Another Urban Homekeeper Challenge: to seek out and learn new ways to be frugal
I had mentioned before that we are having to figure out ways to lower our bills. One of the bills that really needs to be lowered is our electric bill. One of the ways to do that is hanging clothes out to dry, so I had Sir Husband in all his mightiness, build me a clothes line.
This isn’t my first clothes line. We had one of those nifty umbrella types. You know the ones; they are square and there is never enough room to hang clothes on them. At some frustrating point, you try to clip a clothes pin on and the whole clothes line will start to turn. It’s like it is alive and doesn’t want to be pinned. You get your exercise for the day, just chasing the clothes line around and around. Sort of like a rat in a wheel.
I hated that umbrella line. It was in the shade, we have lots of shade and the clothes rarely dried in this humid, shady place, called Florida. I stopped hanging clothes out there. The only things you would find hanging there were over sized stuffed toys, life jackets, and ballet tights. I had to stop hanging the tights out there, because squirrels would take off with them. Maybe they look good in tights, I don’t know.
One day the good Lord blessed me by sending down a large branch right on top of the clothes line. 🙂
I told the husband I wanted a real line this time. One that was long with several rows of lines. He didn’t fail me. He even got the young man out there to help.
This line in now in half sun and half shade. Our neighbors had to cut down a huge Hickory Tree last year and that let in some light. The line works well. Lots of room for large items like sheets and blankets, which we needed last week.
The girls like to come out and help…
Mostly they like to watch.