WHAT THE HEART KNOWS is one of my very best books. i know I say that about all of them, but it really is, and I’m so glad Bell Bridge Books is bringing it back out soon. The cover is beautiful, and we’ve just finished all the editorial steps. It should be out this month in all kinds of formats—e-book, audio and trade paperback. I’m excited!
But, dang, it’s April 12, and my yard is full of snow again. A clean white blanket covers the icky dirty stuff that was sinking steadily into the ground last week. The trees are heavily laden, and the birds seem confused. I know it’s temporary, and it won’t be too long before I’m bemoaning the heat, but setbacks are challenging. Silver linings often blend in with the gray.
Like the other day when I discovered crayons in the washing machine. Good thing I found them before I put the clothes in the dryer, right? It was a cold water load. No harm done. I checked carefully for more, found none, ran the dryer. And most of the clothes came out with yellow smears. Ruined!
I decided to use this as a laundry lesson for the girls. I can solve a lot of stain problems, but the crayon solution eluded me. We tried the usual solutions, and while the older granddaughter lamented the certain loss of her favorite shirt, and the little one sang the “I didn’t do it” refrain, I kept tried to stick with the spin cycle—Nope, that didn’t work—fully convinced that I was proving MY point. Crayon is the worst. Must not ever put them in your pocket.
One more possibility, girls. This is like a science experiment, and we know Dawn dishwashing soap is good for cleaning more than dishes. (When nothing happens we’ll move on.) We’ll rub it in a little in. Maybe we’ll soak it, but chances are…
Nana, the soap’s turning yellow.
Oh, my gosh. Maybe it’s working. It is working. This is more than a silver lining. This is an actual discovery! Gray skies are gonna clear up. It’s happy faces all around.
Have you made any surprising discoveries lately? Do you have any household tricks you’d care to share?