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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Here Comes The Sun...

For the first time at True North...we are harnessing the awesome power of the Earth!
Let the northerly winds howl and the golden sun blaze, for no longer will we sit by and watch as these magnificent natural energies elude our grasp. We have captured them...sun and wind, and bent them to our needs!!

I have built...a Clothes-line.

I know it seems funny and for many this simple device is and has been a part of their lives, but for us it is new and amazing. Yesterday, as me and Melissa hung our first load of laundry out to dry we couldn't resist being excited about our newest endeavor. Instant savings; from washer machine to clothesline, we eliminated the energy hog known as the dryer. Why hadn't we done this before? I guess we were just too busy to save ourselves money. It's nice having the right perspective now...working to save money versus working to earn money...

So today I put on my first clothes dried by nature, and lo and behold, I didn't notice any difference in them. Except maybe the fact that they smelled better, felt better, and frankly looked better.

I did have to invest some money in the materials for the clothesline. Four 8' 4x4 treated posts and clothesline, but that minimal cost should pay back dividends in the months ahead. As far as construction was pretty simple. Again, I can not believe we hadn't done this before. It's too bad that T.V. never made hanging your clothes out to dry a cool thing to do. It is, and I feel like I've been missing out.


  1. It's all in the presentation!!LOL!

  2. After I read "I didn't notice any difference in them." I said to myself, whoa! how could you NOT notice a difference. Then I read the next sentence. It is amazing, no more of that burnt clothing smell that we are all so accustomed to.
    btw, nice job on the clothesline. :)


  3. Oh I do know just what your saying, I miss my cloths line, hopefully soon we will get one again, but we don't have any wonderful grass to keep the dirt down.
    Another plus, you get doses of Vit D while you are out enjoying this happy task.

  4. I LOVE my clothesline! Sheets are the best that night when they've been on the line that day.

    Chrome Cowgirl

  5. I have to agree with hanging the clothes...but I have to fluff some of them in the dryer...sometimes they get stiff.

  6. Melissa, What an inspiration the two of you are. I love the clothes line. My cousins wife just died from cancer she aquired from either her laundry soap or her dryer sheets. So clotheslines are also good for the health! Keep your chin up, you are both doing great!

  7. Naneki...thanks so much for the kind words! I'm sorry to hear of your family member, how tragic!

  8. I have added vinegar to my clothes when I wash them and they smell better.When you hang them up they are softer too.