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Liberated from the Ironing Board January 14, 2013

Editor’s Note: This article originally ran in Julie’s Fresh Air in 2008.

By Pennee Murphree, guest blogger for Julie’s Fresh Air

This morning I decided to put a pretty new ironing board pad on my old ironing board. I bought it about a month ago and am finally getting around to putting it on. I don’t iron all that much anymore.


I was disappointed that the new pad didn’t fit so I decided to take off the old one instead of covering it up like I usually do.


After I cut the first one off, there was another one, and another one and another one. The first was from the 90s and it was plaid. The next one was from the 80s and was southwest and the next one was a horrible 70s floral of the colors I must have liked at that time. The last one had cats on it. I never have liked cats so I don’t understand why I ever used that one.

House maid ironing a lace doily with GE electr...

House maid ironing a lace doily with GE electric iron (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The ironing board must be about fifty years old because it’s the only one I’ve ever had since I’ve been married. It was probably a wedding gift. When Pat and I were first married I not only ironed his shirts but his levies and his hankies. Around the time I decided to sign my name Pennee Murphree instead of Mrs. Pat Murphree I also decided just to iron his shirts and fold his levies and hankies right out of the dryer. Now I don’t even iron his shirts and he doesn’t even seem to mind.


By the way the new ironing board pad fits now. Looks good!



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1. Susie Ysaguirre-Zinkie - April 4, 2008

The simple pleasures of life and love everylasting! You are always my inspiration, Mrs. Murph!

2. Lynne Hartke - January 14, 2013

My youngest now works at Men’s Wearhouse and has to be very nicely dressed. It’s time to teach him to iron!