I’ve spent considerable time over the last 6 months complaining about our broken dishwasher. On a good day, I would spend a full hour washing dishes-for-seven by hand. On an average day, I spent closer to 2 hours washing dishes. And on a bad day, my kitchen looked like this:
Stacks and stacks of rinsed dishes on the counter, piles of dirty dishes in the sink….all taunting me and waiting to be cleaned by hand.
And then my dad came to visit and he kicked off our Christmas season by buying us a new Maytag dishwasher. Sadly, we weren’t able to get it installed until the day that we left for Florida, so our shiny new dishwasher sat unused for an entire week before we really got to break it in.
I can’t begin to express the awe I feel each time I unload the clean dishes and load the dirty ones back up in less than 10 minutes. It’s glorious. Even KitKat, my 14 year old, expressed her appreciation for the new machine by saying, “I don’t think I’ll ever complain about having to hand wash a cookie sheet again.” I’m sure the newness and the novelty will wear off soon, but for now, we are all enjoying the gift of a few extra hours each day, a less-cluttered view of the kitchen, and fewer hand towels to wash. And if this dishwasher ever breaks, I can get parts here.
It’s the little things that make the biggest difference.
Speaking of little things, the light over our kitchen table was out for several months as well. I got used to eating dinner in the half-dark, and even threatened to use CandyMan’s shop lights to illuminate dinner if we couldn’t figure out what was wrong with the fixture.
Apparently, the newly installed dishwasher (or simply the fact that his tools were out in the kitchen) motivated CandyMan to look into the kitchen light problem. In 10 minutes, the months-long problem was solved. We have light again.
Light and a new dishwasher. I have died and gone to kitchen heaven.
PS – I am guest blogging over at the GigCoin blog. On Tuesday I start a home management series on Mom It Forward. Hope you’ll join me there!
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