Be like a postage stamp

Stick to one thing until you get there.

If that is the case then the mountain of ironing will be three neatly pressed bundles before the day is ended.ย  All I need are a dish of toffees to chew on and a good selection of music to speed my way through the chore.

Now what mischief can I plan for tomorrow……?

27 thoughts on “Be like a postage stamp

  1. Baino

    I gave up ironing en bulk and now just press what i need in the morning. Although there was a time I loved pressing business shirts and tiny children’s clothes. These days I iron on the hoof!

  2. steph


    No ironing in this house… I’m on strike!

    If the Royal Mail can get away with it, then so can I!

    Well, you did say “be like a postage stamp” ๐Ÿ™„

  3. Magpie11

    I have to say that a well ironed cotton shirt is a joy…LadyM seems to really enjoy ironing…seriously, she has been known to offer to do other peoples. She watches obscure films and TV programmes on her iMac up in the spare room.

    At school we had to do our own ironing…well it was cheaper than sending things to the Shrink It Factory…. I still have a Handkerchief from those days and remember my laundry number, YC397.

  4. Maynard

    I do the “ironing” in our house. can you believe it — a studly man like me?! Do not tell Rummy — he will be sending his clothes to me, via; airmail to be ironed, plus his son’s and his dad’s!

  5. Nick

    Wot, you have to spend all day ironing? You must be buying the wrong type of clothes, or you’re ironing things that don’t need ironing. Don’t tell me you iron your knickers? Or your dishcloths? The only things I iron are my shirts, and my work trousers when I’m employed.

    Hey, I got into your blog okay – how about that?

  6. Ursula

    Yeah, well, Grannymar, if only all of us could be as focused as you appear to be. My days usually start (ca 6 am) with a clear vision of what needs to be achieved which will have turned into a haze by about 1400 hrs GMT. I’d love to stick to one task (even multi) like your stamp does, instead of which everything sticks to me screeming for attention.

    Still, as I want to excude an air of lady like refinement, I try to stay calm in the eye of the storm comforting myself, in the infamous words of Scarlett O’Hara, that: “Tomorrow is another day”.

    And yes, I adore ironing: It is a perfect metaphor for ironing out life’s creases and, as your hands are occupied, leave you plenty of scope to think.


  7. Rummuser

    Maynard, I live in India. A char washes my clothes, as she does my father’s and son’s, and a dhobi comes twice a week and takes away clothes to be pressed and returned the after. I am however a fussy old WOG and like my clothes without the crease of the folds which the dhobi puts on. I therefore iron my clothes again just before wearing them. I am not a studly man!

  8. Alice

    Years ago a writer friend I met at a writer’s conference wrote me asking me to write instructions to iron a shirt. I did it, outlining every step I took to ironing that shirt and then I realized that she had just given me a clue to learning to write. I challenge you, then, if you haven’t finished that chore yet, to write a post describing to an alien who had no clue what “ironing” was, how to iron a shirt, the same way you might write out instructions as you do for for a recipe.

  9. Grannymar Post author

    Baino – Ironing is one household chore I actually enjoy. My ‘mountain’ is an anthill compared to what we had during my young days as part of a large family. Back then we had no easy-care fabrics.

    Steph – I hear talk of Postal strikes, but we have had deliveries each day. I meet the postman each morning as I go for my walk.

    Judy/Kenju – I am more comfortable in natural fabrics and they need the attention of the iron.

    Magpie – I also like a well ironed shirt or blouse.

    Maynard – There is no sin in a man doing the ironing. In fact men in the military services across the world, all learn how to iron as part of their training.

    Judy – Some of my clothes have a ‘Dry Clean Only’ label. I carefully wash them and press them while damp before hanging them to dry fully. I always did this even when I was working a full day. I inherited a trouser press from Jack and my trousers have ten minutes in there before each wearing.

    Nick – NO! I don’t iron my knickers….. I never thought I would confess that on my blog! ๐Ÿ™„ I like to use linen tea towels and do insist on ironing them.

    I am pleased you solved the problem of access to my blog. Did you find out what the problem was?

    Ursula – I was always an organised person and liked to work from a list. Crossing off each completed task gave me satisfaction. I also had a ‘carrot’ – treat or time to spend on a hobby, to look forward to at the end of my work.

    Magpie – I was going to say I don’t wear underpants. ๐Ÿ™„ PLEASE see my reply to Nick ๐Ÿ˜†

    Ramana – I am with you on the creases. I have been heard to say in a dress shop ” No thank you, I have no desire to hand over good money in order to look like a well wrung out dish towel!”

    I have enough trouble with nature’s creases! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Alice – I accept your Challenge! I promise a post on how to iron a shirt on Saturday. Pity Elly has returned to Dublin, otherwise she could have made a video of me working on the task.

  10. Brighid

    I like to iron (If Himself is told this it will be denied). It’s a chance to think and do something constructive at the same time. Hated it as a child, but then I did the whole family’s.
    Have a friend who used to have to iron her husband’s underwear, T shirts and briefs, til she wised up and divorced him.

  11. Maynard

    Magpie and Rummy, I thought the purspose of ironing uderwear is so one can get them wrinkly again.

    Rummy, since you told us how your clothes are taken care of, my clothes are in the mail to you already, for you char and dhobi. I like the crease!
    Sounds like you have it made in the shade!

  12. Magpie11

    Linen tea towels…the best…for glasses and for…pressing your trousers!
    No shine!

    Had to iron my khakis in the Cadet Force at school…we parted company because I refused to obey a stupid order to charge across 100yards of open ground. I told Captain Swann (my biology teacher at the time), “I was turning to run away so that I could live to fight another day.” He took my point and we parted company amicably…Ialways had the best pressed uniforms tho’.

  13. Grannymar Post author

    Brighid – There is something calming about the task of ironing, perhaps it has to do with the heat from the iron on the board. I like to see the bundles of freshly pressed clothes grow. I too, remember the days of 15 shirts et al when I was a a child.

    Magpie – Not the tea towel you dried the dishes with, I hope! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I use a double layer of fine muslin as a pressing cloth.

  14. Nick

    Absolutely no idea what the problem was. Some technological glitch somewhere in cyberspace. Probably server E56 in Basingstoke playing up again.

  15. Darlene

    When I was a newlywed I ironed my sheets, tea towels and 7 dress shirts a week, plus my clothes and my little stepdaughter’s dresses.

    Progress brought prema-press and I got smart. I only buy perma-press and give them a light once over if needed. Iron sheets now? Ha Ha! You’ve got to be kidding. No one sees them but me anyhow.

  16. gaelikaa

    India is not an easy place to live in but…….there are compensations. I have this lovely woman called Meera who does my ironing. For half nothing, I might add. At one rupee per item, it is so cheap. Fifty rupees for fifty items That’s one euro. I am very lucky to have my “iron lady”.

  17. Grannymar Post author

    Magpie – Exactly!

    Darlene – I still like my pressed duvet covers and sheets.

    Gaelikaa – You do well. I checked out a site here in Northern Ireland…

    “PROFESSIONAL AFFORDABLE IRONING SERVICE. 30 ITEMS=ยฃ15. Free collection and delivery!

    Maybe I should start a business! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Rummuser

    Gaelikaa, the advantage of living in Lucknow, is the rate you pay. I pay Rs.3/- per item at Pune. Rs10/- used to be for saris when Urmeela was alive.

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