The Oleander Bloom

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This is the first bloom of the season from the oleander on my patio. As soon as I wrote this post title I thought of Orlando Bloom, but back to topic. This pretty plant came home with me at the end of last summer.  It was a risk, because it meant I had to protect it all during the winter.  But when I saw a big tropical plant for $3, well, it had to be mine.  Fortunately the patio plants did manage to survive the winter, with only one regretful casualty.

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The Clothesline

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Today was the first day of the new clothesline. Lane thought it was absolutely hilarious, and she laughed and played underneath the sheets.

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Then she ran inside to get her clothes that she wanted to hang on the clothesline too.

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I was really happy for Doug to get out his drill and put up a new clothesline on the patio today. I use a fold-up drying rack all the time for hand-washable clothes, but it was too small for drying a full load of laundry.

We decided to suspend the clothesline above the doorways of the patio, from one end to the other so we can walk underneath it without noticing it all the time. I’ll need to stand up on a chair to hang the clothes, but they’ll dry quicker being on a line instead of a rack. I like not running the electric dryer and heating up my apartment during the summer.


The other nice thing that happened today was that Doug came home with a surprise present. He bought new clothes for me on his way home from work. Isn’t that amazing? My favorite are these summer pants from Anthropologie. He picked them out himself. I love these pants, they fit perfectly, and I’ll be wearing them every day until winter. Yes people, he is the ideal husband.

It’s a bit tricky to take a picture of your own pants.