What is Huddleston's Law of Diminishing Dimensions? It states that the width of a newly purchased appliance is converse to the dimensions of the existing appliance. Further, Huddleston's Law triggers the universe to warp affecting the adjacent laundry tub.
Who is Huddleston and why should you care? I don't know, I just made it up as I went along.
Translation: The Old Maytag finally died in it's tracks. The new appliances are one inch wider. The wonderful deliverymen were the ones to break the news to me. Our laundry room is plenty large EXCEPT..... remember, Huddleston's Law triggers troubles with the adjacent laundry tub.
The Other Mother is enamoured with laundry tubs and had a local handyman install one in a base cabinet that she bought in a local home improvement store. The problem is that the handyman installed it with the a countertop that is less than an eighth of an inch to spare next to the old Maytag. The new washer would not fit. No way. No how.
What should be very simple, sliding the new washer in place, has become yet another project on the list to be completed before the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012. The Farmer and I did some awesome demolition work and denounced the handyman strongly.
"What a terrible job."
"What did he use as a base, cardboard?"
No, in fact it was cheap particleboard that was disintegrating because he did a equally terrible grout job and moisture had leaked through. The Farmer and I got all new materials and launched into our famous "measure 14 times, make paper templates, eat pie to raise blood sugar, and finally cut ONCE" routine.
Things are progressing but we are very messy workers. Here's the evidence:
We realize that we could never, ever make a living doing this and certainly no one would ever agree to pay us by the hour. What we thought would take an afternoon has turned into a larger endeavor. Tile pattern and edge treatments are considered, time is scheduled for our next push.
Soon, very soon, the laundry room will be back in order.
NOTE: I love my homemade laundry soap but I'm CRAZY for Heidi's fabric softener recipe. I'll admit that I was very skeptical about using something that contains vinegar. Hey, I'm accustomed to smelling April Fresh and my fear was that I'd be walking around smelling like a tossed salad, but this stuff is terrific. It leaves everything simply smelling clean.
Here's her recipe in case you missed it the first time around:
2 cups hair conditioner
2 cups white vinegar
6 cups water
Mix all together, shake well. Shake before each use.
I purchased Suave conditioner for $1. The bottle contains 2 cups. Perfect. There are different scents, I chose a fruit scent. A gallon of white vinegar was $1.79. The final result does not smell overwhelmingly vinegary. Online searches assure me that the vinegar also rinses residue from the washing machine.
UPDATE: My sewing machine made a quick stop in Nasville, after leaving Chattanooga. I'm OK with that because Nashville is a fun city, lots to do. It arrived in Nashville at 9:56 and left at 12:01 a.m. I'm hoping it took those two hours to visit Tootsie's Orchid Lounge for a quick drink before heading off to Chicago. At least I hope Chicago is the next stop. Where else could it go? Indianapolis is not really on the way, but you never know.