I woke up before the alarm went off, at 9:00 a.m., this morning! I woke up from the weirdest dream - I dreamt that I was still working, had gone to the office at 10:00 a.m. and a former higher level supervisor was in the room with one of my former supervisors and he gave me an odd look for coming in so late. A little while later, my supervisor called me aside and told me that my job is likely to be terminated due to a lack of funding, since the project I had been working on was coming to an end. In my dream, I felt a moment of panic, as I wondered how I was going to earn a living if my job ended. And then, I realized that I was retired and I informed my supervisor that it didn't matter if my job was terminated because I was already retired! Apparently, I was volunteering my time at the office, even though I was retired, in order to finish up the project! That, in turn, caused quite a bit of fuss with the HR people because I was not supposed to work after retirement and I was breaking all the rules! That's when I woke up - when I was trying to explain to them why I was working after retiring! LOL!
A short time later, I received a text confirming that the delivery of the washer and dryer was scheduled for this morning, between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. There was a link to a "real time" delivery schedule to see when it was estimated to take place within that 2-hour time frame. I checked at it said 11:54 a.m.! So, I knew I didn't need to rush. I had a cup of coffee, checked blog comments, and put away the load of laundry I did, yesterday. It included the kitchen rug and I decided to sweep and mop the kitchen floor before I put down the newly washed rug.
When I next checked the "real time" delivery schedule, it stated 11:30 a.m.! I took the kitchen trash to the bins, outside, and unlocked the back gate, in case the delivery people found it easier to bring the washer and dryer from the back door. Soon after that, I received a phone call from the delivery person, saying he'll be arriving shortly. He and his helper arrived at 11:30 a.m. and they removed the old washer and dryer. I offered them a cup of coffee which they accepted and my daughter brewed them some coffee. When they removed the old washer and dryer, I quickly swept the laundry room, but the floor under the old washer and dryer was dirty. I tried to mop the area, but the delivery guy was very nice; he took the mop from me and cleaned that area for me and he wiped the floor and the wall with the old towel I handed him. Then, they installed the new washer and dryer, ran them for a bit to check how they worked, had me sign the delivery receipts, accepted the coffee and cookies I served them and left, at 11:50 a.m.!
I wanted a top loader, not a front loader. The outside measurements are about the same as the old washer, but the tub, inside, is bigger:
It has no central agitator and it has a larger capacity than my old washer, which would make it easier to wash my quilts and sofa covers, etc.
I did a load of laundry (table cloths, chair covers, and napkins used at the almsgiving), to try out the new washer, and it worked well!
Then, I dried the chair covers in the dryer to try it out:
It is the same white as the washer, although it looks more offwhite in this photo. It is a slightly different model than the dryer that matches the washer, because I wanted one where the door opened down, rather than to the side, due to space concerns. Plus, the matching dryer cost more! I don't mind that the models don't match. The chair covers dried nicely and several years worth of lint from them got collected on the lint screen!
The table cloths and napkins, however, weren't dried in the dryer. Years of experience has taught me that these particular table cloths and napkins need to be ironed right out of the washer, while they were still wet, in order to get them properly ironed. They are now hanging up to finish drying! And I've realized that my next appliance purchase will be a new iron! The one I have is about 26 years old and it has only one heat level no matter what the dial setting is, the steam vents are clogged, and it doesn't iron too well!
Daughter went to the engagement party of one of her friends, in the afternoon. Prior to the engagement party, she and her special group of friends (friends since middle and high school) celebrated their annual holiday get together and exchanged gifts. She's known the girl who is getting engaged since they were in 6th grade, and she's been best friends with one of the other girls since 7th grade; they started their tradition of a holiday pot luck/gift exchange with two other friends since 9th grade. It's nice to see them making the effort to keep the tradition going.
After I did the laundry and ironing, I had a late lunch and did a load of dishes in the dishwasher. Later, I wiped the kitchen counters and the stove top. I cooked a fish curry to have with leftover rice for dinner.
I called one of my "cousins" today - she is actually the cousin of my cousins, so not a relation, but extended family of sorts. Her mother usually hosts an annual New Year's Day luncheon/open house, every year, that I've been going to for years. Her mother is in very poor health, but, apparently, insisting on having the New Year's Day lunch, saying it might be her last! Considering how ill she is, it very well might be and that is the reality of the situation. I asked my cousins' cousin if she'd like me to make a dish for the lunch or bring a dessert (or both); she thanked me and said that the lunch will be catered, but, a dessert would be welcome. I have already called my cousin and offered her and her daughter a ride to the lunch on New Year's Day.
Later, I called friend R to check on her and chatted with her for a bit.
I feel that today was a very productive day.
Today, I am grateful for:
- All that I was able to accomplish, today
- A new washer and dryer - delivered and installed without any problems
- The delivery person cleaning the laundry room floor and wiping down the walls for me
- Daughter had a safe drive to her friend's party and back
- A sunny, if very windy, day
Thursday's To Do List:
- Have the new washer and dryer delivered and installed - DONE
- Have the old washer and dryer removed and taken away - DONE
- Do a load of laundry to try out the new appliances - DONE
- Put everything back in the laundry room - DONE
- Wrap the rest of my holiday/New Year's gifts - STARTED
- Put away laundry from yesterday - DONE
- Iron the table cloths and napkins - DONE
- Sweep and mop the kitchen floor - DONE
- Do a load of dishes - DONE
Friday's To Do List:
- Do another load of laundry
- Exchange one of the T-shirts I bought (wrong size)
- Pay the homeowner's and earthquake insurance
- Pay the store credit card bill for the washer and dryer
- Water the garden (we had a little rain on Christmas Eve, but the garden needs watering, again)
- Finish wrapping the rest of the gifts
How was your Thursday? What are your plans for Friday?