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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Foto-story Friday #7-- Helena

I think I should call my photo-story Fridays:  Flash-back Fridays since I seem to dig up the old photos to tell stories with!  Once again I've dug through the archives for this story inspired by reading this blog last Friday.  She was bemoaning the fact that her laundry facilities are outside on the porch.  I remembered having lived in Helena for 6 months from September '96 to February '97.
Here are Cody and Troy cleaning up the yard shortly after we moved in this charming 2 bedroom 1 bath house.  If this house could talk, oh, what stories it could tell.....  
This house started it's existence as a barn!  That's right, we lived in a remodeled barn!  {go back to the first picture, look again, see that pole?  It was one of the coral poles!}  Now, this house had laundry facilities inside, but our old {free} washer and dryer were too big to fit side-by-side.  So we had to rig up someway to dry the clothes....... {What I tried, and failed to find, was the picture I was SURE I'd taken of the shelter we created out of pallets.  I am SO bummed.  I even went so far as to look at the home videos we made, to see if I had captured it and I went through all of the negatives!  What I learned was in 2003 I lost all my brains and recorded over a section of time that could have had it!  aarrgh!}  So imagine, if you will, we ran the power cord through the vent into the house.  We placed a pallet on the ground and placed the dryer on it. We then took pallets and built up the back, side and top leaving the front open.  It really wasn't that big of a deal, until it snowed.  
Cody all dressed up for a day in the snow.  We woke up one morning to so much snow that we had to dig out a path.
In order to get the clean cold clothes that had been safely waiting in the dryer, I had to dig a path around the house to the back door.  The snow was right up against the door and it wouldn't budge. It was crazy.  Here is my path leading to the dryer.  {still bummed that I can't find a picture :(} 



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26 comments:

The Sports Mama said...

Personally, I love your flashback photos! :)

Some of my favorite memories of growing up with snow involve shoveling a path to get from the front door to anywhere else!

Cecily R said...

I'm with Sports. I love that you use PSF to flashback!!!

And from now on, I will no longer whine to myself about having to lug the hamper downstairs to the washer and dryer. Never again. :)

Chris Osborne said...

I like going back and looking at my old stuff too. I tend to notice things that I missed before.

etchedbystone said...

photographs and memories... how awesome...

blessings gp in montana who'll do a nice canter for you tomorrow on thoroughbred mare :)

gp in montana
p.s. your kids are gorgeous

Indrani said...

I agree, most PSFs are trip down the memory lane. You have an interesting story here.

Corey~living and loving said...

oh my....what a story!

until today, I have also used PSF to look at old photos. I like to think it gives me an excuse to share some of my past. :)

great PSF!
happy weekend!

photomommy said...

Great story and great photos to go with it.

Thanks for visiting my site. :)

imbeingheldhostage said...

Oh man. I might have been tempted to start making the kids wear disposable clothing....
This story is like the "When I was young I had to walk to school with no shoes uphill in the snow"-- you can't trump it! :-)

Great flashback.

Mama Zen said...

I've had the washer and dryer in the garage, but never outside. Wow!

Killlashandra said...

Bet you're glad you're not there anymore. :) I'm still not sure I understand why people ever would have felt the need to put their laundry facilities outside the home.

Wow, you guys sure had some good snow though!

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

I love your stories about your house!!

Alicia said...

Oh man. That's craziness!

I'm an Arizona girl, so that all looks so foreign.

The Temple in my picture is the Snowflake, AZ Temple. It's relatively small but very gorgeous.

Sarah Brooks said...

There is something so cool about "roughing" it... I mean after you are looking back on the days that you did rough it. Not so fun in the midst of. How cool that you have taken so many pictures from the 'old days'!

scrappysue said...

what a great story - so much snow!!!

Maggie May said...

That is some snow there!

latree said...

wow your live is so adventurous! you have lived in so many diffferent kind of house that looked 'fun'!

Susie said...

I too love the flashbacks! I tend to go back and revisit some of the good old days with way more giggles and smiles than when they are happening.
Your snow pictures remind me of my childhood when we used to get big snows around here.
I can't complain about laundry ever again!

lisaschaos said...

I think it's kinda funny when we look back at some of things we did years ago. We found ways to get by, made things work. I remember washing laundry in my bathtub a few times, put in the clothes, detergent, water, then I stepped in and walked and swished around for a while, rinse and swish, then squeeze and hang to dry.

david mcmahon said...

Enjoyed that - especially the last photo, which was just a great composition.

Sorry I wasn't replying to comments earlier but as you know I only just got back from kicking back on the beaches in Malaysia!

Dana said...

What a great memory to have.
I love to use the flashack

Casey's trio said...

I think your PSF's have been great!! So much adventure and character in your pictures and stories:)

MamaGeek said...

I, too, love your flashbacks. Isn't it amazing the highlights we recall? Awesome PSF!

KATE said...

Holy Cow, you are a trooper! That is serious laundry dedication to dig a path to the dryer!

Brooke said...

I think I've decided I'd pretty much do anything just to have a washer, dryer, and dishwasher in my house...or in the general area! Ha! I'll bet even at a time like this you're still happy to at least have a dryer even if you do have to walk and dig to get there!

Toni said...

What a great group of photos and memories to share through PSF! Thanks for the visit and comment!

Wendi said...

Love the flashback.
Walking through the snow to do laundry.
Not. so. much.