Monday, May 19, 2008

Shhhhhh - don't tell anyone, but we installed a clothesline yesterday afternoon in the backyard. Although clotheslines are not welcome in our neighborhood, I have longed to have one for sometime time now. How much harm can one 40' retractable line cause?I only plan to hang linens and the occasional 100% cotton shirt or pant. No 'unmentionables' will be paraded about. Hubby installed the line to be very low so it can only be spotted if you are peaking over the fence. The inaugural basket has already come in to be folded - the smell of those towels made my heart sing.
We continue to have unseasonably warm weather - today's high is predicted to be 80 degrees while the average at this time of year is 66. Harper has found the best seat around, under the shade of the ficus with her belly on the cool, cool concrete.
I have always known that she is a smart girl.
We were out of town over the weekend, but before we left on Thursday I took some pictures out in the garden. Then this morning I went out for another photo session.
At this rate, we'll be eating zucchini by next week.
Same goes for yellow crookneck squash.
There will be Anaheim peppers in the salad before you know it.
Sadly the cucumber plants did not survive. With just a brief let up in the assault on the squirrels, those little devils apparently moved in and finished them off while we were gone. Not a single blossom or leaf left, only a few bare stems *argh* I hope to get a couple more plants this week and try again. I refuse to admit defeat!
Not only did I come home to surprises in the garden, but a surprise in the mailbox, too! Look at these little goodies that arrived from Dawn of Quilts and Pieces. There was a lot fun packed into that little envelope! A mini quilt - the entire piece is a mere 6" - also a darling little brushed cotton and wool needle case along with a zippered thread keeper.
She even pieced the back of the quilt! Could it be any cuter? I hope you can see the quilting on both the quilt and the thread keeper. I am sure to be the envy of all my classmates at the next retreat I attend.

33 comments:

Stina said...

What a wonderful surprise...I mean about the lovely package...not the squirrels...oh no...them little devils...good luck on your next little cucumber plant!!
Here in Sweden we have a very cold north wind blowing...almost think its winter again...:(..love to trade for some warmth...;D

Julia said...

Ahhhhhhh, the smell of clothes that have been hung out in the sun to dry! Nothing like it. Another reason to be grateful that I live in the country. I dry pretty much everything outside in the warm months.

Stina said...

Forgot to add...are you serious about not to be allowed to hang your laundry out!? Huh...?

Bren said...

What happened??? Did my positive thoughts and prayers for clotheslines richochet over to California??!! Smell a sheet for me! I will just keep using my deck rail for my rugs and my deck chairs for comforters and quilts! Maybe if I hang hubby's underwear out there I can use it as a bargaining tool....

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Sorry to hear the squirrels got to your cucumbers, hopefully your next ones will survive! :O)...

I am whispering this...clothes lines are so nice for fresh linens... shhhh

That itty bitty tiny quilt you got in the mail, oh my thats pretty and so very tiny!

Kathie said...

wow what a wonderful surprise, I love the needlecase and the thread keeper, that is so nice.
great little quilt too.
How I wish I could have a clothesline too
but not allowed her either..

McIrish Annie said...

You little Rebel!!! I'm soo proud of you! don't you just love the smell of the sheets off of the clothesline.

Your post of CSA got me looking around my area and I am now on the waiting list for a couple close by.

Enjoy your Mother Nature's dryer!!

Juliann in WA said...

I have heard that there has been some backlash on people who use a clothes line - in this day of information about the environment, how can anyone be against something that is so earth friendly?

Catherine said...

hat a super package. The little quilt is amazing -- and the needle case and threadkeeper is fabulous.
Clotheslines were outlawed here too -- but there's a lot of talk now about overturning that law. Form an environmental point of view alone, they make so much sense -- not to mention the wonderful feel and smell of towels/sheets dried outside!

Chocolate Cat said...

I have to ask - why no clotheslines????? I don't know how I'd manage without mine! What a lovely parcel, that little quilt is gorgeous.

True Debreuil said...

I love my clothesline. What smells better than sheets dried outside? I can't understand the rule against clotheslines in this age of being green.

Carole said...

I didn't know squirel ate cucumber blossoms! Learn something new every day! Wow, no clothes line aloud! That unbelievable! Lovely goodies! Thanks for sharing!

Jeanne said...

I love to hang my towels and bedding outside, too. Nothing better than to sleep on those fresh smelling sheets.
Why wouldn't they want clotheslines?
Wonderful package, too.

Wendy said...

