Monday, March 28, 2011

Good thing I have lots of quarters!

During our stay in Florida I got retrained in my laundry mat skills and now keep a stash of quarters in my car, even though we are back in the big house and have a lovely washer and dryer right on the main floor.

During my last washing I noticed some oozy stuff coming out from underneath the washer. That can't be good I thought as I cleaned it up and tried to ignore it.  But the water leaking into the basement  was harder to ignore.  So, Left Brain called the Maytag repairman to come and fix it.  We figured it was the same old problem as before...mice chewing through the water pipes.  

Useless?  Who's useless?
I wish I could say we only have the mice problem when we are gone and have She Devil with us, but she's pretty useless when it comes to mouse patrol.

The repairman came and gave me the bad news that it would cost between $350 and $400 to fix it.  Hmmm.  The washer is about 13 years old, so that was a no brainer.  When the going gets tough...the tough go shopping!

So after researching the matter I decided that we will get a front loader this time. This will use much less water (important with a septic system), much less soap, much larger capacity and wrings them to the point of almost dry before going into the dryer.

Being a half the appliances are dead instead of half the appliances are working kind of gal, I'm waiting for the dryer to conk out.  These are the Golden Years...when both human and appliance parts start to fail.  

Long Live the Queen of Suds

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~ Albert Einstein


  1. Love the Albert Einstein quote and the fact that we both think alike when it comes to appliances.
    By the way, my cats work as a team when it comes to mice and they like to include me. Chachi(the eldest) sniffs them out, then allows Schneider to take over and he plays with them until they're almost to the brink of death then it's my turn to finish the job. I told them I don't enjoy this game, but they think they know better than I do.

  2. My washer and dryer are getting along in years too. I talk nice to them and they work another day. I don't have a cat, so Tootsie and I do our best to deal with any unfortunate mice that decide to move in with us. If Tootsie finds one, she barks and comes to show me where the mouse is. then it is my turn. I scare it off with a fly swatter. If it decides not to leave, then I call in the big guns - my son in law.

    I, too, have to admire Albert's quote. I hadn't heard it before, but it makes good sense. You have a great day now. I have to try and deal with blogger to see if it will let me publish a decent looking blog today. Hugs, Edna B.