Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Nearly Naked, I Hug My Refrigerator


Expressing joy at being home after two weeks away takes many forms, I suppose.

Last night, upon arriving home, I unloaded my suitcase out of the truck, wheeled it directly into the kitchen where our washer and dryer are located, and began a load of laundry, pulling those clothes I had been wearing over and over again during the trip and gleefully throwing them in my washer.

The magic button on the top of the washer started the automatic waterfall, rivaling in beauty, at that moment in time, any in nature.

The smell of detergent and fabric softener wafted up like aromas of exotic flowers.

Intoxicated, I suddenly felt the need to make the mission complete and strip off the jean shorts and the rumpled t-shirt I had worn the entire day as I sat in the truck, bounced around like a smelly hamster being transported in a shoebox box by a careless child.

I did indeed release myself from said clothing.

Free at last beside the cleansing waterfall I did a little dance!

Luckily for everyone involved, there was a pair of short leggings and a clean, albeit ratty, t-shirt there for me to place on my body. Passing through the kitchen, I was so overwhelmed by the sheer happiness of being back in my very own home, I threw my arms around my very own wide-door-bottom-freezer Amana and hugged it, feeling the cool white metal against my face.

Oh, it was a moment indeed. I hesitate to tell you just how wonderful it was. Perhaps it was a moment that only a woman and her refrigerator would understand.

I am sooooooo glad to be back in my own hamster cage again!

Here are a few more Kansas pics for you to enjoy.

In evidence that I have not lost it entirely, I am showing these to you first before I show my refrigerator.

I think that shows a great deal of maturity and balance on my part.

Don't you agree?


The farm where Betty grew up!

Eliza and Blythe--two of my great-nieces.

Cooling off, cow style.

One of the kittens on E's farm. She offered him to me. Do you know how hard it was not to put him in the truck and bring him back?



The scene from E's yard.

Thanks to all those people who stuck with me throughout this trip and visited my blog even though I couldn't make it around to yours! I am looking forward to visiting blogs over the next few days and seeing what I've missed!

62 comments:

Vodka Logic said...

that is the best description of laundry I have ever heard. You actually made it sound fun and sexy....thanks for the great read.

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

first, love the post title, too funny! what adorable nieces, so darn cute!

that kitten? I don't know if I could have resisted!!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Oh, my goodness! I would NOT have have been able to resist that kitten! (And I'm allergic to cats!) LOL

Joe Cap said...

Looks like BB grew up in a very COOL farm!
I know how much fun vacations are, but like they say, there is no place like home!

Matt said...

Darn. I was expecting to see the fridge.

KleinsteMotte said...

Love the farm pics and all but the twist in your post is cool.No frdige lol

liz said...

See, it's post titles like this that make me wish you were on twitter. I'd be tweeting it like it was going out of style!

Glad you are home! There really isn't anything like the feeling of coming back home.

Ann said...

Weeks from now when you are dreading the job of laundry, look back to this day and remember the feeling :)
Great pics of Kansas and yes I do know how hard it had to be not to put the kitten in the truck

Marlene said...

Heehee...you hug that big ol' white appliance, girl!

Love the photos....but I must admit, I don't know HOW you managed to leave that kitty behind!

Pat Tillett said...

Along with your fridge and washer, I welcome you home!

It is always nice to "get back home" after a long trip. I've never actually bonded with my appliances though. So there has never been any spontaneous affection shown to them upon my return.

I wasn't raised on a farm, but I hope to live on one sometime...

Reputation@Stake said...

Perhaps a club should be started for all those who have a strange relationship with their appliances. I would totally be a member and clearly so would you. I don't know if they respond positively to being talked to (like plants supposedly are) but I figure, why risk it? And I applaud your willingness to show physical affection to them (I guess). I have not yet gone that far.

Theresa Milstein said...

Cooling off cow style - love it!

Welcome back. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip, but there's no place like home.

Nat said...

I'm exactly the same when I get home...straight to the utility room and unpack the dirty clothes from suitcase to washer!

Lovely photos...lucky you growing up there! How did you leave that kitty behind?!!

