Saturday, September 14, 2013

Laundry Day


This isn’t practice for a grid down situation, nor is it an invasion of helpful mimes. It is my children learning what happens when you are doing your best to irritate your sibling and wind up breaking the washers timing mechanism. This is actually a teaching moment with a t-shirt and some fabric, the real work went on outside in plastic totes and well out of my earshot. Unless a cheap used machine shows up at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store (they sold the only one they had yesterday) I won’t be able to afford a new one for three weeks or more. I’m not going to pay to use a laundromat when the responsible parties are perfectly capable of handling the job. I invested $3 in a new plunger et voila! Meet my new washers. Tomorrow, if I’m feeling generous, they’ll learn how to cut down on the plunging time by boiling the whites. They’ve been snarking at each other all summer so I’ve decided that if they haven’t learned how to work together without antagonizing each other by the time I’ve got the money for a cheap washer I’m thinking I’ll just keep saving until I can get a nice front loader. Of course I’ll need a matching dryer so their weekends may be booked up for quite a while…


  1. If it is just the timer, you might try repairclinic for the timer.
    They have about every appliance part that one would ever need. The prices that they have are fair and the return policy is very good.
    When changing a timer the wires are usually plug and play.
    Sometimes the hardest thing to do is getting the dial in the correct position.

  2. Thanks Jon. We were able to source the part today at Sears for half the price. It's on it's way, should be here in ten days or so.

  3. From one parent to another - Bravo!

  4. I feel better after staring at the photo for a minute. I wondered why you had aluminum foil over their faces!! lol

    I thought you were training them on how to do laundry when the lights go out.

  5. Scott- Thanks. I have to say my jeans haven't been this soft and clean for a long time.

    Lotta_ It does look like aluminum foil! I hadn't noticed that until you pointed it out. The skill certainly will translate to a grid down situation so I consider it a twofer. The only problem? The kids didn't think it was all that much work. I took pity on them and only had them wash what we needed to wear for the week, I'm thinking this weekend it's time to wash all the things. Two weeks worth of bedding (some of them california king sized) in addition to towels and a weeks worth of clothing should be quite enough fun for them. If it's not I have a couple of quilts and some lengths of yardage.