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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Making hard choices: front or top loader.. slim or energy-saving? A washing machine post.


Hello everybody!

Life is so much simpler these days. Everything revolves around a single button! Washing clothes without having to rinse, dry or soak is just a blessing in disguise. 
Earlier, people had to soak their clothes in soap water for hours together, then scrub the stubborn dirt, rinse and then dry the clothes. Drying also took days together. However, with the introduction of washing machines, washing the clothes became easier. The machines would dry the clothes at least 70 to 80 per cent and the already half dried clothes would be done in no time.

 Do you wish to know how washing machines evolved? 
Let us discover...

Earlier, people used to clean their clothes by pounding them on hard rocks or scrubbing them with abrasive sands and wash away the dirt in rivers or lakes. In Rome, people used to clean their clothes using the fat found in the ashes of sacrificial animals as soap.

Wash-day.

The first washing machine was called as the scrub board and was invented in the year 1797. In 1851, American James King discovered and patented the first washing machine to use a drum. However it was still hand powered and did not work by itself.
Then in 1858, William Blackstone of Indiana built a washing machine for his wife. This washing machine removed and washed away dirt from the clothes. This was the first official washing machine that could be used at home.

Here's a question we now get rarely asked.

In 1908, Hurley Machine Company of Chicago invented the Thor machine. This was the first washing machine that was electric-powered and had a galvanized tub and an electric motor. The earlier washing machines had heavy, cast-iron mechanism mounted on the tub lid. This made the washing machine heavier and bulky.


The introduction of a metal tub and reduction gears in later years replaced this bulky apparatus and by 1920 the production of coppered wooden tub completely stopped. Also, the machine made lot of noise because of the bulky metal tub. 

What I like about this advertisment is the emphasys on
wearing your best for shopping utilities
We underestimate the fact that a washing machine
was a HUGE deal back in "roaring" twenties

The tub was now copper ribbed and made of metals like nickel or nickel-chromium plated. Another modification that was made was covering the tubs with white enamelled sheet metal to make cleaning process easier. 


By early 1950s, American companies started manufacturing washing machines with spin dry feature and this replaced the old wringer which while drying the clothes would remove the buttons or cause accidents involving hair and hands. 



In 1957, the first washing machine with five push buttons was introduced. This involved wash temperature, rinse temperature, agitation speed and spin speed.

 
I think this was a revolution, my friends
From using your whole body and acking for days on
to a simgle "push of a button"
doping laundry became... really easy.

Slowly, more features were added and today we have a variety of washing machines with different features and styles to help us out and make life simpler and easier.

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Nowadays, the questions are multiple.
1. How wide: from 33cm to 60 cm?
This tells you weather your machine is to be fitted in a tight space, for example: if you are living in one of those (student friendly" flats that have only 24 meters quare (260 square feet). These are popular with students; hence it's name. They have a tiny hallway, a bathroom and opne room that may or may not have a small divide between "kitchen area" and everything else.
2. How deep: 44cm or 60cm?
Again, depending on where you want to queeze in your washing machine, you may want to save up on space, and otp for a smaller size.. make sure to measure the doorway - there were cases of ladies picking with their hearts, and later on realizing that the item itself can not pass the door.
3. What is your prefered centrifuge number?
To all of us who fail to comprehend mechanics - this in the number of resocultions per minute that the "drum" of your machine makes.. or, even more simply: it's how fast it spins your laundry.
4. What's it's charge way?
Do you laod your laundry from the front, or do you prefer opening a lid and filling from top? Both have their advantages, and both are to be considered wisely.
5. What's the capacity in weight?
Maybe the most important question of them all. This tells you how much stuff you can put in your machine and it's important if you're a mom with a husband, 3 kids and elderly parents all under one roof (then chose the largest one, that can fit up to 9 kilograms of laundry - that's almost 20 pounds)
6. Last, but not least: what enery grade it should be?
It's all about saving. Sure, at first it might seem like it does not matter weather it's a grade A+ or something in the line of A+++10% (say what?!) :) This is how you save up on bills. Remember when you swiched your old light-bulbs for an "energy" ones? Same goes for all utensils.

So.. 
After a large consideration of many, many things.. I have made a list of desired features. 
I will have my washing machine in the kitchen (Well, it's so British, right? Actually, it's more complicated: having electric sockets in the bathroom is a dangerous and in places even prohibited). 
1. SPACE. The room organization asks for a "tight fitting" space, comfortably placed next to my dishwashing station (no, I do not plan on being one of the "electric dish washer" owners, since I don't have that much dishes anyway). 
2. ENERGY. Next, saving up on bills is a key to living alone and, something like a A+ grade machine therefore is a "must". 
3. CAPACITY. As previously mentioned I plan on living alone (for a while... yeah) and not much laundry will need washing. 
4. ERGONOMY. Lastly, due to it's "corner" position, bending and kneeling in fron ot if would prove difficult, so filling it up frontaly is a harder option.

With all in mind
this is my choice:

It's a top-loading, grade A+ machine
with 800 resolutions per minute and 
6 kilograms of capacity


Have you made these considerations when you chose your machine?
What was your "most important" feature?  
If you have anything to add to this, do let me know.
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Have a great day.
Marija

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Love Story: Rapture at homecoming time


Hello everybody

Early?
Says who it's early?!
I'm up for a while now. I like to welcome the day, to smell the fresh morning air, to actually witness the glowing suns way up, up in the sky.. and to take my first coffee of the day..

