Letters to the Editor from the Spring 2018 Issue
Ode to Outdoor Clotheslines
The tree-to-tree ones, T-bar posts, and don’t forget those lines hanging from the back porches of apartments with the bent rod. And those “curtain stretchers” that used to appear in fall, just before closing the windows for winter, and again for spring cleaning, to which the sheer curtains would be pinned, since the curtain material was too delicate to be ironed.
My umbrella clothesline is in use all year long. Even in winter, all it takes is a sunny day with a breeze for most things to dry well. The heavier laundry comes in to be hung on wooden drying racks in front of a radiator, and clothes go on hangers between doorways. Kids can run under the hanging clothes, but adults need to duck. I’ve never thought for a moment that it was inconvenient.
With all the clothes hanging to dry, you’ll suddenly smell the unmistakable scent of fresh, cool air, while the moisture coming from the laundry adds humidity to the air.
Hanging laundry is part of housekeeping — and one task this great-granny enjoys!
My Beautiful Brownie Camera
When I was a little kid my mom gave me a Kodak Brownie camera all loaded up with a roll of film and ready to go. You can’t imagine (or maybe you can) the excitement in a young child’s heart to be given such a special gift but my mom was that kind of person […]
Tried and True Singer Machine
When I was 16 my mother gave me one of the most precious things she’s ever given me. I got some of her artwork, a beautiful head she carved out of stone, an original Joy of Cooking cookbook, her gray serge wedding suit. I have enjoyed owning all these things but the one thing […]
The Scourge of Ranch Life
A bad time of year to go barefoot on the ranch!