Looking back, I see that it has been almost two years that we have been doing without the dishwasher.
As nearly as we can recall it began because the dishwasher was making an odd screeching sound and I did not want to pay the $75 service call to have a repairman come out just to tell me (as I darkly suspected) that buying a new one would be as cost effective as repairing it.
That had been happening a lot to us around that time.
However, we have another problem around the house right now (all this dust, where is it coming from?) and Tom's dark suspicions are that we will have to shell out some big bucks for something to do with ductwork.
If that's the case, I pronounced $75 a small price to pay to get the real story on possibly stopping washing dishes by hand. The charms had passed and I was tired. Perhaps it was because with Hannah home I was handwashing for three instead of two and that was my tipping point.
Whatever the reason, we really couldn't recall the problem. So I ran a trial load to see what the problem was.
Problem? What problem?
Other than the heating element not working, which was a previously known factor, there is nary a screech and everything is getting washed just fine.
I have a real feeling of luxury every time I wash the dishes and there are so few things to clean ... just the pots and pans? That's all?
So, Rose, your homecoming will be more joyous than you thought. There are not nearly as many dirty dishes to wash!