Thursday, January 26, 2006

Thirteen things about appliances and equipment NORMA has learned over the years.

Sure, you're going to say "Oh, that's just Murphy's Law in action," but actually, it's just the accumulated wisdom of someone who's been a homeowner since 1962.

1. The furnace will go out on the coldest day of the year, air conditioning on the hottest.

2. The hot water heater will give up when you have a houseful of overnight guests.

3. The freezer chooses to throw in the towel when it is full of expensive meat.

4. The garage door opener will stop in mid-lift and jam when the car is inside, not outside.

5. The built-in kitchen appliance that matches the cabinets will not be available in that style or color when it starts taking occasional naps.

6. The hair dryer starts to smell funny and smoke when your hair is wet and you’re getting ready for a formal event or a job interview.

7. The foot feed on the sewing machine starts to spark when you’re rushing to finish a small child’s school costume for a play that is today.

8. The lamp shade that scorches is no longer available in that size or color, and it’s part of a matched set.

9. The electricity is interrupted during a storm only if you’ve been working furiously for an hour in a rare fit of inspiration and have neglected to periodically save your document on the computer.

10. The only time the iron ever tips and falls on the carpeted floor is when it is set on the hottest temperature.

11. The cell phone only fades during a true emergency like a late appointment--but it always is in perfect working order when you’ve forgotten to turn it off before church.

12. The clothes washer (or dish washer) will only die when it is filled to capacity for “large load” with the maximum amount of water it will hold.

13. The garbage disposal begins to whine and stops when you’ve just scraped the plates from a dining room table full of guests.

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1. Joan, 2. Matthew 3. Wendy, 4. Mar, 5. Better Safe, 6. Lisa, 7. Mary, 8. Nicole, 9. Transplanted Frog, 10. Chickadee, 11. Colleen, 12. Sleeping Mommy, 13. Busy Mom, 14. Uisce, 15. D., 16. Karen, 17. Stacie, 18. Shelli, 19. Jen, 20. Renee, 21. Courtney, 22. Janne, 23. Kelly, 24. Nancy, 25. Charity, 26. JK 27. Killired, 28. Autumn, 29. Jane, 30. Randy, 31. D. Challener Roe

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Joan said...

I LOVE this TT! How true, how true! And you are early to boot.

mdoneil said...

I can empathize with some of those but since I live alone, eat over the sink, have little hair left, and consider two cans of Campbell's chicken noodle stocking up some of the others I can't fathom.

WendyWings said...

My front loader washing machine died when it was totally full, not a fun experience. Your list is all too true and familiar :)

Anonymous said...

Your list is soooo true! fun to read when all appliances at home are working ok (*knocks on wood*). My TT is up!

Anonymous said...

yup, my washer did the same thing when it died, i refused to believe it had died and tried to force it to re-do the load, big, big mistake.
i'm playing this week too.

Lisa said...

Our freezer died on us chocked full just last year. I wanted to cry! Actually, we had our washer, freezer and stove all die last year.

My TT is up too!

owlhaven said...

Great list! I totally know about the furnace dying in cold weather! Now we have a wood stove tho. Thanks for visiting me!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic list hun. A very very true... expecially the cell phone thing. lol Happy TT!

Melzie said...

Great list!! LOL! Mine are up here

Anonymous said...

LMAO! I love this list! For us, the electricity seems to go out the evening before Thanksgiving. I kid you not. Two years ago, we had a big storm and the electricity was out for 14 hours and didn't come on until 3am. We were beginning to sweat it.

Then last year we had the electricity go out for 8 hours the evening before Thanksgiving. Ack!

My 13 are up.

Anonymous said...

The Murphy's Law of appliances. 13 of them! Mine are up.

Anonymous said...

You frighten me with your honesty. I'm going to be knocking on wood for days now!

Thanks for visiting my thirteen and here's my link:

Fern Bourrie said...

So true!! Loved your list. Mine are up.

Uisce said...

Absolutely brilliant! Brilliant! My 13 are up!

Just D said...

Perfect! Love this list - lots of chuckles and head nodding! Happy 13!

Anonymous said...

OMG! I can't TELL you how many times 4, 6, 9 and 11 have happened to me!

I have another one, getting behind a slow driver when you're in a hurry. It's become a running joke in my family now because it ALWAYS happens to me!

Great list!

Mine are up

Nature Girl said...

Too funny! I have had a couple of these happen to me...It wasn't funny at the time, but funny now! Thanks for visiting my 13. Stacie

Shelli said...

I totally agree with all of those! Great list!

My 13

Jen said...

Oh MAN! Those are so true! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by, I'm going to go link you up :-)

Renee Nefe said...

So true, so absolutely true. Our freezer died with a great big rib roast in it...there went DH's $35 birthday dinner!

here's my 13 fefyfomanna: thursday thirteen...the comment whore one ;o)

Courtney said...

So funny and so true! Great, entertaining list :)

My 13 are up

Janne said...

Sounds like you have had some interesting experiences with appliances.

My 13 are up.

Dale Challener Roe said...

You're preaching to the choir.

My 13 is up at

Sorry you couldn't get my page to load earlier. I'm either havning problems with my blogroll, or my statcounter and I can't figure out which.

Kelly said...

True! Very true!

Happy Thursday!
Mine are up.
Diary of the Nello

Anonymous said...

Great list and so true!

I'm Up

Anonymous said...

You are right on the money!!!

Anonymous said...

Norma, you never fail to entertain us with your list! Love this one very much! :)

Jennifer said...

LOVE the list! it is SOOOO true!
add me to your list of TT'ers and then come check out my list!

Autumn said...

My TT is up as you already know :) I also added you

Jane said...

What a great list...all I can say is AMEN!! Everyone of those things is so true.
My 13 are a day late but they are up!

Anonymous said...

I love number 11. Actually I love the whole list but number 11 hits me where I live.

My 13 are up too.