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We sold the dryer a while back to raise capital, before the NYC spanking debacle. And since then we only do laundry on sunny days. The free standing rack we got at IKEA can’t always hold the weight when a sunny day coincides with the initiative to tackle the laundry heap. Usually we have to peel it like an onion for three sunny days. The answer: a laundry line.
Today’s blog will be a “how-to” on building your own laundry line. Why would you want one? (According to Project Laundry List) 10. Save money, 9. Clothes last longer (where do you think lint comes from?), 8. Pleasant scent, 7. Saves Energy, Preserves Environment, Reduces pollution, 6. Healthy work, 5. Sunshine treatment (sunlight bleaches and disenfects), 4. Replace another appliance, 3. Avoid a fire, 2. It is fun! 1. It is truly patriotic (demonstrates that small steps make a difference, you don’t have to wait for government action)
So here we go. Two 12′ 4×4″s will give you a 6′ high line if you cut 3′ for your cross piece and leave enough to sink. In the tennessee red clay, I gave myself two feet and cut off the rest.
Screw the two pieces together and dig some holes. Mix your concrete according to instructions.
This big iron noodle is for feeding coal into the old fashioned furnaces from around here. I’ve never figured out to do with one now, but it busts up the limestone in the clay, very neatly.
Wait for the posts to set. Maybe you have time to watch this music video, it’s about a girl who makes it rain every time she puts out her clothes to dry:
Then you hang your lines. Use i-hooks for the best look. To save a few bucks, drill holes and tie off (tape the rope to a screwdriver and pull it through). There are pulleys too, if you want to pretend you’re hanging your drawers between buildings.
You can tell I’ve got some sag on the first time. That denim is heavy.
I’m working on a song called “Laundry Line.” It talks about when we should and shouldn’t bring up difficult matters in situations. If you want to be transparent, there are places to hang a laundry line and others that you shouldn’t. But on this particular corner, my shorts are blowing in the wind.
We just wanted to give an update of everything going on around the Mason Jar and with Ashley and I. Ashley is having her art workshop tomorrow night, 6:00 PM and you can click the tab to see this month’s theme. She’ll be at the Knoxville Farmers market this Saturday. I’ll be busking there beside her with my guitar and an accordion. For this month’s First Friday she opened at Kate Moore Creative and Jenny Andrews Photography, and the works are being currently displayed. She is also working on a costume design for a Knoxville Symphony Orchestra upcoming children’s performance.
I’m going out to the songwriter night at Relix Variety Theatre tonight and will be playing at the S &W Grand tomorrow at 6:30. Last Thursday at Sapphire was the first gig of my new three piece: Jon Augustus on bass and Webster Manneth on drums. We’re looking forward to playing around Knoxville a lot more. If you haven’t heard my third EP, Don’t Know How I’ll Eat but I’m Not Picking Your Peaches, you can listen to the whole project here and get some free downloads.
Next Saturday on the 16th will be our Mason Jar event this month: a craft night with stations for spontaneous projects. Feel free to bring something in the works, we are sure the creative forces will be in the midst.
Tags: emily janowick, home is where the art is, jenny andrews photography, jon augustus, kate moore creative, knoxville first friday, relix variety theatre, s & w grand, sapphire modern bar, webster manneth
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[ from a. addair who is listening to Jennifer Nicely (Luminous) ]
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(by Levon who is listening to Bill Evans, I Loves You, Porgy)
Today is a day for turning corners. Our twilights will now creep earlier and summer came yesterday. I’m sitting in this hot house and scrambling like the dickens to float. Now that we’re back and settled, it seems plausible that we should resume regular jobs or at least graduate school like most unsettled people our age. It’s one thing to pay by the day at a hostel, or by the week at a motel, or by the month in a sublet, or just get back in the car and move on when you’re broke. But a mortgage statement and the accompanying sidekicks like utilities, maintenance and Lowes trips make me feel like I’m trying out for the rugby team again and I’m running for my life before I get tackled and wedgied altogether at once.
We’ve decided to stick to our guns and brainstorm. Everything begins as an idea and nothing gets one moving on them like necessity and hunger in the belly. We’re turning the house into something, we just don’t know what. You may have seen the links about our art workshops and neighborhood bike powered services. We’ll have live music and open mics on a regular basis, art showings and installments, and use of the space by others be they poets, photographers, or salsa dancers. It was always hard to decorate very homelike and now there isn’t much furniture anyway.
But for now things are an all out scramble. Most of my gigs have involved a shovel and work looks like flyering the neighborhood or helping Ashley make and take things to the farmers market. Our endeavors are all new thoughts trying to get momentum and receiving learned tweeks. We want to be good neighbors and we want to useful as artists.
Please let us know if you have seen models of this that work, live nearby and have input, want to help, want to use the place, want to encourage, or simply want to patter. Thanks.
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