Friday, April 3, 2009

After moving into our new neighborhood a year ago I was told by several "seasoned" neighbors what I could and couldn't do (legally) in our neighborhood. One, of course, was the "no clothes line" rule. Well, today I decided to visit the Municipal center. I was loaded with questions. Can I hang my clothes on a line outside, can I put my garbage out by the curb, can I have those chickens I dream about (the neighbors said it was illegal)?

The ladies working for the city were wonderful. Ready to answer every question I could throw at them. Although I'll admit, they were a little befuddled by my chicken question. You know that face... the one that says "are you crazy or just pulling my leg?" When they got over the shock and realized I wasn't joking the answer I WAS NOT HOPING for was "No, we don't allow chicken's." We CAN however have that clothes line all the neighbors complained about. I was warned that the neighbors will probably kick and scream once they see it but I'm not violating any city laws.

I left municipal bldg feeling a little deflated. I really wanted those chickens. Even though I pretty much knew early on that it wouldn't be allowed in our neighborhood I held on to that inkling of hope. After licking my wounds over the loss chicken battle I decided I'm going to petition the city. I'm a one woman army ready for action. I want those damn chickens. At least I want a good explanation as to WHY I can't have them. Call me crazy, those ladies at the city building sure think I am. But we'll see what happens anyway.

As for the garbage. Nope! It stays by the garage and the garbage man has to walk up to get it. Thats ok by me :)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Since I can remember, my mother would dry our clothes on the line. Even during the winter she'd hang them out on the porch and once they froze over she'd bring them in to thaw so we'd be able to wear them the next day.

We weren't fortunate enough to have a dryer in the 70's and 80's so hanging our clothes on the line was natural. My mother would remind us that it wasn't only great for the clothes (the warm sun bleaching our white shirts or the fresh scent of the fabric that came from a gentle breeze), it was also great for our home during the long winter. Anyone who lives in the midwest knows how drying the winter months can be. If you aren't continuously hydrating yourself you end up with parched lips and alligator skin. Wet clothing hanging in the house brings moisture into the air. Who needs a humidifier when your pants are hanging in the kitchen.

Well now more than ever, hanging clothing on the line is a must. Aside from the benefits to the home and to your clothing it is also beneficial to your pocket book. With global warming among us and the cost of gas going up, think of all the $$ a person can save not using the dryer but instead hanging the clothes outside. Here is my list of why clothes should be hung outside:

1. Exercise. You move your body more when you pile up the wet laundry, carry it out to the line, then hang & clip - hang & clip. Go back out to the line, unclip and fold - unclip and fold.

2. Save $$. You use less energy and save more money when you say bye bye to the dryer.

3. Avoid chemicals. You don't need to use bleach in your wash if your hanging whites on the line. For anyone who hasn't tried this, trust me. The sun is definitely a natural bleach.

The problem is... numerous communities around the nation have made it illegal to hang clothes on the line. The last city I lived in forbid having the T crossed clothes line,(their way of getting people to stop hanging clothes outside) so I compromised. I purchased a clothes line and tied one end to our fence and the other to a tree. Hey, it worked like a charm. Besides, our fence was high enough that our neighbors couldn't see to complain about it. Unfortunately, without the privacy fence you won't be able to get away with making your own line. Trust me, I live in "that" neighborhood now. So what's a girl to do? I hang mine in a closet dedicated to wet laundry. It works ok to save energy but the clothes don't smell that great and my whites aren't getting any whiter. Soooooo, I've decided to write to our city and find out EXACTLY what are the laws regarding hanging clothes outside. My neighbors turn their noses up at it but does that mean it is illegal?

If your in a community that frowns at hanging your clothes outside to dry, first and foremost, call your city to find out for sure so when your neighbors come a nocking you can tell them the facts. If it turns out it is illegal in your neck of the woods then join PROJECT LAUNDRY LIST and fight for your rights. You can also sign the RIGHT TO DRY petition going to President Obama urging him to have a clothes line on the White House lawn so the nation as a whole gets the idea that hanging clothes out to dry is a good thing!

