Last year when we moved, Mr. Rochester and I purchased our first big appliances together -- a Maytag washing machine and dryer. After living in student housing for two years and apartments without washing machines before that, we were really excited to be the owners of these two very convenient appliances. We purchased these items July 24th of last year (I still have a copy of the receipt) and we had a one year warranty on the machine. Well, last week -- which is beyond the warranty mark of one year by about two weeks -- while a load of clothes was being laundered, our barely year old washing machine started making a horrible noise and would not drain the water in it from the rinse cycle. My mother-in-law was staying with us last week to help out with the baby and she graciously siphoned off the water for us with our garden hose so the washing machine would at least be empty until the Maytag repairman could come and look at it.
The load of laundry had contained a pillow we were washing and we were afraid that somehow the pillow messed up the washing machine's gears or motor. Not so. What had actually happened was that a teeny tiny baby sock had somehow fallen into the space between where the spinner part of the washer meets the lid and got sucked into the water pump. The above pictured sock is the culprit of our washing machine troubles and has been since dubbed the $76 dollar sock for the washing machine repair charges. We were very grateful the bill wasn't more expensive than that and in the future, we will be putting all tiny baby items in a mesh washing bag (a gift from a good friend who was out running errands that day) before washing them in the washing machine. So if you don't have one of those super fancy, front-load-water-saver washers and you might be washing baby socks in the future, I highly recommend getting a mesh washing bag to wash those tiny items so you can avoid acquiring a $76 sock.
And just for fun, here is a picture our our 2 week old sweet, sleeping baby. (He is just so sweet when he is sleeping.) Thank you, Katie, for the blanket -- it is one of our favorites to use.