Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Industrial Strength Fail

We rent this place, along with all of the appliances.  It is just what we need and when we moved in, everything was as clean as could be.  Everything looked brand new.

I had an issue with the washing machine, however, and after a few months of living here I called our landlord.  He graciously drove over here to find out why the washing machine agitator was not agitating, but only going in a circle. This is a problem, you see, because that means the clothes are only spinning around in a circle in soapy water, and not really getting clean.  I had this dilemma at our old house, you remember, and I hoped that I could be the fix-it woman again. But the solution to this one was not as simple.  

So Mr. Landlord came over and together we figured it out, or so we thought.  Shortly after he left, I realize it was not fixed after all.  Now, I don't like to be a problem renter, so I have not called him about it again.  At least the clothes smell clean.  But sheets are a huge mess -- they just spin tighter and tighter until I could use them for a rope.  And since I have no hot water pressure to the washer, it is kind of bugging me that my dirty underwear and towels are just spinning around with cold water and germs.  

And then there's this problem:


Now, I know all the verses.  In  everything give thanks.  Giving thanks for all things.  O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good.

This is the best I could do. (I asked Amy to Photoshop me, but she said it was hopeless.  Yes, it's the real uncombed, un-make-up'ed, frumpy-looking me.  It was wash day, okay?)

Okay, let's think about this.  What is positive about this situation? 
  • I don't have to wash the clothes by hand, although they would probably get cleaner that way...
  • Having a rented bum washer gives me something to look forward to with our next house.
  • It gives me practice untying knots, and that is a good skill to have.
  • Struggling with these knots is strengthening my arms.
  • On this particular day we all had a good laugh!
  • It gave me something to write about.
Ah, yes.  To every cloud there is a silver lining.

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Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Prov 31:29 

(I'll always be a Proverbs 31 Woman wanna-be.)


  1. Try putting a small tennis ball in the washer with the clothes. It adds space to the clothes. I have dryer balls that I add to space the clothes in there and they come out fine. I've seen people use them in washers for the same reason but I have not tried this since I don't have the same problem as you. I love the look on your face and good for you for looking for silver lining.

  2. Wow! You found several silver linings. I think you should make another call to the landlord. You are paying good money to live there.

  3. That would frustrate me, too! And I hate bothering the landlord as well. The back door here is rotting. We told him awhile ago and now I have to remind him. The cold air is a'blowin inside!

  4. Always a silver lining with humor at your place! Love it!
    We had a machine like that for YEARS! I use to stop the machine part way through several times and reposition the clothes by hand.

  5. I'd have to call the landlord again. How frustrating!

    Thought I'd pop in and say hello. I don't know why but I just haven't been up to writing on my blog. It was almost a daily thing for me for 5 years and now.... nothing?

    But I'd thought I should stop and say hello. I know I always wondered when blogfriends seemed to disappear :)

  6. Oh man - laundry break downs are the worst.
    I pray you get it fixed soon!

    (But I love the photo of you - LOL.)

  7. Oh, Sally, what a pain in the neck! I'm so sorry your machine is mistreating you; call the repairman before it gets worse! Not sure how it could, but I'm sure it can. :P I would be heading to the laundrymat; absolutely no patience to undo all of those knots. More power to ya!

    Love the photo - made me smile. :)
    Have a lovely day! xxx

  8. ROFLOL...I adore that picture of you! It's priceless - really. Made me smile. You could practice knot tying :) You should call the landlord though - really, you should :)

  9. Lol, love the look! Oh, I hate it when the clothes get all twisted and I spend 15 minutes untangling a bra from something. You should tell your landlord soon.


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