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Sunday Stills: Grandma Added Bluing for Sparkling Whites

With winter still in full swing in the northern hemisphere, Terri from Sunday Stills wanted to challenge us all to look at and photograph objects that are the color white. If you live in or around snow, then show us your snowy scenes. If not, the color white is all around us. 

Grandma was a stickler for bright white laundry. I remember her adding bluing to her wash when all sheets and towels were white and men wore white shirts. Using bleach alone turned her whites increasingly yellow.

Where I could, I found pictures with blue the skies to brighter the whites. Did it work?


It must descend, as the dew, upon the tender herb, or like melting flakes of snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.

 Jeremiah Seed
Peavine Trail Prescott

Prescott snow is almost completely gone.


It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

C. S. Lewis


“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling the emptiness we didn’t ever know we had”

Thom Jones
White puppy

Puppy Girl always ready with love.

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  1. I remember growing up – the little old ladies in my town adding bluing to their hair to keep it bright white. If they overdid it they had this blue purple sheen! Guess I will keep my white just natural!

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    • Isn’t it fabulous, Charli? I listened for a very long time, too. I’m finding that if I take the time to read comments and respond, a normal 4 minute video runs out on me. I thought it would be better to have one that you stop playing when you want to stop. 🙂

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    • I started out writing about my daily experiences, Jim. Then I kept running into technical problems, so I blogged about those. Then I tried to write a novel, so I blogged about that. Through It all I’ve loved the challenges, particularly the photo challenges. So I started interviewing people who did them. That turned into a permanent thing for me. And I kept on following even more challenges. Finally Hugh and I started chatting about him doing a guest post for me. He offered to do a Halloween story. That turned into a regular feature, Story Chat. Then Colleen asked me to host Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays, which had not been active for about four years. That hasn’t been too popular as a challenge, but it seems that people want to read it and respond. So I’m debating. It has taught me to use more quotes in my writing, and less of me. I think that’s a good thing to combine the two of them. The thing is that you can write as much or little as you want. It’s your blog. You were a teacher, you can write about your experiences, your advice, or your subject matter, your special interests. Anything goes, it’s your blog. You can read someone else’s blog and see a great post that you love and reblog it or ask them to write a guest post for you, or collaborate on a post like I did with Lisa. There are so many possibilities and they all have YOUR name on them. ! 🙂

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  2. Hi Marsha, as usual, your posts are fun, positive and nail the theme on the head in a grand way! I giggled at your huge patch of snow. We barely have any left after the 3-4 inches we got when I took all those photos a week ago! Temps made it into the 50s as this is the first day of meteorological spring! And I have spring fever so badly I resigned from that part-time job after two weeks. It wasn’t for me after all and I long to be retired! thanks for sharing the links and building community and I’m so happy you met Natalie! She is such a huge inspiration for fitness! If I lived close to her, I would be in tip-top shape! Darling pic of Puppy Girl!


  3. Precious photo of PG with her little paw up. Oh, bluing. I remember it in a bottle. Wonder if I can still buy it. I love my sheets, but they are getting more and more yellow. Thanks for the fun. I do wonder how many hour/week you spend on these blogs.

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    • Right now a lot. I had to self-quarantine because of the COVID test. Then they were unable to get any results, so they advise more self-quarantine. I have a COVID shot on Wed. then I figure I’ll be good to go. We did get out for a few walks and to have wine with our neighbors. But basically, right now, I stay home much of the time. 🙂


  4. These are great photos Marsha! Love the story about the laundry. there were a few summers not too long ago that I did do some drying of the laundry outside on a line. It was kind of fun.

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    • I did that when we first moved to CA and were poor and it seemed a shame to waste all that great August sunshine. The grass had been burned under the clothesline, and I did not count on such a strong wind. You know what happened, I’m sure, I quit worrying about wasting sunshine. 🙂


    • Thank you, Natalie. Her name is Kalev, which means dog in Hebrew – long story. We call her Puppy Girl or PG or Peegeeweegee. She comes to anything really. She’s almost 12 now and doesn’t look as sparkly, but is our sweetie pie. 🙂


  5. Hi, Marsha – It worked! Your pictures with the blue skies did make the whites seem brighter. Thank you for this fun and creative post. Thank you also for linking to other #SundayStills posts. I love visiting as many of them as I can.

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    • Thanks so much, Dishita. It must be from watching Tina Schell use them and hosting Writer’s Quotes Wednesday. It’s amazing how they match up. Quotes say it much better than I can! 🙂

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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