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Aug 28, 2016

The Death of Dependability, Mystery Tomato Solved, Thrifting Scores, Free Coffee Sign

The Death of Dependability-
I like things (and people) that are dependable. We bought a new front loading washer and a year and a 1/2 ago. After having 2 new control panels installed (under warranty) it started to go wonky again last week. No warranty now, and another defective replacement control panel, AGAIN, and we decided we're done. I did some research on Consumer Reports online. I wasn't aware that the technology on top loaders had changed a lot. They use less water and more gentle on clothes. We bought a new washer, with KNOBS, top loading, water saving, with no standard agitator to beat up the clothes. It also spins more water out of the clothes,  coming out dryer, reducing drying time. It has a small raised area in the center and is a large capacity-

 We bought a 5 year warranty as well. All in all I'm happy with the new washer, but pissed that we got stuck with a piece of crap. We went thru this with our last glass-topped range. The control panel died. It was $500.00 to replace OR buy a new range for less. We opted for a new range. When our current one dies I want a gas range with KNOBS. No more control panels EVER. At least I can see what's in the washer easily, no more bending and twisting to see if I got the last sock! 

Mystery Tomato Solved-
I was really scratching my head when I started finding BIG orange tomatoes in the garden. I couldn't for the life of me figure out what they were! After looking at it and slicing it open it turned out to be a Persimmon Tomato.  Dave remembered the name when I mentioned it. I had never tried these before, a heritage variety. I will say this variety is amazing! Large, ripens early and very, very  sweet-

blurry, sorry

This weekend's veggie harvest was good! We have raspberries, and  jalapenos too, but forgot to pick them-

 Time to make salsa!!!

Thrifting Scores-
I found a great little gray speckled teapot, like new for $3.00-

 and this new set of 3 prints for $10.00 I loved the cow and chicken! They're 12" x 12"-

I will put the sheep in the nursery and put the other 2 in our bedroom. The artist is Kimberly Grant and she seems to specialize in kids wall art. I LOVE them!

Free Coffee Sign-
Speaking of wall art... After spending some time looking for an easy, DIY coffee sign for my back splash, I finally gave up. I made the sign above with a simple word doc, adding a background color. I put it into my chalk paint style frame (thrifted) and hung it up. I like it!!! It was free, printed on our color printer and I already had the frame-

Not perfect but I like it!


Mama Pea said...

Nope, I'll never have a front loading washer again either. (Can you say "drip, drip, leak, leak, rusted right through the front of the machine?") Mine was old enough that it had knobs, but never did what I felt was a good job washing or rinsing the clothes. (It was, at the time of purchase, an "energy saving" model. Ha!) A couple of years ago we replaced it with a simple-as-I-could-find, heavy-duty top loader and I love it.

Susan said...

I don't trust anything that doesn't have knobs. What a frustrating and expensive exercise that must have been! I'm glad you found something you like and that WORKS!

Susan said...

P.S. That tomato is gorgeous! I will have to try it next year.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Ours always worked great when it actually worked!

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes so far so good!

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Amazing flavor!

Michelle said...

I have a top load HE washer and love it. Your coffee sign is perfect.

Kristina said...

I have a front loading washer, and have to say my old style top loader was my favorite. It lasted a long time too.

Weekend-Windup said...

I have a top load washing machine which does it's work good. No complaints. I am having it for past 5years.

You have got a good quantity of veggies which looks fresh and healthy:)

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks Michelle.

Yes It's nice when things work Kristina!

Thanks Windup! We're getting a nice harvest :)

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