Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Smell of Fresh Air on Our Clothes

Today was my first concerted effort at homesteading!  It was a beautiful day outside and it was laundry day.  I decided it was a perfect day to hang the laundry out to dry!  Country Boy hung a makeshift line from our porch to a tree for me.  I washed the quilt on our bed first and hung it out to dry.  It smells so fresh!  Then I did the next two loads.  I love being outdoors and hanging clothes on the line was a great combination of saving electricity and enjoying the beautiful weather!  There are still some things I need to purchase such as a portable laundry basket, something to carry the clothespins in and a retractable clothesline.  I will also need to establish a pattern or routine in hanging and taking the clothes down.  For today, I draped several items over my arm, grabbed the right number of clothespins and went outside and hung them up.  I had to make several trips doing it this way.  I also dropped a shirt and it needs to be rewashed *sigh*!  I know the more I do this, the easier it will be.  I would appreciate any suggestions y'all (yes, I live in the South!) have for me!


We also made some homemade soup today.  I cooked a roast in the crock pot all day yesterday and then today, Country Boy made his yummy Everything Veggie Beef Soup!  When he cooks, he doesn't measure anything!  He just throws stuff in there, adds a little of this, a little of that until it looks like he wants it to look!  He has to use a large stock pot because it has just about everything you can think of thrown in it (hence the name!) and before you know it, the pot is full!  It was yummy, albeit a little on the spicy side because he got carried away with the pepper, but still delish!  We had a bowl for lunch and for dinner with a couple of slices of Everything French Bread!  Mmm!

So that we weren't eating soup everyday for the next month, we put most of it in jars and then put them in a pressure bath to seal the jars.  We ended up with seven quart size jars!
I was quite pleased with our efforts at homesteading today.  I thoroughly enjoyed it; giving me a sense of accomplishment!

I have a long way to go but I have to start somewhere!


And just because I have to have a bird or flower photo in my posts, here ya' go...

I had a surprise visitor today!  I was heading out the front door when I saw a large shadow moving across the ground.  I looked up and saw a woodpecker land on the tree by our front porch steps.  I ran back into the house, grabbed my camera, took a couple of photos and he flew off.
Pileated Woodpecker 

I hope he comes back again when I'm better prepared!

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog!  I hope you enjoyed it.  I would love to read your comments... tell me what you like, what you'd like to see and if you have any suggestions on clothes hanging for me!

Till next time,

This post is linked to Homestead Barn Hop


Connie in Hartwood said...

I'm going to have to take a page from your book and set up a clothesline to dry quilts and comforters as I take them off the beds for spring. How about one of those canvas nail aprons for clothespins?

Love the photo of the woodpecker. We have a pair of them here, and I'm always thrilled to see them.

Dottie said...
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~Kristin~ said...

Something that works well for me with the clothesline. Hang all like items together. Pants all in a row, shirts, towels and so on. Also, match up socks and hang together. Makes coming off of the line fast. I just fold and fill the basket.. I also only do certain loads each day. You also can use a wagon to pull your basket of wet and dry items back and forth.
Good for you for going country!
Good Luck!

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