Enjoy being home again....

Mamma has spoken said...

Darn, I wanted to see the picture of the frig :o(
Glad your back safe and sound!

Mike said...

Happy that you had a fun trip.

Aging Mommy said...

What a beautiful farm to have grown up on.

You know you have been away long enough when coming home to a washing machine and your lovely big cool fridge and other such things feels just so wonderful.

Sonora said...

I'm glad you had a great trip and I'm glad you are back safe! I always love that moment when you walk in the door and know you are home. It feels great!
Those pictures are gorgeous. I love the one of the cow in the water.

Ms. Anthropy said...

Would love to be able to say I grew up on a farm, or lived on one now. Never had the pleasure, but my grandparents home was pretty close to heaven. Welcome home, weary traveler.

Old Kitty said...

Yay!! You're back!!!! Awww and hugging your own fridge starkers as only BB could!

Oh but look at your Kansas and your adorable neices and that sweet kitty and cool cow!!!

There really is no place like home!

Take care
x

Lidian said...

Oh, that kitten! I want the kitten! So, so, so cute. As are your great nieces, BTW. Lovely photos. I will be away myself soon, and believe me, I cannot wait to be hugging my sadsack fridge when we get home, too :)

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

Welcome home, Betty. God, that kitten is cute. How did you resist? Then again, I guess if you managed to not run away with the adorable nieces, you have a fair amount of self control. And maturity:-)

Writing Without Periods! said...

Love your description of the laundry things. Love, love, love the photo of that cat.
Mary

slommler said...

I certainly do understand hugging your refrigerator!!! Makes perfect sense...especially since you have been gone for so long. And loving the smell of laundry soap is a given. I mean you have been without for too long!
And I don't know how you passed up the kitten. That took a steel will!!
Hugs
SueAnn

baygirl32 said...

Welcome back!

I'd bet my fridge feels neglected...love the cooling off cow style!

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

Not gonna lie, I kinda love my washer and fridge a little.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's the simple things, isn't it?

Pat said...

You had me at your title!Ha!

Your little great nieces are adorable!

I love the cow in the water.

How could you pass up bringing that little kitty-cat home?

Too bad your husband didn't video tape your little laundry dance/hugging the fridge. That would have been an instant youtube hit!

Uh, where's the photo of the fridge? Sounds like the one I've been wanting for years!

The Retired One said...

I know EXACTLY what you mean about being happy to be home and throw those clothes in the washer. Not the naked part, but oh well. LOL
And you must have the willpower of a mule to not take that adorable kitty home....!!!!

Daisy said...

Home is just the best place to be, especially after a long trip away from it. Great pictures, Betty. Welcome home. :D

Venassa said...

Your great nieces are adorable. I also love the cow in water picture.
I've never been gone long enough to truly feel the love at being back home.

Lourie said...

Welcome Home! And it is so very good when you get back!

Lin said...

Oh, that looks like a lovely trip! But isn't it nice to be home again??

I wanna go swimming like a cow!

faye said...

Bet your computer is just a touch
jealous. That would be first and
the refrigerator perhaps second.

Welcome home.!!

Leanne said...

I don't get it . . . isn't it normal to hug your refrigerator when you enter your home? ;)

So glad your back ... I've so enjoyed your photos and look forward to more Betty!

Muthering Heights said...

LOL, there truly is no place like home...or the smell of clean laundry! :)

TS Hendrik said...

The cow has the right idea and that cat is so cute I wouldn't blame you for sneaking off with it.

Dreamfarm Girl said...

Something sooo satisfying about washing the trip out of your clothes. Great description. And love the trip photos. The farm looks like the perfect place to grow up.

Cheeseboy said...

Didn't realize you were in my neck of the woods in Utah. Moab area is beautiful. Kansas looks much nice than I imagined it though.

Lurking Lurker said...

Really great photo of the cow Betty!

ethelmaepotter! said...

O - kay....

I know I am losing it when I can say that one of my friends hugged her refrigerator in her (almost) birthday suit.

