Cherry Saturday, May 18, 2019

Today is No Dirty Dishes Day, which in my house is Use Paper Plates Day or Hey, Let’s Go To the Diner Day.  There is a theory that if your dishes are clean every night and your bed is made every morning, the rest of the house will look fine.  These theorists have never seen my house, although I will admit to having a sink full of dirty dishes as I type this, so possibly until those are clean, I have no argument.  Anyway, wash those dishes today.  And then forget about it until next year. (Thank god, this only happens once a year; can you imagine if it was No Dirty Dishes Month?  Insanity.)

35 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday, May 18, 2019

  1. Hah. There is a leaky pipe in the yard. Dishes are dirty. Usually they are not.

    So maybe I’m having opposite day.

  2. Dirty dishes in the sink right now (pans from last night’s dinner because I was too tired to get to them). But they’ll be done before breakfast. I’m weird that way.

    1. Mind you, I have a reason. After 35 years of dealing with chronic illness, I’ve figured out that for me, it is a lot easier to cope with things as they come along (especially cleaning and neatening) then to wait until the become a monumental impossible task.

      Also, it helps that I have a dishwasher for most stuff.

  3. If I was going to tackle the dishes in the Saturday Evening Post cover I would sit down and enjoy those two slabs of cake on the cover.

  4. On the plus side, the only dishes I have to deal with are my own.

    On the minus side, any dishes I wash get washed in the bathroom sink, because the garage apartment has a bathroom, but the kitchen is just some cabinets and appliances (toaster oven, 700 watt microwave, toaster, blender, hotplate and several crock pots.)

    On the plus side, there is only so much horizontal surface available to clutter with dirty dishes and flatware.

    On the minus side, I own a bucket and a bathtub. It’s a big bucket, and quite easily holds a dirty skillet and lid plus any combination of square Corelle plates and bowl and Rubbermaid* containers and flatware.

    On the plus side, when I got up this morning, I looked in the sink and decided enough was enough and washed the contents. A wonderful coincidence with today’s theme, yes?

    On the minus side, now I don’t want to use anything that doesn’t get eaten from its own container, like Bob Evans Mac & Cheese or Campbells Chili.

    On the plus side, I have plenty of Bob Evans Mac & Cheese and Campbells Chili.

    On the minus side, I’ve eaten way too much Bob Evans Mac & Cheese and Campbells Chili already this month. My weight and blood pressure and glucose level are all up. Too many carbs, calories and especially sodium.

    On the plus side… I woke up alive again today. I’m stopping there, while the plusses outnumber the minuses.

    1. * And by Rubbermaid, I mean Rubbermaid, Ziploc, Glad and several generic storage containers.

  5. Last one up makes the bed, and you can’t leave the bedroom in the morning except for dire need until the bed is straightened. Dishes get loaded into the dishwasher pretty much after meals although there are a few dirty ones floating around during the day and the dishwasher gets turned on after dinner. I fortunately have a dishwasher that I can put my crystal in without it etching so I actually use the good stuff occasionally. And I put a lot of the cooking stuff in it too. So the essentials are just a habit that is dealt with without thinking every day. The vacuuming and dusting are always the sword hanging over my head. And laundry seems like it consumes my life even though (I counted) I only do 5 or 6 loads a week.

    1. Good heavens! How many people are you laundering for? I’m more like a load every ten days. More in summer, when it’s hot. But probably not more than weekly, on average.

      I remember when I was about fifteen (early seventies), we had some American relations to stay, and Mum told then to give her their laundry and she’d do it. The four of them gave her every stitch they wore, each night – and she had a washing machine she had to fill with a bucket; and was spending every day taking them around the sites. Complete culture clash.

      1. Two people. We do a lot of our own chores: housecleaning, gardening, weeding, painting (almost weekly something is refinished), cooking – so we have a lot of work clothes. And it also means that we change clothes if we are running errands or going out or to sit down to dinner, because who wants to sit down to dinner in a shirt with dirt stain or paint on it. Last week it was almost 90 for several days so any work-shirts had to be washed after one wearing. Almost nothing goes to a dry cleaner. I try to buy things that are washable.

        Load 1: underwear, dark cotton sweaters and socks washed on delicate setting (not a full load)
        Load 2: whites and light: handkerchiefs, cloth napkins white t-shirts, tea towels on hot (full load and then some)
        Load 3: dark clothes: a ton of black or red T-shirts on hot, usually 4 to 5 pairs of jeans
        Load 4: Mixed light colors: on casual.
        Load 5: Towels, sheets and similar, on casual
        Load 6 is when one or more of these categories takes more than 1 load.

        I can’t imagine what it would be like if I had children to wash up after too.

        1. Heatwave & work explains it. I’ve always been casual about mixing colours, because otherwise, on my own, I’d wait for ever for a full load. So my vests are a bit grey (though very clean, of course).

  6. Okay so my focus here went to the fact that two women writers begin the list of contributors to the magazine back in 1924. Good for them:)

    Checking into them, I learned that Susan was a fiction writer and Ida a screenwriter. Neither, I hope, first concern was doing the daily dishes. Unless they used the time to think up their plots, as many of us do, and I believe even Agatha Christie credits dishwashing as a good time to do writerly thinking. Probably not in such a fancy red dress as this lady on the cover is wearing, who I’m now thinking is a writer plotting her next story.

