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Thursday, September 10, 2009

uh DUH!!

The new washer and dryer arrived. Gee whiz, what a mess under the old washer. No wonder it almost caught on fire. All the oil and grease from the motor and clutch is on the floor. Without oil and grease the motor and clutch got hot enough to put smoke all through the house. Not a single clue that it had been leaking for a long time. The evidence of a leak stayed conveniently out of sight under the washer.

The delivery guys couldn't give me enough time to clean up the mess. They were on a deadline to get to the next delivery. With the recent flood in this area and all the people getting FEMA checks to replace appliances the guys are quite busy. They left the washer and dryer like this.

I didn't buy brand new hoses for the washer or a brand new vent pipe for the dryer. I thought these were included in the initial cost but they weren't. The delivery guys weren't allowed to hook them up because I didn't buy new ones. There's no reason for me to buy new when the ones I have are still new. It's not difficult to hook up a couple of hoses and tighten a screw on a band clamp for the dryer. I saved myself almost one hundred dollars by doing this myself.

So that's what I did. I wanted to test the machines to see if they work properly. I hook up the water lines, load the washer with a high load, then go outside to cut some branches off trees growing in my fence. I want to get some work done before the construction guys get here. I needn't have bothered with the fence because this is what happened over the course of the day. This is a mound of dirt higher than the fence and going the whole length of the fence.

About half an hour later, when the construction guys show up, I go back inside to check how the clothes look. My house is flooded!! Duh! I forgot to put the drain hose in the drain. There is two high loads of water all over the place. One is the wash and the other is the rinse. I want to cry but there isn't any time for that. I immediately start mopping up water. The mop takes way too long so I gather up all the bath towels I have. I put these on the floor to soak up all they will hold. I put these into the washer to spin out the water (after putting the drain hose in the drain) and repeat this over and over.

Finally, three hours later, all the water is up. I assess the damage. Nothing on the floor to get ruined except cardboard meant for cardboard furniture. Cardboard is easily replaced. Water didn't make it into the studio. Thank heavens! I have lots of fabrics setting in boxes on the floor in there. I had been sorting through it a little at a time.

My nice laminate flooring is completely ruined. Almost all the seams, where board meet, have swelled and buckled in every room but the studio.

This is what it looks like.

And this.

And this.

That flooring cost me about 8 months of quilting income. No way can I afford to replace it. Especially since I've retired. The money to replace it just isn't there anymore. No flood insurance either. Homeowners doesn't cover flooding. I'm sick about this but I'll just have to live with it.
The construction crew got the foundation poured for the house next door. Looks like I will have new neighbors pretty soon.

Oh, and before I forget.... I did work on a quilt for awhile. I got it stabilized and started doing the border designs.

There are days when I just feel like giving up! So many things going wrong and so many things need repairing!!! I can't give up though. Too many are dependant on me to allow myself to give up. Giving up would be worse than having lots of bad luck. What's the saying? If I had no bad luck I'd have no luck at all.
I think I'll go get some quilting finished. At least there's nothing to go wrong there..... uh maybe I shouldn't say that. Shhh.... you didn't read that.


Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

So sorry about your flood. Maybe the laminate flooring won't look so bad once everything dries out. It's probably still really wet under the laminate, so it will take some time. Do you have a dehumidifier & some fans you could run for a few days at least? Sometimes it just seems that for every step forward we take, we get pushed back two.

kathi said...

Oh anita, I am in TEARS for you. NO. NEVER GIVE UP.. I think a lot of us are going through a "time of trials".. Those times in life where darn near everything breaks, or goes wrong.. YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS. And eventually. laugh about it. I'm sending a LOT of PRAYERS in YOUR direction.