Thursday, May 22, 2008

Goin Green Clean - Have you seen my Green Clothes Dryer?

With all the hype about green, companies going green, cars that are environmently friendly and fuel efficient... does anyone think about how our ancestors took care of daily tasks.

I remember going to my grandma's house and watching and "helping" her with her daily routine. She had a HUGE garden (imagine that) and most of the food they consumed came from the garden. She canned all sumer long (or at least it seemed to me she did). Her basement was lined with shelves full of home canned fruits and veggies.

The other 2 items in my grandma's basement were a washer and a clothes line. Grandmas just used the indoor clothes line during really nasty snow storms. The remainder of the year (like 359 days out of the year) the clothes were dried on what we today would call a GREEN clothes dryer.

Now my grandma was very picky about wrinkles.. she would put pants in a form that hung out on the line so when they were dry they looked like they had been ironed. In KS we didn't have to worry about stiff clothes very often either. Whipping in the KS wind made the towels soft as a baby's behind.

Now don't get me wrong I love the technology we have available to us today, but on our farm in KS there are some traditions I just won't let go of. I love my clothes line! There is nothing better than sleeping on freshly dried sheets in the breezy Kansas wind.

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