EDIT #2: Back from a family trip to Lowe’s. We own a new dryer. Coming tomorrow. Free delivery and haul-away with rebate. Thanks for the suggestions, Terri! Details later…
EDIT: Advice please ASAP. It’s not the motor that’s the problem. Probably the door switch or some fuse. Another $100+ to fix. So, we’re getting a new dryer. Any recommendations for brand names? Cubic feet? Why are some only 3 cu. ft. and some 7 for the same price?
because my dryer won’t.
I’m a tad frustrated and trying to be joyful. Thankful for what I have. Not focusing on this one pebble in my proverbial shoe.
Here’s the scoop. My natural tendency when things break/rip/whatever is to throw them out and get something new. But I realize this is not always the best stewardship, so I’ve been trying to make things last. Anyway, we got our first (and only) washer and dryer back in 1999. In the past couple years, they’ve both started acting up, but I’ve just made do. Dry each load of clothes twice. Manually move the washer knob along when needed. And so on.
Feb. 16, 2007–dryer drum won’t turn at all. Repairman replaces drum bolt. $99.07. Way to go, Marla. A new dryer would have been at least $400.
May 30, 2007–dryer stops working again. Replace motor? Expensive. Get new dryer? Have to find a way to get rid of old one. Big hassle. Already put $100 in this dryer. Opt for new motor–$267.50. Eek.
September 7, 2007–dryer has been making hideous noise for weeks now. Finally cave and call repairman. Replace rear tub rollers–$64.73.
Are you adding all this up? Now for the clincher. December 11, 2007. Dryer stops working. Are you kidding me? Call repair place. I explain situation. “Who has been out to look at your dryer in the past?” “Jim, Wally, and Easy,” I say. “Wow.” She’s going to send Jim, the manager. He’ll call first. (this is 9 a.m.) Doesn’t call. I call back four hours later. She says he’ll call. Doesn’t call. Gabe leaves message at 5 p.m. If you’ve been following this blog o’ mine, you’re wondering why I keep calling these… people. Well, I need my $ back if this dryer motor is kaput after just a few months. With my luck, I’ll end up buying a new dryer–for a grand total of $1500.
Some of my clothes are wet. Many are dirty. Why, oh why, didn’t we get a new dryer 10 months ago? I’m trying to look at this from a different perspective than my own. It’s only money. God can pull money out of anywhere. I am being given an opportunity to develop character traits I lack. What else?
I know. I have a family. I have eternal life. It’s Christmas. I’m loved. I’m capable of loving. I have a home. And a blog. And friends. And food. And our very first real tree. And comfortable pajama pants. And I volunteered in Ava’s class this afternoon and didn’t mess up my paper-cutting and hole-punching. And one little girl told me I was pretty (compared to the one who asked me why my teeth are big). And Livi and Ava and I went to Muffins with Mom this morning at their school. And all five of us are healthy at the moment. And God sent Jesus who sent His Spirit, who dwells inside me.
God has been stirring my heart and swirling my thoughts. I want to take big risks for Him. I want more of Him in my life. I’ll start by rejoicing in the midst of my dirty laundry and money out the dryer vent.
Happy Wednesday, you little cheekies!