Thursday, February 21, 2008


my washing machine is the bane of my existence. i know most people hate to do laundry and i am certainly one of them. but during the months of october through march i get to hate it more than most. see my house is almost 40 years old and up until last year there was no city water. or sewer. so we have a well and a septic tank. no biggie. except that the basin that they dug 40 years ago for the washing machine rinse water no longer works properly. it's filled with 40 years of soap scum and stuff. during the rainy season it won't drain correctly. and i get to play draining woman. (sorry, couldn't think of a better name) what i get to do is listen to the different sounds the washer makes, spin, drain, fill, etc. and when it gets ready to go through the drain cycle, i run like a mad woman into the laundry room and stand over the machine and manually stop and start the flow of water. or it flows all over my floor. we have had to pull up all the carpet in there because it took about a year for us to figure out what was going on and my carpet got ruined. and did you know that a washing machine drains twice in a cycle. i spend lots of time in there. i even keep books and magazines on the dryer so i will have something to do while i wait for the water to go down. BUT! it could be worse. i am constantly standing over the machine thanking God that i don't have to go to the laundry mat. and praying for forgiveness for cussing at the durn thing!!!

for my b-day (march 6th just so you know) my DH is going to go under the house and move the pipe to go into the septic tank. you have no idea how excited i am!!!

on another note...this is what big c did to the door to his room. not sure why. it's construction paper. strange

15 comments:

Drewpy Drew said...

Washing clothes can be so draining...

Whatever.

Good on you for allowing and encouraging self expression. Creativity rocks!

Melek said...

poor DH! that's gonna be a messy job. good thing the washing machine will be fixed when he moves the pipes bc i'm sure his clothes are gonna need some washin...

kay said...

drew you are so punny!!

you can't stop the creativity around here. it has a mind of it's own! (but i love it!)

Jen said...

"cheer"up, it could be worse. The water could be flowing into the house like a "tide". Then you'd have nothing to "gain" other than soggy carpets. The it'd take an "arm & hammer" to remove!!But I'd come over and give you a "snuggle"!

kay said...

jen stop right now

Crazymamaof6 said...

AhHA! i got here. i tried earlier and it was just loading, forever!! lame.
SO whoohoo on the fixing of the problem. love that you have entertainement in there for while you wait. and the paper? i think it's so he can write on it. message board? rad! and colorful ! k have a fab day! i see you got an award? hmmm. interesting! very interesting. at melissa's blog.

Melissa said...

Wow, serious bummer. I love your bday present. ;)

Flea said...

What a COOL door! And you got oatmeal creme pies? I am SOOOO jealous!!! I guess I could just go buy some, but then I'd eat the entire box in one sitting, I love them that much.

Spammon said...

Or what if you had to wash your clothes on a rock down by the river. That would really suck. I bet sometimes you'd get leeches in your clothes and then you go and put it on after its clean and it latches on and sucks your blood. That's probably why people stopped doing that around the turn of the century.

Cecily R said...

I LOVE the door. Seriously. :)

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

I LOVE the door. Really. Maybe if he decorated the washer with some construction paper, then it wouldn't be such a downer. Yeah, probably not.

Jan Parrish said...

Hi Kay,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I loved the quilted door look. :) Very creative.

Susie said...

I thought I hated laundry until....
Wow Kay, I don't know how you have put up with that inconvience for so long! Now I know you have been sainted! On top of everything else you do. Good job seeing the good side of it all--and good luck dh for the task ahead.
Love the checkerboard by the way. Multi-colored vans just popped into my head.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Aw, that door makes me smile.

I cannot imagine having to deal with that on top of the usual grind that is laundry. Oh, wait, maybe I can. I HATE washing walls. H. A. T. E. it. And now I am doomed to scrub and wash them once a week because during the months of Nov-March we get mildew on our walls because there is no fan in our bathroom and the steam clings to our cold walls. UG. Someday we will get a fan in there.

SuperCoolMom said...

You have some seriously artistic kids! I'd be sticking a hose on that that slows out to the back yard or maybe filling the pool/pond with soapy water. What a hassle.