Indio, California: Amidst our visits
with Dave's college roommates and DT's knee surgery, we have had an issue with
our clothes dryer. Our stacked (separate units) washer and dryer are the
most-frequently-used appliances in our motorhome. Lots of workout clothes, plus
daily laundry. Our appliances are from an UK company, Ariston, but are somehow produced in
Italy... because every RVer needs a washer and dryer made in Italy, right?
Anyway, after eight years of constant, reliable, trouble-free service, the handle on the
dryer (the upper unit of the stacked pair) became a bit wonky. I could still
jiggle the handle enough to get the door to pop open with a serious pull, but
knew it was going to break soon, so ordered a replacement part. Before the
replacement arrived, the door handle broke-off in my hand, and I
could find no possible way to open the door. I tried the
method. Did not work. I tried a flat screw driver. A letter opener. I phoned Ariston and they
told me the door could be pried open. I tired. I tried. I tried. I was afraid
the (plastic!) casing would break, plus it was very difficult to get any
leverage with the dryer wedged tightly inside a snug cabinet. The new part
arrived, but could not be installed with the door locked shut.
What was a girl to do?
Billy! Our friend, Billy, is the handiest of handymen, can fix everything and is
clever enough to figure out how to fix anything. He has remarkable skills as a
carpenter, owns every tool, and is always willing to help me out with a chore.
Bill is the unofficial Mayor of the Motorcoach Country Club and one of our most
popular members... and, okay, he is ridiculously handsome.
The door would not open, but the dryer still worked. It was filled with a (dried!) one week supply of table
linens, kitchen towels, etc. Bill came by this morning and pondered. I told him
of my attempt with the string technique. He tried this method, and with me
pulling the door out and Bill pulling the latch inward with the string - dang if the thang
didn't pop open!
Bill removed the male portion from the dryer door and popped it into the female
portion on the unit so the dryer would operate. It worked. There was, however,
one slight problem: the door had no way to remain latched during operation.
Which is how we now have this (above) fancy-schmancy dryer
door blue tape "handle" situation going-on in our motorhome. Because we are
classy like that. Laugh, but I did two loads of laundry this afternoon.
Left, how the door handle SHOULD look, and right, our clever work-around
After comparing the new dryer handle part with the broken
handle, Bill and I realized part of the opening mechanism had
snapped-off from inside the dryer door as well, so additional parts will be
needed to repair the handle... or possibly even a new door? Ariston will be
contacted Monday. If a new door is priced less than half of a new dryer, a new door
will be ordered. Billy said he would swap it out for us. Again, the
machines are eight-plus years old - and they will fit through the front door of
our RV. Just in case.
Updates as this story develops, assuming the entire US press hasn't been
shut down completely by next week.
After spending Friday (yesterday) inside the RV, icing his knee,
drinking plenty of fluids and resting, My Driver felt quite a bit better today.
He hobbled out to the golf cart (the stairs in/out of the RV via crutches are
the biggest obstacle right now) and we joined Mary and Captain Jim at their
campsite to watch the Oregon v Stanford basketball game on the Pac-12 Network.
(Our provider, DirecTV, does not carry the Pac-12 Network, so we have to watch
these game elsewhere, and Captain Jim and Mary always invite us when they are
not in Hawaii in
Dave, Mary & Terry - photo by Captain Jim
So here is My Driver with his bandaged knee. Dave is being
so good about icing and keeping it elevated. The hospital sent him home with
a list of "exercises" and he is working through the series several times a
day. The bandages can be removed Sunday and he can finally shower. Dave's
actually phoned today to see how he was doing!
The Ducks beat Stanfurd - barely - and Mary served us Chicken Chili
for a lovely half-time luncheon. Thank you, again, dear friends, for taking
such good care of us.
It takes a village.
This evening, I again prepared
Gjelina's Roasted Yams for dinner. Vegetarian, satisfying, high fiber,
high flavor and mostly hands-off.
If you haven't tried this recipe yet, I encourage you give it a
spin. Now that I have prepared the recipe five times, I have it down. Use
sweet potatoes. Use aleppo pepper. One small potato per person is more than
plenty. Serve as a side dish or place the roasted potatoes on a bed of fresh
arugula and it is a one-course meal. Tonight I did not reserve any of the
aleppo pepper to sprinkle over the dish as a garnish - I just put the entire
Tablespoon in the marinade. This can't get easier.
Our favorite kindergartener, Leo, ran in a jog-a-thon fundraiser for his
school this week. The little guy ran more laps than another kindergartener
(!) and raised a lot of money, through pledges from family and friends, for
art programs at his school. We are so proud of our little track star.
(Wonder where he gets it?) Go, Leo, Go!
One last thing:
Lucy: 2 years, 6 months
Sometimes a girl needs an ice cream as big as her head.
Until my next update, I remain, your busy correspondent.
RV PARK: The
Motorcoach Country Club
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