Sunday, December 2, 2012

back spasms

I've been laid low, so to speak.... although, it is almost more painful to lie down than it is to sit or stand and walk around.  Wandering around hanging onto the counters and walls.  Feeling useless.  Doing a lot of swearing.  So unladylike..... as usual.  As a matter of fact, Mr. BV is threatening to send me to etiquette and deportment classes when this reno is finished because I've become so bad......

Since Thursday, when the movers moved stuff and I didn't do much at all except direct traffic...  I have been unable to do much in the bending forward department... which is probably the position that did me in.  Washing floors, cupboards and such.... even washing the plant leaves...arms out in front and big back muscles doing a lot of the work....guess it all finally caught up with me.  Usually my low back gets me...but, this time it is right at waist height.  Totally unusual.  And totally painful.

Today I'm actually feeling quite a bit better ...but, it sure is taking it's sweet time.

Winter is here to stay I think.  Look at these fluffiest of snowflakes we were having today.  They remind me of something we used to buy as kids...in packets.... to sprinkle on the Christmas tree.  It was just like this stuff.... which of course, makes the real thing seem so unreal to me.  I had to go out and take some pics.... even in -11C.... brrr...it feels every bit of that today.  So glad to have a nice warm house.... even is everything is not yet finished and not looking like it will be soon either.   Christmas baking may be done in the toaster oven.....













Yup.... I still have my little toaster oven...it's now sitting on the kitchen counter, so I can bake.  I do have a working fridge even if the panels are not on the front.  I still have my old microwave even if the new one sits idle ..waiting for it's opening to be built... and the dishwasher is working ... also without a front panel.

Actually that's a pretty funny story...I sent this blurb to my sister... who by the way is laid up with a broken leg now.  She fell off her hay trailer into the wheel well area while trying to  lay a tarp over the hay to cover it from being snowed on.... and that was it. Broken just below the knee..... oh, man... poor Vikki......

Anyway without further ado.... the story.....

 The dishwasher is hooked up even though the panel on the front is just the stainless steel underpart of things...  so I was excited to try it seeing as I’ve had no dishwasher to use since mid July.  We got all the settings adjusted...and started it...  felt pretty smug with ourselves ... let it run a cycle with dishes in and clapped when the “Plus Dry” or whatever cycle it is called began to work.  It pops open the door and lets the steam out as the fan is going ..etc...   and then..it continues to run 'til the cycle is finished and turns itself off and opens the door... ... huh?  No door opened.  There was this little stick kind of thing there .. about 3 inches long attached to the dishwasher and to the door at the top... ...holding the door closed ... and we couldn’t figure out what to do with it at all.  We read the booklet cover to cover and back again... looked online to see if we could figure anything out... actually saw another guy with exactly the same problem...and no luck at all.  Everybody finally said ...call Miele repair.  I did first thing yesterday.  The lady on the other end said ...just pull open the door Veronica.... I said I had tried that.  She said... pull it.  I said..how hard?  I am afraid to break this thing... whatever it is.  She said again...just pull the door open.  So I yanked ...and open it came.  Then... seeing as it had long since turned itself off... she said to turn on the power so the computer began to work again.  I hit the power button.... ..and voila...the little stick thingy retracted!  What the heck!??  I told her they need to add something to their manual.  They definitely have to show a picture of it...quit saying there is a latch or whatever under the door opening slot and just say ...give a good tug to open it.  She said they definitely should do that...because everybody who has this model calls with the same problem.  I guess it is another kid safe type of thing... just needs more firmness to open it.  Boy... they try to keep kids too save these days.  They don’t learn anything.  No consequences anywhere it seems now.  Anyway... there they were ...my dishes.  All sparkly and clean and definitely cool now...three days later...hahahha... we all had a good laugh.  
















See the white plastic latch type thingy?   That was the culprit.  Other than that..... it works brilliantly.


11 comments:

Mary Ann said...

I'm laughing out loud because the same thing happened to me. I have never owned a dishwasher but my son and DIL do. I was over at their house babysitting and I was doing stuff around their house...little odd jobs...and my DIL had asked if I could empty the dish washer after it went through it's cycle. HAR HAR Little did I know it was grandmother proof never mind kid proof. Sheesh.

I won't tell you what happened with their oven...:(

Judi W. said...

Hope you feel better soon! At least you didn't have to bend over to empty the dishwasher since you couldn't open it :)

Terra said...

Child and grandma proof too; I hope you are healed soon.

Dolores said...

Why do these things keep happening to you? A couple of weeks ago there was a news item that teh powers that be have made children's playgrounds too safe. Don't ask, that's what they said. I guess little Johnny and Marie are supposed to hurt themselves once or twice so that they learn how to keep themselves safe.

Lin said...

Oh, I hope your back is better soon! I think it was all that washing that did you in. I got cellulitis in my knee when we put the addition on the house--all that floor washing was hell on my knees. The knee pad idea came too late for me. :(

I think home improvements are hell on your body, aren't they???!

Twiglet said...

Oh poor you - that's all you need - hope your back is better soon and send a hug to Vikki too. I am chuckling about the dish washer - life just isn't simple any more is it!! x Jo

frayedattheedge said...

Love the story about the dishwasher, but sorry to read of your back troubles, and your poor sister's leg.

Catherine said...

Oh you poor girl! A sore back - not fun! I hope it straightens outs soon.

Yup, I'm thinking winter is here to stay too. I guess that's what we get for living in the prairie provinces of Saskatchewan!

Take care!
xo Catherine

Shashi Nayagam said...

So sorry about your back do take care and don't overdo things. Glad your dishwasher is working well. I am totally unhappy with mine have tried all the settings and still don't get a good wash. Have to call Miele to get it sorted out.

Gwen Buchanan said...

geez, how would anyone know how hard to pull it.. ahh you're right about all the child safety features.. the local school won't even let kids play on the playground if there is any snow out there.. they might slip.. make them stay inside and sit in their seats.. how's that for making kids not want to go to school.. (off topic!!)
Hope your back starts feeling better real soon..
Glad you have that little toaster oven!!

Gina said...

Hope your back gets better soon. Sounds like some pretty major work going on in your house. No wonder you've been yaerning for your oven!