Sunday Funday with the Friedman Fam + Stripping Laundry

So Craig and I BOTH had the WHOLE DAY OFF! Can you believe it? I’m back to work tomorrow for my very first day shift in the ICU since June – I’ve only been on night shift since then! We will see how getting up early goes!

This morning we had a family meeting – we all “brain stormed” everything that we wanted to get done today.

I wanted to get laundry done, I wanted to roller skate, I had a few technical things I need to do for my mom’s youtube channel (I’m her tech gal when it comes to youtube – I really enjoy it!). Craig wanted to work in the garage as a family and he wanted to do some paint touching up in the living/dining room.

I had an entire mountain of laundry to tackle and I also wanted to wash our sheets. I have heard of this “laundry stripping” but have never tried it. I decided to test it out with Craig’s jeans that have been looking pretty dingy lately. Of course it doesn’t bother Craig but it bothers me. I made some modifications to the recipe but I did about 1/4 cup of each of these in a HOT bathtub:

I let the jeans soak for about 6 hours, please keep in mind, these are all already clean/washed jeans, jeans that have been worn and washed dozens of times. Check out these results:

GROSS. So I then threw the jeans in the wash on regular so hopefully things will brighten up. Is it the dye from the jeans? Possibly. But I do think it pulled a ton of dirt and build up too.

There is the original recipe if you’re interested – or just google “stripping laundry.”

Anyway, so while the boys were napping I went skating – I found a nice smooth street a few blocks from my house – I can easily skate there. I worked on skating backwards and I’m now working on turns/spins. I absolutely LOVE my Sure Grip – Boardwalk Roller Skates from Volitian Skate Company – an IOWA Roller Skate store. I skate everywhere – in my kitchen, in my garage, on walking trails, on bike paths, I LOVE SKATING!

I am working So. Dang. Hard. On spins in the garage. I was just finishing up, feeling super accomplished with my practice, and I biffed it – HARD. So Carver jumped on for moral support.

Craig is working on building barns for the nieces and nephews, the boys played on our little slide and trampoline and fixed on their ride on toys while I skated around and around – working on my spins and turns and footwork. Boy, I really break a sweat skating! I so enjoy it. I can’t state that enough.

Do I fall? Yes. Several times per skate. Do I get hurt? Yes. DO I keep going? YOU BET! Even the best fall down sometimes.

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  1. Susan the Farm Quilter
    December 14, 2020 / 3:56 am

    Why aren’t you wearing protective gear when you skate? Knee and elbow pads, wrist protectors and a helmet?? I’m on my “mom soapbox” here, young lady, and I want you to stay safe!! Hard to nurse others with a broken leg or wrist and as a retired special education teacher, I know you don’t want a traumatic brain injury. Skating is so good for you health-wise, but you do need to protect yourself, please!!! Love how Carver comforts you after you fell!!

  2. Joy Vandentop
    December 14, 2020 / 2:03 pm

    Hi! I’m curious or nosy….are you working at your local hospital again or the one far from home? I’m going to try soaking hubby’s jeans ..just can get that dingy look out. My hubby doesn’t care either so you’re not alone there ?. He’d wear the same air til they stood up in the corner by themself if I didn’t take them. ??

  3. Kim J LeMere
    December 14, 2020 / 3:18 pm

    I often had family meetings when our kids were growing up, it made them comfortable to say out loud what they wanted and it also made them understand we wanted somethings also. I have never heard of laundry stripping, how interesting. I now rinse my clothes twice to help keep them bright and since our washer is a HE its not that much water. I hope we get to see the barns that Craig is building for the nieces and nephews for Christmas, how special. Be careful skating, you don’t need any broken bones with winter weather headed your way.

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