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April 22, 2012


Marcia Talley

LOL, Elaine! Will definitely snag a copy of this one at Malice. You know how much I love boating!

I remember that my grandmother used to wash and starch the table linens, and she would never dream of putting an unironed sheet on a bed! She had a mangle in the kitchen on which she pressed everything, including my grandfather's handkerchiefs.

Deb Romano

Wow! Yacht life is so different from MY life!

I would love to hear how you researched this, Elaine. On occasion I have met people who worked on yachts, but they definitely worked on "lower class"yachts,compared to one in your book.

Elaine Viets

The yacht I wrote about is big, but not the biggest. This one is 143 feet, but doesn't have a submarine or a helicopter. Somehow, the owners make do, Deb.

Elaine Viets

My mom also ironed sheets, Marcia. God bless the woman -- and it was a woman -- who invented permanent press.

Mary S.

My sister and I ironed many a bedsheet and tablecloth in our day. Thank goodness for modern times. :)

Elaine, I'll miss seeing you and the other Femmes at Malice. I'm taking a break this year. But looking forward to the new book! Have fun.

Elaine Viets

I ironed my father's shirts and handkerchiefs, too, Mary, and when we damped down starched laundry we had to iron it that day or it would mildew in the Missouri humidity.
Don't miss ironing at all. But I will miss seeing you at Malice this year.

Margaret Maron

What? You didn't have a refrigerator, Elaine? Dampened laundry will last several days in a plastic bag in the fridge. I speak from experience.

Elaine Viets

The fridge was full of food, Margaret. I was the oldest of four kids.

Marcia Talley

Elaine, how wonderful that it was a woman who invented permanent press! But tell me this: why does my iron have a "wash and wear" setting on it?

Elaine Viets

A man designed it.

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