Windy Day for Laundry (Lancaster County)

While Spring blew in officially at the end of March, it still isn’t spring-like here.  Fall is my favorite time of year, but Spring runs a close second, because all the plants will soon be blooming and the buds on the trees will burst into bowers of flowers. But here is what we had at the end of March.

I took photos on a quick trip to Lancaster County right after a heavy rain the day before, Monday (March 26th), so the Amish had their clothes hanging to dry on the Tuesday (March 27th) when I was there. Clotheslines are in use all year round, because electricity is not part of their beliefs. . (My first my article was called Italian Threads, Laundry Memories and was posted at the end of December in Women’s Voices for  Change. (Link:

Another anticipation for April is Earth Day, Monday April 22nd. Actually, I like to think of April as a kick-off for every day being Earth Day, that is, becoming more conscious of the mantra: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. I would like to hear from you, the reader, letting me know what you do to follow the three ecological Rs to help Mother Earth not just survive, but also thrive for the next generations. (The laundry photo above is a good example of solar power and reducing our carbon footprint.)

I read in USA Today that the young people of today, the Millenials, are very much interested in caring about others and the earth. That’s good news! AS part of Earth Day awareness, I will be reviewing a book I purchased at the gift shop when we visited Falling Waters, a home that Frank Lloyd Wright built in Western PA. I will choose one or two formulas to try myself as well.

I also plan to feature some Spring-like recipes. I made one for the Seder that I call Citrus Salad for Spring. I used baby greens, fresh mandarin oranges and a citrus dressing similar to one I posted before using whole, organic Meyer lemons. It looks almost as good as it tastes!

(I couldn’t resist using my giraffe serving set I received as a gift.)

Since April is National Poetry Month, I will be posting more poems from my classmate Marie Louise  (Mary Lou) Meyers.  Perhaps I can match  up some of my photos with some of her poems.  The first week of April is also Library Week, so if I find an essay I wrote before computers were household words and “appliances,” I will
post that to celebrate our libraries.


And since Easter Sunday is this Sunday, when those who celebrate show off their new Easter outfits, I have a style book that I think you will enjoy reading the review.  It is called Advanced Style by photographer Ari Seth Cohen, and this is the cover.

All the “street models” are older women in very interesting with their unique, individual approach to clothing. It is basically a photo book with interesting comments by Cohen and the women themselves.







Finally, my friend Dorothy sent me some lovely photos of Brussels in Bloom.

Soon we will have our own blooms in the North, but for now, you can gaze on these.


P.S. I forgot to post that 1913 was the historic Suffrage March and on March 3, 2013, several people from the National Women’s History Museum Project repeated that walk.  Two female members of the House & two from the Senate are putting forth the idea of a commission to find a home for the NWHM near the National Mall in Washington, DC. The museum needs your support. Go to for more info.  Here is a photo I received on a postcard of the March 3rd walk down Pennsylvania Ave. It was a cold day, but their efforts were warm!

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