Thursday, June 9, 2011
For Thursday, June 9th, 2011
International Clothesline Week encourages the global public to hang clothes to dry instead of using their electric or gas dryer.
If you can, make it a lifetime practice. Like a new years resolution make it the beginning of a new healthy habit.
If you already do hang your clothes, commit to encouraging at least one other person, IN THE WORLD, to hang their clothes and commit to doing something else for the environment.
A Clothesline PoemA clothesline was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by,
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.
It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.
For then you'd see the fancy sheets
And towels upon the line;
You'd see the company table cloths
With intricate designs.
The line announced a baby's birth
From folks who lived inside -
As brand new infant clothes were hung,
So carefully with pride!
The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed,
You'd know how much they'd grown!
It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.
It also said, Gone on vacation now
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, We're back! when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare!
New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy and gray,
As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way . . .
But clotheslines now are of the past,
For dryers make work much less.
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody's guess!
I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best
By what hung on the line.
1 pint fresh strawberries, washed and stemmed
3 cups chopped fresh rhubarb
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
It's the memories that make me want to see more clotheslines with laundry wiping in the breeze.
12 DAYS UNTIL SUMMER!
A bit of love from someone near…