Thursday, August 22, 2013

A "Rosy" Day

I am LOVING my clothesline!!!  The sheets came in smelling exactly as I remembered.  Ahhhhh!!!  AND... the timing of getting it put up is amazing.  The afternoon after I had hung out my sheets, my next load of laundry, which I had decided to dry in the dryer, had to be hung out as well.  Yup... our dryer went KAPUT!!!  Now we knew its days were limited, as it has been making a funky sound for a couple of months.  And it is quite old, having been in Karl's house in Massachusetts for about 15-20 years before its move to Floyd.  And the 3+ years we have been using it put it well past its prime. We will have it repaired and see how many more years it will go, but until then, my clothes will waft in the breezes and fresh sunshine.  LOVE IT!!!  God is Good!!!

It rained yesterday and I happened to notice during a lull in the showers, just how beautiful my roses are this year.  We have had lots of rain and they filled out beautifully.  And what a glorious aroma!!!  They are the heirloom variety called Don Juan!  I will have to plant more eventually.  I know there is a God, not only in my heart, but just looking around at all the beauty he has bestowed upon us. I mean... how beautiful is this!!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


This past weekend when my brother Johnny came to visit, he and Karl put in my clothesline posts.  Karl got the wires strung and today was my first day of hanging out clothes.  Oh am I thrilled!!!  There is something special about seeing sheets and dishtowels wafting in the breeze on a glorious day!!!

Growing up in on a farm in Indiana, my mother worked so hard to keep us clean and fed. With 9 children, there were LOTS of clothes on the clotheslines!!!  And we had LONG clotheslines!!!  Mine are only 22 ft, with 4 strands, but that will be more than enough for our purposes.

Tonight when I go to bed and climb between those crisp cotton sheets, it will be a wonderful reminder of how blessed I am.

I read a poem years ago about clotheslines  and thought I would share.  Enjoy!

by Marilyn K. Walker 

A clothesline was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by,
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.

For then you'd see the "fancy sheets"
And towels upon the line;
You'd see the "company table cloths"
With intricate designs.

The line announced a baby's birth
From folks who lived inside -
As brand new infant clothes were hung,
So carefully with pride!

The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed,
You'd know how much they'd grown!

It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It also said, "Gone on vacation now"
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare!

New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy and gray,
As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way .. . .

But clotheslines now are of the past,
For dryers make work much less.
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody's guess!

I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best
By what hung on the line.