We truly live in a time of wonders. Many of the things we simply take for granted would have been unimaginable 100 years ago and would probably have been attributed to witchcraft 200 years ago. So many tasks that would have to be done with hours of physical toil are delegated to a machine left to itself and forgotten. Yet we are so accustomed to relying on them, we never even question whether they are actually necessary. Now I'm not saying modern appliances are all bad. I'm very grateful for my refrigerator and my front-loading washer is wonderful. Inevitably though, less than essential appliances insinuate themselves into our lives, perhaps saving time, but taking up space and energy.
My clothes dryer is one appliance I question. True, it is incredibly handy, allowing me to do laundry with no planning ahead, no matter what the weather outside is like. Still, I can't help but doubt my true need of it. After all, I think most of the days I do laundry are nice enough to hang clothes out in the clean air and healthy sunshine. Using the dryer heats the house unpleasantly in the summer and although the heat is welcome in the winter, it isn't really efficient. Finally, the dryer takes up space. When you live in a 488 square foot house, space is at a premium. Yet, I've made no effort to set anything up so I can hang my clothes outside.
|Once the Railing is up, I'll have to change my hanging method.|
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