Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Something Weird About Me

I like ironing. There. I said it. I love it. I want to marry ironing. I'd want to have its babies, but that's a little much. And a little scary. Ow.

See my Rowenta? It was an anniversary gift years ago, since my Hunny knows how much ironing means to me. And because I'd cracked the steam well on all my other irons. As a sometimes heirloom seamstress, the iron is my lifeline to beauty and perfection.

A little starch, a smocked dress in a nice cotton batiste, cotton setting and full steam - I'm ready to go. There is just nothing like finishing a little pink batiste dress, with shell buttons and tatted trim, then starching and pressing it till it's almost transparent. Mm.

I was ironing this afternoon - a great big stack, just the way I like it - thinking I probably needed to starch Hunny's cotton dress shirts. But it's one thing to starch little cotton dresses and another thing entirely to starch a dress shirt. When there's a huge stack of shirts. Starch does ugly things to my iron. It makes ugly black smudges on the plate. It leaves flakes on the rest of the shirts. I'm sure I'm doing something wrong, but I just don't care for starch when ironing the family laundry. So I left the starch in the closet.

So now you know something weird about me. Care to share something weird about yourself? You know you're weird. I know you're weird.

Until I write again ...



Burgh Baby said...

I've got a whole pile I'll send your way. I wouldn't say I hate ironing, but it's definitely not something I look forward to doing. In fact, I do it only on an as needed basis. As in, "I need a shirt. Crap, I have nothing clean that doesn't require ironing. I need to iron."

The Sports Mama said...

Just last night, Bug said to me, "Mom we need one of those things you iron on so that we can de-wrinkle our clothes."

After telling him that its called an ironing board, I pointed out that we at least have an iron.

He was quick enough, and bright enough, to realize out loud that not having the board itself probably gets me out of ironing at all.

I'm not telling him the trick of ironing on a towel on the floor. Let me have some secrets..... lol

Flea said...

ROFLMAO!!! Oh my gosh, SM, that is too funny. Hey, at least he's observant enough to notice the lack of a board. There's hope! My board is 16 years old and needs to be replaced. Maybe I'll send it your way. And I used to do the towel trick, but on the table.

BBM - I'm not so good with shipping. you'd never get your wardrobe back. Now if you want to send me your good silver to polish, I love doing that too. :)

Anonymous said...


I LOVE MY ROWENTA!!! In fact, my mama sent it to me for Christmas a couple of years ago and I whooped and hollered and jumped up and down, I was so excited! My husband couldn't believe it.

Sigh... I think I'll go iron something.

OHmommy said...

I don't own an iron. I know. Pathetic. My 3 yr old daughter picked up a play iron at PBkids and asked me what it was. I know. Pathetic.

AutoSysGene said...

Ok, that is weird. I don't know to many people that would say they like to iron.

As for weird stuff for me, just about everything I do is weird...

Tanya Brown said...

Thank you for the chuckle. There is something soothing about ironing, isn't there? I confess I don't have as much patience with it as you do, though.

Something weird about me. Hmmm. It's hard to think of something that isn't at least a little weird! How about this, though: my motto is "never the same dish twice". That's because when I cook, I add or substitute ingredients at random and often don't measure. When my husband complements a meal, I'll say "good; I hope you really enjoyed it, because I'll never be able to make it again."

Kidzmama said...

Ironing? Not for me. I guess if I had a better iron. Mine likes to spit dirty water. Yuck.

When my husband and I were first married I ironed every one of his buttoned down shirts and pants. He is 6'4" tall so the pants were tough. I finally gave in and now send them out to be cleaned and pressed. I just don't have the time and patience anymore.

There's absolutely nothing weird about me. Nothing.

Marguerite said...

LOL. Tanya, that runs in our family. Just ask Flea. In fact, we were discussing that at Thanksgiving. We learned it from our Mom. The best cooks don't need to measure or follow recipes. ;)

And I hate to iron. I've found I can do it in small doses, so I just iron as I need something.

