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Endless Washing and Ironing!

I am simply fedup with all the washing and ironing that I have been doing since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. There is just the two of us but I am washing and ironing every day except Sundays. Whenever we go out even if it is just for a short walk, the moment we get back, we get changed into fresh clothes. I have also been steam cleaning all those items of clothing that can only be dry cleaned. On top of this I have the Mhinisteir’s robes that need special attention. Sometimes his robes are in such a state that I have wondered if he has a wee roll about in the Churchyard!

We don’t have a tumble dryer but more than 10 years ago, we invested in a Lakeland Heated Airer called Dry:Soon. It is very economical to run and works a wonder. Thank God for that!

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The shrunken stole!

The Mhinisteir had a difficult funeral to take this morning.

The moment he came back, he wanted to wash his Cassock Alp and so turned on the washing machine himself. It was quite understandable given the day it has been. It has been raining cats and dogs since the morning and I imagine the churchyard would have been very muddy. What I didn’t understand was this sense of urgency…..

Anyway, after lunch I went to remove the cassock alp from the washing machine. After going through the spin mode, the cassock alb had turned into a ball but wait a minute what was the beige thing that was poking out????? Anyone who uses Ecclesiastical robes will know that one has to pay a lot of money in order to own one so I am ultra careful when I wash the Mhinisteir’s robes so I never put any other clothes in the Ecclesiastical wash cycle but what was that thing poking out???? I quickly unrolled the robe to discover a sad looking stole!!!! On closer look, the stole was looking strange. It had shrunk!!!! Of course it would shrink because it is not machine washable!!!! Oh what was the Mhinisteir thinking????

I marched straight into his study with both the cassock alp and the stole and demanded an explanation!!!! I am not sure why I got so worked up😬. As expected, he confessed that it was a horrible mistake. The width of the stole is now only slightly wider than a neck tie!!!!!