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Laundry!  Hang it!

I love to do laundry.  Ever since we don't need to take dirty clothes to the river and pound it on rocks, I'm all over laundry.

I'm especially happy when I can hang clothes outside and dry them with sun and wind.   Not only is it cheap (my middle name) but it is picturesque!


In the summer, I hang clothes between 2 big maple trees.

In the winter I hang them in my fabulous basement!

I have a boiler which makes the basement toasty.  Most clothes dry overnight.


Even the dogs have their own laundry!

Even MORE dog laundry!!!


TAKING IN THE WASH by Ethel Romig Fuller, 193?
In the blue dusk when the dishes are done,
I take in the wash - it has hung in the sun
Since early morning - towels flung over
Lavender bushes, the heads of red clover;
Pillowslips, napkins, bearing the stamp
Of white currant clusters, now dewy-damp;
(My tall lemon lilies, my row of sweetpeas,
Are not so deliciously fragrant as these!)
Sheets, which have billowed all day in the wind ---
I linger to fold them, when they're unpinned ...
Dusk, and a garden, four o'clock-starred;
A basket of clean clothes in a back yard...
Something of this quiet interlude stays ---
Something none may define --- with a woman always.


I have a "club" for those who hang laundry.  When I drive around town and I see some clothes on a line, I give them my "laundry award kit" which I keep in my car.  It contains a certificate of laundryness and an autographed clothes pin.  ha ha.  Maybe YOU will get one!

Join us in our fight for the right to save energy!!!


Earthday Article from the Oregonian, 21 April, 2007

(In which I make the front page of the newspaper!!!)


Great article from the NY Times


"Warshing" Clothes Recipe.........
Years ago an Alabama grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe:

Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water. Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert. Shave one hole cake of lie soap in boilin water.

Sort things, make 3 piles
1 pile white,
1 pile colored,
1 pile work britches and rags.
To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boiling water.
Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and boil, then rub colored don't boil just wrench and starch.
Take things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then wrench, and starch.
Hang old rags on fence.

Spread tea towels on grass.

Pore wrench water in flower bed. Scrub porch with hot soapy water.

Turn tubs upside down.

Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs.. Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.


Aren't these cute????


 by artist Jeanne Henry 



My new laundry cart!  I bought it for $20 at a thrift store.  Dan says I should have just gone shopping at a Laundromat.  It would have been cheaper!  Dan!!!


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