Forewarning: This post is picture heavy in a sentimental way. Enjoy! So, the last house we lived in, in Iowa, was a small, two bedroom duplex. When we moved into it there was a microwave, couch, and entertainment center, owned by the previous tenant and left because she didn’t want it. There was also a washer and dryer set, owned by the landlord. And of course a refrigerator. And that’s it for basic household appliances. It was sparse and just livable. I knew it wasn’t forever, but the thing is, for the last 5 years since leaving my parents home, nothing has been permanent, and very few things have been “mine.” Forever has been a concept that just developed a fleeting definition. It didn’t mean a lot to me for a long time.
|Squaw Lake, MN – Early 2010|
The first home I lived was a condo, pre-furnished because it was actually built as a weekend/weeklong rental for fishermen, hunters, etc. in the Minnesota Northwoods. But I knew the woman who owned it and she agreed to rent a two bedroom unit to me long-term for a fair price. It had every appliance I needed and a shared W/D room.
|Gulfport, MS – Spring 2010|
When I left there and moved into a two bedroom apartment in M.S., it also had everything needed, including W/D IN the unit, which worked really great and since their maintenance department is one of the best I’ve ever dealt with, it was always running in perfect shape. That was cool.
|Bellevue, NE – Fall 2010|
In the first NE home, we had a basement with W/D hookups and a family moving to a different base gave us their W/D unit, which was cruddy, old, and actually leaked half the time (thankfully into the basement floor drain.)
That was my first W/D unit and it was okay. But being used and barely working, it frustrated me more often than not. But free is free and poor military families don’t have much of a choice.
|Bellevue, NE – Spring 2012|
We moved that set into our second home the military upgraded us to in NE, because moving costs money and free is still free. I didn’t live in that second house very long, due to some probably forseen but unfortunate circumstances. I’m not sure if it’s still there and I don’t care.
|Des Moines, IA – Spring 2013|
I left that set behind when I got divorced, because I moved to a two bedroom apartment in IA, with a laundry room on every floor. And let me tell you, that washing machine stole my quarters, at least $0.75 a week lost, and the dryer took 3 cycles to get my clothes dry. They replaced the machines with efficiency units the month I moved out. Which made me slightly annoyed until I realized they also raised the price for both washing and drying.
(1) Housesitting – Summer 2013
(2) Apartment-sitting – Summer 2013
(3) The Duplex – October 2013
So, when we were able to walk into Sears last Sunday it was a great feeling of joy to purchase our first appliance. When I got the call on Thursday to confirm delivery time, I was overwhelmed with excitement. When it was delivered on Friday, well, I’m pretty sure these last pictures speak for themselves.
|I was SO excited to take a picture and send it to Nick that I forgot to take off the sticky coverings and tapes.|
|Ah, that’s better. Brand new machines to wash the mountain of clothes we’ve been saving up.|
|I’ve probably never before looked forward to washing clothes until now.|
|My teeth look artificially white here. I swear no photoshop was done, just really great lighting or something.|