However, the farm and all the associated photos are glorious. And the kitten looks just like one we once had named Thompsey Dellon.

Welcome home!

A girl needs 2 Talk said...

Betty, my dear, WELCOME back home!!!

Home is heaven. :) :)

Joyful said...

It's always great to travel and even greater sometimes when we get back home. I enjoyed the vision I had of you hugging the refrigerator ;-)

Ca88andra said...

There's nothing quite like home sweet home! I don't think I've ever hugged a fridge tho...

Shrinky said...

Oh, what an adorable place to be raised in! Your great-nieces are almmost as cute as that little kitty. Oh, no matter how much you enjoy a trip, there truly is no place like home, is there? I'm collecting my daughter from the airport today, after a three week trip away - she is SOOO looking forward to sleeping in her own bed again (smile).

Um, so where is the pic of that fridge, then???

citymouse said...

Glad you're home safe and sound. There's something so deeply affirming when you realize that you are happy to be home. Kansas looks like where I live...hehehe, except it's 1500 miles away.

Mr. Stupid said...

I was looking forward to a picture of your refrigerator. Loved this post. Looks like you did grow up in a beautiful place. Nice pictures...

Madi and Mom said...

Welcome home BB!!! Oh how we missed you too. After seeing the homestead of your youth, we know why you are so grounded...you grew up in America's Heartland. What a beautiful area.

Oh I know how hard it was for you to resist the beautiful kitty. However, I'm sure Mabel and Zelda are very happy that you came home w/o it. MOL
Madi and Mom

Jingle said...

your title is sizzling,
what an interesting post.
cheers!

Hilary said...

Welcome back! Great photos. That kitten face.. really.. how did you resist?

I've been mostly away from the computer myself through July and seem to be in perpetual catch-up mode. Ahh summer.

Susan Fields said...

What gorgeous pictures! I know the feeling of joy at returning to your own home after a vacation. Sleeping in my own bed is the best part. Glad you made it home safely!

Jimmy said...

Glad you are back home Betty,

The pictures are great, I do like the look of the Farm where Betty grew up--beautiful place and cute kids.

Pearl said...

Passing up a free kitty is not easy to do...

Pearl

Georgina Dollface said...

I think the only thing better than doing laundry after a long trip is watching my husband do his laundry, and MY laundry, and then seeing him get just as naked and excited as you did. Now THAT is the way to do laundry. Glad you are back! - G

Mr Monkey said...

I love the pic of the cow. Great read Betty had smiling from the start.
Peace Mr Monkey

Ally said...

There really is no place like home and I love that fresh laundry excites you as much as it does me. Those little girls are adorable as is the kitten!

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

Great blogs, great pictures! I love the laundry description! But I can't say I've ever felt that way about my fridge...there's no love lost between us. My computer however? That's another story... :)

Joann Mannix said...

I am just catching up myself, Betty. Glad you're back. The blog world is now, once again, a brighter place.

And those pictures are idyllic. Makes me yearn for my old childhood farm days.

Copyboy said...

See I have more of a bond with what's in the fridge. But then again, I'm a dude.

Shan said...

Good choice to leave the kitten, no matter how lovable. Corey brought a deeply loved worm home from a camping trip in Mammoth once. We got home and that evening I went to help a friend prepare for a wedding-related party. Preparations included loading stuff into *my* Ranger (may it rest in peace) and take said stuff down to the community pool. Every trip brought a worse stench from my car. As I was finally leaving (with all windows completely open), I realized that the nearly empty water bottle sitting *right there* had Wormy (may he rest in peace).

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Great read! Thanks for the smiles. How I love all of those pics, Betty!
That one with the cows is a gem!
I wish it was mine!
B xx

Joanna Jenkins said...

Hey Betty, Welcome home! I'm just back from vacation too so I totally understand how great it is being on home turf again.

It looks like you had some lovely views and a great time. And your great-nieces-- OMG! They are so gorgeous they could be in the movies!

Thanks for sharing.
jj

Mommy on the Spot said...

Your imagery is so vivid!

Glad you got home safely!