Saturday, January 24, 2009
Clothes Washer Died...
I knew it would happen. As soon as we start talking about clothes washers on Machinery Talk ours dies.
It has been a good one though. Always owned Kenmore by Sears and got great service. Need one right now so not sure we will go to the city to get another one.
We really would like front loading stackables for our little utility room or dirt room some call them on the farm. It has a door to the side porch and a door from the hallway near the kitchen.
The dryer is so close to the toilet that, well you get the picture. The room is tall in this old house and pretty small dimension wise.
Don't you just dread it when an important machine goes down? The washing machine keeps the clothes clean but planter provides the income! I know that is comparing apples to oranges but farmers do both. I just happen to have a tractor down at the same time. At least it isn't a planter down at planting time!
The stackables would be like a new planter or drill on this farm. It isn't in the budget. The old machine lasted ove 10 years with no repairs and I paid $400 for it for the boys while they were in college on Neil Avenue. When they graduated, it came home to replace the old Kenmore that died at Rhude Road.
It came here with us in 2004 so we got another 5 years out of it. I wish it had a use meter on it like tractors and automobiles have, it would be astronomical in number of uses.
LuAnn is doing her research on it right now and there seem to be some "bargains" out there right now in January in a record slow economy. There is a local store that charges more but gives good service but they don't handle Kenmore of course.
We do like to keep our money invested locally, especially in these challenging times. Our community needs our money spent where it is earned. That is key to viable local farm communities but that is a whole different topic maybe we can touch on some other time.
Right now we need to find the right machine for us in our empty nest years. About the time I say that though and something will change in the family, too! We are fortunate to have all six kids living within 80 miles of us though we can see where three of them may have to consider moving farther away to advance in their careers.
More research is needed to make the mud room work better while handling the washing, drying and folding of clothes.
We would rather be looking at seed catalogs to plan the garden this year!
Have a blessed weekend while we continue to think about our friends and family in need. The community will be tuned to 60 Minutes tomorrow night when they cover the impact of DHL closing their large hub in our county seat at Wilmington.