My house hates me!

My house is at it once again.  I had hoped that after writing Leslie vs. The House, almost a year and a half ago, that my house and I had come to some kind of an understanding.  But now I see that was never the case.

Maybe it's last week's Super Moon.

Maybe it's Doña Chayo's ghost creating a little mischief.

Or maybe my house is in cahoots with Murphy's Law.
You be the judge.

About two weeks ago, my refrigerator started making funny noises.  You know when you're trying to start a car?  You put your key in the ignition, you turn it and the engine starts making that noise like it's going to turn over at any moment, but then it doesn't.  That's exactly what my refrigerator was doing.

The electricity in my kitchen hasn't been the greatest since a little neighbor boy knocked my meter off our outside wall.  So, I unplugged the fridge and tried a different socket, somehow hoping that the other sockets had more juice.  But they didn't.  If anything, they had less!  My fridge was now completely silent.

After talking to a repairman, we learned that it would be cheaper to buy a new fridge.  Okay, fine.  Not a problem.  We'll just buy a new one.  I've secretly wished for one since we moved into our house.

Oh, if only it were that easy!  You see, I want a bigger fridge with a big freezer that I don't have to defrost every month.  I mean, I have a lot to do as it is.  Why add more tedious work to my already long list of chores?  But Hubby wants a smaller fridge.  A much smaller fridge.  Like the kind you would keep in a dorm room.  His argument is that we rarely have leftovers and that we only need a fridge to keep milk and various condiments cold.

It's been two weeks and we still haven't come to an agreement.

Now you're all probably scratching your heads, wondering "What the heck does any of this have to do with your house hating you?"

Nothing.  YET!  My fridge dying was an isolated incident.  It could have happened at anytime.  And Hubby and I disagreeing on what kind of fridge to buy is just a difference of opinion.  (Which will soon be resolved, because I've called in an expert mediator - my suegra!)

Moving on....

Now that Spring has arrived and the weather has warmed and my health improved, I have been extremely busy attacking the never ending pile of dirty clothes.  It's a constant battle.  But for the first time in I don't know how long, I was finally conquering Mount Washmore.  Just yesterday morning, I was bragging to telling my suegra that all I had left to wash was our winter clothes and blankets, before putting them in storage. 

My washing machine has been a faithful servant for seven and a half years.  It was the first appliance we bought when we rented this house.  Occasionally it would act up, but never something a Fonzie fist tap couldn't fix.  (Eyyyy!) 

Yesterday afternoon, I thought I would get a head start on washing the kiddies' uniforms.  They get to wear normal clothes on Wednesdays, so us moms can wash the uniforms midweek, thus preventing the kiddies from smelling like sweat and dirt at the end of the week.

The washing machine filled itself with water.  I added soap, poured fabric softener into the little dispenser and closed the lid.  Nothing happened.  I checked the dial to make sure I had turned the washing machine on.  Nothing.  I gave it a Fonzie fist tap.  Still nothing.  I lifted the lid and was about to press the switch do-hickey that the latch on the lid presses into to start the wash cycle and it wasn't there.  It was nowhere to be found.  Without that do-hickey, my washing machine doesn't work.

I just about died.  Why was this happening to me?

I can survive without a fridge.  After all, suegra lives 3 doors down.  I can use hers.  But live without my "modern" washing machine?  I can't do it.  I refuse to do it.  We're a family of six, we produce massive amounts of dirty clothes.  Everyday.  Why now?  Why this week?  Why did it have to break just when I was a couple of loads shy of conquering Mount Washmore?  Why? 

And that's when it hit me.

It's the house!  My house hates me!  And it is slowly eliminating my allies.

My house may have won a couple of battles, but this war is far from over. 



  1. well, let's see, they say bad things happen in 3s. oh, that's not what you want to hear, i know. or that when it rains, it pours. o.k enough sayings! i just hope those sayings are wrong and that nothing else breaks down.

    i assume you do most of the cooking. i'm with you on a bigger fridge and i bet your suegra will be too.

