Friday, May 31, 2013

The truth about line drying your laundry and therapeutic parenting.

Proof that I have moved into the country and am slowly morphing into the self-reliant/farm girl/ hippie/organic farmer of my dreams.
The user tabs in my computer open are all about wind turbines, organic fruit tree spray and a shopping window for essential oil.
 “You can call me Granola if you want to.”

so , in between monitoring my kids manual labor of removing rototill-ed-up- grass where my new flower bed is going to be, and messing around on the internet, doing important research.
 My washer beeped.

Time to put the laundry out on the line.

There at first was a novelty to it.

Now sometimes it is a pain in the butooski.
Sometimes I don’t want to STOP what I am doing and take the TIME.

When it is warm, and the birds are chirping, it is peaceful and rewarding to be out there, barefoot grass between my toes, sun on my face, I feel like I should have a back ground sound track for some laundry soap commercial.

But I live in Idaho.
When it is cold, or blowing wind too hard for things to stay pinned, or even better raining, then I want to stomp and swear and ask Trev to build the vent thingy for my dryer. Then I want it fast and easy and use less of my energy. I am tired, I have other things I would rather be doing.
I want to hurry the crap up and get it over with, move on, do it the conventional way.

When the air is sweet my laundry smells AMAZING.
When the cow dung smell is blowing fierce, not so AMAZING.

But there is some truths in the line drying.
It may take more energy at first, but things dry faster, and better, with the initial time taken.
If I am honest, even when I don’t feel like it or want to, when I am done, there is a feeling of accomplishment.

The extra time and effort gives me time to think and process.

So that is all I have to say about therapeutic parenting.


  1. Granola!
    (ha ha, do I recognize that?)
    I've gone without a dryer, it wasn't too bad because we put up a line right up in the laundry room.
    However, I have 2 kids. And anyone tall enough to reach the knobs does their own. Soooooo, not really the same thing.

  2. The wind is blowing crap all over me right now and I really needed to hear this. Thank you.

  3. what a great metaphor to parent with
    My favorite line:
    >> It may take more energy at first, but things dry faster, and better, with the initial time taken. <<

  4. I love this. I love doing all natural things like making my own crafts and hanging out laundry. It can be a great source of therapy at times. Keep it up!