However, the co-op had bulk plain instant oats the other day, so we got a bunch to try. They aren't bad, actually. They were handy the other day, when I had to be at school at 8am, and they're handy this morning, when we want something quick before trotting off to the farmer's market (besides, we've gone through the steel cut and regular oats). With a touch of butter, some honey, nutmeg, a few raisins, and a little cinammon, they're actually rather good. I still prefer the non-instant ones, but this definitely works.
Also, I have successfully proven, for the naysayer who said that we were going to have to get a dryer come winter, that you can dry clothes outside on the line when the weather is below freezing for a considerable portion of the day. However, you do want to make sure that the clothing in question is not bunched up at all on the line, lest it freeze to itself while drying.