Two weeks ago, our washing machine started leaking all over the floor, just above the kitchen. Our laundry room is in the hallway upstairs, next to the master bedroom. Fortunately, it's still under warranty. It's only 2 years old, so I'm really upset it didn't last as long as I thought it would. This is our second washing machine in 9 years. I bought a major name brand this time hoping we wouldn't have too much trouble with it, but things just aren't made well anymore. I'm so glad I bought an extended 4 year warranty. It took a week for the repair man to come take a look at it, only to tell me he had to special order the part and it would be another week until it arrives. Now we have to wait another week until we can be get an appointment for the actual repair. I don't think I'll ever buy a front loader again. They don't seem to last as long.
In the meantime, the little girls and I are washing clothes by hand with this washboard and two large buckets. They seem to be really enjoying it. I practically had to beg them to let me help. I'm sure they'll get tired of it after a few days, but in the meantime I will let them help as much as they want. The boys are in charge of filling and emptying the buckets and bringing them out to the deck since they're so heavy. We washed 2 large loads of laundry yesterday and hung them up on the clothes line and over the railing. I think we can manage to wash and dry 2 loads and day as long as it doesn't rain. I don't think I will ever be able to catch up on laundry, not that I ever did. Why couldn't it have been the dryer that broke? I've had it unplugged almost all spring to try to save electricity. I guess our electric bill is definitely going to be lower next month.
Just to make things a little more interesting, the A/C unit on the main level broke last week, as well. Luckily, the one upstairs is still working, so we can stay cool at night while we sleep. I would much rather suffer through heat and humidity during the day than at night. For that I am thankful. I might just spend the rest of summer upstairs decluttering and rearranging all the bedrooms.
Did I mention our dishwasher broke 2 years ago and we haven't been able to afford to get it replaced? I guess we're slowly going off the grid. Let's hope the hot water heater can make it a few more years. What a week!