And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They’ve refused for so long to deal with God that they’ve lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can’t think straight anymore.
We ordered a washer and dryer. Due to some incredibly irritating quirks of our laundry room*, we could not be sure a front-loading washer and dryer would fit and work in the room. I am sad about this because I had my heart set on super-high efficiency front-loading machines. Instead we bought a Whirlpool Cabrio 7300 (and matching dryer), which was Consumer Report’s overall highest-rated top-loading washer. Also, salesmen at 3 different appliance stores directed us to this washer after hearing about our laundry room layout — and, seeing as none of them gave us any other consistent advice, that’s really astonishing. My biggest regret is the place we bought it, which shall remain unnamed. The salesman could have come straight off a used car lot, and after the fact I felt manipulated by his sneaky high-pressure salesman tactics. However, I don’t think we got fleeced, and we’ll soon have a way of washing our clothes at our own home, so I’m going to accept our choice and not agonize about it anymore.
Yesterday I also hopped up into the attic again to try “installing” some of our new R30 reincarnated jeans insulation. I use scare quotes there because it’s really just taking a 4’x2′ pile of insulation and yoicking** it into place between the beams, atop the current blown-in fill. Some thoughts about that:
- Plopping large sheets on top of fluffy material results in lots of fluffy material floating all over the place. This is extremely unpleasant when the fluffy material is fiberglass blown-in insulation. I’m using goggles and a bandanna over my eyes and mouth next time we do that.
- We have about 4 to 6 inches of blown-in fill, which equals an R value of 12 to 18 or so. We therefore bought R30 to bring our house up to the recommended R49-ish. But after plopping some of our R30 batts down, I realized that would squish down the blown-in fill and presumably reduce its R value significantly. Dang. I wish I knew somebody who knew about this stuff and could comment on what R value we may actually achieve.
Anyway. In addition to the home stuff, I made two soups — tomato and bean — and cornbread; my friend Rachel came over and we ate, cooked, washed dishes, and watched Stardust. So it wasn’t all appliances and insulation.
* The water hookups are on the right-hand wall, where the dryer normally goes, and the area for the washer and dryer is a fairly narrow space. What were they thinking when they built the house?! Who has a washer on the right and a dryer on the left? Seriously. Sheesh.
** To yoick (verb): To hoist, shove, drag, haul, flop, toss, hurl, wiggle, scrunch, or otherwise maneuver an object into a desired position.