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    It’s Clotheslines for Me

    I never had clothing dried on a clothesline growing up. So when I moved to upstate New York and found myself with a big backyard I made up my mind to have a clothesline. There is something about the way clothes smell after being line dried that really is appealing.

    My very first clothesline was at the camp before we moved to our new house. It was a rope tied to two trees. The one I have now is on two pulleys that run from our back door to a tree behind our driveway. It is much longer than the one at camp and can hold an entire load of laundry.

    There’s something about sitting outside in the sunshine while your clothes are drying on the line that makes the day seem somehow perfect. Now mind you, I can’t hang the clothes up. Luckily, Terry, my aide, is pretty experienced in hanging clothes out. Her husband won’t allow her to have a clothesline in their yard. So she gets it all out of her system in my back yard.

    There’s also a trick in how you hang clothes so they don’t show the creases. Terry taught me this. You have to shake out each individual piece before it goes on the line. That way any wrinkles are gone before they dry into the fabric. Shirts get hung from their bottoms, the part that gets tucked in. Pants get hung from the tops, where they won’t show the clothes pins etc.

    The hardest thing I’ve seen Terry hang up is a large top sheet from my queen size bed. It needs to be folded over in thirds so it won’t drag. Another very important thing I’ve learned is where to put spacers. Spacers prevent the line from sagging and keep it from tangling up when the clothes get blown around by the wind. There are different kinds of spacers; plastic, wooden and metal. I had a few white plastic ones and Terry brought me a wooden one. So now I have four.

    And let me just tell you that when the line is full, the spacers are way necessary. For all my years of living in big cities, I never knew the first thing about a clothesline. And look at me now! I’m a veritable pro.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"