Thursday, August 18, 2022

More Adventures...

 



My bedraggled and holey old shoes finally passed over these well-worn old cow trails for the last time.  These new brown Keens, waiting in the sidelines, were ready to be called out to continue on.  I notice from these pictures that my summer tanned legs are almost as brown as the new shoes.  It has been one heck of a long hot summer, for sure. Millie and I are ready for some jacket weather.

The new journal is filling up with the oh-so-many fun adventures here on the hill.  Why, I even made a sketch on one page of the new shoes.  I can't afford to miss any opportunity for there are still lots and lots of pages waiting to be filled.  But I am enjoying it and learning oh so much.      

  

Weekly chores have now become adventures to record.  It was the perfect opportunity to post these Basic Rules for Clotheslines.  I have lived these from childhood to the present and wouldn't think of breaking a single one...well except for the one about never hanging a shirt by the shoulders. Those little peaks on the shoulders will never be noticed, do you think?  (Actually, I don't hang our shirts and dresses by the shoulder; only did that for a better picture.)






I certainly couldn't let this first week of the new school year here go unmentioned.  There have been so many first days of school for me through the years, first as a student then as a teacher.  I miss going to school a lot, expecially on that oh-so-wonderful first day, and still have dreams about those days gone by.  I even remember almost all the upper and lower case Zaner Bloser Cursive Handwriting letters.  But, to think, these are no longer taught in our schools.  What a shame!  The granddaughters do everything in manuscript and do it well, though.  And fast!

Those girls are all about school and were so excited to be going back on Monday morning.  Playing school has occupied them for many a long hour, for sure, so they have had much practice in the art of schooling.  




I still remember their names...  



Happy school days, Kiddos!  


Until next time,

Mary


17 comments:

TheCrankyCrow said...

Oh the wash day rules!! Thanks for the memories! But, before I started reading your commentary and looked at your drawing my first thought was "Oh no! Never hang a blouse our shirt by the shoulders!" LOL. I must admit, though, there were several rules which were new to me. We never wiped down the lines first...ever...and wash day was not relegated to 1 day...but, yes, yes, never a weekend. And I remember laughing when bringing in my dad's and brothers' frozen jeans...they reminded me of ready-made scarecrows. I did not realize you were a teacher...and wow, what a beautiful teacher you were! I, too, loved going back to school. I think that contributes to my love of fall. Even now, I will wander the school supplies aisles in stores and stare wistfully at the notebooks and folders and such. The smells, the sights, the sounds....forever branded as happy memories. (BTW, I agree wholeheartedly about the handwriting skills. So sad that it is a forgotten "art.") ~Robin~

Saundra said...

OMG, I follow all the wash day rules except #6, I will do laundry any day of the week, weather permitting. Why oh why did they stop teaching cursive?? And finally, even as a grown adult and mother would occasionally have a nightmare where I show up to school in my slip or with a dress but no belt. What the heck does that mean because it never happened.
OH, I love keen shoes!

Hill Top Post said...

CC, I don't actually hang our clothes by the shoulder, but it made a better picture this way. I usually put most of my tops and dresses on hangers. And those little peaks on the shoulder do bother me. :~)

kathyinozarks said...

Hi Mary, your journal is going to be very special when all the pages are filled up.
I enjoyed reading your rules for hanging clothes. I followed all of those except I never shared one pin for two garments. I always washed my line first too and I had a special bag for all the clothes pins to go into. I do miss that at times and was good exercise too.
congrats on a new pair of shoes. I don't understand not teaching cursive that is something we all should know how to do.

Granny Marigold said...

I love that last picture with your GD "teaching" her students. I did so much of that as a child, except my "students" were children cut out of the Eaton's catalog. I'm afraid many were missing a leg or two.
I'm afraid I'm guilty of leaving half a dozen clothespins on the line. It might be tacky but sometimes I'm in a hurry and don't want to bother going for the clothespin pail (in which is also stored the rag to wipe the clothesline.)

Hootin Anni said...

Yes, when my son (who teaches) told me the don't teach kids handwriting (cursive) anymore I was shocked. When I DID hang clothes out to dry, I always turned them wrong side out to prevent clothespin bumps.

