oh it is so beautiful today! i am dying to get outside and do some yardwork! i’m not entirely sure what yardwork is safe when 8months pregnant, but i figure if i take some breaks (and wear sunscreen) it should be pretty harmless. i’m just so tired of being cooped up inside! i couldn’t take the heat at all this summer, so i’ve been indoors since May, basically.
i have been making use of my clothesline already though. i love it! we still have a dryer (with us planning on cloth diapering, i can’t always wait for good weather to do laundry) but i line dry whenever i can–i love that it saves electricity and money and i love the way the clothes smell and feel when i bring them in. it takes a little more time–but so do a lot of things that are worth doing.
we still don’t have a dishwasher–our attempt at getting a portable was a disaster, i won’t go into it–so i have to handwash dishes, as usual. i was sad about that at first–handwashing dishes can be a pain–but having a bigger kitchen and sink makes it not so bad, and i have a window with a pretty view to look out at while i’m washing dishes. its good thinking time too.
and, the last of the modern conveniences: we don’t have tv anymore (or netflix, since they’re raising their prices–we just rent from the library, for free). we don’t miss it like i thought we would though. living in a rural area, its quite expensive to get tv and internet, so we just opted for internet (bryan is taking online classes, so its a necessity for now). i had no idea how much time i wasted watching tv! i admit, i still follow Design Star and Project Runway online, but if i am watching tv, its something that i love to watch, not just mindlessly channel surfing (i had gotten bad about that, i’ll confess!)
i’m not to the point of making everything from scratch (though we do eat at home almost always) or raising chickens in the yard, but i’m finding the more of these country-living type things i try out, the more i want to adopt into our way of doing things.