On the line

Morning Everyone!!

Today I got up with the sun, let my flock of chickens out and headed out for my 2 mile walk with the dogs in the refreshingly crisp, early morning sun. It was so peaceful and beautiful and definitely the perfect way to start my day!! Now I've eaten breakfast, have a load of laundry in the wash and am sipping on coffee as I type! Harvest is going well and could be finished within the week, which is kind of surprising how fast time went as it feels as though just yesterday I was so excited that we began!!

Last night before bed, Adam and I talked about our plans for this winter and became overly excited about the possibilites of finishing this house we're living in so that we can move out to the farmhouse and finally be in a home of our own {if you are just joining us here on the blog, Adam & I are living in the upstairs of a monolithic dome that is currently under construction and being built for my inlaws}. I can't wait to move in to the old farmhouse and renovate it to suit our needs and have a home again, I've missed having one. Our place here is beautiful and very comfortable but its not our home. We have big plans for our new place and I have pretty much everything decided on and picked out already {giggle} I know the paint colors, the flooring..you name it, I've got it picked out!! But last night I came up with what may have been an odd request of my husband, I asked him for a clothesline in our backyard. Yup, the old traditional way of drying your clothes is something I asked for. Why? Well, I think its beautiful having a line of freshly laundered clothes hanging out in the sun, flapping in the breeze. I've wanted one for awhile now and I think the farmhouse is as good a place as any to put it, don't cha think? Of course Adam was 100% up for it, saying he loved the way laundry smelled coming off the line...don't you just love when your spouse is in to something as much as you are?!

 
I can just smell the fresh laundry now...yum!! And, with that in mind I have to share with you this "recipe" I found on the internet for a new bride in 1912. It was written down by a Kentucky grandmother to give to a bride on her wedding day, please enjoy {spelling mistakes & all!!}
 
{My dads going to love this!}
 
  1. Bild fire in back yard to heet kettle of rainwater.
  2. Set tubs so smoke won’t blow in eyes if wind is pert.
  3. Shave one hole cake lie soap in boilin water.
  4. Sort things, make three piles. 1 pile white. 1 pile cullord. 1 pile work britches and rags.
  5. To make starch stur flour in cold water to smooth then thin down with boilin water.
  6. Rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, then boil. Rub cullord but don’t boil — just rench and starch.
  7. Take white things out of kettle with broom stick handle then rench, blew and starch.
  8. Spred tee towels on grass.
  9. Hang old rags on fence.
  10. Pour rench water in flower bed.
  11. Scrub porch with hot soapy water.
  12. Turn tubs upside down.
  13. Go put on cleen dress, smooth hair with side combs, brew cup of tee — set and rest a spell and count your blessins.
Ack! this just kills me, I love it! Gosh, what it must have been like to have been a woman back then!! Hope you enjoyed this today, have a wonderful Thursday everyone..September is just around the corner!
 
 

3 comments:

  1. I am so thankful we live in the day and age that we are...I can't imagine life way back then.

    In South Africa we still have the traditional washing lines and our country is in an energy crises at the moment and the cost of electricity is sky high...so we stopped using our dryer months ago and only use it when absolutely necessary. The plus of this is that we have sunny days right throughout the year and no snow so it is possible. I also love the smell of fresh laundry just off the line. It is as if the sunshine is caught in it.

    xx

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  2. I think you are absolutely right my friend and I love how you wrote, "it's as if the sunshine is caught in it"..that is such a beautiful way of looking at it! Thank you for that!! I'm glad to hear you have been enjoying a clothesline for awhile now, that just makes me even more excited!! You see them dotted around here in the countryside but now at our place..next year though for sure!!

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