Sunday, December 10, 2006

Pre-testing new fabrics

















Little Boy just loves water - any excuse to splash around and get all wet and he is one happy camper. Soooo - I made an event out of pre-testing some new quilting fabrics. It was good for a bit of evening entertainment in anycase. Here is my helper stomping the fabrics into a bucket of water, testing each fabric for bleeding. OK - so I wasn't expecting the stomping bit - but I should have known!

Wet clothes are ok though because guess what? My tub has a handy-dandy clothes rack - so very convenient to hang up the wet clothes to dry. Actually, I have 2 clothes racks - the one over the tub and also a big one that I like to put out on the balcony. Here you can also see my hot water heater - which is about 50 gallons... that is all the hot water you get for the entire day - our hot water heaters don't kick on until mid-night when energy costs go down -so you use your hot water carefully. There is a little guage on it that tells me how much hot water is left and I can double check my usage during the day to make sure there is enough for night-time bath. See Little Boy's toddler tub? They don't sell these in the US, but they are wonderful for toddlers - the water comes right up to his armpits and he doesn't slip all around - he really likes it! I think these tubs are very popular over here because many apartments only have showers, not tubs - and we all know that little kids love a tub! I also have a 10 gallon hot water heater for my kitchen sink - which my other apartment did not have - and let me tell you - the extra 10 gallons a day is nice!

About clothes racks - very common over here and you sure can get some nice ones in the stores! Dryers in apartments are not too common, although the American in me really wanted one, so we have one although I don't use it all too much. But, it is important especially when I wash Little Boy's blanket! The dryers don't vent to the outside - instead they have a water basin that you have to empty every load. Amazing how much water gets put into that basin per load! Which is another reason why I like the clothes racks - the wet clothes put a bit of humidity in the dry winter air!





8 comments:

Jeanne said...

Oh, I'm fascinated by the differences between European homes and American ones! Your new kitchen looks marvelous! How does it feel to be back there? Which feels more like 'home'?
Jeanne

joyce said...

Kids and water go together unless you add soap. Lol. Looks like adding fabric is fine though!

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Oh, I remember my hot water heater over the sink in my tiny kitchen in our home in Germany. We had a small one under the sink in the bathroom also that was always on. So, when I did the dishes I'd fill the one in the kitchen, push the heater button and while I waited I'd grab a huge pitcher and fill it in the bathroom. Washed the dishes with that water and rinsed with the water that was now ready in the one over the kitchen sink. And, the hot water heater in the bathroom for the tub only got turned on in the evenings for hot baths before bed. Thanks for the walk down memory lane! :-)

Anonymous said...

I love how you turn little everyday tasks into a game for little boy. He'll remember these times long after he's grown. And you have the added bonus of getting things done that otherwise might have to wait until naptime.

Anonymous said...

You have an absolute gift for turning the routine/mundane into a fun and memorable time for your son. What great childhood memories he will have!

Anonymous said...

lloks like little boy is having a ball! What a gift you give him including him in the every-day jobs... I love the idea of a hotwater tank that isn't constantly producing hot water -- wish that were possible here in Canada -- it'd really help control our consumption I'm sure ;-)

Anonymous said...

Hmm, can you cheat and take your bath around midnight, after the water has warmed up again but while the heater's still running? How long does it run for?

Anonymous said...

Hmm, can you cheat and take your bath around midnight, after the water has warmed up again but while the heater's still running? How long does it run for?