My New High Efficiency Washer & Dryer

It’s going to be 91 today and it’s hot already. I got a new Maytag washer and dryer a couple of weeks ago, ambulance and it was about time. I have had the same washer and dryer for well over 25 years and they just weren’t do the job for me anymore. I felt like I had two strangers in my house, and they took some getting used to.


I couldn’t wait to try them. I read my owner’s manual, loaded my clothes, poured my detergent and bleach, and pushed the “start” button. What!, where’s the water?! Ok, I had to pull up a chair to get a closer look and see what was actually going on. It was using very little water, and there were no suds. Just a gentle swishing back and forth. I wondered, “is this working right”? How could anything get really clean without lots of water and suds, plus it has no agitator! That was 2 weeks ago, and I am happy to report that I love my new washer and dryer. Now I’ll see if there is much of a any difference in my water and gas and electric bill.

I know I mentioned a few weeks ago that I would be painting another old shutter and promised to show you when I finished it. I finally did.



This style of painting is the influence of early 18th century painter, Rufus Porter. I have talked quite a bit about him, and many of you know that from 1999 to 2007, my partner and I painted many Rufus Porter style murals in many historic homes in the Chester County and the Brandywine Valley area. For those of you that are new to my blog, I have provided this link so that you can learn more about this itinerant painter. If you would like to see more on my blog about him, this link will take you back a couple of years.

HAPPY DAY-btw, the larger ironing board you see in the photo, belonged to my mother. I think it’s the only one she ever owned. I remember the sound it made as she did her ironing, and having it brings back so many memories.

9 Responses to “My New High Efficiency Washer & Dryer”

  1. rondell konat Says:

    They look great in your laundry room plus I love the blue linen that you are using in there.
    Beautiful shutter too!

  2. Carole Says:

    Thanks Rondell. Yes, I love that old homespun. I have had that for many many years and still love it. Always nice to hear from you.
    Enjoy your day

  3. tj Says:

    …Your new washer and dryer are awesome! We looked at those but then came across a wonderful deal on a used regular set on Craigslist and ended up with that pair. They have really worked out well but I still long for a set like you have, I just love the look of them. I heard that you can’t soak items in them either, is that true?

    …Love your laundry room Carole! And yes, if I sit in silence I can still recall the sound my mom’s ironing board made as she ironed. What I wouldn’t give to go back to those days and just hug her! :o )

    …Enjoy your new set! I’d be asking everyone, “you want me to do your laundry?”…lol

    …Blessings… :o )

  4. Carole Says:

    Hi TJ, It’s nice to know you are still reading my blog. Thank you.
    I had my old washer and dryer for over 25 years, and they were slowing down, like me. LOL- We got a great deal on this set from Lowes and I don’t need to pay for a year, with no interest! A rebate too! To answer your question, yes, I do have a soak cycle, and contrary to belief, you can open the door after it starts to wash.
    Do you remember the smell of the clean clothes too, as your mom ironed them? My mother even ironed our underwear, bless her heart.

  5. Martha Says:

    Hi Carole!
    I love your new washer and dryer. My sister was in an ad for Maytag, at the time she had 8 children, total children ended up being 12! They put her in the ad because her washing and dryer were always running and still working! They gave her a new set and she was thrilled!

    I love your painted shutter, such talent. I have the book you mention as well, your friend does a wonderful job of making look a likes! I have made a few and sold them, I may try and make a few more. . .

    My mother also did the ironing, I remember once she told me to NOT touch the iron, I had watched her where she would lick her finger and touch the iron to see how hot it was, well, me being me, I tried the same thing. . .ouch and then I dropped the iron on my hand and have a scar where the burn was so bad. I was never one to listen to well and obey! Payback came when I had children of my own!

  6. Rachael Kinnison Says:

    BEAUTIFUL CAROLE! I LOVE the shutter!!!!!!
    xxoxooxo rachael

  7. Pear Tree Primitives Says:

    Oh! Those look great….. Good for you! And your shutter is gorgeous!


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