Adventures in Homeownership: The Contraption

by Lesley on April 26, 2011 · 5 comments

in remodeling/home projects

This picture is too classic not to post. I realize it’s a fuzzy iPhone image, and my husband looks disgruntled. Let me clarify…he doesn’t just look disgruntled… HE IS. That’s because our laundry machine hasn’t been working properly since we moved into the house in February. It’s April. ┬áThat means, since February, he’s been building a contraption of paint cans and cleaning solution every single time we need to run a load.

(Let me also clarify the reason I’m not in the picture. At the point this picture was taken, I was WAAAAYYYYY more disgruntled about our laundry machine than he was.)

At first, Jonathan was really proud of himself for finding a temporary solution to the partially broken machine. I was proud of him too, until I realized the the contraption had become a permanent solution. Weeks went by. We traveled, and unpacked, and painted, and planted. But no washing machine part was ever ordered. I pouted, complained and refused to learn how to set up the contraption because I thought he’d get tired of doing laundry. He didn’t. He’s a saint and kept doing laundry because I refused to learn how to set up the contraption.

Last weekend, the big green tub of solution fell off the contraption and spilled all over the garage. I threw a big ol’ hissy fit. A few hours later, the part got ordered. Today, it arrived in the mail and he installed it in just a few minutes. So simple really.

And here’s the moral of the story: if you have a husband who is smart enough to build you contraptions, and strong enough to move your boxes, and patient enough to plant you flowers… then you sometimes have to wait for things to get done the way you’d like them to be done. It’s worth it. He’s worth it.

Suds up!

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Jeff
Jeff

Hey, Thanks alot my Sweetie. You just destroyed Jonathan's confidence. Here I tell him he did a great job holding out for a couple of months and then you go and brag about my 4 year holdout. I've been married 30 years. He'll get better you need to give him time to learn the ropes.

Lesley
Lesley

Mom/Dad- You make me laugh. Love, Lesley

Ann Sebek
Ann Sebek

Hmmmmm...... sounds VERY familiar. That patience part - I think I've got ya beat. You only waited a couple months? We have a phantom toilet that's been running sporadically for about four years. May have to resort to the hissy, but as of now I'm still patiently waiting for the white flag to be lifted. Two things I don't want to resort to having to do: Mowing the lawn, and makeshift plumber. Great FAST work, Jonathan, and sorry for the hissy fit. She undoubtedly learned it from me. :)

Jeff
Jeff

Ok, sure, the easy way is to immediately solve the problem by spending money. ANYONE CAN DO THAT! Lesley, why do you not see and appreciate the talent and character Jonathan has displayed attempting to solve this problem? Right out the gate Jonathan showed initiative, problem solving, ingenuity, and steadfastness. Can you not see the perfect alignment of the paint cans with his brilliant use of the level, balanced oh so delicately with the bottle of goo, is functional artwork worthy of the Guggenheim Museum? His character was furthered displayed by his insightfullness as he observed your growing frustration, hoping beyond hope that maybe you would eventually appreciate his resourcefulness and master the delicate balance of the ying and yang of washing clothes. Alas, his determination was no match for the frustration of a wife (boy do I know that one). As a husband of 30 years I commend Jonathan for fighting the good fight. Trying to save a buck but realizing when to hoist the white flag is nothing to be ashamed about. Jonathan, I am proud to call you my son-in-law! To slightly alter a quote from the world's most interesting man, "Stay frugal my friend!" dad and dad-in-law

Katie
Katie

I really enjoyed this...especially the picture....and Jonathan's face!