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H has a bad habit of asking me, when my eyes are closing for the night, if his clothes are clean. And by this he means, is all his laundry washed, dried, hung, and folded. “If it isn’t washed, it won’t get washed,” I mumbled at 1:15 am this morning. 

We had only moments before pulled into our driveway from an away game, stealing into our house quietly as though we were burglars not wanting to alarm the neighbors. And…that alarm would be sounding in less than three hours to wake us in time to be on the road again in the dark hours of early morning.  I didn’t think I was going to be functioning too well at an all-day marching festival on a scant three hours of sleep. 

Everything is washed and there is a load in the dryer if you just have to have something out of there.” And with that said, I closed my eyes. Can you tell I wasn’t going to worry about it? 

This morning H comes into the living room peering over the mound of clothes he’s holding, still warm from the dryer, and dumps them on the sofa next to me as I’m tying my shoes. “Weren’t there enough clothes in your closet? Did you need something out of here?” I questioned him knowing the majority of his clothing was hanging up. 

“I need a pair of slacks,” he said, pulling the one and only pair out of the pile. They were his favorite grey khakis. 

Hmmm? Slacks? I don’t believe Andrew would ever call a pair of his pants ‘slacks’, I thought as H headed down the hall to put ‘a press on his slacks’. Andrew would never say that either. 





Ink is a liquid or paste that contains pigments or dyes and is used to color a surface to produce an image, text, or design. Ink is used for drawing or writing with a pen, brush, or quill. Thicker inks, in paste form, are used extensively in letterpress and lithographic printing.

Ink can be a complex medium, composed of solvents, pigments, dyes, resins, lubricants, solubilizers, surfactants, particulate matter, fluorescents, and other materials. The components of inks serve many purposes; the INK’S carrier, colorants, and other additives affect the flow and thickness of the INK and its appearance when dry.

A tattoo is a form of body modification, made by inserting indelible INK into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment

What is your favorite form of using INK? To write, to draw, to decorate your body? I usually use pencil when I write in longhand, sketch or doodle and I’ve sworn off tattoos for life, so that leaves INK for me to use at a whole other level of medium.

sneaky little devil!

If you want a permanent  INK mark on yours or your loved ones clothing do as I do and toss one of those slim writing tools filled with INK into the washer with a load of laundry.  For a more permanent piece of art throw it into the dryer with that load. I promise you that artwork of yours is now sealed for life!

not good!




Of course it’s my fault when this happens. “You need to check my pockets,” is the laundry day advice I get from H – someone who doesn’t even know how to turn on the machine. He’s a big boy and old enough to empty his pockets before he chucks his clothing into next to the basket. Don’t you think?


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