Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Hanging Out the Wash
My mother does laundry everyday. A lot of the time, she just does it by hand and then hangs it out. I save our laundry until I get enough for a load and then use the washer. We rarely use the dryer, preferring to save energy and electricity costs by hanging our clothes out on the line.
When we first moved to Illinois, our little village in the 'burbs had certain Covenants that you just did not break. We didn't quite know the extent of those COVENANTS until we moved in. In fact, at one time they restricted who could live there. That totally blew us away!
I remember going to a garage sale with Peggy (Musings of Meggie)when she bumped into her old teacher (I think that's who it was.) After looking at me he asked her what happened to the covenants. I remember how much that shook me up.
Times have certainly changed in the Village since then, thank goodness. Oh dear... I got diverted again, didn't I? Anyway, back to those covenants.
I did read the covenants which said I could only hang my clothes on a line in the backyard hidden from view, only on the weekdays, and not on holidays. We followed those rules and installed a portable clothes line that I could take down when I wasn't using it. Our neighbors (older, retired colonel and wife) who lived across the street actually came over to ask if I'd read the covenants because he thought clothes hanging wasn't allowed at all. I explained that I had read the covenants and would abide by them. You'd think we wouldn't get along with those neighbors wouldn't you? They became one of our dearest friends who watched over us and made sure we would be welcome by everyone they knew.
In fact....... oh dear.... I'm digressing again.
I did hang my clothes out until we renovated that home and the clothes line couldn't fit in that backyard space again.
So here I am back in Hawaii hanging my clothes out again. But now... hanging your laundry out is endorsed by Hawaiian Electric to conserve energy. Nice to know.