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Saturday, 9 June 2007

Calamity......

We had the worse calamity yesterday - THE DISHWASHER BROKE!!!!

MWM is in charge of the dishwasher (or washing up now), and he is very upset I can tell you. I'm very good because I always put my dirty dishes in the dishwasher but MWM is the one who puts the powder, rinse aid etc in it and turns it on, he also empties it, so it's his baby! Imagine his little face after lunch yesterday when he'd checked I hadn't put my dishes and cups in the wrong slots ( I do sometimes), shuffled everything about so it fitted perfectly, lovingly filled the well with powder and pressed the switch only to find nothing happened.

Akela, Akela he shouted the dishwasher's not working! Perhaps it's the fuse I venture, trying to be sarcastic helpful. "I'll check it" he says. No not the fuse. All the kitchen appliances are integrated so he can't get it out to check for loose wires and things. I'll ring Whirlpool (the makers) I say. "NO, they'll charge the earth" he cries, "have a look in the local paper for a dishwasher engineer". I find one and ring.

"Ah, it's integrated you say, that means it will take me a lot longer to fix it, unless you can get it out before I arrive?" the engineer says. I pass the phone to MWM and two minutes later he tells me "Have a look in yellow pages I don't know how to get the bloody thing out!"

"I'll telephone the kitchen fitters and ask them if they can recommend anyone" I suggest. The kitchen fitters suggest my first suggestion "Ring Whirlpool, they're the best people to fix it".

MWM relents, "OK ring them but it'll cost an arm and a leg". MWM can be tight cautious when it comes to money.

The lovely lady at Whirlpool explains to me that it will cost £72.50 + the cost of any parts to come and fix it but I can pay £149.00 today which will cover the cost of everything concerned with this repair, plus any repairs in the next 12 months and if it become irreparable in the next 12 months we get a replacement.

"I'll have it" I say "here's my credit card number".

They're coming on Monday to fix it and MWM is happy, as long as we have takeaways all weekend so there's no washing up!

Then guess what - two hours later the dishwasher started up on its own!!!! WTF is that all about???

As we've already paid for the call out and there is obviously something wrong with the damn thing, we're not going to cancel the engineer's visit and let him check it over.

MWM is happy he doesn't have to wash-up by hand!



News on the knee
After my marathon walk my knee feels fine, in fact yesterday I went with MWM to the local market to collect the greengrocery and then I drove the car!! I only drove it round the block to see how it felt (wierd!) but I did it.

40 comments:

la bellina mammina said...

That is so funny - I can imagine the frustration! Our dryer broke down a month ago when it was raining every day and in a household of 6, I was desperate! Glad it's working now.

Akelamalu said...

la bellina mammina
How we rely on technology eh?

Queenie said...

What a good deal. Tell mwm I have a spare pair of marigolds!!!

Akelamalu said...

queenie you didn't finish reading - the dishwasher is working!

Mother of Invention said...

It's just messing with you! Stick with the take-out meal plan just in case!

Couldn't get on comment page for Peace Globe..I love the Dalai Llama and all he represents. Such a spiritually kind person. Good quotes from great people.

la bellina mammina said...

yeah, tell me about it!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

sometimes i think non animate objects are really animate and just try to have fun with us! i KNOW this is true with cars. once i was broke down and i cried and begged it to start and it started back up! ha ha

great news with the knee too!

smiles, bee

Rhea said...

I never use a dishwasher. I just do them by hand. I grew up in a house with a dishwasher, but I just never use them.

Akelamalu said...

MOI
I think you're right about the dishwasher messing with us - it's getting an overhaul whether it likes it or not!
Glad you liked the peace day quotes.

Akelamalu said...

bee
They have a mind of their own sometimes!

Akelamalu said...

rhea
MWM insisted on one because he used to spend 2 hours chained to the sink on Xmas Day because of all the guest we had!

Around My Kitchen Table said...

Oh don't! The thought of my dishwasher breaking down brings me out in a cold sweat.
I love your blog so have chosen you to receive The Thinking Blogger Award (see my latest posting). You don't have to do anything except nominate five other people. You can then display the award on your website. I had mixed feelings and was torn between feeling chuffed and thinking it all a bit naff ... so if you ignore this tag I shan't be the slightest bit offended! Please also don't be offended if you happen to catch this last bit copied and pasted in comments on the other four recipients' sites!

Annelisa said...

:-D lol...yo sure it wasn't a power cut, sweetie?

