Friday, July 14, 2017

Just Country Folk..

The old saying is, "You can take the gal out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the gal."
There is no clothesline here, there really isn't much of a place to put one.  I asked Dad why that was and he said, "Your mother hated them, and thought they made a place look like poor white trash lived there!"  What!?!  I wondered if he was pulling my leg, but then thought back on it, and she never put one in at any of the houses she built. 
Guess I take after my granny Mid (who was far from being poor white trash), because I love a clothes line. (I even had a defunct ol hot walker as one for a while on the home ranch.) Not only is a clothesline much cheaper than running the dryer, it gets you outside, and it makes your clothes & sheets smell like sunshine. 
Pretty sure that Mother is spinning every time I do laundry and put this up...



Give me clean clothes, a clothesline, and some ice cold Luzianne in my travel mug

and I'm doing just fine...

Oh, and boots, specifically Lucchese boots!  Their sweet new polo boots are out. At $1,295 a pop, I won't be getting any, but I can still admire them from afar...  





 

Last, but certainly not least, I received this certificate from the POTUS yesterday. I think Dad would be pleased.



Sure miss Dad, the ol guy with mischief in his eyes...

33 comments:

  1. My ex's mother thought the same way, Brig. A throwback to when they HAD to hang clothes out, and then everyone else was getting dryers and your status was determined by if you had a dryer and bought TV dinners. Go figure. The memorial certificate for your Dad is so touching.

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    1. Granny Sue,
      You are probably right about the clothes line being a lack of status thing. LOL, I had forgotten about TV dinners, we ate a lot of them about the same time we got a dryer, on those little tippy TV trays.

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  2. One of the first things we put in was an old fashioned clothes line with the T-bars and all. Smaller loads with our clothes get put on hangers and hung on the clematis supports on our deck. I worked with a lady who had beautiful clothes. She never put her clothes in the dryer. She always said when you pulled the "lint" out of your dryer it was not lint, but your clothes you were pulling out. I do dry my newer bamboo sheets though. They're sort of touchy, but worth it.

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    1. Adrienne,
      I put some kind of clothes line in every place we lived, even going so far as to draped clothes over sage brush if a clothes line wasn't doable.
      Haven't tried bamboo sheets, I'm hooked on my linen sheets. The more you wash & hang them out the more wonderful they are.

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  3. And........aren't you glad Dad's certificate is signed by Trump and not Odumbo?

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    1. Adrienne,
      Yes I am! That is who Dad voted for and why I know he would be pleased.

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  4. Nice boots! And I'm all for the clothesline, not that I have one, but still...

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    1. Padre,
      They are pretty handsome aren't they. Get a clothes line, you won't regret it.

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  5. I had a clothes line for years. I thought they were for poor people. We couldn't afford a dryer. When we finally could afford one, I took down the clothes line. LOL I do however put up big items to dry. Comforters etc. I got that letter only signed by former POS.

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    1. CiNdEe,
      My granny & my MIL got me started with clothes lines. When my kids were babies it was the bast way for me to go as I used cloth diapers. LOL, I don't think anybody uses cloth diapers any more.

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  6. Glad that was signed by Trump! And nothing wrong with clothes lines! Lucchese boots are damn good, I have a couple of pair and love them.

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    1. Jim,
      I am too, Dad was proud to have voted for him, and that he won.
      Not a darn thing wrong with clothes lines far as I'm concerned.
      I got my first pair of Lucchese boots when I sold my first show steer. Loved those boots, wore them till there was nothing left.

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    2. I have always liked Bates Enforcer boots. Meant to keep you on your feet for a long shift walking a beat. But Badger Deputies in Crown Vics liked them too! Good paw protection.

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  7. I like clotheslines too. But in winter even though you can still hang clothes, a dryer is useful. When I was a kid, we put them on a drying rack in front of the coal stove because we didn't have a conventional dryer.

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    1. Larry,
      I have to admit winter can be challenging for drying. When my kids were little I used a drying rack by the heating oil stove.

