Somehow I let myself get into a gloomy, brooding sort of mood over the past few days; and when today rolled around I still didn’t have anything in mind for a Nurturing Thursday post. While I was standing in the laundry room, taking towels from the washer and putting them into the dryer, I was wondering if I’d had any self-nurturing going on this week that was even worth mentioning.

Front-loading washer and dryer, full of towels. 

Then I started thinking about how everyday things like a washer and dryer, along with all the other common household items we take for granted, make our lives more comfortable all the time. My current front-loading set is much nicer than the set it replaced, which in turn was better than the first washer and dryer my family had, and even that cheap set made life much easier than using a laundromat or an apartment laundry room.

And of course, before the modern era, women who did their laundry by hand in a washtub or at the river would’ve dearly loved going to a laundromat! So, as with everything, it all depends on one’s perspective. When gloomy thoughts show up for no particular reason, the best thing is to take a different view of the situation and just let them wash away!

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.” Visit her site to find more Nurturing Thursday posts and a list of frequent contributors.


  1. It is nice to realize and appreciate the everyday things in life that often go unnoticed or recognized. Take a bubble bath this evening, light a few candles, sleep a little later in the morning, or enjoy tomorrow’s sunset … you deserve all of them, butt at least one of them!!

  2. Some verywise ponderings, Meg! I often think back to how my grandmother had to do the laundry in a big pail and a washing dolly… No wonder Washing Day was such a big event!!
    Yes, we are very blessed to be living the the 21st century in the West!
    Nurturing blessings xx

    • Yes, washing day was a big event because it took so long that a woman had no time to do anything else that day. We are indeed blessed.

  3. So true what you wrote! A good reminder! I definitely am glad we have washer’s and dryer’s now, but still need a machine that folds the clothes 🙂 Have a good day!

  4. Hi Meg, gratitude for all our appliances is a good one. Generally we don’t pay attention how important they are for us. Have a great day!

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