So, remember how my washing machine broke on New Years’ and a few weeks later I got a great deal on a “new” (to me) pair of high efficiency machines? And then the new washer didn’t work? Well then we waited like a month for the part to come in, then another week to get it installed, only to learn that we didn’t even need that part but the good news is that WE NOW HAVE A WORKING WASHER! After two full months of living a washer-less existence the simple luxury of an appliance that washes clothes in my own home is not lost on me.
We definitely had a lot of help getting through this little bump in the road. Our friends Emily and Gina both helped us get a great deal on the machines and get the washer repaired at very little cost to us. This would have been an absolute nightmare if we’d bought these same machines on craigslist, but since Emily got them through her job we were able to get discounted parts and service. And our friends Cassie and Nic let us do laundry at their house for the past two months. Seriously, Cassie gave me permission to come wash clothes anytime. Their washer and dryer are on their enclosed back porch so I’d often stop by to toss a load in the washer while they were at work or still sleeping on weekends without them even knowing I was there. It was such a generous gesture that was so immensely helpful. So anyway, I wanted to do something to thank both families for helping us out while we were washer-less (did I mention that it was two months? That’s a long time to go without an appliance you’ve become accustomed to!).
I gathered together a framed print I already had (from this artist), some lavender dryer bags and hand soap, some pretty kitchen towels, and a mesh laundry bag to wrap it all up in. Total cost: about $15 each. I piled everything neatly in the bag and then tied it up with some twine.
I am not that great with gifts and don’t do things like this nearly as often as I should but these friends went out of their way to do us huge favors and I really wanted to thank them. I’m actually kind of wishing I’d bought a third set of everything for myself! I love lavender and those towels would look so cute in my kitchen.
Oh, and happy Mardi Gras! We are staying close to home today but rest assured that the carnival spirit is alive in my heart.