Take a look at the sky in this picture. This was just taken today from my backyard and has become a constant sight around here day after day. Gray, cloudy, rainy weather has gripped us all spring. Cool temperatures too. There have been a few days of sunshine, which have been glorious, but the dark clouds always seem to be lurking around the corner.
I really try not to be the complaining sort, especially about things that I have no control over – like the weather. I do, after all, live in the Pacific Northwest, where moisture is king! This is good for keeping the landscape nice and green, the air clean, and the skin dewy. It gets a little trickier for line-drying enthusiasts like myself, when trying to schedule an outdoor drying session though.
After three solid weeks of rain, it was finally a sunny day yesterday. I hurriedly washed several loads of laundry and loaded up my clothesline. It was an absolutely ideal drying day; warm temperature and softly blowing breeze. It was a joy to once again see my laundry waving, doing the clothesline dance in the sun! Everything dried relatively quickly and since it stayed sunny all day, I could rest easy knowing that the sun could just do its work without interruption.
I am glad that I got the bulk of my laundry done yesterday, as today it is back to the gray clouds and rain. And probably for the foreseeable future. It’s looking like it will be a very cool summer around here. This means that I will have to keep an even greater eye on the sky: looking for those lurking rain clouds whenever there is a patch of sunlight to hang the laundry in. I also have my indoor drying racks close at hand. I use them all winter and was hoping to put them away for the summer. But to be a successful air-drying enthusiast, the first rule is to be flexible…and patient…and diligent…well, you get the point. Dry on!
I got rid of my dryer a couple years ago. So I air dry year round. I have found that by using a couple of these clothes drying racks that I can keep up with the laundry and not end up with a mountain of clothes waiting for the sun to shine.
I wait until fairly late evening to do my wash. I then hang my clothes up to dry overnight usually in the middle of the kitchen under the ceiling fan. If I have gotten behind and need to do two loads the second load goes in the middle of the living room right before we go to bed.
Thought this suggestion might save you some stress since we are in a rainy weather pattern.