  2. Teresa, as I was writing this, I was thinking that bad things happen in three's. But I chose not to write about it, because i didn't want to jinx myself. :) I really hope nothing else breaks down in the next couple of weeks.

    And yes, I do all of the cooking and suegra is with me on the bigger fridge.

    Hope you are doing well! :)

  3. Lol! Very cute! We've been known to do a couple on Fonzie fist taps in our house too. You gotta show who's boss! ;)

  4. Duct tape and Fonzie fist taps will fix just about everything. :)

  5. Or a hanger! ;) Looks like I've got another MacGyver housewife on my side! Lol!

  6. Mount Washmore. I really like that.

  7. Oh, I'm sorry this is happening to you, but it gave me a good laugh! You WILL win the battle! I believe in you!! =)

  8. A bullet for your fridge argument: the small units use about the same power as the big units, not as much as a 22 but a 14 or 16 will use about the same as a small 6. The auto-defrost eats power but If your like me and tend to let the ice build up, it is still cheaper than running a frosted up fridge.

  9. This reminds me of a recent conversation where, when reflecting on the ease of life in the US vs. Mexico, I said, "I don't know why, but things just don't work in Mexico"...for no obvious reason other than inanimate objects have a mind of there own south of the border. Hang in there, amiga! :-)

  10. So I also read the comments and Im so glad your getting the bigger fridge. When I first moved to Mexico Issac had bought a dorm room size fridge and I was horrified. We only had it a couple weeks before we bought our bigger one. Its still smaller than most that you will find in the states but I think its perfect. Its actually small enough to move out of the way to clean around it from time to time, unlike ones Iv had in the states. I really hope you dont have the third incident and if you do that it is something small. Good luck with the cloths. Geese were a family of five and Im so glad we wont be going to six I cant imagine how busy you are because I know my day is never over.

  11. Oh my goodness, please don't get one of those tiny fridges with a little icebox! Defrosting is AWFUL. I'll back you up on this one, Leslie!

  12. House care becomes even more complicated when certain appliances stop working. I remember when my vacuum cleaner bit the big one...I went on strike. Sweeping would just make me sneeze like crazy.

    I hope you get the bigger fridge and your washing machine gets fixed ASAP.

  13. Hey Leslie!

    Haven't been here for a while. Love your new blog theme and it's always good to read your twists about motherhood :)

    Have a nice day!

  14. Thank you for the vote of confidence! I have a few tricks up my sleeve that will hopefully put my house back in its place. :)

  15. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I think that's what Hubby is really worried about, the price and cost of having a larger fridge. I will pass on this very helpful tidbit of information. :)

  16. Thanks for having my back, amiga! I really, really don't want a fridge with the icebox that needs to be defrosted. We've had one for seven years. I am so over them now! :)

  17. So good to hear from you again! I too am really liking my new 'look'. I feel it paints an accurate description of what this blog is about. AND I really do look like that! :)

  18. Loved ur post! Sorry your having all of these appliance glitches! .......... but i'm sending you lots of positive vibes amiga! For your bigger fridge and hopefully a new or repaired washing machine!

  19. Hope you get your big fridge, and Win The War!

  20. It does seem like these things happen all at once. I went through the fridge breaking down in Mexico thing also and had a similar experience - fixing it would have been very costly so we broke down and brought a new one. I also have to say I agree with you - no dorm-sized refrigerator is going to cut it for a big family!! I hope you get it all sorted out soon!

  21. We had the same dilemma last year - to purchase a bigger refrigerator or not. We were just two back then, but I am happy that we purchased a bigger fridge since there are now three of us. I think the size of the fridge should depend on  your  household. You don't want to spend more on bills if it's just the two of you.

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  22. Proper maintenance should be done for the house. This helps to make it last through the years of use.