit Home

yes....doing laundry! But not out on a porch like you!
Oh, and making dinner too. Shepherd's pie.
Hope you had a lovely day!


Another snow day in AR. So it's laundry and house cleaning day.. Think Spring !!!!

Barabra Anne

It's been cold today so I decided to go through my mother's saved Christmas/birthday/holiday cards from the mid to late 1990s and early 2000s to keep the ones near and dear to my heart and those worthy of framing. The large box that held these card and envelopes is in the recycling as are the many card backs and envelopes.

Do you frame greeting cards as wonderful seasonal and really inexpensive art once matted and framed? I do! In the true confession department, I have more saved than I'll ever possibly have wall space for.

Love your laundry baskets!



Hi Kim ~ worked today and I would MUCH rather be doing laundry ~ call me crazy but I LOVE doing laundry ;-) Tonight I'm making vegetarian mushroom soup ~ yummy


Working at a law office. Listening to people gripe, taking a much needed break. It is 7 degrees here, your blog lets me think of warm wonderful things!


You make doing laundry sound like fun! My laundry is in the storage area. Not too fun. I'm running errands today and getting my hair done in the afternoon.


Today my husband had a vacation day, so we slept in (so cold who wants to even get UP on these winter mornings?) and then I head off for a beauty day- got m y hair done, massage, then some shopping. Came home to consider what to fix for dinner and husband said "Let's go get Italian!" So, um, was a perfect day.

Just finishing packing ( it is evening) because tomorrow I am headed for a couple of days with girl friends out of town.

Life is pretty savory.

Never even thought of laundry today! ; - )

But then again if I had a nice day to do laundry on a nice back porch.................nah. Even then don't think I would wanna!


Trish Rowley

Hi Kim, today I have been to patchwork had a great time with the girls that I haven't seen for some time (actually since I was sick last year with that collapsed lung) anyway we had a great morning then lunch. I came home checked out ebay for a dining table (its out there somewhere) got tired of ebay so I thought that I would visit you before starting my ironing and dinner, all in all it has been a good day. I hope that yours has too. Trish xox ;)


enjoying a cup of coffee and peeking around your beautiful blog before my three giggly girls wake up!
Shannon @ The Inspired Page


Oh how I wish my laundry room was as pretty as yours. Mine is in a dreary basement.

I'm working today and then the weekend will be here. Sunday we are expecting sunshine and temps in the mid 40s. It will feel like heaven in Ohio.

Have a great weekend, Kim! La


I'm at home sick with a terrible cold and sinus infection. BUT, I feel very blessed to have a warm home, a caring husband that will make me soup, and two kitties that stay by my side when I'm sick. They do a very good job keeping me comfortable and cozy.

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Maggie and I thank YOU so VERY much for all of your birthday wishes! YOU make life so extra special... and please know this...


Kim & Maggie

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