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  8. Wonderful honor for your dad. You deserve to be proud. About the clothesline...I would love to have one. When we moved here one of the first things Ron did was take down the one that was already here. He did not want to mow around it. I could put one up again but then we would have to mow around it. LOL

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    1. Granny Annie,
      I can't believe you let him take it down, what were you thinking, woman!

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  9. Mom always had a clothesline. My sweet daughter-in-law has one made to order by her uncle. It folds up against the garage wall and unfolded gives her six long lines down where she (5' tall) can reach them all. Sunshine dried sheets, yum! Those are great boots!!

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    1. Celia,
      How cool that he made one just for her. Come to think of it, I guess one could measure the stature of the owner by the height of the clothesline. My MIL & I were both 5'8"ish and liked high lines. Come to that, kitchen counters are another thing that we had higher than normal...hmmm

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  10. Love clotheslines. There is one at the bottom of our road right where the main boulevard hits Highway 680. This old widower hangs up his briefs on this clothesline. Never fails to crack me up with all of the new immigrants who now live in Fremont and must cringe everytime they see LARGE Fruit of the Loom men's underwear hanging. And so glad your Dad's last vote was against Hillary. Whoa. Very good work and thank you for your dad's service.

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    1. Cheri,
      LOL, what a fun clothes line story.
      Thank You for the kind words about Dad.

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  11. I wont live in a place I can't put up a clothes line! Nothing smells better than sundried clothes. And the whites comes out white! I do have a dryer, because I do need clean work clothes, and the sun doesn't always shine, but by the end of winter, the whites do look dingy, no matter how much bleach I use. Besides, in the summer, I would rather run up the electric bill for a/c instead of drying clothes.
    I love those boots!! But I'm at the look and don't touch stage as well.
    And congrats on the certificate. I had the same thought as others about the signer...

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    1. Suz,
      Sun dried is one of the best smells.
      Can you believe there are HOA's that have rules against clothes lines. I sure wouldn't want to live where they were not allowed.

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  12. Looks like you got the "Good" President to sign Dad's certificate. All houses came with clotheslines before there were dryers back in the 50s.

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    1. Woodsterman,
      I wasn't expecting a certificate, much less one with the President's signature, so I was doubly pleased to get it.

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  13. If I could have a clothesline, I surely would. And I'd hang all the unmentionables on the inside, too, just like we did in the 1950s. Undies inside, then shirts, then towels and sheets. Those neighbors aren't going to see what we wear!

    The certificate is so nice. Among other things, it's a link to a more gracious time, when peoples' contributions were noted and honored -- because they deserved it.

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    1. shoreacres,
      There definitely was an order to hanging clothes...hehehhe.

      I really think it would have pleased Dad. Thanks

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  14. I just love how you are!
    ...clotheslines, YES! For cotton diapers...YES!

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    1. Barbar Cat,
      Thanks. Sun dried is the way to go.

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  15. Can't beat the fresh smell of sheets dried on a clothes line. When we lived in Ariz. and I was using cloth diapers on little one, then four years later on the next babe, I preferred them to the new disposals being introduced though Phoenix/Scottsdale had become a test market so they were readily available. I could hang a washer load on my clothesline and by the time the second load finished washing, the first load was dried. I had a dryer but sun dried was best and always the sheets -- even after diapers were no longer in use for little one. Should have had a line put up after we moved here, but too many birds, I think. judging by what they leave on my car.

    Recall my first trip to Southwest many years earlier, this Midwestern wannabe cowgirl finally got herself a pair of boots in Silver City, N.M. -- not the brand you're talking about -- but just what I wanted and still have them.

    Hope all goes well as you prepare property/house for sale. My dtr just went through that process, sold hers, and moved. Am sure you'll welcome it being over, or at least she did.




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    1. joared,

      Have you tried flasher tape for the birds. I use it on the fruit trees and the strawberries, it does a good job of keeping the birds away, here.
      Don't you just love cowboy boots.
      Working on the place, and I will be happy when this is all behind me.

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  16. I would love to have a clothesline...and it might be doable where I live now. I have never seen anyone with a clothesline in town...weird. I think it's a great idea.

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    1. That is strange that you haven't seen one in town. I think you need one, nothing smells as good as sun dried.

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