Here's a friendly reminder that it's not actually all that warm or dry here. This is from back when we lived in our house in Arizona. Laundry isn't my chore any more and also we're not allowed to hang things to dry.
Probably, that's all for the best, and not just because since my husband took over the laundry chore, I don't think we've ever been five whole loads behind. Plus, as far as I can recall, he's never managed to hurt himself doing laundry.
Also, I bet it was at least two weeks before any of the below-mentioned clean laundry actually got put away, if it even did before it was worn and washed again.
My favorite part is my worrying about wasting water. Because my current fixation is more like a hardening of my focus than some sort of revelation about the environment.
At some point, I'm bound to find an old entry that makes me laugh and isn't a reflection on my domestic failures. Not today.
Things that went through my head while hanging the laundry to dry
July 27, 2008
I did five loads of laundry today. For reasons that should be obvious (I live in the desert. It was approximately a thousand degrees outside today. Just for starters.) I hang the laundry outside.
It is clearly a good idea, and the woman who lived here for the fifty-three years before we moved in also apparently didn't use the dryer much since she left a clothesline in the backyard and in the little shed thing that holds the dryer. Just the dryer. The washer's in the kitchen. I already have to walk outside to finish the wash, so it's not that much harder to hang it.
So, here are some of my thoughts on hanging the laundry outside. I fried my brains (also: my feet. They still sting.) doing so and those two paragraphs up there are all my coherent thoughts... so, you get a random list.
And maybe the burns on the bottom will help even out the sunburn I got on the tops of my feet when we went camping last month and I took off my shoes and stood in a lake without putting sunblock on them first (I wore shoes that covered my whole foot! I only took them off for approximately 30 cumulative minutes.) like I didn't know any better.