Tuesday, May 03, 2011

galvanized wash tubs

I love, LOVE everything about this wash room. Don't you just!?
Well, it's not mine. But I will soon be the proud owner of a similar galvanized double wash tub w/ stand! Only mine will be showcased in it's original green stand. I know! I am super excited!

You see, my husband and I are driving back to Wisconsin in June. My Mom recently had knee replacement and I am going to be helping her out, while Randy and our sons play on the farm. Our son's Shawn & Tyler are flying back there for 5 days, so they can all shoot guns, explore the farm (350 acres), eat pie at the Norske Nook, cheese curds & ice cream at the Nelson Cheese Factory and shop at Gander Mountain in Eau Claire.

But in all honesty, Randy & I are more excited about hitting the road and driving till we're tired, sleeping in the van and then driving some more. I know, we're easily entertained. We'll then pick up the boys at the Minneapolis airport and then head to the farm.

Randy & the boys will sleep at my brother Ron's log cabin on the farm... and I will be at my Mom's next to the farm. I'm not sure what all we'll be able to do, but I do know I want to take my Mom to the Northfield Mercantile for Friday Fish @ Dee Dee's Diner.

Anyway, when it's time to head home, we're loading up the wash tub stand and anything else I couldn't resist... and stopping in Iowa to visit my brother Kevin's family and then Oklahoma to visit my sister Kathy's family. And then a hotel in Gallup because the van will be too full to sleep in... and then home.

I can't tell you how excited I am about having these tubs in my home. I have vivid memories of my Mom loading clothes through her wringer washer and watching them drop into the first tub of rinse water and then through the wringer again before dropping into the next tub for the final rinse. After one more pass through the wringer to wring out the water, it was time to hang out the clothes on the line. Folks, that's just one load. I'm exhausted just thinking about it!

But I have a question... what should I do with my galvanized double wash tub set? I have some ideas myself, but I know you have oodles of clever, creative ideas swirling around in that head of yours just waiting to spill. So, let's hear it!


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Don't forget about me!!! I want to go to Northfield with you too!
You know I am only about 12 or 13 miles from there,
Love the washtub idea! and the pic.
I would use it as a planter but it could be filled with so many neat things!

Rob said...

Galvanized tub? Oh, Linda, you do tease...

Anonymous said...

It would make an awesome double ice tub for beverages for parties.

MommaMindy said...

I looked and looked for a set like that, but could never find one here in the PNW. Or rather, let's say, one with all the pieces I could afford. I have several washtubs I use on the deck for planting. I actually was going to use the stand for an herb garden neck to the sliding glass door on the deck.

When we go back to MN in a vehicle, I always warn my husband that I will be shopping all the way there and back. I find so many more antiques and at better prices.

Happy travels! Enjoy your wonderful time.

Ane said...

I do remember how wringer washer ,Did you ever get anything caught in a wringer?or ruined a couple of shirts?

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a wonderful trip. Excuse me, your excitment is showing!! ;)

My mom had an old wringer washer. I remember that she wouldn't let me within 10 feet of that thing on wash day. Someone always knew someone whose "brother's wife's aunt's cousin's nephew's" child got their arm caught in the wringer!

The Tablescaper said...

I love the beverage idea. Sounds like a great trip.

- The Tablescaper

Mariel said...

I have one very similar that is vry rusty & am in beginning stages of restoring. Can you read the lettering on the base of yours? I use mine as a planting/replanting area - pots, etc in one side & potting soil in the other.