I’m in a bad mood.
Aha! I hear you cry, you’re always in a bad mood.
That may or may not be true, but today I’m in an even badder mood than normal.
It has been an expensive few weeks. I had a cracked oil tank that had to be replaced, and a dog that required expensive treatment. Then there is some new fencing that has to be erected to replace a fence that has collapsed. The funds are taking a hammering.
Now I suspect the washing machine is on the blink.
I put in a wash this morning [amn’t I incredibly well domesticated?] and what was unusual was that I went to empty the machine when the cycle finished. This is indeed unusual as I normally leave it in the machine to fester for days until I could be bothered to clear the drying rack which involves sorting stuff into underwear/tops/bottoms/whatever which is a pain in the arse. The drying rack was actually clear this morning, hence the decision to empty the machine.
Everything was cold.
It should at the very least be warm and damp.
It was damp all right and the wash appeared to be reasonably well washed so I cleared everything onto the rack. I put in another wash just to see what would happen.
Fucking cold again!
So the heater part is fucked. Do I get a mechanic out to fix it or do I replace the machine? I gave this question long and hard thought and decided after about ten seconds that a new one is in order [though not yet on order].
We’ve had the existing machine for around twenty years and I never liked it much anyway. It had two flaws – the drying cycle never really worked even after two hours of churning and the filter is at the back of the machine which is fucking insane. If the filter blocks up I have to haul the machine out from its very tight fit, remove the back and then unhitch a rubber hose to get at the filter.
So maybe the time has come to get a new one.
I’ll have a go first with a few judicious thumps with a hammer and maybe take the back off [the machine is a complete bitch to slide out]. You never know?
One way or another, the mood is still bad.