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hanging laundry

Took a break from my work to hang out the laundry. Feels so good--get out there where it's all green... now I feel revitalized, and after this quick post, I'll go back to work.

I took some photos out there...

a leafminer has decorated a hollyhock leaf:

mint and smartweed/lady's thumb growing by the back door:

and a mystery flower to identify

Okay, back to work. The next sentence of what I'm editing begins, "Most extant knowledge in this area is based on generalizations from high tech industries" (I am going to add a hyphen between "high" and "tech" and take out "extant")... whereas, if I were working on my story, the sentence I left off on was, "Is the sphere of light worth the damage and suffering that those four attacks brought?"--and that needs editing too.



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Sep. 7th, 2006 12:44 pm (UTC)
hanging clothes
How cool - you sun dry your clothes? Sounds so idyllic - bright sun, green fields...
Sep. 7th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)
Re: hanging clothes
I do sun dry them--but in the winter or when it rains my choice is to hang them in the basement (and then they can end up smelling somewhat musty) or to go to a laundrymat. I've managed without a dryer this long, but I may end up getting one...

But I do love hanging out laundry. It's such a good break...
Sep. 7th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)
Hanging out laundry...I love that, too, especially when it's still cool enough outside but you know it's going to get hot so the clothes will be dry and sun-warmed. Here, nobody does their own laundry if they can afford a dhobi.
Sep. 7th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
I suppose no one does their own laundry over there because it's a status thing to be able not to do it? And here, for me, I suppose it's a sign of my relative well-off status that I CAN do it... I have the luxury of working at home, so I can spend the time hanging laundry if I want... If I worked 12 hours at a company job, I probably wouldn't do it... though I must say, it's so therapeutic, maybe I would anyway...
Sep. 7th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
Okay, let me share my secret laundry thing. I love separating the laundry into THREE batches-- darks, lights, and REDS. Then, when I hang them out on the line, they look so lovely, all those reds in one swatch of the line. And it's so true...being lucky enough to work at home...what luxury. Work in pyjamas! Afternoon naps. Sneaking off to read a book for a couple of hours. Indeed.
Sep. 7th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
I love that idea! I'm always using systems when I hang out clothes. Sometimes it's put all the towels at one end; then if it starts to rain when I'm taking in clothes, I'll get the items we actually wear down first. Other times it's put all the kids clothes up first, or put all the t-shirts up first--or whatever. But it would be fun to do it by color :-)
Sep. 7th, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC)
I suppose no one does their own laundry over there because it's a status thing to be able not to do it?

Not true in big cities any more. Dhobies (washermen) cannot be found and even if they were to be found, you would think about 500 zillion times before trusting the guy with your precious clothes. He would beat the hell out of them on a stone by a river that, perhaps, carries more pollutants than you would care to have in the vicinity of your clothes!

The washing machine is an effective replacement of the dhobi. I do my own laundry...every Sunday. I hang the clothes out to dry as well, only I don't have the luxury of vast open spaves around me, so the clothes are hung up on lines in my balcony!

Must admit, though, to having and using the luxury of an ironing service. The 'istriwala'(iron man!!!!) comes in every Tuesday to collect the washed and dried laundry and irons it for us for a small fee.

I love white sheets and towels that have been washed and sundried. They do smell 'sunny' and are so crisp and clean when one folds them to put them away!
Sep. 7th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
I used to hang the diapers out on the line when I had babies. They would be stiff but smelled like sunshine!
Sep. 7th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
I washed diapers too! I used English-style ones that my mother-in-law got for me. They were big and made of terry cloth--they were great! Now we use them to dry off the dog when she gets wet, to wipe off the floor, dry bike seats... it's always "can I have a diaper, please?" And you're so right about the stiffness :-)
Sep. 7th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
Looks like someone is trying to put off work...way to go, sun!I cna't believe the leaves are starting to change already!?
Sep. 7th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
You can put work off, but it always patiently waits for you (damn polite work!)
Sep. 7th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Never did see ナウシカー, myself.
Sep. 7th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
That was the first Miyazaki movie that I saw--I saw it in Japan, on TV. I loved it from the beginning, but now I super-love it. But I just super-love Miyazaki films in general.

Sep. 9th, 2006 09:45 am (UTC)
how lovely to be able to exchange notes across the continents about laundry...!

so nice to get back to my LJ friends...enjoying my time reading everything after 3 days' absence!
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