Mother Gets Babysitter, Then Goes Wild in the Woods

Hickory Cottage By Hickory Cottage, 17th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Cutting poles for her new clothesline, that is. I put up my new clothesline the week before, but I still didn't have any poles.

Cutting clothesline poles is not for the faint of heart.

It’s not often I get a few hours to myself, so when I do, I try to take advantage of every minute. Not that I don’t love my baby girl, but sometimes a mama just needs some time off. 
Today, I chose to cut some clothesline poles for my new clothesline. Since my clothesline is strung between two trees, I decided it was only fitting to make the poles out of saplings. 
I have been planning this in my mind for a few days, waiting for the right opportunity to go traipsing through the woods behind our house. I knew that I wanted them to be at least six feet high, preferably with a notch in the top to hold the line, so less whittling would be necessary. 
After a little  breakfast, I marched down to the woodlot with a handsaw and a limb lopper.  I found a suitable little tree for the first one, and sawed it down. After cutting it, I measured the rest of my poles against it. I came bouncing out of the woods with six poles, and only two of them without notches.  Now don’t get all environmental on me right now. Cutting undesirable  saplings out of the undergrowth to give the bigger trees room and light to  grow, is good forest management. 
After I propped them under my clothesline, I discovered happily, that I actually only needed four poles. Then I promptly hung the maiden load out to dry. They looked so cheerful waving in the breeze! 
After that, I sat in the yard, drank a cup of coffee, read a book, then took a walk to town to visit our little thrift store. I huffed and puffed my way back up our ridiculously steep hill, (which, by the way, is MUCH easier to climb without a stroller ) into the house, and into a chair in front of the fan. 
A few seconds later, my friend came rolling into the driveway with my little peach who, thankfully, hadn’t taken a nap yet. After I finish writing this, I am going to join my daughter in nap land and dream of hanging more clothes on the line when we wake up. 


Clothesline, Rustic Living

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author avatar Hickory Cottage
I'm a homemaker, wife, and mom. I have too many hobbies to mention, but let's say, I'm artistic, crafty, and musical. As a writer, I'll generally focus on frugal living, but I'll write about anything.

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author avatar Rosaline
17th Apr 2012 (#)

Amazing, you were actually able to do this by yourself, is sounds very handy. I enjoyed reading this.

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author avatar Val Mills
17th Apr 2012 (#)

Brilliant. The things we women go to for some time to ourselves. I enjoy your writing.

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author avatar rarity
17th Apr 2012 (#)

I could not do that. I really admire you for being that handy.

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author avatar Denise O
18th Apr 2012 (#)

Sounds like you had a wonderful break and did what you wanted. Good for you. Yes mothers need time off, it is hard and continuous work. What a good friend you have, to make sure your angel was tired when they arrived back at your home. Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Retired
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

nice delicate home making

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author avatar Joe cox
25th Jul 2012 (#)

That was agood story. and yes sometimes the trees do need thinning.

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