Little House on the Prairie

It sounds insane to say it, but it’s absolutely true. The Crone feels like Ma from Little House on the Prairie. She is allegedly a busy executive with a fashionable pied a terre close to the center of the nation’s capital but today she donned a metaphorical bonnet and toiled at the homestead which might as well be in the Ingalls’ home state of Minnesota because certainly there’s enough snow. First she took a plunger to the blocked sink. Then she handwashed a whole pile of dishes that she retrieved from the dishwasher, which isn’t working because of the problem with the sink. Then she dropped her cell phone in the sink and it promptly stopped working too. The late 19th century closed in on the hapless Crone: no means of communication other than letter writing (well, blogging), dishpan hands and no running water. It was hateful. Pulling on her galoshes ( I kid you not) she walked to the hardware store (sadly not run by the Olson’s–although given its Dupont Circle location it is no stranger to Nellies) and bought something strong to shift the last of what ails the drains. “Do you have a garbage disposal?” asked the storekeeper “Yes” said the Crone “But it doesn’t work (probably because it thinks its the 1870s and it hasn’t been invented yet)” ” No matter” said the storekeeper ” You can’t pour this down the sink. You’ll have holes everywhere. You need to go home and remove the trap and give it a good clean and then pour this straight through before you reconnect the disposal.”  Remove the trap?  What next? Deer skinning? Tatting? Building an extension from logs? The Crone is more than ready for the snow to go–and for her to go back to work.

About Liz Barron

US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger,cook, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveler.
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2 Responses to Little House on the Prairie

  1. Woah, Nellie! Watch the tatting diss! LOL! Tatting’s not as old and archaic as one might think.;) There’s lots of us who tat and use computers and stuff! It’s actually quite awesome!
    Hope things get better for you. Sounds like a rough day!

  2. Pingback: Homage to Aretha and the Little People-Things you Find on the Internet « Blarneycrone’s Weblog

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