Thursday, February 19, 2009

Dryer fire...Yippee!

Sitting in front of my squeaky dryer sorting clothes last week turned out to be more eventful than usual. Suddenly, in between the noisy squeals that my dryer normally makes, were popping noises like the sound you hear striking a match and watching flames burst forth at its tip! Sure enough, That is what we saw! Giant sparks and thin tongues of fire shooting a foot or two out from the cracks around the door. POOF! POOF-POOF! POOF-POOF-POP! After the initial paralyzing nanosecond of, WHAT WAS THAT?!!, I jumped up and reached over the dryer through the grayish blue haze of smoke that had already formed and yanked the plug! The sparking and flames stopped and a smell like fourth-of-July sparklers settled on the room. I don't know why I didn't just open the door but now that I think about it, I guess I was smart. After all, if the clothes had been on fire, opening the door would have been a bad idea! I am glad I am smart. It was worth it all just to find that out.

Anyway, the good news is that we are going to have to get a new dryer! One that has a capacity matching my washer. This means no more drying half-loads at a time. I am very glad about this. Shhh...don't tell!

And do you want to know some very good news? My second-choice dryer that my frugal self settled on because of the cost turned out to be out of stock. So my very wonderful husband said to just get the better one! I need to make that boy some cookies or something...

Yippeeee!!!! (I can't believe I just said that about laundry.)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

You finally got a fireplace! Congratulations...now you just need the mantle...

:) Heather

Drew, Michelle, Luke and Tetyana said...

Wow! I am so glad the fire wasnt' worse!!!

Have fun with your new drier...remember when we did have one in Ukraine???

Tami said...

Woohoo!!!! You gotta love a new dryer! (Especially after Ukraine! :)

Tami said...

Woohoo!!!! You gotta love a new dryer! (Especially after Ukraine! :)

Melissa E. said...

Tami, You can say that again!
Oh, nevermind...
;-)

Mike and Christie said...

Oh Wow! That is amazing! I'm so glad ya'll are ok.

NOW for the gleeful good news! That is great! My dryer is making those noises, and so is the washing machine! I fell a matched set coming on soon. I think we have replaced every part possible on both. BUT... the newest part didnt' fit because they no longer make my washing machine and have replaced everything with updated new parts which would nearly cost as much as a new machine to replace, so.... what color did you get? :)

Melissa E. said...

I am just getting white. And they aren't really a matched set. but the washer is a whirlpool duet (except mine is a 'solo' since I don't have the matching dryer). I love the washer because it is huge and front-loading. The dryer I am getting is Maytag but I am getting a deal because we have a friend who sells them. Same with the washer last year. So they match because they are both white. I wanted fancy colors but with hundreds off the price, I take what I can get!!

Grandma Falk said...

You surely know how to make a little excitement around your house, Melissa. Now me, I just enjoy quietly folding clothes! I'm secretly glad that you have a large capacity washer and dryer so I can wash my quilts at your house!