Hey, The Stove and Fridge Still Work!

This is me with my sadly-outdated, broken dishwasher... may he rest in peace.

Over the past 9 months, the water heater, toaster, garage door opener, dishwasher, furnace, and washing machine have, one after the other, malfunctioned or broken down, and they are now on their way to Silicon Heaven.

No big surprise really as most of our appliances, with the exception of the stove and fridge, were over 20 years old, and were due to be replaced anyway.

What surprised us was that they all broke down seemingly at the same time.

It sounds simply absurd to say this, but my first, immediate, off-the-seat-of-my-pants conclusion was that I brought this onto myself. I couldn't help it. It's the guilt-motivated Catholic girl in me. I also blamed it on bad karma. Then in a panic, I concluded it was bad Feng Shui and almost rearranged the placement of ALL the mirrors in this house. Yeah, I'm nuts.

After I finally talked myself off the ledge and realized that there's no way to know why all my appliances decided to band together and conspire to drive me into debt, I decided to look on the bright side, as I usually do eventually.

- Our brand new electric water heater has a larger tank, so the last person can have as hot a shower as the first.
- Our new toaster was free... long story full of good karma. :)
- We are upgrading to better appliances that will allow us to save money in the long run.
- We're in a good position to handle the extra expenses now.

Truth be told, I think this forced upgrade is what we need. Roomie and I tend to hang onto and use things until they become tattered, worn, and more headache than useful. We get so caught up cursing at the old stuff that just doesn't work right, we miss that we're better off with new stuff.

So, I take this as the Universe saying "Okay, enough. It's time for you to move up, guys. You're worth it." And I believe we are.


  1. Anonymous23 June, 2008

    Awww... poor dishwasher! We are in the same boat with our "new" house now. All the appliances are old. We did find a fridge on sale but turns out its too big for the kitchen. Its sitting in the dining room now waiting until we renovate the kitchen. But I'm going to hang onto the rest of the appliances for awhile. The newer ones are more energy efficient though! :)

  2. @jami -
    Are you using the fridge even though it's not in its final location?

    Yes, I'm looking forward to getting new appliances mainly for the energy efficiency :)