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Before we head on with our healthy dose of romance, let me first THANK all of you who had such kind words about my little blog's birthday and about me buying a house (I know: you all are waiting on more news, some pictures, etc.. and I'll have all that for you - soon).

For now: a story. :)







Reminds me (way too much) of miss Veronica Lake.. with that amazing-looking hair. And: is it just me or all the girls in these stories tend to be absolutely gorgeous? (no luck for us "even less than regular", ah? :)

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Oh, well.. at least the sun is shining, the air is clear and it's a day off work - so I say: all is well, we are fine and life is worth enjoying it!
Marija

Friday, 26 June 2015

Happy BLOG-day everybody! ...Oh, and...


Happy day everybody!!!

This blog is celebrating
it's 2nd birthday!!


In these past two years, I feel that I have grown a lot - not chaning my hight (I'm still 1 meter and 73 centimeters tall), but my emotional strenght and coping has grown significantly... thanks to many of your wonderful comments, and thanks to new friendships I have formed solely by being "one of the gals" that tend to type her life's tale on this blogoshpere.



This little blog, as it's description writes, is an eclectic space where I collect all the ramblings, texts, photos, scans.. that I find interesting and worth sharing. I write "little" not because of it's size (note here: some of my posts are image-heavy, simply because I love sharing scanned images from magazines - and it's seems to me that you like those).. I call this blog "little" because it's not having any "reviews", no "sponsored" posts.. however, I do have a constant craving for growth.

I've changed my looks.. over and over: 

I was a red-head for some time.
(than there was that "problem" with my hairdresser)

After my hair "recovered" a bit.. you are able to see
my real hair-color.

Later that year,
my hair went a bit lighter... and a bit longer

...and longer..

We're here right now
(who know where it'll lead on) :)

Over the past two years I have been gardening myself, trying to inspire you to start (or continue) gardening.. 

I've shown some lovely ideas..

There were numerous post on etiquette and manners (in our homes, in the way we dress up, in the way we act as human beings).

Yes - there's even a post about slurping our tea

What else was there?!
Well, there was one BIG DREAM of mine:

I have searched for a perfect house for a long time.... and posted many, many ideas over the time. Some of them are house plans, some are decorating ideas... (darn it I have even posted about colored toilets, just so you know!)

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And that leads us to this point:

Yes.
I did.
Honestly, truly.. YES. :)

I can not even begin to express my personal happiness, or the emotional turmoil that lead till today; I can only try an explain it with the usage of exclamation marks, you know, like:
I am so happy!

To all of you who are with me all this time: THANK YOU for sticking around. To all my new friends a warm: welcome. To a random stranger: feel free to "look around", you just might find something interesting in this "flea-market" blog of mine. :)

Have a magnificent day, beautiful people..
Marija

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Burda Wednesday: January 1958, part I


Hello everybody.

Welcome to January 1958.
Let's take a look at what was on back in the day:
January 1 - The European Economic Community (EEC) is founded.
January 4 – Sputnik 1 (launched on October 4, 1957) falls to Earth from its orbit and burns up.
January 20 – Anne de Vries releases the fourth and final volume of Journey Through the Night.
January 31 – The first successful American satellite, Explorer 1, is launched into orbit.

And, in the world of fashion
new Burda magazine was issued:




Bags and bangles
beautiful items, for your everyday use.

Siemens is still a brand of choice
for many housewives over here
(it's long existance tell you why)

This shapewear shows you 
what is a TRUE difference is fitting a dress on your body
(no "fatty wobble" back in the day)

"Start your new year"
amazing color, don't you agree?
...just a little bit of flight-attendant feel goeas a long way.

Fresh and modern
this is what was "in": stripped materials in bold colors

Look at this lady in gray:
perfect for an office, 
and her is not dull due to red gloves and gorgeous hat.

It's all about details.

"..so we travel to the winter holidays"
Traveling in style. :)

"Convenient and practical"
Ever wondering how to protect your delicate neckline from frost?!
Here's how.

Some folks have issues with pant that are tight around ankles
I say: they prevent cold air from "rising up the leg" :)

"Nights in the cottage"
...oho1 we're having a party! :) 

Here's a magnificent page featuring all new 
outfit and shoe ideas

Amazing patterns for gentleman.

What better way to advertise a cooling-equipment
than a penguin?!

Interesting shirts.

"With a personal touch"
Indeed, it is.

Every iten on this page is adorable.
A red and navy-green combination is quite appealing.

What's new in January:
the small wool-dress.

In case any of you is feeling like "not dooling up" today, take another look at these amazing images. I, too have days of not caring.. and those moods are sometins hard to fight off without some "visual aid". I hope these pages inspire you, my friends.
Marija

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Love Story:I played with fire


Hello everybody.

Whenever a story begins with words "..a haze of treachery and deceit" you just know it's going to be a good one. So, let me give you one such story on this Sunday morning:










..that's what you get when giving a lift to a stranger in the night, dear Fay! :)

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All in all, it sure was a fun story. I hope it stirred you up just enough for you to spend a wonderful day, to be filled with energy and poise... and if something great happens, do tell all about it. 
As for me (my apologizes to all of you who can't cope with this).. I've got some chicken that needs, err.. plucking. :)
Marija