Rainy Day Blues

We’re getting deep into fall here now. No more warm-ish days and pretty leaves on the trees. The past couple of weeks have been chilly, windy, and a bit rainy off and on. This is the kind of weather that makes you want to curl up under a blanket and drink a big cup of tea. The constant gray skies start to lead to some gray feelings as well (or sometimes just lazy feelings), and you can tell that winter is on its way.

Lewis and I are starting to make the transition from going outside multiple times a day to spending almost all our time indoors. I have been trying to make sure we get outside a bit for some fresh air each day, even if it is just for a 10 minute walk in the stroller. It’s nowhere near the 40 minute walk and 45+ minute play times that we were enjoying earlier this fall, but the grass is damp and the wind is quite chilling even when the temperature is warm, so this will have to do for now.

It is time for me to put my creative Mommy hat on and also reach into my teacher experience and start coming up with fun new activities to help our days pass without boredom or crankiness. This, of course, will include lots of sensory play as well as finding things around the house that can be used in new ways or that Lewis just hasn’t seen in a long time. I’ve also rotated out some of his books to re-capture his interest and yesterday we also picked up a few new ones at the library. So far we are doing a pretty good job of staying happy and busy and fighting off the gray weather. I suppose as winter progresses we will adjust and fall into a new wintery routine eventually.

We had some fun playing dress-up with hats and scarves.

We had some fun playing dress-up with hats and scarves.

After a cranky start to nap time and waking up very early he was in a super fussy mood one afternoon. All was solved with some fun and calming sensory play with tiny dry pasta!

After a cranky start to nap time and waking up very early he was in a super fussy mood one afternoon. All was solved with some fun and calming sensory play with tiny dry pasta!

Lewis also discovered that Mama's old CD case full of music she doesn't listen to is very interesting. He has become quite a pro at sliding the discs out of their slots.

Lewis also discovered that Mama’s old CD case full of music she doesn’t listen to is very interesting. He has become quite a pro at sliding the discs out of their slots.

[The rest of this is just a rant about my laundry machine, and doesn’t include any Lewie cuteness. Feel free to ignore.]

Besides the gray weather we have also been having ongoing issues with our laundry machine. There have been issues since we moved in here 3 (4?) years ago, and I frequently ask Chris when we can buy a house so I can have a “real” washer and dryer. I had given up telling maintenance that the dryer didn’t work right as they always just brushed it off. (Honestly? 3 hours to dry a load of laundry is supposed to be normal?) but last Friday the dryer quit working completely so they finally had to actually do something about it. They were here Friday and we thought the problem was just that the settings got accidentally changed but they didn’t really check much and that evening it became clear that it really wasn’t working. We went the weekend with no working dryer, and I just hung the clothes to dry. Monday they came and cleaned out a big lint clog (This weird machine has no way for me to clean the lint. It is like it is built to clog itself and Maintenance said there is no way for me to prevent that.) and it also needed a new heating element as it was completely shot.

So, hurray! It works like new again and now takes 1 hour to dry what used to take 3. This is wonderful and amazing, but wait a minute … why is there a puddle of water showing up under the corner of the machine every time I run the dryer? I called maintenance again Tuesday to take a look at that since in my book a water leakage of any kind is never a good thing. They took it apart and looked at all the pipes and whatever and said everything is looking fine and maybe there was just water dripping down from the parts they cleaned the day before, but give them a call if it continued. Of course, that makes sense … there is still water in there from you cleaning it 24 hours ago and it only drips out when I run the dryer. I guess you can believe that if it makes you feel better that you couldn’t find the problem.

Water dribbles continued, so I called them back again yesterday and once again they took the machine apart and could not find a problem. There was a piece of insulation that had been removed when they did their other work and he decided maybe it was something to do with the heat and condensation, etc. etc. So he got a new chunk of insulation and taped it inside the machine. He ran the dryer for a bit and no water showed up so it was pronounce fixed. However, the water has only been appearing after it runs for half an hour or more and only really noticeable after a full dry cycle. (It is a small amount of water, but enough that I am noticing it dribbling out from under the machine.)

Anyway, there was water again when I did another load of laundry last night. The load I have in has been running 20 minutes and no wetness yet. Either way, I have given up and am determined to ignore the water unless my kitchen starts flooding. They don’t seem too concerned about it, they can’t seem to fix it, Lewis is getting anxious about having strange men in and out of the apartment, and I am getting annoyed with having to keep calling them and not being able to use my kitchen. Plus, my dryer is working beautifully now, so I will just focus on that and ignore the water.

Today is the first day maintenance hasn’t been here since Friday (besides the weekend) and already Lewis seems to be in a happier mood and was less fussy going down for his nap.

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