Monday, February 20, 2012

How I Spent My Winter Vacation

We could be of two minds about the state of my yard this time of year.

We could say it looks like the worst of the worst in stereotypical "white trash."

Or we could say here are some people who are really living - as much in concert with the earth as suburbia will allow.

It was a perfect, sunny day for boiling sap and hanging out laundry. My only concern is that the smoke from the sugaring fire will make this small load of laundry smell like a campfire ... although, maybe that won't be such a bad thing. I can think of worse things to smell like ;).

Updated to add:

Since it was such a beautiful day, I decided to do a second load of laundry. I had the clothes all sorted by color, and I pondered out loud, "Should I do a load of white clothes or a load of non-white clothes?" To which Big Little Sister quipped, "You should do a load of all purple clothes ... because it would look cool on the line."

I love that girl :)!


  1. I see no white trash-iness there — just the clutter of everyday living where there's kids. Nothing to be ashamed of. I often have actual trash in my yard: the result of stupidogs dragging it home.

    (Oh, and shouldn't there be like two or three feet of snow on the ground?)

  2. how do you get away with an open fire? i can't do that without the city FD showing up. Did you get a pic of the all purple load hanging out? that put a smile on my face. Keep pushing those edges...SJ in Vancouver

  3. Hi, SJ - nope, unforunately, I decided to do a load of white clothes ... as I didn't have enough all purple clothes dirty to make a full load.

    But it would have been very cool to see on the line - for sure ;).

  4. Oh, and the fire ... it's legal to have an open fire, without a permit, as long as it's not taller than 2', and one can have a bigger fire with a permit.

  5. Yes, Larry, there should be a lot more snow than there is. It's been a very weird (discomfiting, even) winter up here in the *not-so* frozen north.