Pat Shingleton’s Weather News for Aug. 2, 2014

One of our summertime tasks was “stretching the clothesline.” This assignment began at the back porch, then to the flagpole, the garage, then back to the other side of the porch.

This is where Mom “hung out the ‘warshin,’” as she called it.

The clean items were kept off the ground by a “clothes prop.”

While we were watching the Three Stooges, an afternoon shower emptied the living room. Kids, a grandfather and neighborhood buddies scrambled to retrieve the clothes before they were re-rinsed by Mother Nature.

My brother Denis was never alert when it came to bike riding and often strangled himself on “that thar clothes line,” before it was taken down.

Clotheslines and clothes prop are returning for a different version of “hanging out.”

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