Wednesday, August 24, 2022


Today I came across a writing that a longtime friend wrote before she died and it hit a nerve. That is because I'm always looking back and, in fact did just that today! I truly miss hanging out my laundry. Actually I miss doing it myself. I even once worked in a personal care boarding home for several years and did all the laundry for 30 residents! As a young mother I was overly proud to have the whitest diapers on the line showing to all who passed by. My mother was the same. It was a very satisfying task and I was always willing to assist with it. Soooooo, I pulled out some fairly recent photos to remember how good it felt to have clean laundry on the line. As my shoulder lost motion over the years I just had to give it up. That hurt! I know there are more photos not scanned but those images are well remembered.

(Broke shoulder 2012)
Now many birds use the line as a perch. 
It is all frayed.


The past is the past for a reason.
That is where it is supposed to stay,
But some cannot let it go.
In their heads it eats away

Until all their focus becomes
The person they used to be and
Mistakes that happened in their life.
Oh, if only they could see

That you cannot change what happened, 
No matter how hard you try,
No matter how much you think about it,
No matter how much you cry.

What happens in your lifetime 
Happens for reasons unknown,
So you have to let the cards unfold 
Let your story be shown.

Don't get wrapped up in the negative.
Be happy with what you have been given.
Live for today not tomorrow.
Get up, get out, and start living,

Because the past is the past for a reason.
It's been, and now it is gone,
So stop trying to think of ways to fix it.
It's done, it's unchangeable, move on......

    by Jan Grace 10-28-17


  1. I remember the days of fresh, dried outdoors, laundry!! For whites, I used to use "bluing" they still bottle that?

  2. It's nice to remind how you enjoyed & were proud of this task. I can feel ut in looking at the photos!

  3. Wonderful pictures, Gert! And, a job well done by anyone's rules! My favorite pic is the one looking toward the lake.

  4. Thanks for that wonderful poem. Something we can all live by. Your laundry sure does look white. Is your secret more than detergent and Clorox?

  5. I need Tide!!!!!

    Wise poem... So wise......

    You broke your shoulder, and that is how it became frozen!!!

    But I don't accept that, as inevitable. Docs didn't do something... Or somebody didn't do something..... Or something...

    Just don't understand.

    It is awful for you.

    💛 😊 💛 😊 💛 😊

    1. Replacement was not recommended by 3 different specialists because of my osteoporosis and replacement would have been needed every few years because hardware wouldn't hold.

    2. Didn't even think they did shoulder replacement!

      I don't know the situation so I should not make assumptions.

      It is a very hard situation for you to live with though... and to have been living with.

      Thank you for the info.

      Gentle hugs...