In my last post, I mentioned that my kiwi trellis has been laughing at me (metaphorically speaking). This expensive, time-sucking, frustration of a contruction was all going to be worth it once the beautiful arguta kiwi covered it and began yielding small, smooth-skinned sweet kiwis. Then, in the heat last week, the male kiwi bit the dust.
Welllll, there is one green leaf left. I still have hope. I am still watering the weakling. And the female is still alive and has most of her leaves. Theoretically, I could still buy another male and plant him next year. Until then, I have a new solar powered clothes dryer!
To be honest, I have never dried my laundry outside. I have an indoor clothes rack that I used for several months until deciding that it was not worth it. I also used to wash my silk sweaters at home in the sink and dry them outside, but that hardly counts.
So, I guess I was addicted to my clothes dryer. For a family with just one child, I seem to do an awful lot of laundry. This is because I am also a neuromuscular massage therapist, so I have a LOT of sheets to wash every week (one set per client). This is my excuse. Please forgive me.
But a perfect confluence of events has forced me to re-think my ways.
1. A nasty heat wave in which my geo-thermal HVAC unit is having a hard time keeping the house under 80 degrees. Obviously, clothes dryers contribute to the heat in the house.
2. A newly built boondoggle which looks suspiciously like a clothesline.
3. A very guilty hausfrau who recently watched this short film about climate change. Must. use. less. energy!
So this weekend, after deciding I was just going to have to do it, I dried two loads of laundry on the structure formerly known as the kiwi trellis! At first, it seemed like it was going to be pretty hard. This was because the line was too high for me, a 5' 2" woman, to comfortably hang our clothes on. I had to lower the line so that I could reach it a little easier. Also, unfortunately, all the laundry that I do does not fit on the clothesline. But, handily, I have an indoor drying rack that will fit all the little things like socks and underwear that are a pain to hang up on the line anyway.
Structure formerly known as the kiwi trellis
Adding 3 hours to my work week... I think I can swing it. Folks, just send your prayers my way so that I can stay on the wagon.
Gratuitous picture of child with sunflowers