Quietly Humming

Little Miss Thing, age 7: “Mom told me to help you with dinner.”

Me: “Uh… I’m just heating up chili. Maybe you can make peanut butter sandwiches for everyone?”

LMT: “I’ve made a lot of them lately. I’m pretty good at it.”

Me: “I’m sure you are.”

LMT: (making sandwiches, quietly humming)

LMT: “Do I have to eat those carrots? We had them for lunch.”

Me: “You had carrots at lunch? Really?”

LMT: “Yes.”

Me: (glaring)

LMT: “We did!”

Me: (glaring intensifies)

LMT: “At lunch… about a month ago.”

Me: “That’s more like it. Tell you what, I sliced up a red bell pepper for Mom. You can eat that or carrots.”

LMT: “Ewwwww… I’ll take carrots. Definitely carrots.”

LMT: (quietly humming)

LMT: “Should I put butter on all of them?”

Me: “On the carrots?”

LMT: “No, the bread.”

Me: “Butter? Don’t you mean peanut butter?”

LMT: “I just call it butter now. I don’t know why.”

Me: “OK, sure. Whatever you call it, it goes on all the sandwiches. That’s why we call them peanut butter sandwiches.”

LMT: “Right, butter sandwiches.”

Me: …

Me: “Call it whatever you want. Just do it.”

LMT: (quietly humming)

LMT: “Do I have to eat chili?”

Me: “Yes.”

LMT: “Why? It’s a free country.”

Me: “Not when you’re a kid, it’s not.”

LMT: “That’s not fair.”

Me: “It really isn’t. Wait… Where’s the red pepper I just sliced?”

LMT: “I ate it.”

Me: “All of it?”

LMT: “Yeah. It’s my favorite.”

Me: …

LMT: (quietly humming)


Cleaned Out

Just 1.5 hours and a lot of swearing saved us a $300 repair call.

Washer wasn’t draining so I accessed the drain trap. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Nope.

This particular model has a handy dandy drain trap right at the foot of the front panel. But… Surprise! There is no panel on the front to open. And, to take off the full front panel, including the door and the seal to the washing barrel. And to take that off, you have to remove the control panel. And to take that off, you have to take off the entire top panel. And… to take that off you have to take off the entire back panel. Easy peasey, lemon squeezey.

So, 27 sheet metal screws later, I opened the drain trap and pulled out four quarters, two dimes, three hair bands, two sticks, a button, a packing peanut, one 8-inch necklace, and a large amount of fetid cat hair.

It smelled terrible and the work was a pain, but well worth $200/hr.