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Today is a lazy Saturday. I woke this morning to scorching heat already in the day, I could almost feel how bad it was going to get. We don't have A/C here in Europe so on the hot days, there's very little relief. Croatia is slowly getting A/C but it's not something that comes in the house, you have to add it. They have the A/C units like hotels have, you have a unit on the inside and on on the outside of the wall. The only problem with this system is that you have to make a hole in the wall, not so good if your renting, like we are. Since the A/C is out of the question in this house we have lowered all the blinds and we have two fans blowing and we're doing virtually nothing.

I have done several loads of laundry, other than swimming I think drying laundry outside is the only other use for these scorchers. I hang all our clothes out so it's helpful when there's a nice hot sun. Oh on that subject: I have been washing in Tide, which is the cheapest here in Croatia and I use a good quality fabric softener and my towels still dry kinda crunchy like. Any ideas how to fix this short of using my dryer? I'm awaiting the years of experience you ladies have to offer.

Look what I'm in love with on Etsy, Eight Nesting Lotus Bowls. Aren't they lovely, hand made by Whitney Smith and offered at the low, low price of $325. Well I thought I would share them so you can ohh and aww them like I am. This is as close as I'll ever be to them, I'm admire them from afar!

Random Harvest

I have to let you know about this wonderful movie we just seen. Random Harvest is about an amnesiac World War I vet falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-War life.
We watched it as a family and we were more on the edge of our seats than with any other movie we've ever seen. It was a wonderful love story, even my men folk liked it, that's how you know it's good!

So tomorrow is the Lord's Day, actually they're all His days, but you know. I pray you all have a great Sunday and that many souls are reached for the cause of Christ.


  1. Is it possible for you to put the towels in the dryer for just 10 minutes or so? I found that helped some with the crunchiness!

  2. Those bowls are pretty! I'd only be admiring from afar,too though.

    I agree with Cheri. A few minutes to fluff them in the dryer would probably help. BUT! Air drying them kills bacteria as well as saving money.

  3. I was going to say the same thing Cheri said: just a few minutes in the dryer really does help to get that crunchiness out. Unless there is a really breezy day, I'm pretty sure that's the only thing to help with line-drying.

    I'm going to put that movie on my wish list and get it later; it sounds like a great one to watch! Thanks for sharing with us :~)

    Oh, and I love those bowls, too... I will ooh and ahhh along with you, though, because I would never ever EVER spend 300 bucks on bowls -- no matter how beautiful they are, LOL!

  4. I'm with Cheri. I've heard, not tried, that using the dryer for just a short while after they're done on the line, helps with the softness. If you just did this with towels, threw a damp dish cloth in with it an ran it for just a few minutes...maybe that would help...??by

  5. Anonymous12:02 PM

    I really like those nesting bowls too, very textural and I like the color too.

    I'll have to check into that movie, sounds like it's a good one. (o:

  6. I love that movie! Years ago, we had cable, and TNT only showed old movies. We saw a lot of the old greats. Random Harvest is definitely one of them!

  7. I think a few minutes in the dryer is your answer. We've gotten used to "crunchy" towels, and I love the way they smell of fresh air and sunshine!

    ...Daniel even likes his jeans crunchy. I laugh because they dry so stiff he can stand them in the corner, LOL!

  8. The bowls are beautiful! they charge just to *look* at them and enjoy their beauty?

  9. Yeppers! Beautiful bowls. We can dream, can't we?

    I sure hope the Lord sends plenty of breezes your way.


  10. Those bowls are lovely!

  11. I was just able to watch the "light bulb" House clip (thanks to my filter finally cooperating...yea!)...Totally awesome! Thanks for sharing.
    The movie sounds great; we LOVE old movies around the Land of Pink!

  12. Love the bowls--but that price--wow!
    I love RANDOM HARVEST!!! I think it's my all time favorite!!!

  13. Hmmmm, short of the dryer, maybe you could have the boys stuff the towels into pillow cases and have a pillow fight … that should get rid of the crunchiness. LOL!!!

  14. Oh gracious, not that I can afford the bowls anyway, but I noticed that they are now on sale for ONLY $160! (which is probably more than I paid even for my entire china service for 12 plus coffee set and serving pieces...)

  15. Ahh man, now that I looked through her whole catalog, I realized the $160 is for her smaller bowl set. Once again, not that it matters! Sorry!

  16. Bowls are cute... but not $160 cute. :)
    Would adding vinegar (which acts as a fabric softener) to the washer work? Not sure you can get past using the dryer a bit. :)
    Hope it cools off for ya'll soon.
    We'll have to check that movie out-sounds great! It's wheat harvest around here, anyway. :)

  17. I just recently read something about the laundry issue. Try holding both corners of the short ends of the towels and give them a quick shake and snap. This should cause the fibers to relax. I'm going to try this next time I hang a load of towels on the line.

  18. Tory, My husband and I have been missionaries in Greece for almost 4 years and didn't have a dryer until recently. I found that if I keep a close eye on the clothes and pull them off of the line just as they finish drying that it helps a ton. Also don't make the mistake that I did of using cheap fabric softner. Buy the good stuff. It makes a difference.

    Brandie Crabtree

  19. Those bowls are beautiful and a asset to any dining room or kitchen, hmmmmm..let me see IF I can call my uncel *Bill Gates*..and get us all a set....yeah right...okay put a request in now for your mansion in Heaven, would that work?....thanks for the movie recommend.

  20. I've never heard of that movie, but coming as a recommendation from you, I know its worth looking for. Our choices of what to view seem to be getting slimmer and slimmer these days!

    I have no clue for your towels other than what has already been mentioned about the dryer.

  21. I don't know about hanging on the line. I did this as a girl and hope I never have to do it I probably will if things keep going in the direction they seem to be going. I was interested in reading the answers given in case I need it one day. I hate crunchy wash I hope you get your answer. Have a great day my friend. connie from Texas

    Beautiful bowls. out of my ability to ever have though.

  22. I add a small amount of apple cider vinegar to my rinse water. It seems to help. We had no washer or drier in the jungle for many years.Also, wash towels and sheets with less detergent than soiled clothes and rise twice..

  23. Have you tried rinsing in pure white vinegar...maybe along with your fabric doesn't leave the vinegar smell in your towels once they dry. I usually line dry all my laundry....and I only use vinegar for a rinse and to remove any smells (about 1/2 -1 cup per load, depending) to slightly reduce the crunchiness. I'm thinking that if you use it along with the fabric softener, you may notice a little more difference.

  24. Anonymous10:25 AM

    I love this movie! It's been ages since I've seen it, but I remember it was one of those classics that I love... there's something about black and white movies from the 40's that appeals to me - it's become sort of a hobby with me to try to find old forgotten classics like Random Harvest. :)

  25. Love this movie--

    My dad says I look like Greer Garson--who knows--she's a bobby doozy, says I =) lol!


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