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The art of housework/home repair avoidance

Friday: Should not have started working on vid in the morning. Got on a roll. Did manage a little laundry.

Saturday: Did not disassemble dryer (which has been tumbling but not heating for about three weeks; next step on the troubleshooting list is the thermal fuse & then thermostat), but did fix the light pull and the garment rack in the spare room closet. Then went up to Wisconsin, where the parents are in from Colorado to mind ShinyHappyNiece while BigBabyBrother and Sister-in-Love go to her best friend's wedding today. ShinyHappyNiece is shiny and happy and VERY active and given to doing startling things with her voice. Also to the grabbing of hair. Except she can't seem to get hold of mine, much to her consternation. (Mommy has lots of thick wavy hair. Auntie Val does not.) She did, however, get a firm grip on brainiacfive's beard at one point.

Today: Off to the Art Institute with havocthecat and jennawaterford. I'm rather ashamed that it's taken me almost seven years in Chicago to get there. And entertained that, in addition to Beata Beatrix (the main reason I should have gone WAY sooner), they have one drawing each of Lizzie and Janey. (Unfortunately, neither is on display. *sadface*) It's like DGR relationship bookends!

Sometime this week: I will get the house into something resembling a presentable state before brainiacfive's parents arrive Friday. No, really!


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Jul. 18th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
I'm envious of your trip to the Art Institute. Someday I'll get back to Chicago.
Jul. 19th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
It's a great place. Hopefully it won't be another seven years before I get back!
Jul. 18th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
I sent you an LJ message. I've lost three dryers to not being able t replace those parts myself. The repair guys claim they're too expsensive to get replaced, but maybe a do-it-yourself?
Jul. 19th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
My father-in-law replaced the thermostat on theirs a couple years ago, and researched it online the same way I have been. It took a little hunting, but I found a PDF of the Maytag service manual from 1997, which is approximately the age of our dryer.

Maytags have front panel access to the innards, which I understand to not necessarily be the case across the board. We also have a gas dryer, which might have some bearing on the difficulty/expense. I haven't closely read the sections for electric dryers since they don't apply, but they seem more complicated somehow.

I'm also just someone who doesn't balk much at taking things apart. As long as they're out of warranty, anyway. :-)

Edited at 2010-07-19 02:27 am (UTC)
Jul. 19th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
Thank you for the update, and I hope you had a wonderful time at the Art Institute. Do tell about Beata Beatrix! Congratulations on the vid and the laundry and the family.

Note in passing: I have borrowed an external hard drive from a very generous person, and given my contact information to someone in the Altar Guild.
Jul. 19th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
It's gorgeous, of course, as is the rest of the museum. We were actually trying to pin down for sure which one it is; I need to pull a couple more books out. The one I checked this morning says there are two oils, one watercolor and one charcoal drawing. The second oil -- the one he started in 1877, completed by Ford Madox Brown after his death -- has a white dove delivering a red poppy. Jenna thought the original was at the Tate, but I'm now thinking they have the replica. Unless there's a third oil. But I think it's actually the original that I remember reading got put in this frame with the secondary panel at the bottom.

Regardless, it's A Beata Beatrix, and I am a big dork and posed for a photo with it. :-D

Hooray for hard drive, fingers crossed for a good voluteering match! (I've been meaning to go back and reply on your post, but hadn't gotten to it, and having just looked again, really came up with nothing to say beyond the above.)
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