Friday, June 27, 2008

Funny enough...

*****I own a clothes rack. I use it. Thank you my dear problem solvers.... The first load that was half dry took 3 or 4 days to get completely dry. That's how high the humidity is inside and out. The second one took a day and a half. Another will go up tonight and while it didn't rain today, I wasn't at home to put any laundry out. It's supposed to be sunny tomorrow. My day is planned for me I think.... :)*****

*****I wouldn't buy a drier. a) Because it's expensive anyway you slice it, particularly with prices here b) I haven't used a drier since I was 14, except when I was at college and there were no clothes lines c) Because the price of running a drier is crazy expensive d) Because NZ homes do not have space for a drier. Literally - there is no spot. It would have to go in a bedroom or in the living room. e) I'm saving money, I'm using the sun as my natural bleach (seriously), and I'm fine with it. Except when it's been days on end and I'm wearing my ugly clothes. That said, there is some sun today - we're just sliding the drying rack in and out the door when we see the sun. It's less work than hanging the laundry and bringing it back in nineteen times*****

Elisha commented that the pictures on the last post look like it was a beautiful day. Nix that! Haha. I was sitting in the office at 2, and it hadn't rained (where I was) for 2 hours. Matt said it had rained at our house - that's about 5 minutes down the road. We went to the beach, which is five minutes drive on the other side of our house. Havie and I weren't sure if we were getting rained on, or if the water was coming off the trees. But behind us was gray/black skies, in front of us was a very gray, but sun-peaking sky - exactly the direction I needed the sun. Haha, it was funny, because those were the only few hours of sun - but they were still gray and gross looking, if you looked to the East/South.

Today it looks gray, but it's not pouring, so I think we may be doing some laundry. The laundry situation is getting desperate now. Last night I pulled pjs out of the dirty laundry for Oceana, because the other pair were in the washer (Matt washed a load, but then it rained).

This is my lot in life. My Mum used to put the laundry out 5x a day when it was like this, and we'd have to drop everything and take it in or put it out (we were homeschooled, so we were home to help with this activity). But I just don't have the where-with-all to manage that one. It would drive me crazy to do that. And I don't know that the laundry will ever get dry doing that. And besides - I'm not that observant. It's usually pouring before I notice.

PS. We have a tin roof of sorts - and when it rains (we have no insulation) it sounds like the British Army of old is marching across our roof. Hahaha. Anybody else experience this?

14 comments:

  1. Stefanie HarriffJune 27, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    We lived in a metal roofed motorhome for 3 months of the year as kids, I can relate to the soldiers on the roof noise. My sister's one of those lucky people who sleep through everything, same with my dad, my mom and I would both be miserable grumps from lack of sleep after night time rain storms though.

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  2. I don't have a tin roof, but years ago when I lived on my own in an apartment, I had 4 VERY large aluminum awnings outside. The windows were floor to ceiling almost and there was a big tree in front of the apartment so between the tree and the awnings I could usually leave the windows open even when it was pouring down rain. But the sound was very similar to what you describe. For whatever reason I found it very soothing and loved to fall asleep listening to the rain hitting those awnings.

    I'm not sure if I miss those awnings or am just wistful for that long ago time!

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  3. Do you have laundromats like they do here in the U.S. for times when you can't get the laundry out on the line? Drying here is pretty cheap. Maybe you could find one--the commercial dryers only take maybe 30-40 minutes and you can dry it all!!!

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  4. OH YEAH. I know the tin roof and rain thing... our first home after we had Keaton was a trailer... which had insulation so It probably wasnt as loud as yours but when the wind blew it sounded like the roof was flapping with the wind. Horrible when I think back but at the time I got used to it and found it relaxing!?
    And sorry about the lack of beautiful weather... at least it looks nice.lol. Now I have all the sunshine again today and my sprinklers are going like crazy- I hate it - it feels like such a waste of natural resources when its been raining like crazy until now when I need it!

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  5. Ha! I know the rain on a tin roof sound well. It's like - don't bother talking while it's raining 'cause I CAN'T HEAR YOU!
    Not so much the romantic picture you get from that Edwin McCain song "I'll Be."

    The laundry thing... I don't know how you do it. I would fairly well shrivel up and die without my bounce dryer sheet smell. Pathetic, I know.

    -Andrea

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  6. We do...in my florida room, which is my kids playroom. You can't even hear yourself think if it is pouring. Such fun. :-)

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  7. That laundry situation sounds really frustrating! Is there anywhere you could get a used dryer for cheap?

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  8. Aaaah! Corrugated iron roofs. We had those. Love the sound of the rain on them!

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  9. I second the laundry mate suggestion, the dryers there are huge and do not cost much.

    We don't have a drier either, but its freezing here too so we hang the clothes all over our living room, close all the doors and turn the heather up.

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  10. what about a drying rack for a few items in the house... You could stick int in the bathroom or something?

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  11. Susie, have you considered an indoor drying rack? I've been air drying our laundry for a year now, and I only just got a clothesline two days ago. =P The racks I have are collapsible, so they don't take up much space. I also put some things on hangers and hang them over the moulding above the doors inside.

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  12. I had to comment about the laundry (been lurking for a while)! I hang my kids laundry up instead of drying it and when it rains I hang it around the house and by the looks of it you would think my house was a laundromat lol.

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  13. Try living without a washer!!! AHH! My washer (only 16 months old) suddenly quit spinning out. I have bailed & wringed by hand I don't know how many loads this weekend and mopped the laundry room floor I don't know how many times. My hands are very clean but dry. These past few weeks have been horrendous. First the air conditioning quit on the 95 degree weekend, then my car battery and cable are bad, the washer went out...what else is on the horizon to test us? Wish I could be there with you away from all this!

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  14. Although I have a clothes dryer, I don't put my knit clothes in it because they will shrink. I have a drying rack from IKEA that I set out. If you had something like this and a small oscillating fan, can't you set it up inside and let the fan dry them? Even with high humidity, they will still dry.

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