An Unplanned Purchase

33 minutes. That’s enough time to take care of the dinner dishes and clean out the litter boxes.

Kathy walked by about 10 minutes later. 29 minutes yet.

Hmm. I must have misread when I checked.

Dishes are washed and put away. Time to clean the boxes.

A quick glance. Wait. 40 minutes left. How can that be? I told Kathy that due to my fantastic deductive abilities I deduce that we have a problem. While I am telling her this beeps sound indicating everything is finished. No way. I went to check. It had stopped. All lights were off. I lifted the lid and checked what was inside. Clothes were soaking wet.

Great. We have a dead washer. We couldn’t dry the clothes with them being as wet as they were. I set the washer for drain and spin and turned it back on hoping this would get some of the water out of the clothes so that we could throw them into the dryer. It worked.

Needless to say, beside shopping for Thanksgiving dinner necessities we were shopping for a new washer as well.

It has been years since we bought the one we have so we had no idea what was out there. We found out. I think there was a bit of sticker shock when we started looking. Prices ranged from $500 to $1000 plus. Some were computerized. Some still had buttons and dials. Some were Wi-Fi accessible. Huh? Why would I need that.

The salesperson stated that many of the younger generation liked to start the wash while they were on they on their way home from work so it would be finished by the time they got home. Others didn’t feel like walking downstairs to start the wash so they just used their phone to turn the machine on.

Me, I don’t load the machine unless I am ready to turn it on at that time. I also don’t leave the house while the machine in running. I guess that is just me.

Anyway, after looking, comparing, and talking, we decided on a machine we liked. I will be delivered on Friday. Good, since the wash basket is piling up.



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16 responses to “An Unplanned Purchase

  1. I too do not like to leave the washing machine or some charger on if we are not at home. During monsoon season, we turn off the wi fi modem. We are not sure when there will be thunder and lightning. Some months ago we got a new washing machine. Regards, Lakshmi

  2. Anita Ferreri

    I smiled as I read your post remembering how found myself in need of a machine at the height of the appliance shortage during the pandemic. After washing clothes in the bathtub and sink for what seemed like forever, I took the only available washer, an absolutely no frills machine to be mine. I can’t even do a small load! But, I too wash only when I am home and it works just fine. I suspect it will outlast me!

    • As long as it gets the clothes clean what more does a washing machine need to do? It is enough that my car is smarter than me. I don’t need a smarter washing machine as well.

  3. Trish

    You make me think about our dependence on technology for yet another thing. Laundry, like your preferences for loading-then-doing, simple-is-best, is one of my meditations. It is so satisfying to trust the process and let the white noise(s)—I also love the dryer—wash over me. Enjoy your purchase. Gratitude is easier with working appliances! (Happy Thanksgiving)

    • Technology is really taking over our lives. I sometimes feel like I am living in a futuristic novel. Yes, gratitude is any appliance that works as it should when it should. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

  4. Terje

    Wouldn’t it be great if we had to buy machines only once a life? I know this is not possible. It’s not fun when it is a forced purchase because something breaks. Our strangest experience is when our electric stove/oven stopped working on my daughter’s birthday two days before Christmas. Good thing we had made the birthday cake a day earlier. We ate potato salad and snacks. We were fortunate to buy a new stove already the next day.

  5. Good luck with the new machine! Ours is great, but we’ve had 3 of them in 10 years. In the meantime our dryer is 40 years old and runs perfectly.

  6. I hear you, Bob. Our microwave that is attached to my oven stopped working on Sunday. Not only is it a pain to have this happen but it is also unnerving not to be able to talk face-to-face to GE. Sometimes things just go awry. I am sure you felt this but of course, we are believers who say thanks for the blessings. Enjoy your new machine.

  7. Yes, Carol, no matter what annoyances life throws at us we still have so much to be thankful for. At least our clothes were clean when the washer died.

  8. There is never a good time for the things that have worked perfectly fine for eons to suddenly stop doing so. At least you were able to get that last bit of life out it to finish the load.

    I’m with you on the machine does not start until I am standing in front of it to push the button. Remote washing just seems like a recipe for disaster sooner rather than later.

    Here’s to many many years with your new machine.

  9. I am going to be here soon. My dishwasher died this week. I am also like you – nothing runs unless I am home.

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