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Fixed, well almost

After discussing our broken washer with friends on the internet we took action.

Bob said to check the water-screen. I thought we’d have to pull the washer out of its space against the wall…..a lot of work if you asked me. Bob said we do that in the basement where the water comes up from the basement.

The screens were clean.

The next step was to switch the hot and cold connections. Bob didn’t think this would work, but he didn’t understand my plan–based on friends’ ideas for us.

The cold water now comes out of the hot connection. The hot water, replaced the cold so it doesn’t work.

I can fill the tub with cold water automatically now. I do not have to carry any water. I just have to listen when the washer stops, trying to fill for the rinse cycle. At this point, I turn the dial back to the start position and it fills with cold water again.

I wash and rinse in cold water.

The problem still exists, but I can use the washing machine and did today. We won’t have to look for a new washer, not until something else breaks on my machine.

I’m satisfied.

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Washing machine problems

For months I was without a clothes dryer. That was fixed just as the weather made hanging clothes outside more difficult. Now I have a problem with our washer.

The washer won’t let cold water in to fill the tank. I have only hot water to wash in. The worst part is that the washer only uses cold for the rinse cycle.

The rest of the machine works perfectly. The guy who fixed the dryer said we need a part to fix the cold water problem, but since the machine is old he can’t get it, so he couldn’t fix the washer.

I am still using this washer.

I put some hot water into the tank and then haul cold water from the kitchen sink to finish filling it.

This isn’t the optimal way to wash clothes, but it works. We may look for a new machine next week. But I get ticked off that the washing machine works, mostly. We shouldn’t need a new one.

Bob looked on the internet for parts, but couldn’t find any there either. The good thing is that it’s only the two of us who live here. It really would be difficult if it was the days when we had four children living with us. Back then it was hard keeping up with the tons of laundry even with a working machine.

Right now I get exercise by hauling water. That’s not a big hardship. It just ticks me off that we can’t fix my mostly-working machine so it can fill properly.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Our family actually had our Thanksgiving turkey on Sunday. I thought of cooking a turkey today but decided on lasagna instead. Bob’s sister will join us for lunch and then for a game of dominoes.

No matter what you are eating today, we wish you the best today and every day.

From Susan and Bob

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A reminder

Today I went to our clinic and got my flu shot.

I hardly noticed the poke as I was trying to take this selfie and wasn’t paying much attention to what the nurse was doing.

I recommend that, if you are able, you head to a nearby establishment to get your own flu vaccination. News reports say it takes 2 weeks to develop antibodies against the flu, so the sooner, the better.

Bob got his shot two weeks ago, so he’s all set.

Wishing everyone good health.

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Trying to eat healthy

After talking to our regular doctor, Bob and I are again trying to eat healthy. We have cut some carbs, but not enough. Bread is on the chopping block. Guess it’s oatmeal for breakfast and not toast tomorrow.

Anyway, we bought an assortment of vegetables at the grocery store. When we were in the freezer section I got stirfry packages and peas and some other stuff. Then I saw a new addition to our small-town store.

Next to the cauliflower florets was a package of Buffalo cauliflower. I thought flavored cauliflower would appeal to Bob–he really doesn’t care for ordinary cauliflower.

We bought it and made it as our side dish tonight.

I’m not too fond of spicy food, but I did make an effort to eat my serving. Bob didn’t care for the spicy cauliflower either.

When other food doesn’t meet our tastes, I can usually share it with our chickens, but not this time. Too spicy for our girls.

We ate about half of the buffalo cauliflower and tossed the rest.

Maybe this wouldn’t be spicy enough for some people. It was too spicy for us.

Just a warning for others like us, who take spice on the light side.

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