-A mostly true journey of a girl, her man and their three kids; all trying to live harmoniously in a house somewhere in Utah. Names and exact locations may be changed in order to protect the grouchy.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

RIP, Mr. dryer...

It was a slow, painful death for the old Kenmore. I'd like to say it hurt me more than it did him, but if you heard the metal on metal screams or witnessed his last electric smokey breaths, you'd know better. My crying pleas and hopes of resuscitating him ala kicking and jumping up and down like a three-year old were fruitless.  My washer's life partner is no more.

I've mentioned before how grateful I've been to have my own washer and dryer. I know the nightmare of hoping for enough quarters to keep a load at the laundromat going. I've fought with other tired moms for a non-squeaky rolly-cart. I've prayed that I had enough detergent. I've even told an old man that I could fold my undies all by myself. (thank you very much).  I joke about doing laundry all the time, but it is one thing I really don't mind doing. At home.

And yes, I referred to my dryer as a "he". People call their boats and cars and wives, "she" ; my dryer (and other appliances) deserve at least that much. Plus, when a door to door salesman asks if I'm at home alone, I can always say, "Heck no, I have a houseful of guys here...." That's me. Classy, protected, AND 50 shades of "something" all at once.. Who wants to sell magazines/vacuums/home security systems to that kind of crazy?

In memory of my lovely, lint catching appliance and in the spirit of the holiday, I leave "him" these words of gratitude...

 Mr. Dryer :

*Thanks for keeping my toddler calm during those difficult years. If he wasn't laying up against you feeling those vibrations, he was watching clothes spin through your clear door during time-outs.

*Thanks for collecting everyone elses' money during your cycles. The crispy dollar bills and hot quarters paid for more than one cup of coffee. Finder's keepers, right? Shhh...

*Thanks for not burning up my house when I forgot to collect enough lint to make a new sweater.

*Thanks for not jumping across the room like your partner when drying comforters and tennis shoes.

*Thanks for drying stuffed animals, un-wrinkling emergency dress clothes and even warming up huge bath towels for the little ones coming in from the snow.

*Finally, thank you for taking one for the team of appliances. If the oven, fridge or dishwasher decided to die during the week of Thanksgiving, I probably definitely wouldn't be so kind.....

You were very appreciated.

-Michele

Happy "Thankful-for-the-not-so-the-little-things" Day, friends


31 comments:

  1. You're being very calm, I'd have a fit if my dryer died, I use it every day. I wouldn't want to mention this to your husband, but you seem to have a very close and...well...unusual relationship with Mr. Dryer. Hope you find an equally intriguing replacement...

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    1. You must have missed the part where I was screaming and jumping up and down. I left out the "fetal position" roll....
      Unusual relationships? Remember, my husband is hooked to his computer/phone/tablet/other iThings, i.e., "the other women". ;)

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  2. Very cute. I think my dryer's life partner is on his last leg, but he's hanging in there. I think he may need a new belt, but anyway. I also keep any money I find while doing the laundry. I consider it my pay; big businesses aren't the only ones utilizing cheap labor. LOL
    The laundry is actually the only household chore I don't mind doing, but I would hate it if I had to go to a laundromat.
    Jae Mac, I'm Just Sayin'...(Damn!)

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    1. Here's hoping for a longer life for your washing machine. Every time mine does that final spin I hope and pray..(It likes to move away from the wall.) Glad to read someone else keeps the coins. I figure, if you wanted your money, you would have taken it out of the pockets ;) I always say anyone can have the money, but no one else seems interested in pulling the clothes out of the dryer..

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  3. Sorry to hear about your dryer! I wish I had one but as they are not so common here (we line dry our clothes) they are so, soooooooo expensive! I hope Santa brings you a new one! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. VIcky, in the summer I love to line dry. It's too cold out, but the man and I hung a line in our house to dry the towels. I hope no one visits while it's up. It looks like your " picture of the day" from way back, but in stead of hanging on the balcony, it's in our family room. Classy as ever

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  4. Oh Michele, so sorry to hear about the ol' guy.....I know the feeling. Hubby did "emergency surgery" on my old one (which gave us an extra year) but his death cries were too much to handle. We took him out back and put the old guy down (PS: some of his parts are STILL out back) *procrastinating husband*. Here's to your Mr. Kenmore and his years of service! *cheers*

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    1. Helen, that made me smile! I love that you have "stuff" out back too. The blog world always makes me feel like everything will be okay ;)
      You got an extra year! Cheers to a semi-successful surgery :)

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  5. Oh no.....how sad. I hate the laundry mat also. Just the thought of going there makes me want to cry. Our dryer quit on me a couple weeks ago. Luckily it was only the heating element and the cute repair man fixed it right up! I almost told the boys they were either wearing dirty-turned-inside-out undies ( which I'm sure none of them would have objected to) or going commando. Thank goodness we didn't have to cross THAT line. ;)
    One thing I was reminded of while reading your super funny story was of snowy winter days, many many years ago when a group of kiddos would go outside sledding until they were freezing and soaked completely through, then would come indoors, strip down to there skivies, throw all the wet things in the dryer just to put them all on again to go back outside!! Fun memories.
    Thanks for making me smile my FF. :)

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    1. Nick Nack, it's so good to hear from you! Those days of playing in the cold and sledding at Cascades are some memories I still hold dear. I do believe we lived outside more than in. I'm so lucky I had a crisscross friend to share the snow with <3
      BTW, what's all this talk about a cute repairman? Start dishing!

