A Green Bean Mystery

10 Mar

What’s that? I wondered as I pulled the laundry out of the washing machine. The bottom of the drum of my front loader. I reached in, thankful I no longer owned a top loader that would require me to jump up to get my hips in a position where I could lever my short self into a position where I could reach the bottom.

I pulled out green beans.

I stopped for a moment wondering how they got in the washer. I’d cooked some beans for a salad on the weekend. Had I put some in a pocket? I pulled out a few more beans. Were they on the cloth I’d set on my lap as I snapped off the ends? I reached in yet again. With each extraction I assumed I’d found them all, but every time I looked I saw more. I reached again. And again.

Somewhere between those last two forays into the drum, I had a theory about the mysterious appearance of the green beans..

After boiling and cooling the green beans, I drained them then set them on a tea towel to dry. When I was ready to assemble the salad, I shook the tea towel over the bowl containing the other ingredients. I then tossed the tea towel into the washing machine. My theory was that some of the green beans clung to the tea towel in a last desperate effort to keep from being eaten.

All those years of reading Nancy Drew certainly honed my detective skills.

8 Responses to “A Green Bean Mystery”

  1. Chrissy Garrison March 10, 2021 at 7:59 am #

    Love this! I kept picturing a child who didn’t want to eat green beans putting them in there!

  2. arjeha March 10, 2021 at 8:14 am #

    I think you have a second career just waiting for you. Did Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys ever solve the mysterious green bean caper?

  3. jumpofffindwings March 10, 2021 at 8:19 am #

    Yay for Nancy Drew, and by extension, you. Oh my gosh, I can imagine your surprise. I admit green beans have never graced the bottom of the drum, (top loader for me. I found out you’re vertically challenged from this post.) but a lot of guitar picks and paper towels, for sure.

  4. WOWilkinson March 10, 2021 at 9:15 am #

    I was waiting for you to out the family member who hates green beans.
    I guess there are worse things that could go through the washer; I once pulled a bat (not for baseball) out of our washer.

    • Adrienne March 10, 2021 at 9:25 am #

      YIKES! That would be truly terrifying.

  5. hzreflections March 10, 2021 at 1:29 pm #

    Haha- I loved this post. What a random find- but I am glad you solved the mystery!

  6. Lisa Corbett March 10, 2021 at 1:35 pm #

    I have a top loader and it is not built for short people! Sometimes I find weird things in there too. I’ve stopped trying to figure out where they came from.

  7. Kristy L March 10, 2021 at 4:12 pm #

    Haha!! I find a lot of dog treats in my washer or dryer, but so far no green beans! I like your detective work and I kind of miss Nancy Drew!

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