There's this thing that happens most every year, usually about this time of year. It's a strange thing - a phenomenon, you might say. What happens is that we have a major appliance, electronic device, or vehicle break down on us. One of those "can't hardly live without it" sort of things.
So guess what happened yesterday. Our dryer broke down. The other day Rich realized that the timer was not working when the load he had thrown in the previous night was STILL RUNNING at 4:30 AM. Everything was dry, of course, but I'm concerned about the fire hazard that it might have been. Then yesterday he went down to check on a load, and everything was still wet. So now it's not heating at all. It's about 10 years old and has never needed a repair, but now it does. Yep. Right now. In December. At Christmas.
Just like clockwork...
Now typically what would happen is we'd discover that the "thing" of the moment is unfixable, and we'd have to limp along without it until about February when we receive our tax refund, and then replace it. I automatically jumped to this conclusion with the dryer because we've got a pretty tight budget. But this year is different, thank the Lord. We have enough money in our emergency savings to call the repairman, and we should be able to get it repaired or even replaced.
I'm thankful that it wasn't too hard to get our laundry dried today. My parents live about 3 minutes away, and we can drop off our stuff and go back later to pick it up. That's about as convenient as it gets when you're in a pinch.