Wordless Wednesday

Wordful Wednesday – Handy Men

This is my utility room. You know, where we keep the washer and dryer:

Messy Utility Room

And yes, it IS that small.

And no, it’s not usually that messy. (USUALLY).

But that’s okay, I really don’t mind. I never spend any time in there anyway (*cough*) so what do I care?

(Okay, that makes it sound like I never do laundry and that’s simply not true. I do laundry ……… occasionally).

Anyway, our dryer started making popping noises the other day – seriously, it sounded like someone put a bag of popcorn into the drum – when finally, one day, it simply stopped drying and I started smelling smoke, as in electrical smoke.

Kevin finally figured out how to get into it opened it and once he figured out what he was looking at determined that some sort of, um, round thingie with teeth (I’m so mechanically inclined) was stripped.

Or some such. I sort of tuned him out whenever I discovered it was fixable. I mean, I SAW his lips moving but all I heard was “wah wah wah … part … wah wah … should be able to fix it”

Yay!

So, my wonderful man went to one of those mysterious parts warehouse places (I’ve yet to step into one of those stores – they scare me), picked up the EXACT part (because he had the foresight to have the model number AND the part in hand when he went) for only $35 dollars and fixed it.

Now it purrs.

And it’s drying once again.

And I can do laundry once again.

Yay.

(Did you hear the sarcasm?)

Life-condensed

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Can you guess what’s behind this closed shade?

What lies behind this shade?

Tick

Tock

Tick

Tock

Give up?

It’s a robin’s nest tucked into the crook of our rain gutter.

Mama's Nest

We keep the shade closed because every time we walk by the window we give the momma bird a tiny heart attack and she flies off leaving the eggs exposed and vulnerable.

We usually have a new bird family move in this time every year. They love our rain gutter because it’s a perfect place to build a nest. It’s up against the house so they have protection from predators, and it’s under the eaves so they have protection from the elements.

After the eggs hatch, the daddy bird usually makes an appearance, bringing worms and other goodies for his young-uns.

We check the progress of the birds every day until one day, they’re gone.

That’s when we remove the nest to make room for the next tenant.

It’s sort of fun hosting our bird families every year.