The look of love

… or is it lust?

Sometimes I go visit clotheslines… like this one in the backyard of an old empty farmhouse. I have found that this activity does not foster a contented spirit within me. I wonder if the tenth commandment includes clotheslines…

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house,
thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife,
nor his manservant,
nor his maidservant,
nor his ox,
nor his ass,
nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.”
Exodus 20:17

Yeah, I suppose it does.



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26 Responses to The look of love

  1. 1
    Terry @ Breathing Grace says:

    You mean you don't have a clothesline? I picture you hanging out the wash!

  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    Diane, why don't you just put up a clothelsline? What are you lacking? Space? Trees or Posts? the line itself? Sometimes, it is the simple joys in life ( like a clothesline) that can fill us up and bring a grateful heart pleasure. God is smiling on you…I just know it!

  3. 3
    Becky K. says:

    What a great photo of you…..even if it does catch you in the act.

    Sorry, couldn't resist!


    Becky K.

  4. 4
    vivian says:

    youre too funny! wanna go to the beach today!? Thats where I'm headed! hey.. why cant you put up a clothesline????
    I'll buy the line and hooks for you! lol..then you wouldnt be cheating on your not spending money!

  5. 5
    my5cents says:

    You have such a great sense of humor….I thought you were revisiting the past lives of the clothesline….

  6. 6
    seekingmyLord says:

    My fondest memory of a clothesline is my baby brother making designs on Mom's freshly laundered sheets and then Mom telling me to chase after the little bare-butted boy as he and I both giggled so hard that we could barely run.

    It is my guess that you never picture this when you look at clotheslines!

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    Kristine says:

    I couldn't do without my clothesline so I understand your "longing". But you have line and pins so the only thing standing in the way seems to be whether or not your neighborhood has something against pegging laundry. My advice would be to take the advice of my cats who live by the rule "It never hurts to ask".

  8. 8
    Beth says:

    Oh dear Kindred Spirit…
    I do love a good clothesline…and chicken coops….
    I'm not quite to the covetousness part yet…I will have to reign myself in as to NOT go there!!
    Love Ya!

  9. 9
    Elissa says:

    You make me so guilty… I have a delightful clothesline out in the back yard that I rarely use… well, I use it a lot in the spring and fall, but it's so unbearably hot in the summer – it's just so much easier to throw everything it the dryer.(I know, excuses, excuses. Right? :D )


  10. 10
    Serena says:

    You are too funny. But I sympathize. We have to move soon, and I'm so afraid our new place won't have a spot to hang laundry.

  11. 11
    Diane says:

    oh terry! i wish i had one. i used to have one, but now we live in town and i don't think we're allowed:-(

    beth… well, i don't have the posts and my yard is microscopic, but mostly it's because i live in town, ahh the price paid for convenience.

    becky… ;-)

    oh vivvie, have fun at the beach and think of me. i am going to be cutting and sewing and cutting and sewing, lol.

    my5cents… no such profundity from me, i'm afraid, hehehe

    well, linda, i certainly will now! and with pleasure too☺

    kristine.. you're right! i should just seize the day and ask if i'm allowed! you only life once right- might's well go for the gusto!

    beth… your package! gah!

    elissa.. a clothesline is always lovely when you don't have one! i suspect i'd still use my dryer on occasion even if i had the most glorious clothesline imaginable, so don't feel badly☺

    serena… well, i used to have one, and i was spoiled with it. i hope your new digs have a clothesline♥

  12. 12
    Anonymous says:

    Bleh, my homeowner's association also forbids clotheslines, but it allows one to leave things draped over deck railings for fewer than 48 hours. I think this rule was intended to accommodate things like area rugs and wet towels, but I obey its letter while stomping all over its spirit by drying my laundry out on the deck. It looks about a million times trashier than a real clothesline, but my washing ends up smelling like fresh air and sunshine, just the same.

    Collapsible drying racks are also forbidden to us, but might they be an option for you? They're not as pretty as a clothesline, but you can still reap the benefits of energy savings and that lovely line-dried smell.


  13. 13
    Nabila Grace says:

    Oh I do love a clothesline too! I am stilling looking around my backyard at where it could be put! :o ) I have to agree with Becky K. you were looking simply lovely posing with that clothesline! :o )

  14. 14
    Kelley says:

    Oh girlie I can relate!
    I want a clothesline soooo badly and I don't think that they are legal here?!

  15. 15
    Amanda says:

    If my husband were not sleeping right beside me, I'd be doubled over with laughter!! The look of longing…..precious.:)

  16. 16
    Amanda says:

    I forgot to add my favorite clothesline tale. When I was expecting my first baby, I washed all the cloth diapers and nightgowns in preparation. Then hung them on the line and took a picture! :)

  17. 17
    Lady Dorothy says:

    Oh, I can relate. I drool over clotheslines. However, on closer introspection, I think I like the way everyone else's clothesline (and hanging laundry) looks. I'm not too crazy about mine. LOL

  18. 18
    Diane says:

    min0u… isn't it just so silly the way these things are restricted? it just seems absurd that one can't have something so basic and innocuous as a clothesline! i'll have to see if i can have a drying rack, or even one of those rotary driers- they're almost as nice as a clothesline☺

    aww thanks nabila! noah snapped that picture, actually:-)

    oh amanda… that is totally and completely something i would do! there's nothing like baby clothes on the line♥

    lady dorothy… i must agree. there's something distinctly unromantic about one's own things hanging out for everyone to see, lol.

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    Prairie Lady says:

    Well find out for sure if you can. And if you can't complain. Usually you can unless your particular neighborhood has a covenant. Your local city hall should be able to tell you.

  20. 20
    Stealth Jew says:

    You don't have a clothesline?

    I think they're lovely and very picturesque, but I don't want one of my own.

    (Wow, that's the same way I feel about animals. City person much?)

  21. 21
    Diane says:

    stealth jew… (great name btw:-D) i feel that same way about horses and large dogs. i love 'em to pieces as long as i don't have to have responsible for 'em. ha!

    andrea… i need to call the zoning board, i think. they should know the scoop. i have been going by what my former neighbor told me.. and she isn't really the most reputable source, truth be told.;-)

  22. 22
    sara says:

    Diane, I was told by a neighbor that we are not allowed to have a clothesline either, but I went to the village hall and found out that she was wrong. The only restriction is that it has to be in the back yard and not in the front. :) I hope it works out well for you too.

  23. 23
    Diane says:

    thanks sara… you have inspired me to go visit my own village hall!☺

  24. 24
    Laura says:

    Instead of "It never hurts to ask", how about "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission!" lol. If you live in town, you can pull on today's new religion, "going green". Just tell them all about those amazing energy savings! haha. I hope you can have a clothesline of your very own. In fact, I'll volunteer my clothesline to borrow, laundry included! ;) haha

  25. 25
    Diane says:

    laura.. "In fact, I'll volunteer my clothesline to borrow, laundry included! ;) haha"

    hon, as millen would say: yoo kay me laff! (you make me laugh!)

  26. 26
    Christie P says:

    According to my (then) 2.5 yo, the 10th commandment went something like this: "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's ox, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's octopus." So yes, if it includes the humble octopus, I'm sure it includes clotheslines! (Congratulations on getting one of your own!)

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