I can smell the fresh dried linens already. What a neat idea to keep it low so neighbours can't see.
What a sweet little giftie to get from Dawn.

Beth said...

I don't see what the problem is with you having that clothesline. And if your neighbors see it, shame on them for snooping over your fence! It's not like you have your chonies hanging out on the front porch for crying out loud! Yummy zuccini there! Too bad those danged squirrels got your cukes. And what a nice little suprise you got in your mail!

Darlene said...

Those dang squirrels! There was a 'leader of the pack' who watched you and your sweetie drive off and then led his buddies into your garden. You should have left me on Garden Patrol - I would have brought my Super Soaker Water Gun! LOL

Sweet and cute goodies from Dawn.

I long for a clothesline, too but we're not allowed to have one either. I just don't understand it. Lucky you!

Susie said...

Hi Libby,
So glad you got your clothesline. I don't put unmentionables on mine either, even though it is out of view of everyone.
I love the smell of line dried towels and sheets though.
Those squirrels are real rascals. They can destroy a garden in no time, but they are kind of cute :)
xo

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh you got it! I hope you like it. The little quilt was the last of the charm pack from my little quilts! And I hope the needle book and thread pouch bring you many happy hours. Oh by the way, Harper's pic made me miss Chloe so much! I"ll so happy to see her tomorrow!

May Britt said...

I really miss my clothesline outside. But where I live now I only have a porch and can't have any. But I have a small rack I use outside.
your goodies in the post are lovely.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Why are you not allowed to have a clothesline? I could not imagine not being able to hang the washing out...Harper does look very comfy under the shade

Chookyblue...... said...

OMG I cannot believe you are not allowed to hang out your washing.........how do you dry it.........I only have the clothes line and very rarely do i use a drier........

The Calico Cat said...

Do you eat the zicchini blossoms? They are so good prepared like stuffed cactus leaves - or stuffed Mexican peppers - with the cheese & egg batter. (What is that dish called?)

The Calico Cat said...

Oh & we are unseasonably cold (46 degrees when I left the house this morning) & I couldn't be happier!

Screen Door said...

Send come of the warmth our way. We've had frost advisories the past 2 nights. The flowers are going in the ground tomorrow. I love the needle cases. I've never had one. I found a free pattern on the internet and the project is going to be my treat to myself after Monday. Give Harper hugs---

paula, the quilter said...

The HOA's around here are rethinking their policies. Not that I live in one, I don't. But they are relaxing the 'rules' about both mandatory bluegrass and not having clotheslines. I love my clothesline; it is also retractable but has 5 lines to it.

Katie said...

Isn't it wonderful to have a clothesline. More places are reconsidering the rules. Good luck with it! :-)

Marilyn R said...

I enjoy watching the squirrels run around the back yard and play but when they dig up my flowers it is a different story!

Stephanie said...

We are only allowed to have the "umbrella" type clothesline, but I haven't really seen any of those in our neighborhood. I'm thinking about gettin one for our yard, but not sure yet.

I can't believe the size of that little teeny quilt! Someone has great eyesight!

Oh, and did your hubby know this week's movie trivia question? I thought it might be right up his alley. 8^)

Judy said...

Isn't there something masty that you can sprinkle around the cucumbers to keep them away? or plant them in a box bed and use something...I've heard of dried blood, cayanne pepper stuff like that but I don't know which of any works as squirrel repellent.

Lea said...

In Japan, clothline is usual. Yup, even "unmentionables" things are parade on everybody's balcony or backyard. When I married, my hubby told me It's hush in U.S.*LOL*

Dawn's surprise is so beautiful. Lucky you! *S* Her mini quilt is darling!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

What a nice surprise to get in the mail.
We used to always have a clothesline in Missouri when I lived there. I loved hanging out towels and sheets.

Kairle said...

Oh, yum! Our squash is well on its way, but probably won't start producing for at least a couple of weeks. I usually do one zuchinni and one straight neck (which I happen to like better thank crook neck) squash.

I think I'll look into a clothes line for my back yard. Great idea!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

I can't believe that you can't have a clothesline! Is it forbidden by the Council or just assumed that it isn't on. Amazing. I don't have a dryer, and many people I know are the same. Everything gets hung on the line, and if it's raining you hang stuff in the garage or under the house, or you wait til the rain stops!
When I was very young, I remember my Mum telling me that it was expected when she was a young houswife, that you hung a sheet or something on the 'outer' line, and your underwear on an 'inner' line so the neighbours didn't see them, but I don't bother with that. Everything goes on the line out in the yard.