Summer is flying by and school seems to be right around the corner. Every time I think about it I nearly hyperventilate. I haven’t gotten done nearly what I wanted to, either fun activities as a family or projects around the house, but I’m trying to use these last few weeks to enjoy what’s left of the summer and get in a few more fun activities. We have been enjoying nearly every weekday at the pool, which is a nice change! It forces me to sit and relax, and keeps the kids busy. Camping plans are going to wait until late summer/early fall…it’s just too hot!
I try to be outside at least part of the day, though, and with walking, riding bikes, gardening, and the recent installation of a clothesline, I’ve been succeeding!
I never thought I’d be so excited about a clothesline! After learning from a friend how much energy a dryer uses, and since Brad’s been wanting to get a clothesline for quite a while anyway, we decided this would be one more way we could cut expenses…and extend the longevity of our clothes.
I’ll admit, it takes longer than tossing them in the dryer or even putting the half a load on the drying rack like I used to. Despite that, so far I love it! Even if the savings only add up to a couple hundred dollars a year, it’s worth it to me. Not only is it environmentally friendly and more economical, I’ve learned a few life lessons by using it.
Here’s what I’ve learned from my clothesline:
- Maybe we didn’t make progress with all of our advancements in technology and such. Maybe our ancestors had it right and we should have left things as is. Less stuff, less distractions, less wanting more, less chemicals, less rushing and busyness. More time, more patience, more family togetherness, more appreciation for the little things.
- Being outside is refreshing and therapeutic, even when the heat index is nearly 100 degrees. I’ve been gardening more this summer and though I’ve never been a green thumb, I’m loving it. I recently quit Jazzercise, not because I don’t love it, but because I’m not getting there and I decided I need the quiet time of being outside walking or riding my bike. And if I need to multitask, I can listen to audio training while I walk or ride. But my preference and what I really need is to just be outside without the distraction of earbuds. To breathe in the fresh air, to hear the birds and the rustling of the trees, to be alone with my thoughts. As a friend of mine recently said, to be “off”. And if I’m not alone, then I’m with my husband and/or my daughter, or giving my dog exercise, or catching up with a friend.
- God gave us everything we need. If we let the sunshine (and maybe some lemon oil or lemon juice) do it’s job brightening and disinfecting, and the fresh air make our laundry, well…also fresh…we find that we don’t really need all that bleach and those dryer sheets.
- God can talk to us if we quiet ourselves long enough to listen. I think Satan has a heyday with all the noise and chaos…and the fact that we are too busy or can’t hear God as well through the noise. Embrace some quiet time and just be still. Someone might be trying to tell you something!
- We’re in too much of a hurry and then we wonder where time goes. #guilty My clothesline has taught me to slow down. Faster isn’t always better, and sometimes it’s worth the extra 10 minutes.
Who knew a clothesline could be so philosophical?! If I’m quiet on the blog these next few weeks, you’ll know that I’m either busy or choosing to embrace what’s left of summer…hope you do, too!