Friday, March 27, 2009


I finally finished a few cards. Working on these has kept me sane the past few weeks. Don't ya love how crafting can be almost meditative when ya need it.

I suppose I could apologize for the bad photography. But most of you know by now that I can't take a good picture to save my own life. Oh and yes, they are somewhat out of order. One would think after nearly 3 years I'd figure out how to use blogger... I'm getting there ;)

Monday, March 23, 2009


I've seen a few blogs where people discuss their favorite fragrances so I thought I'd ask, what is your least favorite fragrance (FO or EO)?

I think my least favorite FO would be "hot chocolate." In theory it sounded good but after I received it I really hated the scent. I won't be getting that one again.

My least favorite EO would have to be sandlewood. I use to like it but lately I hate it. I can't explain why it is, I just know I don't like it in anything.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


All of these people from history have inspired me for one reason or another. My husband and I discuss them often and talk about what they brought to the world.

CAN YOU NAME THEM? The first five people to name them all will receive a gift from me.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


I learned this fun blogging idea from the adorable Teresa over at Life, Homesteading and Everything

The rules are (and I'm copying the text from Teresa):

The first 5 people who respond to this post will get something made by me: it will be my choice, but will, hopefully, be something you can use or enjoy for its aesthetic merits. In all likelihood, it'll be something I would sell at Etsy (if I ever get my site up). This offer does have some restrictions & limitations...

*I make no guarantees that you will like it...but I hope you do!
*You will receive this item before the end of the year...or sooner.
*You will have no idea what the item will be, or when you will receive it.
*To participate, you must re-post this meme on your blog and put together something to be sent out as 5 surprises of your own. These surprises can be anything....a piece of art, a photo, a poem...whatever you choose.

Friday, March 6, 2009

CPSIA: Does anyone have new information?

I've been out of the loop for a while now on the whole Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and I was wondering what the latest is on that issue. I received a letter from one of our senators today and it seems things aren't looking so good for small manufacturers. Does anyone have an update they can share?

Thank you for taking the time to write me about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue, and I understand your concern.

As you may know, I supported the CPSIA. This law will protect kids and it is particularly important to me, since a Minnesota four-year-old died in 2007 from swallowing a charm made almost entirely of lead. At the same time, with legislation as detailed and sweeping as the CPSIA, certain clarifications and adjustments need to be made, especially as many small manufacturers, retailers, second-hand stores -- as well as ATV, bicycle and motocross enthusiasts -- are struggling to understand the practical and legal impact of this law. To that end, I have repeatedly urged the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) -- the agency in charge of implementing the CPSIA -- to issue pragmatic, common sense regulations that both ensure children’s safety and spare countless businesses and consumers unnecessary disruption. Congress gave the CPSC the power to do just that, and I remain disappointed with the agency’s adherence to a rigid interpretation of this law.

It was never Congress’s intent to pass an inflexible law totally isolated from real world considerations; but that’s how the CPSC appears to be interpreting this law. Please note that along with a number of others Senators, I have called for a change of leadership at the CPSC so that this law can be implemented in common sense and practical ways that are consistent with the intent of Congress. I will continue to fight hard to make sure this happens.

Attached is a recent letter that I wrote to Acting CPSC Chairman Nancy Nord on CPSIA implementation, which includes many of the concerns Minnesotans have raised. Please be assured that I will continue to push on your behalf for a reasonable implementation of the law at the CPSC as well as in Congress.

Again, thank you for contacting me. One of the most important parts of my job is listening to what the people of Minnesota have to say to me. I am here in our nation’s capital to do the public’s business and to serve the people of our state. With that in mind, please do not hesitate to contact me again about matters of concern to you.


Amy Klobuchar
United States Senator