Yeah...you know what I'm talkin' about. That sound that the washing machine has been making that you KNOW just isn't right but you can't stop doing laundry ('cause, you have FOUR kids). And it gets louder and Louder and LOUDER...until you are informed that the washer is filled with water and dirty sudsy water that won't drain.
Yes, this is that oh Sh!t moment. That moment when you realize that you WILL be shopping for a new washing machine. AND while you're at it, you might as well throw in the dryer because you KNOW within a week of the delivery of the washer, the dryer will have a massive inferiority complex and shut down. Completely. With a load of wet towels inside (ALTHOUGH...they will be wet towels that have been spun by a high efficiency washer so it won't be THAT bad). And, because you KNOW that sh!t like this ALWAYS happens in threes, you might want to check out that new LG 5 burner 2 oven range. Just in case.
We actually are fairly lucky in that we built and moved into our house in January of 1997 (and YES, it looks VERY 1997) and all the appliances(white), the furnace, the water heater and the air conditioner are all original. It's been 16 years so we really are pushing our luck. You just don't want this happening the same year you are getting ready to send your oldest child off to college.
Of course, with my awesome 20-20 hindsight, I can say we SHOULD have been gradually replacing the appliances BEFORE they went belly up. But at the time, Mexico seemed like a much better idea, at least while the appliances were working.
So, while I'm out looking for a new washer (and dryer), I'm also checking out prices on a new dishwasher, range, and refrigerator. I'll save the furnace and water heater for the husband. We'll limp along with what we have. For now. And I'll pray that we can make it another year or so before the next one goes.
I'll also be playing Powerball/Megamillions. Because, ya know, SOMEONE has to win and if you don't play you won't win.
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