Sunday, April 15, 2018

We Said It Would Last A Year. It Ended Up Lasting Almost 3 Years.

After tending to the laundry and running over to our neighbor friend's house to take care of our fur-nieces this morning, Lisa met me on the front porch. I was freezing. After 2 days of gorgeous Spring weather in the 70's, I wasn't dressed for the 30-degree weather that hit me like a ton of bricks. I was also in the process of mentally preparing myself for the week ahead. The last of the upstairs renovations was scheduled. My work week was already partially shattered. When Lisa leaned up against the porch railing and said, "Do you want the good news or bad news first," my stomach sank.

"I'll take the bad news first."

Lisa exhaled.

"Our dryer is broken. Gone. It was working great and then it just crashed. It's not drying, it no longer heats up, and the timer isn't working."

I exhaled even louder.

"Okay, so what's the good news?"

"The dryer lasted for almost 3 years."

I had to smile. I think Lisa was a bit surprised.

"You're relatively calm about this..."

At this point, I reminded Lisa about a conversation we had almost 3 years ago.

The washer and dryer we have belonged to our Grammy who passed away in July of 2015. After the family took what they wanted, Lisa and I were offered a few things. A love seat. A kitchen table with matching chairs. Washer and dryer. A refrigerator. We took everything. We gave our neighbor friends, who made 2 trips to our Grammy's home with their pickup truck, the refrigerator. They needed a new one.

The washer was fairly new. The dryer was an older model, but it worked just fine. At the time, Lisa and I guesstimated how long the dryer would last. We do a lot of laundry between our clothes, bedding, and the 217 throw blankets our kids have.

We both agreed the dryer would only last a year.

On occasion, after the first year went by, we'd bring up that particular conversation and marvel at how well the dryer still worked.

The last time we brought it up was over the holiday season.

Then, today happened.

I'm not thrilled about having to shop for a new dryer, but it is what it is. Our Grammy's dryer lasted almost 3 years...far longer than we had anticipated.

We took care of it. We never overloaded it. After each load of clothes came out, we emptied the lint thingy.

This week, we'll be shopping for a new dryer. I have no shame in admitting that I'll be a little sad to see our Grammy's dryer being hauled away. And, it's not exactly the ideal time for this to be added to our list o' things that absolutely have to be done this week.


We're grateful our Grammy's dryer lasted for almost 3 years.

We're even more grateful that the dryer broke peacefully and without incident. I've heard and witnessed too many horror stories about dryers crashing suddenly and causing fires and other mishaps.

I think our Grammy was watching out for us and our family.

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