Tuesday, September 29, 2015


A couple weeks ago in the midst of Sunday afternoon laundry, I heard my front-loading washer go "BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP" in the middle of a load.   It's not supposed to do that.

So I walk in there, take a look, and I see an error message that the door is open???

The door is NOT OPEN.  The washer is full of soaking wet sheets.  And it won't work.

Now just remember, it is Sunday afternoon.

I recently bought a new dishwasher (KitchenAid -- I LOVE IT) so I called the man who installed the dishwasher.  He tells me he doesn't do repairs, only installs.  He gives me the name of a person he knows who does repairs.  He says "he's pretty expensive, but he does a good job."

My washer is nine years old.  I do not want to hear the words "pretty expensive" in the same sentence as that nine year old washing machine.

So I did what any resourceful woman with a load of wet clothes and an IPad would do.  I "GOOGLED" it.  And the "GOOGLE" search results seemed to indicate that the "sensor" that controlled the electronic door lock had gone bad.  And wouldn't you know it, there was a YOUTUBE video showing just how to fix it myself.  I entered the model number of my washing machine and pulled up the parts list.  There on that parts list was the sensor.

I then went to AMAZON.COM and ordered a new sensor for $27.00 and FREE SHIPPING!!!

Then I packed up the wet sheets and headed to my sweet mama's house to use HER washer!!!

A few days later the new part arrived.  I watched the YOUTUBE video one more time and literally just a few minutes later I'M DOING LAUNDRY AGAIN!!!!!

So the next time something in your house breaks, take a few minutes and check the internet to see if it's something you could fix yourself.  There's NO WAY I could have even got a repairman to come to my house and see what's wrong for $27.00.  I guarantee you he would have charged me for two service calls, and at least doubled the mark up on the part.  

Some things I can't do myself.  But the things I can, I'm going to!!!
I'd rather spend my money on something FUN than a repair man!!

Blessings to each of you from dry Missouri!  


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

And Away They Go . . . . .

One week ago this morning our beautiful daughter Alex, and her husband, Cole, left for San Diego, California.

By the time I see her again, it will have been a little over four weeks.

I've never gone four weeks without seeing one of my kids.  And yet, this will probably be the shortest time between visits for quite a while.

Giving her a kiss just before they headed west.

I think I held it together pretty well . . . considering the sight of them driving out of our driveway felt as if a piece of my heart was being ripped from my chest.

I'm happy to report that they made it to California safe and sound and have moved into their brand new apartment!!

Since last Wednesday we have talked every single day.  I've learned that FaceTime is a wonderful thing!

I've had the tour of their apartment and I've seen that beautiful smiling face and I know that she is so happy.  

Thanks so much to each of you for your prayers and your kind words.  I know many, many parents have kids who have moved far away.  And I never realized just how difficult that is until it happened to me.

I will see her in three weeks and three days . . . but who's counting!!!

Blessings to each and every one of you my blogging friends!