Day 238, A new age in clothes washing..

Really? Not! As I wrote about previously our old washing machine made a puddle/stopped working/was temperamental for the last time on Saturday. We purchased a new one at Home Depot. Today was the scheduled delivery day. I was going to have DS1 take care of watching for the delivery guys this morning, but I felt if there were any “issues” I would not be happy with how he handled them. No matter the outcome.  Maybe I am a little type A despite my efforts to ramp it down.

The delivery came at 9:10 this morning. They called about 8:45 to say they would be here shortly. The lead delivery person came in and went down to the basement to see where the machine was going. He was pleasantly surprised that the old machine was gone. Come to think of it, he was not the least bit disappointed that they did not have to carry it out from the cellar. They strapped on their carrying apparatus and carried the new machine down the stairs and placed it where the old one had been. He hooked it up, tested the functionality and they were gone on their way in less than 15 minutes.

After the delivery I went to the office to work for the rest of the day. I had not planned yesterday to stay home this morning so I was not prepared to work from home.  Work for me was slow. I spent some time setting up next week’s work.  My DW had a decent day. It was less crazy than the last two days have been. Tonight after dinner she went to the basement to work on her masters class homework. She spent the entire evening down there. I don’t think she could have done this class while the kids were in high school. There always was just too much going on every day here for her to get the quiet time that she needs.

The kids were quiet today. DS1 is working. I have not seen him yet today. He slept through the washing machine delivery. DS2 and DS3 have been doing their college thing. I will try to schedule some time Friday afternoon to talk to them. They both are done with classes on Friday by noon.  Hint, hint!

Tomorrow the temperatures are forecast for around 60 degrees again. I will definitely find something to do at lunch time outside. Tonight’s pictures comes from July 2006 when my DS2 was in France. I think the pictures were shot near Paris. Maybe he will read the blog and text me where the pictures were taken.


Day 234, Buy Home Depot stock..

Note: the Lime Guy does not own or control any Home Depot or Lowes stock. Well, now that we got our financial disclosures out-of-the-way, let’s get to the heart of the matter.  Today, for various reasons that will be explained here, we (DW and I) went washing machine shopping. Our town has both of the big home improvement stores within a mile of each other. If you don’t like what you see at one, you can easily get back in you car and drive to the other. 

We purchased our last washing machine back in 1998 (as best we can guess). It has been fixed several times over the years. If you have five people living under the same roof, doing laundry with one machine, things are bound to break or wear out. Add to that having three boys in the house, the laundry load is almost double due to sports and other outdoor activities.  The possible icing on the cake might be that each of the three boys learned to their own laundry on this machine. How hard can that be?  I don’t know, maybe just a contributing factor.

This afternoon I heard those dreaded words “Lime Guy can you come down the cellar, I NEED you?” Oh no, that has to mean water in the cellar. Dammit! I had settled into the chair to read a chapter or two of my book and then I might get up and do some chores. Scrap that plan. I went down and there was a small puddle next to the washing machine. The washing machine had become temperamental in recent years. You could not add liquid bleach to the bleach intake, it would either leak or destroy the things being washed. The machine would run for weeks and then decide one day that a three-hour nap was in order and not work at all.

I went down and moved the machine pulling the hot water hose off the connector and water began spraying on the floor. Nice, just like I planned it. I shut the hot water off and looked at the mess and decided, enough was enough. It was time for a new machine. I removed the cold water line before I turned that off. This caused the puddle on the floor to grow a little more. I guess having a plan before doing things might work out better.  I cleaned up the mess, took care of the leak and we headed downtown to find a new washing machine.

Lowes comes up  first when driving east on Route 72. We went in and looked at the various washing machines on display. We walked up and down, looked in them, read the signs and generally shopped. Nobody came over to help us. They also did not have much in our price range. We left and went down the street to Home Depot. We walked through their appliance section. They had more units in our price range. Think 500 dollars as our price range. The parent of a high school student that our oldest son went to school with works at Home Depot. He came by and got us situated with a salesperson. Bottom line, the new machine will be delivered Wednesday. They will hook up and remove the old one.  The moral of the story, sell your Lowes stock and buy Home Depot stock. I hate to say it but this is not the first time we have had this experience.

And, boys… you will need some minor training on the new machine.

Fun, fun. Today’s picture is of the first crocus of Spring. We have another month until Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere. The Crocus’ are always the first play to bloom. Enjoy!


First flowers of Spring