The Frugal Girl has given me a guilt complex. All week she has been blogging about cold water washing and line drying. I'm pretty good about the washing part, although I do use warm for whites, but I've been using my dryer almost daily this summer. Hey, I have an excuse! We bought our Arizona property in April of 2004. One of the first things I did was buy a clothesline, because about 99% of the time the weather down there is perfect for drying outside. Only once since then have I had to make a trip to the laundromat to dry my clothes, so I think I've done quite well. Unfortunately, the clothesline I bought, the only one I could find at Home Depot, was a piece of junk.
And that's exactly where it ended up the following winter, in the junk yard.
I was telling my dear little sister about it, and she said she happened to have the kind I was looking for, brand new, in the box, and that I could have it. So the winter of 2005-06 I used her clothesline, which was the kind I wanted, but....it just happened to be missing some of its parts, so I had to substitute 2x2s for poles. Needless to say, I was NOT satisfied. Recycled that one to a neighbor who just wanted the lines.
All this time, I had a lovely, sturdy umbrella type clothesline in my backyard here in WA. And I actually used it! However, I also had a very nice dryer here, and none in Arizona (we live a very simple life through the winter months). So the following winter my clothesline made the trip south, and that is where it remained.
I was perfectly happy using my dryer every wash day in the summer, and my clothesline in the winter.
Until this week.
So Saturday I went out to the garage and found a fifty-foot rope. I took it out to that big, never used dog kennel, the one that sits in the corner of my garden and may someday be a giant, expensive trellis for pole beans. I looped it and tied it and stretched it back and forth and...I made myself a clothesline!
Frugal Girl, I hung my laundry to dry today. Aren't you proud of me?