I realize this isn't exciting to most of you but try looking at it from my point of view. Our washer broke the first week of January and I spent the next 5 months taking our clothes to the laundromat and bringing them home wet to dry in our own dryer. After I went back to work, I couldn't do that any more. Three of us work outside in the summer and the "boys" produce a lot of laundry with their canoeing, biking and playing. So we invested in a washer. For 5 glorious weeks I had both then the dryer died too. So for a few days we hung underwear on doorknobs and everything else on awning supports or chairs . Then it rained and rained and nothing dried so we bought a dryer. I always wanted the matching dryer but didn't want to spend so much so soon. Because it is a gas dryer it was a special order. Then we had to wait for the gas fitter. Nothing ever goes smoothly at our place. But I now have a working washer and dryer. Since we have only had both appliances working 5 of the 22 weeks this year it sure is exciting to me!
A word of caution to anyone who may be looking at new appliances soon. Make sure you read the owner's manual! I usually do and I did read the manual for the washer. The first night the dryer was running I threw in a load and went to bed. I could still hear it at midnight - over an hour and a half later! It would stop and start and make noises and I couldn't sleep so I finally got up and shut it off. The next morning I read the manual. The dryer has a wrinkle prevent option that keeps it cycling with room temperature air for 95 minutes after it is done drying. That function is now turned off. I can handle wrinkles but not sleepless nights.