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This fall has been one of big purchases in the Cooley household. First, a roof (hopefully the most expensive thing we’ll ever buy) and then a dryer. The joys of owning a home, right?

There’s never a convenient time to find out a major appliance is broken. I realized the dryer was broken when it had been running for over two hours and the towels were still damp. Meanwhile, there was another load of wet laundry waiting in the washing machine and the temperatures were freezing outside so I couldn’t exactly hang them out to dry. Instead I hung them in the basement, and they got dry, but they were stiff.

We called the Sears repairman to come look at the dryer and it would have been more expensive to fix it than to buy a new one. Too bad we had to pay someone to come tell us that. The dryer came with the house, and was probably 10-15 years old, but we hadn’t really planned on getting a new one so soon.

So we headed to Sears on a Sunday afternoon. I’m the one who does the laundry in our house, and I told Adam I didn’t want anything fancy. I just wanted something to dry the clothes. Adam, who has maybe done five loads of laundry since we’ve been married, thought the steam dryers sounded pretty great. Of course they are more than twice as much as a regular dryer. I quickly convinced him that wouldn’t be necessary.

I hate working with sales people. I kind of wish you didn’t have to deal with them at all. I knew what dryer I wanted (a Whirlpool Duet) and didn’t want to be convinced that I needed a more expensive model. I just wanted to get in, get out and get on with my Sunday afternoon.

This is where it pays to have a husband. Adam is great with salespeople. It must be from the years he spent working in customer service. I wish I could say he got us a great deal on the dryer, but he handled all the paperwork and I held back, avoiding eye contact and making it clear we didn’t want to be sold anything else.

And I have to admit, the new dryer looks much better than the old one (below). Even though it’s in the basement where no one sees it. Almost makes me wish we needed a new washing machine too, so they matched.

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Sunday afternoons

In my pre-home-owning life, Sunday afternoons were for napping, lounging on the sofa, talking on the phone, and watching movies. Now that we have a house and a yard and all the responsibilities that come with home ownership, Sunday afternoons look something like this:

rake leaves
go to Ace Hardware for furnace filters (if you haven’t replaced your filter this year, do yourself a favor and get a new one. I’m embarrassed by how filthy ours was and am hoping the house won’t be so dusty now that we have a clean one…)
do some laundry
go back to Ace for a Christmas tree stand
buy a Christmas tree
vacuum all the needles up
take a power nap
fold laundry
go back go Ace a third time for moth balls (yes, we have moths. And they discovered one of my go-to merino wool black cardigans)

It barely fit in the back of our Toyota Matrix

The most exciting thing on the list is the Christmas tree. We splurged and got a real tree for the first time this year. Adam has wanted one for years, but there wasn’t really room in the condo. We got it in the house, but we’re just going to enjoy it bare for a few nights. I don’t have the energy to decorate it yet!

It’s tall, 8 feet I think! It almost goes to the ceiling, hopefully the star will fit on top. It’s a Canaan Fir, which is a cross between a Fraser and Balsam fir. It smells amazing!

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Apartment Perks

Today I’m thankful for my sweet little apartment. You know why, see all of these leaves? I don’t have to rake any of them! Yep, I have a good life.- lj

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Raking, round one


This is our first fall in our house and we are quickly discovering how many leaves one oak tree can dump. Sunday was dry and we spent a couple hours raking and bagging and trimming. Growing up we had huge maple trees and I remember jumping in the huge piles of golden leaves. We would load up big tarps and haul the leaves into the street. In Des Moines you have to bag your leaves. We filled 5 bags and our 40-gallon compost bin and still have more to do!

The yard may look good above, but check out how many leaves are still on the tree. It doesn’t even look like its dropped half its leaves yet! (more…)

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