4.21.2010








what's a therapeutic
chore for you?



lark likes
to hand clothes

in a wash basin



i like to
sweep and
wash dishes
(strangely)




ph: lark


15 comments:

NOJuju said...

chopping. washing the bathtub.

jokemijn said...

i really like to cook and clean vegetables.

ashleyhelvey at yahoo dot com said...

yes... i agree, washing dishes and doing chores is like a meditation...

neki desu said...

scrubbing the bottoms of cooking pots
until they shine.

diariodeunacouturier said...

I love it!!! so pictures have so much soul

ro said...

sweep for sure...

If Jane said...

oh i love this!

julio.espada said...

Dear Cerre,
I've disciplined myself to comment -normally-only once a week...would be an assault on my conscience to look at that picture of soaking whites and pass-up the opportunity to share my joy of soaking whites.
"CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS" ?
1986...
Near my first apartment in the city of Paris, off the Blvd. St. Germain I discovered what I soon found-out was one of Paris's favorite Blanchisseries.
The word alone...Divine, right?
B L A N C H I S S E R I E could not walk past that place without feeling like I was living something very wonderful and special that I wanted to know.
Did not have much of a budget at the time but, read a quote from a famous Parisian dandy of the time...
" A gentleman never wears anything other than a white shirt after 6 p.m." Young and wanting to be on my favorite dandy's good side, I went on a strict diet of fresh Poilane bread as that establishment was also in the neighborhood.
My french tutor was a devout Catholic. My graduation consisted of reciting "our Father" and "Hail Mary" to her family and their Abbe at a small ceremony in their private chapel. Being the seventh arrondissement this is not unusual as many Parisian aristocratic families still maintain these traditions.
What she did not know and I never told was that the money was being put away so that I could go to Charvet on the Place Vendome and have some custom-made white cotton shirts so that I could join the Blanchisserie cult. I comissioned four white cotton shirts at Charvet that year. Looked after by our dear french ladies, I wore them for 25 years.
Cerre, to this day I am devout to the Blanchisserie cult. My own home-grown version is called OXO.
I've grown out of my dandy stage and these days prefer my white shirts just dried on a hanger+no pressing. Even for more formal wear..hand flatten a bit of the natural wrinkling+ we're good to go.
The Parisian ladies have closed-down and I don't get over there much either.
With clean, White cotton (+ linen for napkins only, too much work otherwise ) wrinkled, ironed, crumpled, being a bit of what could almost qualify as a fetish around this house, soaking whites is not just a ritual, a must..the results me great pleasure. Dream of an outdoor clothesline.
No, I do not hire-out my services.

Kate said...

Vacuuming. I love it for some reason...maybe sucking things up all the new york dust is just a very satisfying feeling?

Anonymous said...

l love to tenderly water my indoor plants. G

kaisu said...

beauty of everyday life

nik said...

yah, i LUV to handwash my clothes in a large pail. when i lived in bangkok, i always handwashed my clothes in a pail. and then airdried on hangers in my balcony. they dried in 5 hours.

Erica said...

oh: handwashing in hotel basins. also, L: love billy and nick's sporting sails. thank you.

Michelle said...

washing dishes and kneading bread.

K said...

Cooking is my meditation...and dishes ugh! I leave those for the Mister.