Nice new hiking shoes

nookworm said...

You are still a teacher! Your laundry 'rules' are exactly like mine (were). I washed the lines because the birds liked to sit on them and I washed my clothespins quite often as well. There is nothing more satisfying than to see a line full of laundry, all hung in special order. Showing it off to to the world was my satisfaction. My mother had the 'Palmer' method of script handwriting and it was beautiful to see. What is wrong with teaching cursive now? I just don't understand. New shoes? Wow, nice ones too! (Your journal is a true treasure in the works.)

Debra said...

I love your beautiful journal. I'm so excited to see that you are painting! I know we have seen some of your work before, but I'm glad you are keeping it up. I have wonderful memories of my grandma hanging clothes out. She had a long stick with a 'Y' shape at the end to prop up the line when it sagged from the weight of the clothes. There's just nothing like the smell of fresh line-dried clothing! I did some here until we were wearing spiders (ewww!)

happyone said...

I love your written alphabet. Looks exactly what was above the blackboard in school. :) Your writing and printing is excellent. A+

Great pair of shoes - I have the exact ones!! :)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh how I miss having a clothesline! The closest thing for me now is a rod we put over the bathtub and I hang clothes from hangers to dry...some I use clothespegs to hold them onto the hangers.
Interesting you should mention cursive writing. In my head I knew that it's no longer being taught in schools but it didn't really become real until I signed my name on a document and the young lady asked me to print it because she couldn't read it. Wow. It's such a total shame that cursive is becoming a thing of the past. Does that mean that printing by hand is on the way out too?

Prims By The Water said...

Yep dont hang shirts rom the shoulders. what a happy face on your granddaughter! I know she was excited to see the dolls. Janice

GretchenJoanna said...

It seems I somehow learned all the same washday rules, tips and tricks! Doing the laundry always makes me happy, ESPECIALLY if I can hang clothes in the sun.

My mother told me once that when she had recently given birth to me, her firstborn, she enjoyed hanging my tiny t-shirts on the line alternating with my father's. Sharing one clothespin for two hems, of course! I never saw a photo of that but the image is forever in my mind.

Betty said...

Your journal is fun and something your family will cherish

Anonymous said...

Interestingly, we had the same rules.... but instead of "wiping the clothes line," I was taught to wind it up and bring it inside.... so it wouldn't get dirty and need to be wiped down.
I have a fun memory of my "Soccer Mom's soccer wash." Two kids, home and away uniforms, all red and white pieces with LONG socks! Filled the whole space between two trees!

Henny Penny said...

Okay Mary, I absolutely love your journal! Why can't I journal like that? Your clothesline drawing is so special and the cursive writing page. I've had to practically stop hanging out the wash because of Eli and Ellie. Dog hair!! The dryer does help remove it. All the washday rules are familiar. Mama always kept an old dishrag in the clothespin bag for wiping the clothesline. I love the picture of you in the classroom. Oh it is very special. Also love the little granddaughter teaching the dolls. Such a wonderful post...as usual.

Julia said...

I did enjoy this post. Yes, we had similar rules for hanging clothes. Thanks for the reminder.

I love cursive writing and It saddens me that the schools no longer teach it. I wrote a note to my 15-year-old grandson to tell him that his hot dinner was in the oven when he got home from the farm but he couldn't read it. So he made himself a sandwich. I was shocked that they no longer teach cursive writing in school.

Rose said...

I so enjoyed this post. I do not recall knowing that you were a school teacher. I used to think Lorelei would become one. For years that was what she wanted.

Oh for those washdays again....I did a post about washdays back in 2009. June 23...the title of the post is I hit the Jackpot.

We always hung jeans by the waistband, and if I hung them out now, I still would. Mom hung tsirts by the shoulders but I did not/do not. And she hung socks by the toes, but I changed. Since the top is heavier I hung them from the top. And I got till I left some clothespins on the line. NOT my good Made in Maine clothepins...nor some new plastic ones I got.

But with Roger's allergies, I don't hang out now. My washer takes about 2 hours to do a load because I have to do a second rinse or else it smells like dirty wash water. Roger tells me to get a new washing machine but this one is fairly new and I hate it. So deep I about need a step stool to reach the bottom...