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Laundry on the line!?!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Beautiful bright blue, cloudless skies..got the windows open! Even have laundry hanging outback on the line.
Yes, you remember clothes lines...people used to do this to dry laundry. In the olden days, before dryers, everyone had a clothes line. You would wash things, and take them outside and use clothes pins to drape them on a clothes line. All your laundry would smell wonderfully fresh...not scent from an additive. And white things glow...just from the sun! This is a new found hobby for our family, since our dryer died, right when we returned from vacation, with 5 sets of sheets, 6 beach towels, and a weeks worth of clothes! We had to re-install a clothes line to dry things in an act of desperation! But now a month later...we are still doing it. Go figure!?
The process of buying new clothes line was nothing compared to the 3 stores we had to go to for clothes pins! All the while knowing that somewhere in our basement is a decorative little bag full of wooden pins from late 70's thru the 80's when I hung out things on a regular basis.
Laundry drying outside is a novelty...no one does it anymore...it's an oddity. Now our neighbors have all mentioned us having clothes out side drying...and I feel sure it's become part of the neighborhood talk. So I feel we are promoting closeness in our neighborhood, as they approach each other.."hey, have you seen the Pyne's have their clothes hanging out back!? What's that about!?" In the old days, the women talked over the fence to each other, while hanging laundry. You knew what was going on...and you didn't need to watch Oprah to get your advice...the older neighbor always had an answer. Recipes were shared right along with the latest neighborhood gossip. You didn't need a therapist either..you talked it out with a sympathtic neighbor! Medical advice was freely given..older Mom's knew what to do, as their kids went through it already.
And we didn't need to ask "..wonder if he wears boxers or briefs?" You knew!
It has lent new topics for my husband and I to talk about too! Weather has taken a priority...as we've had to watch for quick summer showers..."Oh, are there clothes out? It looks like rain!" And "Will you go pull the clothes in?" and the really favorite one as we settle in to sleep..."Did you bring in the clothes!?" ..has been added to : "Did you lock the door?" and "did you crate the dog?"
So for now, we just haven't replaced the dryer...kind of enjoying this forced trip back to the 80's. But Fall is about 70 days away...so winter lurks. And the remembrance of plucking stiffly frozen diapers, with my ungloved hands, in 20 degree winter winds, still looms large in my memory..and my athritic knuckles and wrists!

The weather Forecasters predicted that Thursday would be cooler, the break in a ten day heat wave, and they were right! Only going up to 86 today. Funny that 86 degrees seems such a welcome change! Today is like a gift! Although it will take about an hour longer for the laundry to dry without the high temperature! LOL! See imaginary emoticon of laundry on a line waving in the breeze!
Hope everyone is enjoying great laundry drying weather today! emoticon Theresa
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  • IOWAGRAMMA
    Hi, Theresa. I'm just getting around to reading some of the blogs from this week. Loved your comments about hanging clothes out on the line. I still hang lots and lots of things out, although I often just throw the socks and little stuff in the dryer. Nothing can compare to the fresh smell! Matter of fact, I have some things to take out right now. Hugs, Jeannie

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    2559 days ago
  • IMAYARNIE
    Oh, what memories you called up. When I was a kid we always dried the laundry on the line. Even when I was first married I did. There were still clothes lines (and clothes pins) then. Then I moved to Virginia, and most of the communities don't allow such things in your yard. can you believe that? I guess you have to live out in the country to hang clothes out anymore around here.

    Nice blog. Thanks.
    Pattie emoticon
    2560 days ago
  • REBELBLITZ
    We use our solar dryer here too! (clothes line) With 105 degrees in Texas the laudry dries quickly and smells wonderful. Saves money too and the towels and clothes last longer.

    I found clothes pins at the dollar store and also Amazon.com.

    Cheryl
    2561 days ago
  • KSNANA2
    This was really a fun read! Like the others, I remember doing this for my family as well as helping my mother. Diapers did stay really white. They may have gotten holes in them from so much use, but they were still WHITE! I say enjoy it until the cold weather comes in.
    2561 days ago
  • JOANNS4
    I love the smell of sheets line dried. Good memories.
    Thanks for a cheerful blog. emoticon
    2561 days ago
  • SRHALLIN
    Ah, the memories from my youth. Sore arms from hanging everything up and taking everything down. Playing hide and seek and tag among the hanging linens. Gulping down a cup of iced lemonade or tea in between baskets of freshly washboarded clothes. The tendonitis from trying to ring out jeans...

    Now, I feel old....

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane, tho'. :D

    Best wishes to you, as always!
    2561 days ago
  • JILL313
    Theresa, You sure brought back some good memories first of when I was young and one of my jobs was to hang the clothes on the line. Our sheets were always so fresh smelling. Then, when my sons were babies and quite young I remember hanging their diapers on the line outside and you didn't even need to use bleach as that sun got those diapers so white and fresh smelling. . .So, it's a walk down memory lane for me. Thank you for your wonderful blog and keep hanging your clothes until the weather isn't so cooperating and get your new dryer in time for the Winter--LOL!

    Hugs,

    R>Jill







    2561 days ago
  • 56ROSE
    I remember hanging laundry outside in the early 70's. I was also dieting and almost passed out due to the heat. (and lack of food)
    LOL Memories! emoticon
    2561 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/14/2011 11:19:48 AM
  • SGREFFMN
    I remember my mother hanging our laundry out to dry (and then running through it). Everything always smelled nice.

    I think our town doesn't let you have laundry lines anymore. :(


    2561 days ago
  • EGRAMMY
    Love the smell of line dried sheets etc. emoticon
    2561 days ago
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