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...someone does something really nice. 

I don't like to post a lot about my family's financial issues, but let's say that my budget is extremely tight.  I've learned lots and lots of ways to stretch a dollar. 

This is a long and convoluted story. 

Last week was my nephew's birthday and I emailed my sister all week wanting to know what she was doing to celebrate, when she was having cake, etc, so that I could be there.  My nephew is also my godson, so it was important to me.  She said they'd probably do something on Sunday.  So I made plans to go up to Newark on Sunday, and I had a card for him and I was all excited.  I got up to Newark to find that they'd had cake on Saturday night and didn't call me. 

Stuff like that happens with my family all the time.  I try not to let it get to me but I was complaining to Steve about it and to Wayne and to some of my other friends. I've been down on my family and feeling isolated and left out.  


Yesterday, I was doing the last load of laundry for the week while playing on my laptop at the kitchen table.  My washer is LOUD and I heard it shift from the wash cycle to the spin and then it was dead quiet.  I looked over at the knob (yes, my washer is in the kitchen, it's an old house) and it should have been spinning but it wasn't.  I got up to look at it.  I opened up the washer and my clothes were floating in gray/black water.  Argh!  

So I took all the of the clothes out. Luckily it was a small load.  I wrung them out the best I could and dragged them to the bathroom to rinse them out in the tub.  Wrang them again and hung them outside on the clothesline, sopping wet. 

I tried everything to get the water to drain but ended up bailing it out and texting Steve the bad news. 

Knowing that we have money issues, he went to a bunch of DIY websites to troubleshoot the problem.  When he came home he took the whole thing apart.  The web had suggested that it was the pump or pump belt.  So he took the pump out and found that this little metal piece that shifts the cycles had corroded through and was no longer supporting this bar thing.  We looked at all these appliance part websites and no one had the right pump because the washer is so old. 

So the dead washer is sitting in my kitchen in several pieces.  I looked at our local Freecycling board and posted a wanted ad.  I went through craigslist and replied to a bunch of ads for cheap, used washers and then watched the season premiere of Mindfreak on A&E and went to bed. 

My mom came over this morning to drop off the boy's shoes that I forgot at her house on Sunday.  She saw the mess of the washer and asked me what happened, yadda yadda yadda.  In the meantime, I checked my email and got a response from someone on the freecycle board who had a washer to give away.  She said it had a little rust around the top of the tub and a dent on the right side, but that it still worked. 

I forwarded the email to Steve and he called me a few minutes later and said to ask my mom if we could use my dad's van to pick it up.  I did and my mom asked me why I needed the van.  I explained to her that we were going to get someone's old washer since we really don't have the cash to go buy a new one.  She launched into a story about my aunt's new washer and the washer she bought a few months ago, that it wasn't that expensive and I should check out the website for this one new appliance store. 

So I did and we were looking at the washers they had and I'm silently crying because they're awesome but waaaaay more than I can even imagine spending, like $1500 for front loading, multi-speed washers.  We scrolled through every page to the top loaders and the prices were more reasonable but I told her I just can't spend a few hundred dollars at the moment and I can't go for too long with five people in the house and no washing machine. 

So she noticed that you can buy them online and asked me how much delivery is to my house from the nearest store.  The only way to find that out is to add the machine to your shopping cart.  So I did that and found that delivery is like $50.  My mom said, "Really?  That's all?" 

And then in a blur there's a new washer being delivered to my house this Saturday via my mom's credit card for that particular store. 

So it's another one of those instances where I feel like a jerk for badmouthing my family because when I really need something, they came through for me.


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Jun. 6th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
What a great mommy!! She deserves some extra hugs and kisses. :)

I am just waiting for the day that my washer breaks down. I will cry big alligator tears when that happens because I will be in the same boat as you. Lets hope that it lasts another 2 years.
Jun. 6th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
Yup, the mom is pretty cool.

When appliances dies, it's worth crying real tears. I can't believe how expensive stuff is. Geez, I can't remember ever really getting new appliances (except after my house burned down)-- it seemed like we had repairmen every now and then but not really replacements. Is stuff just not lasting as long as it used to?
Jun. 7th, 2007 08:46 am (UTC)
Sorry to eavesdrop but... your freakin' HOUSE burned down?! Girl, you have been through some crazy shit!!! Do tell!
Jun. 12th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
It was 1988. My dad, the heavy smoker, threw a cigarette into the trash and it caught fire. No one was in the house and no one was hurt. All of the fire damage was in the kitchen. The rest of the house only had smoke and water damage but my parents gutted the house and started from scratch anyway.

Jun. 6th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
YAY! Washing machines actually make excellent presents, because they add so much to quality of life. ;) Seriously.
Jun. 6th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
The thought of having to haul all of our laundry to the laundromat a few blocks away makes me want to cry. What major suckage... so yeah, I'm totally thrilled.

Course, I've now gotten like 5 emails with people wanting to give me their old washers.
Jun. 6th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
Set up a reselling service? ;)
Jun. 6th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
Moms are cool like that.
Jun. 6th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
Yay for moms! I'm glad she came through for you.

I know I would be upset if my sister didn't call me for cake after I asked her about it. Especially my God Son. :(
Jun. 7th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
Oh Juli...your story has me teary eyed. What a wonderful Mother. She defines the meaning of family...always there when you really need them!! :o)
Jun. 7th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
That is so awesome, I'm so happy for you Jules! Your mommy rocks! Did you end up with a top or front loader? I'm going to be incredibly jealous if you got a front loader cuz' we couldn't afford those when we had to get a new one (our old machine broke down too after many Brent-self-repairs) That was about 2 years ago and then just a couple months ago our ancient dryer (the timer) went out and was roasting our clothes if we didn't set an egg timer! :) So again, we had to get one of the cheaper models. They're both nice, don't get me wrong but I'd love to be one of "those" LJ'ers (I'm sure you have them on your list too eh?) who get those amazing, gorgeous side by side huge top of the line deals! But, I'm satisfied that the dryer is much quieter (our old one was at LEAST 15 years old!) and that we did spring for a top of the line dishwasher that is so quiet you can only hear a gentle hum when you stand directly in front of it. :)

So ANYWAY, back to you!!! (hi tangent!) I'm so stoked for you. Post some pics! :)
Jun. 12th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
I got a top loader, a cheap one, because I didn't want to ask too much of my mom and her generosity.
Jun. 12th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
And that's what I like about you. I'm the same way, I could NEVER feel right asking for something expensive. I'd have a hard time accepting anything at all, but in that case I totally would (who can live without a freaking washer/dryer? I'm not the type who loves nasty ass laundromats!) :)
Jun. 12th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
Really, I don't really have a lot of delicates or stuff that requires a special cycle. I really only do big loads so I didn't need anything really fancy.

And anything is better than the 1970s Kenmore I had.
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