Friday, April 25, 2008
Often in the evenings I find myself craving something refreshing to drink, but alcohol and caffeine are out and I don't like soda so I wind up drinking plain old water or juice and still wishing I had something better to drink. When I saw Ina make her California Iced Tea, I thought that sounded perfectly refreshing, and easily adapted to be caffeine-free as well. Emma and I made some yesterday and, I was right, it was just what I was looking for. Steve told me it's not anything new and it's also known as an Arnold Palmer, but for me it's new so I am still excited.Another thing about which I am excited is my new clothesline. When we moved here, there were two clothesline poles in our yard but no line on them. I've mentioned to Steve a few times that I'd like a clothesline but he thinks they are trashy (which might be about the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard) and I haven't been too eager to go in our backyard the past couple years anyway due to the crazy amount of snakes we have, so I just let it drop.This year, in part because of my newfound bravery, I decided to go ahead and put one up. I've been using every warmish, sunny day so far to dry things on the line, and I love to look out the window and see my stuff blowing in the breeze. The trouble with hanging things on the clothesline is that most things become stiff and crunchy when dried that way. I'd like to be able to say that I'm earth-friendly enough to use scratchy, crispy towels instead of the soft and fluffy ones that using the dryer gives me, but I am not quite that committed yet. For now at least, I am happy to dry my sheets and diapers out in the sunshine.