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  6. RIP Mr. Dryer. I wish I had a funny dryer story, but all I remember is watching TV when I was young and smelling smoke only to realize that it was coming from our washing machine which was still swishing away right up until my dad unplugged it before spraying it down.

    Happy Thanksgiving and you might realize that the timing was pretty good with the Black Friday deals.

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    1. God bless you for seeing the silver lining. Black Friday. I wish I could say it was all part of my plan, but.... You have a pretty good washer story! I would have yelled, "Let the cycle finish, Man!!" Happy Thanksgiving to you as well, my friend :)

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  7. So, there will be a NEW man in your life very soon. Good luck with that...

    and good luck Thursday. Happy Thanksgiving, slu

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    1. Slu! I even let the man come with me to pick the new guy out...
      Good Luck to you as well...not that you'll be needing it. I just found out that we haven't won a Thanksgiving game in 8 years...Oh dear...
      Happy Turkey Day to you and your beautiful lady!

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    2. Ok. That hurt! Congrats on a close one :)

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    3. you know i'm smiling... but just know that i could not relax the entire game. thought we had lost it at least a ga-zillion times, only to find new life. all i can say is wow!!! too close for comfort...

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  8. This one made me smile, I loved it. My dryer is still holding on after 15 years. I don't know how much longer it will last, but hopefully a bit longer.
    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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    1. 15 years! They just don't make things like they used to. Our first set lasted forever, too. We weren't as lucky this last time. Fingers crossed for the future duo. Until then, I'll be hanging up my drawers in the living room. TMI, I know :)
      Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. Since I stalk your blog, I'm sure it will be amazing :)

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  9. Yes, it was a sad day. You and Mr. Dryer spent a lot of time together over the years (thanks to a family of five with lots of dirty laundry). I'm sure you and his replacement will bond quickly and be turning out loads of dry clothes by the basket-full in no time (he better, for what we paid for him). I hear you have a knack for picking out hard working "guys".

    By the way, I'm missing a twenty dollar bill - any chance I might get it back, or did Starbucks already get it?

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    1. You know, all those years spent studying in college, all I must have dreamed about was turning out loads of clean clothes...ahem. I set the bar pretty high, eh?

      Twenty dollar bill? I know not of what you speak.....mmm Caramel Macchiatto...

      I believe you now need a "date night" with the new appliances so you can get well acquainted. The new laundry set can teach you some tricks, like folding and putting away your own clothes. One day you'll be able to do this all by yourself! See, we all can dream :)

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  10. What would we do without our appliances they are so part of life. Once you are without one even for a day you know just how much we need them. You are right though they do tend to walk with us through the events of life don't they...It's funny how kids love watching the washing machine or the drier going round and round. Hope you get a new one soon. How was your thanks giving? Sorry not been blogging or checking blogs much due to very sore eyes. Thinking about you though :-), Smiles and hugs,

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    1. Thanks, love. My Thanksgiving was fun. We had the man's family over. Lots of family. I did find myself pouting a bit because it's not my family (who live far away), but his family has definitely become my family too. Win/Win.
      I'm so sorry to read about your eyes. I do hope they heal soon. (You know how I love reading your soulful posts!) Never worry about checking posts. Do what you can, when you can.
      Appreciating your smiles and hugs and sending them right back..

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  11. When my drier broke I was a little stressed by a little I almost cried! I feel your pain a couple of weeks ago we had no dishwasher and no vacum I felt like I was living in 1901 it was brutal!!

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    1. Okay, if my vacuum died, I'd really be in trouble. This in no way has anything to do with my filthy furnace filter or the fact that my family eats food that produce crumbs. The crumbs are ceremoniously strewn across my floors. The dishwasher would be less vital since I have, well, children who can do the dishes. Cheers to teenagers!!

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  12. Hehe! I LOVE my dryer. It's nothing swanky - in fact, it was a hand-me-down from our friends who were upgrading. I'm a Brit so I know nothing about a good dryer, all I know is how to hang the washing out just before it pees it down! I was a 'green' snob about these mega huge dryers when I first arrived. But now after four years of dryer bonding I truly feel your pain:) If only the kitty's litter box didn't live directly in front of ours that would be my new time-out spot!

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    1. Josie, you always make me smile. I'm definitely not "green" in the laundry department. The set is Energy Efficient, but it is ALWAYS running.. Move that kitty litter. Watching clothes spin around is like meditation!!! :)

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  13. A fitting eulogy! When's the funeral...I'll try and make it! :P

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    1. Oh, please do! I believe it will happen at about midnight. We will be cremating the deceased. There is nothing more in the world that I would love than to be surrounded by my bloggy sisters at the time :)

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  14. Is this leading up to a reality TV show called Dryer Bachelorette? Hope you find a perfect, long lasting match!

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    1. Long lasting being the operative phrase, girl. I always wanted to be on TV :)

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