Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Eating My Words

I'm going to have to write this sooner than later, so it's time to rip the bandaid off. Time to come clean about my change of heart. I never, never, ever thought I'd say this, but...I've come to enjoy hanging my laundry on the line. Now that our weather is sunny and mild, I enjoy the walk outside, carrying the basket to the Roof Terrace, the meditative process of clipping the clothes, one by one, to the line. I can glance up now and then to check on the ocean - yep, still there. I enjoy the sun on the back of my neck, and I enjoy glancing up at the laundry hanging off the balconies of the condos behind us. I am one of them now. I take pleasure in this small connection to my Italian neighbors. Not to mention our savings in both money and electricity usage. A rough estimate of our drying costs is $1.25 per load of laundry. Since we do one load a day, we're saving more than $40/month, just by using the hanging line. Come summer and it's heat and humidity, maybe I won't enjoy it so much. Come winter, I definitely won't enjoy it and may return to my dryer days (especially if we have the 40 days of rain again!), but for now, our clothes hang wild and free...and I like it that way.

1 comment:

  1. Oh I totally agree! Winter is awful for laundry in Italy, I use the dryer (we are so lucky to have) as minimally as possible, which means we end up with clothes hanging everywhere! Fresh sun-dried laundry is the best, yay for Spring!