I see the bad moon's a risin', I see trouble on the way,
I have shared in past blogs, the possession by evil forces of my appliances and systems and their failure to ward off the death knoll peeling out from the universe as of late. Remember the new washing machine with the pliers stuck down into the little do hicky that makes the machine agitate because the lid is shut but it didn't work and I applied my higher hill billy ways to fix it? It all started then and hasn't improved over the last few months.
But to state it more succinctly..the washing machine, the dryer, the stove top, the manifold intact on my car, the back bathroom sink and under plumbing, the kitchen sink (twice), the drain in the laundry room, the garage door opener and now the entire waste water pipe system under the house have banded together to form a conspiracy of epic proportion on our heretofore dwindling emergency fund formerly known as our retirement. Each of these items has died a very dramatic death. Calling particular attention to the inconvenience that each could give to each and every member of this family.
Clothes first didn't get clean, bought a washer. 91 days after our purchase with a 90 day warranty, it stopped working again. Got a replacement part.....crossing fingers.
The dryer got jealous and started screaming. When the repairman came, it just quit working all together. Bought another dryer.
I started having to cook 3 minute eggs for 8 minutes in order to not eat raw ones. Put a new part in and am hoping for a few more months of service.
The engine light went on in my car. First time anything has had to be replaced on my 2007 car besides routine maintenance. I only have 32,000 miles on it. Yes, I am the little old lady mobile driver. The repair was going to be $3500.00. What??? So the pit bull I am married to called Chrysler and did his magic and it ended up costing us $100.00. Gotta love a guy with that much tenacity and knowledge of the car industry.
Got trapped in the garage one afternoon when the thing wouldn't go up. That was fun. Easy fix but sheesh.
Shelley's washing dishes, turns on the disposal and water floods the kitchen. Fixed the U joint. 2 weeks later Shelley is again washing dishes and yep, we're doing the backstroke in the kitchen again. Got all the pipes replaced under the sink. Same situation in the bathroom....one day the entire floor was wet. Got a new sink and plumbing on that one.
And then we were washing clothes and that water backed up and we were bailing in the laundry room and water is flowing into the garage, good thing we had already fixed the garage door thing by then.
We have had to clean the drains in this house so often I have the drain people on speed dial. When my folks built this house 50 years ago, the man who build it, did a crap job of plumbing.....no duh huh? But is gets worse. There is a dip in the waste water pipes. That means that it just sits in the pipes instead of moving out to the sewer line. These pipes are cast iron and falling apart so..............as I am typing this, there are terrible strange noises going on under my house. I hope they win the war on this one cuz it's sounds like no one is taking prisoners down there. And before anyone says, yes but Linda are you sure they really needed to be replaced? Uhhhh yeah for years but the last quote I had was so much I just shut down and knew it would be an inevitable thing. Luckily for us, one of Shelley's customers from the restaurant is a plumber who is giving us "the friends and family" discount or we would have already been on can't do it street.
I'm not bitching. I'm just reporting the abandon ship attitude permeating the premises. And yet, the people are doing remarkably well and happy and pretending we don't notice that the "things" we own are rebellious at best and traitorous at worst. So if you hear about an implosion in my neck of the woods.....ya knew beforehand.