Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday Photos - The Hendricks Hang


This week I've been working towards figuring out this whole "run your house" thing in a third world country.

Four kids.  Two parents.  Four from our family in school.  Lots of laundry.  Tons of dishes.  No paper plates.  No hot water.  Out of this world weird grocery stores.

Sure makes life interesting.

Laundry...

Here's how I used to do laundry.

Here's how I do laundry now...



I have a couple laundry slots each week.  Everyone who lives on campus shares the laundry room.  It's all communal and junk.  I heart anything communal.  Part of me loves living somewhat pre-industrial revolution.  I genuinely enjoy sharing the machines instead of everyone having their own.  It's kind of neat to spend less, work together, and see each other as we hand off our laundry batons.



We share washers and one dryer.  We also share the clothes line.  Ya just gotta love your panties on display for all the world to see.  Haiti has this way of making you do things you never could have imagined yourself doing.  Hanging our undies outside where Aaron's coworkers walk by...yep...that was on my list of things I thought I'd never ever not in a million years do.


Oh...and there are rats in the laundry room.  Big ones.  They look like ferrets.  The flamboyant rodents of unusual size run around like they own the place.

Who ever said laundry is boring has never done it in Haiti.

Any time Hudson says, "Kitty" when we're in the laundry room I grab him up, run out, and take a few deep breaths before going back inside.

I do love sheets right off the clothes line.  From this moment on I declare that I always want a clothesline.  No matter what number of a country I live in...I want to hang clothes on the line.

17 comments:

Mommy, M.D. said...

Is that your house in the background? It's super cute if it is. Umm....wow, rats. Hadn't thought about that. Yikes...

When do we get to see pictures of the inside of the house? And the grocery store?

CarpioFamily said...

ok about the clothes line i agree love sheets right off. also in order to hide the undies display do one line of shirts/sheets then next undies, then something big again. My mom did that when we were little so when the school bus dropped us off our homies won't see our business. -at least you'll stay on top of getting rid of the Holey ones.

Gabbie said...

This is really something that I enjoyed a lot living in a foreign country. There is something very satisfying to me about hanging your clothes out to dry and bringing them in. I found it very relaxing. I do prefer towels machine dried though...softer!

Clay And Megan said...

One of the funniest things I ever read on here was when you said that sweaty sheets smell like cheese Doritos :) I am glad your sheets are fresh and breezy in Haiti.

Carrie said...

Heather, I love following your journey. We are moving...just down the street. I'm tired, overwhelmed and grouchy!!! I get over myself real quick when I read your posts! Thanks for sharing! Your family is in my prayers. I don't know what I think about the rat thing....yikes!

The Kramer Family said...

I {{heart}} this and everything about it.

I can just picture you with a smile on your face hanging your clothes from the line and sort of "chuckling" a bit when you get to the undies.

Love you! I want a clothes line too!

Marla Taviano said...

Love this.

Riahli said...

I've been reading your blog for a little while now, the changes your family have made are inspiring and beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I have considered having a clothes line for years. I do SOOOOOO much laundry. It just seems more economically savvy to hang at least some of them out to dry! I always have that "wait on the dryer to finish" thing. I may have to put this on the "Will do" list.

Do you know about my "Will do" list? It is named that after my favorite handy man, Will Hendrick!!!! I asked Mark if he'd mind if I have Will be the handy man around here, since Mark works two jobs and is exhausted when he gets home. Will comes over and I put him to work: "WILL you fix this bike? WILL you build this bed ladder? WILL you fix my lawn mower?" I love Will. He's my hero. I might ask if he's seen your latest post....:)

I CRAVE to hear about all your daily details of life in Haiti, so keep 'em coming!

Love you,

Melodi

Kim said...

we have to line dry our clothes here too! i love it except for the towels. they are crunchy these days..

The Arguellos said...

I like to hang my undies inside the house because we also share our clothes line with other people. They actually dry in a days time or by the next morning and that's during the humid rainy season.

Sometimes when it rains a lot we put up clothes lines running diagonally from room to room with the clothes hanging in the house. :)

mandi said...

Eww...kitty sized rats. That's just bad. I hear ya on loving anything that 'feels' communal. Me too. And fresh sun-dried clothes. John won't put a clothesline up for me so I hang ropes like a big spider web in the back yard and hand everything. Works pretty good as a booby-trap (tee-hee) too. That'll teach 'im not to put up a clothesline! : )

It does my heart good to see you smiling through all these differences.

Oh- and I soooo want to send you a big box of giant bras and panties from the thrift store to hang up. That would be so funny!!!

Susan, wife of 1, mother of 4 said...

Heather, I was on the floor laughing when you mentioned Hudson saying, "kitty" and your reaction! It's common to hang laundry in Europe, too, except that it rains a lot and you have to be prepared to rush out and "save" it if it starts to rain! We really live in the most luxurious country in the WORLD.....and most everyone takes it for granted. So glad you are keeping your sense of humor admist all of the changes. You are showering love to those around you! GREAT JOB!!!

Karen said...

It is so interesting to hang in the shadows and read your blog. About 2-3 years ago, you blogged about being so bothered by bugs you found sleeping in a tent on your bed preferable to possibly dealing with them.
Now you can calming (ok not calmly necessarily) deal with rats in the laundry with a preschooler.
My How FAR you have come.

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog. I live in the panhandle of Texas. Anyway, I am watching the news this morning and they are showing the big hurricane "EARL". I am beside myself in worry for you guys. I am so interested in what you all are going to do, this is scary stuff. By the way, we live in "Tornado Alley". Just know we will be praying for all of you!

Jenn's boys! said...

I've been debating on purchasing a clothes line for our back yard for a month or so. Thanks for the final push! Praying for you guys.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog! I'm just getting caught up on your last few posts and wanted to give you a few tips I've learned with line drying (which I LOVE!) Someone already said using the sheets to cover your undies, plus I like using a drying rack for those and put the undies in the middle. Also to prevent wrinkles, hang jeans upside down. It's easier to hang that way anyway, but the weight of the jeans is in the waist and it weighs the jeans down so wrinkles don't set in (I use it with other pants too) Towels...I prefer mine dried in the dryer too--so I dry mine on the line and either catch them before they are fully dry or spritz them with water or febreeze and then "bump" them in the dryer. They are as soft as if they'd been in there the whole time!

Prayers to you & your family during your transition!!