Hello people! I hope each and every one of you are having the fun filled, chocolate covered, prelude to a sugar induced coma kinda Valentine’s Day that you do so deserve!
How old, unromantic and downright frumpy does it make me that I just want a new washer and dryer?
I know. Pathetic, right?
However, I am only moments away from being overcome by the odor of soiled linen. No, I don’t mean poop-soiled. Just soiled.
Our present set of laundry appliances is 12 years old… a combined age of 24. That’s older than my children.
I have treated them like gold and they are betraying me in a most unkind manner. The washer only agitates with the bottom thingy and it appears the top thingy is now “just for looks”. Color me unimpressed.
It no longer spins fast enough to open a Downy ball. The ball is about half full when the load is done and as I retrieve it, fabric softener spills all over the “clean” clothes, making blue spots all over the stuff going into the dryer.
The dryer almost audibly laughs and mumbles something about not worrying since it won’t actually dry anything anyway. It’s not like it could make any kind of SET IN stain.
Then the dryer is started and the dogs run for cover. OK, me too. It squeaks, squeals and whines for about an hour on a medium sized load of clothes and then needs restarting.
Can you say “Energy Star”? Not at my house.
There is no longer any such thing as “laundry day” at Casa la HalfAsstic. It’s an hour by hour struggle that Never. Freakin. Ends. A constant, that rivals the Hundred Years War in monotony and probably lives lost as well.
Until now. Valentines Day will be my deliverance. SO HELP ME, GAWD!
So don’t preach to me about “romantic” until you can say what a lovely, freshly made bed I have and NOT have to avert your eyes from the damp areas and unsightly blue spots of fabric softener.
Comment by Kristina P. on February 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm
WE bought our washer and dryer from one of those used appliance stores, almost 7 years ago. Never had an issue. And it only cost us about $300 for the pair!
Comment by grandmother on February 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm
Italians simplify things by not using dryers. All clothes go on the line which can get pretty tricky when you live in an apartment with just a balcony (we do!). Remember clothes horses? Yep- and chairs- for all the world to see! Good luck with the beasts.
Comment by Krissa on February 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm
Kristina, we are doing a frantic store to store search at this very moment and SO HELP ME, I will have a new washer, at least, by the end of the day!
Comment by Krissa on February 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm
Stupid appliances! Trying to doom my plans for avoiding the nudist colony! Clothes lines are great in sunny Italy! But, my goodness the humidity here hovers around 110% most of the time. 😉
Comment by Nan on February 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm
I hope you got what you wanted! Happy Valentines Day, slightly belated!
Comment by AF on February 18, 2011 at 7:33 am
Aw shucks, honey. I hope you were pleasantly surprised ang got the machinery you wanted PLUS something romantic too…
Great post – great blog!
Comment by Roger on February 18, 2011 at 10:09 am
So, did you get your Valentine’s Day wish? I think if I were John, I’d get you one of those scrubbing boards and a big tub of hot water, then let you air dry the clothes. But you would probably put his head in the ringer, and he probably likes his head un-rung, so… I’m sure you got a new one, right? Right? 😀
Comment by Red Hamster on February 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm
Hey Krissa, Welcome back to blogging!
I hadn’t checked your blog in months; I was just wasting time at work deleting old bookmarks, and checked your site one last time….and here you are again. I haven’t been blogging much myself lately.
So you’ll have to let us know what all has been happening with you. I see you are still dealing with bad appliances. That never ends, but at least it provides endless material for blog posts.
Comment by joanna jenkins on February 19, 2011 at 10:54 pm
Hi there, I’m stopping over from Adam’s to say hello. Being a chocolate fan, I LOVE your idea of Happy Valentine’s Day.
Hope your new appliances are dramatically reducing your laundry time.
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