I really like using cloth napkins. Not everyday, but whenever we have company and sometimes for a special meal for just the two of us. Then I wash the napkins and fold them and put them aside for "next time I am ironing". The trouble is that I don't iron as much as I think I do and the clean napkins start to pile up.
My mom was the queen of ironing (or maybe the witch of ironing). She ironed everything: pillowcases, sheet hems, underwear. Yes, really. She would lug out the heavy ironing board and iron and set it up in the dining room. Then she would get the previously "sprinkled" bag of rolled up and now damp ironing out of the refrigerator and begin the task. As we got older, we were required to take our turn and minute inspection took place to see if we met her standard.
The former owner of this house built in an ironing station. There is a fairly unobtrusive cabinet behind a door that is rarely closed. Inside the cabinet is a pull down ironing board, a shelf for the iron and the spray bottle. There is also an outlet and a small spotlight that shines on the board. It makes setting up very quick and easy.
So now I have a nice drawer full of freshly ironed napkins ready for the next special meal.
Michael DeMeng is coming in April, Teesha and Tracy in June and Pam Sussman in October. Info will be online in late January.