Wednesday, January 19, 2011

clothes line

We moved into this house four years ago.  Four years ago!  In that time we have done so much around here- rewired the whole house, new plumbing, put in CHA, new roof, built walls, rebuilt the floor, finished the floor, repainted the interior (several times- ahem), painted the exterior, put in garden boxes, put in some grass, built a shed, built a bathroom, rehabbed a bathroom, and 800 other things that I can't exactly recall right now.  One of the things on my list of homesteading needs was a clothes line.  What respectable homesteader doesn't have a clothes line?

I'll tell you who-


I was that person draping diapers over the porch railing, pinning sheets to the trampoline, tying up ropes in the back yard making make shift spider web lines all over the place.  Call me Anasazi.  But with all of the other real needs, the clothes line kept being put on the back burner.

For my birthday this year, John gave me a clothes pin bag and a set of 100 clothes pins.  I looked at him and without missing a beat said "where is it?".  He had built it the week before and hidden it behind our shed.  After he showed me the poles that morning, he went ahead and set it all up.

Can I say, that I adore this clothes line?  Is that too strong a word?  Well, I do.  I just adore it.  I love that he didn't make it look like every other clothes line.  He made it just for me.  The poles look like telephone poles, he strung the wires to look line phone wires and carefully wrapped them around the porcelain electrical thingies (the technical term) he found in our attic.

And then, there are the love birds.    After he had set them into the concrete he showed me how he placed the love birds facing the west- so they could watch the sun set together.


I love this man of mine.


Hendrick Family said...

This is the sweetest!! I love the details. Who knew a clothes line could be a work of art? John. That's who.

And adore is not too strong of a word. Hanging clothes is beautiful. One of my favorite things about Haiti.

(here's a laundry tip an older lady on campus taught me...take the shirts out of the washing machine and go ahead and hang them on clothes hangers. Then hang the clothes hangers from the line. Then when the shirts are dry...take them straight to the closet. I love this!)

I still fluff my towels in the dryer...cause I like 'em fluffy.

Hooray for your laundry!

affectioknit said...

That is so awesome! I love my clothesline too!'s too cold to use it right now as frozen clothes are not so nice...Enjoy!

Kellybird said...

oh my word. i love the clothes line! he really should teach classes or something... he's got a gift for sure.

Mommy, M.D. said...

It's beautiful! I love it.

Rachel said...

That is so cute! I love that he personalized a clothesline of all things. Happy hanging!

Rosie_Kate said...

Yeah, that's pretty much awesome.

Amanda said...

Ooh, a clothesline with love birds!! What could be cuter?! Lol. I am ashamed to say I had a clothesline and actually took it down. After years of hanging heavy diapers it sagged down to a hazardous height just as the boys got tall enough to catch their necks on it running past. Need to find a new spot for one.

One of our hens was cackling like crazy this morning, and sure enough, she's the third to start laying again!

2littlehooligans said...

oh great idea, thanks for sharing with me:)

Anonymous said...

This is great! I got on the web to look for a clothesline idea, as I have asked my hubby to put one up for me. Where did he get the love birds? That is just greatness!!