I guess a weird thing about me is, I really like fruit cake.

Karate Mom said...

Hmmmm...something weird about me? As though I didn't admit to enough in my MeMe post?
Let's see....
When I'm taking eggs out of the carton, I never pick up ones that were beside each other. It's like a game I play with myself or something. I'll take one out, then move over and up a few spaces and get the other.
I'm a loony.

Kathy said...

I love liver and onions. I don't like the odor left after cooking them so sometimes I'll order liver and onions when I go out to eat. I always check with my dining partners though, some people find that just too weird and gross.

I like to iron also. And I love towels and sheets hung out on a clothes line to dry.

Thanks for stopping by!

Flea said...

You guys are SO WEIRD. :) I like you. Can I keep you?

Kellyjean - Amen. Rowenta fan club president and vice president.

Ohmommy - the rest of my family throws wrinkled clothes in the dryer with a wet facecloth and calls it ironing. Don't feel bad. I'm weird, remember?

Melissa-with-two-s'es - thank you. I think. And yes, you're weird too. Can I keep you?

Tanya - I never really thought of ironing as soothing. Hmm. And I can't cook the same dish twice either! (see my sis's comment) And my husband HATES it! Bwahahahaha!!!

Kidzmama, you are so weird. I'm going to make it my job to find out how weird you are. :) And if I could afford to have Hunny's clothes cleaned, I'd do it, just for the cleaning part. *sigh*

Margo - fruit cake?!? Really?

Lisa - ME TOO!!!! Have you ever had a carton of eggs fall off the counter because you were taking all the eggs from one side? That's why I play the egg balance game. :(

Kathy - I LOVE liver and onions, but my family hates them, so I only eat them when I'm out. Mmmm.

Thanks for playing, y'all!

Maria said...

I kind of like it, too. It's very satisfying. It can make all your old clothes look much newer. I just don't like when there's a mountain of it that I can't keep up with. Oh, I have a Rowenta too. So how do you clean the bottom of it, anyway?

Anonymous said...

I LOVE to iron too!! something so calming and soothing about it. I even love the smell! Nothing beats a freshly ironed finished piece of seamstress work! love it!!

Flea said...

It's been awhile since I've had to clean the plate. I think I used lime away or LCR, following the directions. Then I just ran it on the cotton setting and pressed a towel, using the steam function to clear the steam holes.

And yes, it's the best smell ever!

Jan Parrish said...

What's an iron? Oh yeah, thats the thing I use it on curtains when I first buy them. I have two brand *like new* ones that NEVER get used.(that's why they are like new!) I'm afraid that the iron and I are divorced.

kimmy said...

Hi, I found your blog through Hallie's WWoW blog. BTW - I love all the Haikus that you wrote (it's catcy isn't it)?

I must say that I hate ironing though. I love to do just about any other household chore, but ironing is not one of them. I will iron my husband's shirt for him in the morning instead of ironing them all at once.

I have a HUGE stack - when you are done you are more than welcome to sift through it!


Karen said...

I used to iron everything I ever wore. Well, skirts and blouses, not jeans or tees or sweats. I'm not that weird. And then when we got married and I ironed the BDU's wrong I threw in the towel. My hubby got to iron his own uniforms because quite frankly all those pockets drove me nuts anyway. But he will no longer iron sine he's out of the Air Force, and I'm forced to iron his scrubs because he has no qualms about walking around the hospital wrinkled. Men.

Karen said...

Oh, and I'm just not weird.


Marguerite said...

Yes, fruit cake. Really. :) There are some bad ones out there, but those are usually because they are too dried out and hardened. A little rum takes care of that. The best, though, are the homemade ones. Brandon's grandma makes one that is 'no bake' and is refrigerated. Yum!

Flea said...

Okay, You're all officially weird. :) Yay!