Bit weird it just starting up on its own though... got a ghost? :-S

Hey, you got in a car and drove? Excellent, my dear, excellent! I'm well impressed with how quickly you're getting yourself back into action!

Linda said...

I think that our dishwasher is just about on its last leg, too, but even forbid the landlord get a new one! It wasn't in the best shape when I moved in here seven years ago so it certainly hasn't improved over the years!

Maybe it's time the girls start learning how to wash dishes by hand? Yeah, right!

Akelamalu said...

around my kitchen table
Why thank you so much for nominating me for Thinking Blogger Award. I have one already but I notice some blogs are sporting more than one so I accept it gratefully. I will probably do the post on Monday as I am going out tonight and tomorrow. I will nominate five others for the award.
Thanks again, I'm chuffed!

Akelamalu said...

annelisa
No power cut we checked other applicances. Ghost possibly, it wouldn't be the first time strange things have happened in my kitchen!
It was only a drive round the block which isn't very far but it's a start! :)

Akelamalu said...

Linda
I can just imagine the outcry if you tell the girls they have to do that! :0

Cream said...

I love that kind of washing-up.
One little tablet... Switch on... Bob's your uncle.
Well, my first job after Uni was kitchen-porter. Washed up for nine months in a very busy restaurant. I think I did enough washing up by hand to last me a lifetime.

Akelamalu said...

cream
I've done my fair share of hands-in washing up too, when I worked in a school kitchen, and they wouldn't let us wear marigolds either! Give me a dishwasher every time too!

Paul Champagne said...

We have an expensive, stainless steel dishwasher ... it had to be expensive to match the expensive stainless steel fridge and oven. We have never used it. The wifey uses it as a drying rack after she hand washes the dishes. She doesn't trust the dishwasher to get the dishes clean enough.

Akelamalu said...

paul
Oh that made me laugh!

RUTH said...

I never had a dishwasher until 2 years ago...thought they were a waste of time.....I wouldn't be without it now!!! Weird about yours ....hope it continues to work and doesn't turn out too expensive.
Rx

Cindy said...

my husband wanted to buy a dishwasher but I don't want one- which is funny because when I was a kid I swore I'd never be without one. My kitchen's too small for another appliance anyhow. Glad to hear that your knee is doing better!

"Early Bird" said...

I'm sorry but I got a chuckle out of this post! You wrote it such a humorous way!
I hope you find out what's wrong and have no more troubles!
:)

Mike M said...

OMG, I would go crazy if our dishwasher broke!! I don't know how to wash dishes any other way. My wife would find out my secret and I will be in the dog house.

julia said...

My fridge is currently on its last legs. So I feel for your dishwasher. I hope the Whirlpool guy finds the problem right away and all becomes right with the world.

Akelamalu said...

ruth
Ah once you've had one it's a must! We've already paid for this repair and any more in the next twelve months and if it becomes irreparable they'll replace it.

Akelamalu said...

cindy
What you've never had you never miss but if you got one you'd never be without again! Thanks for the good wishes on the knee. :)

Akelamalu said...

early bird
Glad you had a chuckle honey. x

Akelamalu said...

mike
I'll keep my fingers crossed that you dishwashes doesn't break down. Wouldn't want you getting into trouble with the missus now would we! ;)

Akelamalu said...

Julia
A fridge breaking down is far worse than a dishwasher packing up. I'll keep my fingers crossed that your fridge holds out. :)

CG said...

We don't have a dishwasher and i quite enjoy doing dishes...but i hope yours is better soon!!!

Akelamalu said...

cg
You enjoy doing dishes? I've never heard anyone say that before! Ours seems to be working fine now - DOH!

Nea said...

Most of my life I didn't have a dishwasher, and even now, I wash the dished, then I put them in the dishwasher, and wash them again. I guess i basically just use it to sterilize things.

But I would hate to be without one, if for no other reason just to get the clutter put all in one place.

It sounds like it has an intermitten problem, and would no doubt give you trouble again at some point in time, so best to just get the man out to fix it. Appliances can be so aggravating huh....

A husband that does dishes is a good man to have around. :)

Akelamalu said...

nea
I think it's an intermitten problem too and as I have already paid for the service I'm not cancelling the visit.
MWM is great at dishes!!! ;)

Queenie said...

I did! but the marigolds are just incase..

Akelamalu said...

queenie
Thanks, I always have some in, just in case! ((wink))

Misslionheart said...

>WTF is that all about???

My words exaxtly!

Misslionheart said...

exactly* LOL

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