This morning, I met my new neighbors for the first time. They are a wonderful couple – – white and fluffy with orange features. They are the cutest ducks you’ll ever see! The gentleman in the RV next to mine raises them. It saves him money, gives him fresh eggs and also provides a hobby. My little Lola has been fascinated by them all day.
These little duckies (both of them are named, “Crackle”) made me think of full time RVing in another light. We certainly live a simpler life and we’re closer to nature on a regular basis. I had never even explored the fact, however, that we’re not always as dependent on modern day, “luxuries” as others. I met my feathery friends and their owner as I was heading outside to fill my water tank after completing laundry duty. I realized, at that point, that as RVers, we do several things the way our grandparents and great-grandparents did. While the fulltimer, “next door” was collecting his eggs, I had just finished using my washboard to do the wash.
When I was just a little girl, my Grandma Teamor taught me how to use a washboard. In fact, between my two grandmas and the one great-grandmother that I was blessed to have until I was 17, I learned many ways of the past. I have an extremely extensive formal education that cost me an arm and a leg, but the education that has been provided by my parents and other family members is invaluable. I digressed…
I love the idea of raising foul for eggs, but I still opt to just buy them at the market. I will not, however, be without my washboard. I like the fresh smell of the laundry, I get a great upper body and abdominal workout, and each time I’m washing, I think of my family and quietly pay homage to those who used “elbow grease” in all that they did. I would implore everyone to make it a practice to carry out at least one task “the old fashioned way.” Although it may require a bit more work, I promise, you will find that somehow your mind is at ease and you’re a bit more emotionally relaxed while you’re doing it.
Here’s to the simple life!
How to Use a Washboard
1. Fill a bucket with approximately one gallon of water.
2. Wet your washboard and rub your bar of soap against the board to create a lather (I use white Zote – – it’s 99 cents a bar at Walmart and smells very fresh.)
3. Dip your garment in the bucket and then scrub it against the board.
4. Rinse and wring your garment, and hang to dry.
5. Repeat process for each article of clothing and that’s it!