  7. Today I will do the dishes and dirty more for baking. I am also going to start emptying my kitchen in anticipation of demolishing it next weekend. Lots to do. Not a lot of energy today. 😕

  8. I am waiting for my youngest to empty the dishwasher. I asked her yesterday and so far the bottom rack is empty but not the flatware or the top rack. Maybe by tomorrow?

    I’ll have to postpone No Dirty Dishes Day. I’m not doing her job!

    1. Okay, I lied. I did her job. I just had to do the dishes so I’d have enough counter space to make a salad. I don’t have much counter and it was covered in bowels of discarded ramen juice and dirty pans. None of them mine.

  9. The plan was to spend the day getting dishes/ apartment under control but after walking 11 miles yesterday (got lost on a hike, which ended up being a blessing) I’m feeling very zen. If it happens it happens.

    1. If it happens it happens – Que sera, sera. Doris Day just passed, and you made me remember her. 🙂

  10. I started the dishwasher before I left for work, though it’s probably too much to hope that my son will empty it before I get home. On the other hand, he was helping my brother to suss out the origin and solution for the leak my fridge has sprung, so I’ll likely forgive the waiting dishes.

  11. I abide by the rule make the bed and no dirty dishes left in the sink. But I will stretch the vacuuming out a few days. Just pick up the cookie crumbs from around the recliner and call it done. *wink*

    1. I have religious objections to vacuuming. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it. (One reason I bought a house with wood floors and no rugs.)

      1. Roombas – I swear by them. I have tile floors and we live in the country with two dogs. So lots of fine sandy stuff plus dog hair. Turn the roomba loose and dump the bin later. Still have a traditional vacuum but we rarely use it.

  12. I will get with the program and wash my lunch dishes immediately instead of leaving them till I hear DH pull into the driveway. Need a break from the screenplay anyway. As with everything connected to this project (2 novels and 2 novellas), the dialogue is coming almost too fast but I am fighting to do it in anything resembling a logical order. Have been living with the project for almost a year, can ‘see’ it all in my head, want to set it all down at once, argh.

  13. Thursday was no dirty dish day for us, because we had a new dishwasher installed, so we ran the old one one last time in order to empty it to be hauled away.

    I love hearing other people avoid vacuuming. Always has to be a specific reason in our house to get the darn thing out. I love a clean house, I’m just not willing to work at it too hard. But I claim it’s genetic – my darling mother used to say “when I take off my glasses, and still see dust, it’s time to do something”.

  14. One year when I was about 20, I had a flatmate who demanded that the dishes be washed immediately after they were used. She got angry if I had a friend over for lunch and sat and talked for a couple of hours before washing the lunch dishes.

    We were not a good match.

  15. Huh. Didn’t even know, but I had the day off (first one in weeks), so did the dishes this morning. And cleaned kitchen, bathroom, floors, and washed bedding.

    I don’t mind a little mess but things were a bit out of control.

  16. Usually it’s the two of us and dirty dishes get in the dishwasher pretty much right away. Partly to avoid bugs. I shared a NY apartment with people who left dishes for days one summer and it was covered in cockroaches and cured me of leaving dishes around.

    But this weekend is my son’s graduation and we have six guests in the house and each has their own standard of what cleaning up means and we have to be out and about at graduation events so much that I can’t clean behind them. It’s driving me nuts. Or possibly buggy.

  17. Over the weekend I’ve managed three loads of clothes washing, ironing (!!!) the swap from summer to winter; house, clothing, etc, and run the dishwasher. (Go. Me)

    Last year I realised that if I bought fully dishwasher proof cooking gear, I could just whack it all in the dishwasher after use. (Let’s just not talk about how long it took me to figure that out). So now, my full dishwasher is run daily, with limited, stand-at-the-sink, cleaning.


    1. Your story about the dishwasher reminds me of my new dishwasher vs my old. The old one had a top rack that I could raise and lower to accommodate whatever and flip over racks for cups on top of cups also a utility rack. When I saw the truck leaving with the old one I had forgotten the utility rack and wanted to chase after the truck to get it back, didn’t happen. So I improvised and went to the dollar store and bought a small utility rack and attached it to the top rack with bread ties which I have to change every so often. I also have an extra rack from the toaster oven that I put on top of cups that I can place a casserole dish on. Works for me.

  18. Mom made me a bed-making believer. Count the seconds aloud as you make the bed. You can change the whole room in less than four minutes. Three in summer.

    Dishes, on the other hand, caused the most fights among my siblings. Whose night was it? Who had traded and forgotten? Who was tired of getting stuck with sweeping, which had to be done after everyone left the kitchen?

    Now my husband cooks, and I wash, and it’s peaceful. Although sometimes I skip the sweeping.

  19. We were in a hotel room on Sat. so dishes for the day were 4 bowls and 3 spoons for breakfast cereal (one child ate theirs dry, by the handfull, while she read and I’m ok with that.)

    Lunch was sandwiches in the car, so a knife was used and discarded. Dinner was out.


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