And I want one of these too

I really really want a clothesline… but my yard is so small, and I don’t even know if we are allowed to have such a thing as a clothesline in town. Might be against the building code or something, you never know.

And the more I look at this picture, the more wonderfulness there is… the cute homedresses, the sunny day, the nice neighbor to enjoy working alongside. The clothesbasket lined with calico. The sweet baby so eager to help his mama. I want to just step inside my monitor and enjoy an hour or two with these ladies… but sadly, my computer is an older model and doesn’t have those kinds of capabilities.

So instead, I’m off to enjoy my own sunny day. I’ll be praying your today is filled with sunshine and nice neighbors, calico-lined baskets and all manner of good things.

Be content with what you have,

because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;

never will I forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5b



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25 Responses to And I want one of these too

  1. 1
    jAne says:

    I love this picture too and wish I could step into the vision. :o ) Thankfully, I do have a good length of clothesline though I don't look as endearing as the ladies in the picture. hm.

    jAne at

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    ~~Deby says:

    I want a clothesline too…and officially we can't have them where I live….
    You know…I have reckoned blogging somewhat to those years of past…when women would be home…talk over the clothesline whilst tending the home….well, can't say that happens much in Anytown,USA much these days…it is a shame huh?….so good morning Diane—I count you as a clothesline friend.

  3. 3
    Barbara H. says:

    We used to have a clothesline — and brought in stiff clothes, bugs, pollen, and bird potty which had accumulated throughout the day. :-)

  4. 4
    Heidi says:

    We have the same problem. Our yard is waaaay too small for a clothesline. I have been known to use my chain link fence for my diapers though…. Not sure how my neighbors feel about it though!

  5. 5
    Kelley says:

    Oh I too want a clothesline but am learning to be content with what I have, also!
    Wishing you a most blessed day!

  6. 6
    Mrs. Mordecai says:

    Funny you should mention it–we just bought an umbrella clothesline, although with one thing or another it might be quite awhile before we get it up.

    And yes, it's against our homeowner's association rules. :) I figure as long as our neighbors are nice and don't complain (I hope!) we should be able to get away with it.

  7. 7
    Diane says:

    oh, dear jAne.. i'm sure you look every bit as lovely as the ladies in my picture☺

    deby.. how sweet you are! and yes, let's do be 'clothesline friends!' i love that image♥

    *snort* ahhh barbara, ever the romantic, eh? (and thanks for the laugh, hon;))

    heidi… if i were your neighbor, i wouldn't complain☺

    kelley… we have to remember that what we already have is what's best, right? ♥

    mrs mordecai… actually, my next door neighbors are in the process of moving, and i am hoping my new neighbors are more tolerant of such atrocities as children jumping in leaf piles and *gasp* clotheslines;)

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    YayaOrchid says:

    What a lovely sweet image! I've been wanting a clothesline also, but sadly, no room is available. Also, too many trees, with you guessed it,…birds! And you know what that means.

  9. 9
    Ganeida says:

    You Americans are sooo strange! ☺ Everyone I know has a clothes line… except you, of course. I have four strands of wire on the southern side of the house which will hold about 3 normal loads of washing. Most people have a Hills Hoist [an *umbrella* line] but I prefer the wire. Clothes just smell so much better when they've dried outside in the sunshine & fresh air. Rarely get bird poop but the gum blossom at the moment is everywhere. I just give things a good shake before I fold them & bring them in.

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    Mama Sewing says:

    Well, at least you do have a modern dryer??!!
    I sure hope that I haven't been the cause of your coveting spirit!

  11. 11
    Diane says:

    yaya… it is sweet isn't it? how could you help but have a happy day with a clothesline like that? ;)

    why ganeida! americans? strange? the very idea;) hehehe

    mama sew… oh yes, i do have a dryer. and i am grateful for it, truly. and don't blame yourself for my covetousness- my clothesline envy is a sin of long standing;)

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    Love Abounds At Home says:

    If we lived next door to each other that could be us in the picture :)

  13. 13
    Diane says:

    sandra… yes it could be! and isn't that a nice thought☺ (except we'd hafta borrow a baby from somewhere, but i'm sure that could be arranged;))

  14. 14
    cherie says:

    there is beauty in simplicity indeed. i used to carry my little boy like that while vacuuming the house…thank you for this inspiring post, ma'am!

  15. 15
    Mrs. Anna T says:

    Beautiful vintage picture. I love, love, love my clothesline.

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    Lady Celeste says:

    While I lived in Germany we had a clothes line that opened up like a inside out unbrela. I don't know if the makes any sense but my mother loved it! It has a detachable piece that stays in the ground. We had to leave it behind when we moved to Turkey. But now we have a fenced in Garden so we took some cord and hung it between the boards of the fence.

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    Diane says:

    cherie.. thanks so much for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave a a comment☺ and i must say that your little boys are just the most adorable little things!

    and i love to think of you hanging your family's things out on your side of the world, anna dear♥

  18. 18
    Diane says:

    lady c.. i do believe i know exactly the type of thing you are talking about… in fact i think i saw something similar at the hardware store recently. i remember thinking it might actually work for my yard!☺

  19. 19
    Ginger says:

    Watch it A whine coming on…..


    Actually, I just want my old house back fixed up, in the country owned by my dh not that mean landlord… But will take any old house on any old parcel of land if I could have my own garden and a clothes line……..

  20. 20
    Diane says:

    ok girl.. let's whine together now! I waaannnnnnt a cllllooothesllllliiiinnnne!!

  21. 21
    Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage says:

    Aw, brings back memories of being a young mom. ☺

  22. 22
    Diane says:

    for me too holly☺ i remember hanging rows and rows of cloth diapers out in the sunshine while the kids played around my feet. usually at least a couple of the dipies needed to be re-laundered by the time we were through;)

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    Julia says:

    Lovely picture. I have a clothes line in a very small area between two exterior walls of my house. But I run a few lines parallel to eachother and surprisingly can fit quite a bit of linear feet of clothes out to dry.

    But I dont like hanging laundry if the truth be told.

  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    LOL..I so agree strange to not be allowed a clothes line!!
    WHY would anyone agree to such a silly rule?

    Everyone has one in our country too…Clothes smell SO much nicer and are heathier and last longer when hung outside.I even hang outside in the winter and then finish them off for a short while in the dryer.

    God Bless from New Zealand

  25. 25
    Diane says:

    julia… you know if i *had* to do it, hanging out clothes'd probably lose its charm fairly quickly, lol. but since i *can't* it retains its allure;)

    anon in new zealand… i think clotheslines are considered 'unattractive' *rolleyes* but what i find amusing is the same sorts who are so persnickety about such things will drive out in the country to enjoy the sights of such things as amish homes with their clotheslines all hung with wash. sometimes we humans are just so silly;)

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