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Hi!  Sorry I haven't posted for awhile.  Three days after Pesach I mad a l'chaim / engagement party for Sarah Rivkah, who taught in our school, and since then I've been busy racking my feeble brains out trying to figure how to get the money to pay our teachers' back salary for the year.  We have to find another $30,000 by May 22nd "or else."  So, if you know anyone who can help, we'd REALLY appreciate hearing from you!  Itchie will go ANYWHERE to meet with potential sponsors!

Okay -- I'm going to show you a picture, and (if you don't live in or originate from the FSU) I'd like to see if you can guess what it is.  Here's the picture:










Have you guessed what it is?  No?  Okay -- here's a picture of the full item.  Now can you guess?















Have you guessed yet?  If not, here's another hint:










Did that help?

Here's the story.  First of all, our household help (otherwise known as she who helped herself to our household) finally retired.  There are pros and cons to that.  My husband has been begging me to fire her for several years, as he couldn't stand her cooking.  And I can finally be a little freer about leaving things around.  Not expensive things, mind you, but like I can now leave the extra rolls of toilet paper in the linen closet, and not under lock and key, and I can be pretty sure they'll still be there when they are needed.  On the other hand, I am now the household help, and in this country it's a bit more time consuming then back in the "old country" (meaning the United States, of course!) 

I tried sending the laundry out to be done, but about 3% loses its way back home, and another 5% or so becomes seriously damaged.  Since my old American washer and dryer have kicked the bucket, so to speak, and hand washing is both a bit rough on my carpal tunneled hands, and I didn't go in for the shriveled prune look on my hands either, I've resorted to a Soviet washing mashine, which is what is pictured above.  (The threads you see near the drain holes are from my formerly good guest towels, which it ate for a snack this week.)  One fills the machine with sink water, then adds a few items of clothing and soap.  The timer sets for about 5 minutes of roughing up in the machine.  The ensuing noise is kind of like a World War II jet bomber on a nose dive.  After this, the hose is put into a certain bathroom fixture, where most of the water can drain out.  The remaining few cups of water drain out from a spout onto the bathroom floor, and (hopefully) flow down the drain hole in the floor.  This must all be repeated at least four times, in order to remove the soap and about half of the dirt from the clothing.  Then comes the hand wringing, and hanging out on the line to dry.  Which is also difficult in this rainy season.  The third picture was of water dripping from my not too well wrung out laundry.  In the winter, all the garments  become frozen, and it can be dangerous to walk in dark yards at night, as they seem to attack you, hitting you in the face! 

I've just about given up hope of getting normal American machines, as each time I look, the price doubles.  And that's without shipping!  There are now (smaller) European washers and a dryer on the market, though they too are prohibitely expensive.

So count your blessings, and enjoy doing your laundry -- believe me, it could be worse!













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