Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Is Your Lint a Reflection of You?

Maybe, or maybe it's just a reflection of your clothes. I just cleaned my lint filter and this is what I found.

Nothing too exciting as far as lint goes. Not like a good wad of red lint from the dryer after a blanket had tumbled dry, all fluffy and looking like it's missing from Santa's suit. Nope, this is just a grayish-blue wad and on the small size to boot.

Nothing to write home about but good enough for this blog.

I've been wearing a lot of blue and black lately so it's no wonder my lint is this color. It's "winter" here in Arizona and "cold." My "winter" "cold-weather" clothes are mostly black--sweatpants and shirts. Of course, cold and winter are relative terms. I saw the bottom of an orange tree wrapped in a white tarp on my bike ride today. I guess it has been getting a little chilly at night and the owner doesn't want the oranges to freeze. So, if the tarp were washed and dried, I guess the lint would be white. Orange would be prettier.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Linty Christmas

Merry Linty Christmas and Happy Lint Year.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Belly Button Lint Bears, Oh My!

Etsy is a great marketplace for buying and selling. In fact, it is "Your place to buy & sell all things handmade."

All things homemade, like Teddy bears made of belly button lint. Okay, maybe they're not actually made from belly button lint, but it is LINT! And bettyraecase sells these cute critters in her Etsy shop.

Check out bettyraecase here.

These little fellers are adorable with a capital A! Rachel, the brains behind bettyraecase, describes these guys thusly:

These charming, tiny teddys are made of lint and even have eyes and a nose! They come in a 2.5" glass jar with a cork and label. Each teddy-in-a-jar comes in a black satin satchel to keep them safe and precious.

A great small gag gift for just about anyone who likes to laugh! Wonderful for curiosity collectors! Never fails to start a conversation!

Mice and rabbits coming soon!
I ask you, what have you made with lint today?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Lint in Word Games

I just spelled 'linty' in Wordscraper, a Scrabble-like game on Facebook.

It was one of those crazy, random boards with all sorts of added squares with 5W, 2W, 3L, etc. values sprinkled in.

Scored 109 points.

Lint rules!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Lint Filter is born

Lint has always held a special place in my heart. It all started as a child on cold winter days when Mom ran the clothes dryer, which was situated in a corner of the kitchen. The big, white Norge was noisy and tended to walk around its corner of the room a little bit, but a good shove with your hip put it back in its place.

My job, for as long as I can remember, was to remove the length of pantyhose that was affixed to the hose with a rubber band, black with ink from the newspaper. The hose stuck out in the kitchen and I had to remove the lint from that pantyhose. It was like peeling a soft blob of fur from the hide. But not in a gross way; in a warm, fuzzy way, literally.

Before we knew it, we were all grown up and we had clothes dryers of our own. One sister, you know who you are MarySue, did a lot of laundry. It was second nature to us, the other three sisters, to trot down to the basement at her house and empty the clothes (there were always clothes) from the washer into the dryer, or on nice days, haul the clothes out to the clothesline.

One day Doris, the compulsive cleaning sister of the bunch, brought up a wad of dryer lint that was as impressive a specimen as I've ever seen.

Impressive is actually an understatement.

It was large.

As large as a football, maybe even a basketball. How it stayed trapped in the lint filter is baffling. Did MarySue keep a fire extinguisher close by? But Doris freed the lint wad and brought it to the kitchen for all to see! And we took turns feeling its heft, marveling at the colors, analyzing it for hair (or lack thereof) in its mass.

This sealed the deal. Lint has been a favorite in our family ever since.


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