After consulting YouTube I did a little tinkering to rule out the most simple, obvious things. No good. I finally came to the conclusion that the washer had kicked the bucket, and rather than risk a big repair bill, I went out and bought a reconditioned (used) washer from a reputable used appliance dealer. There went another $300. They're supposed to deliver it tomorrow and take the old broken one away. I'm glad it's settled without too much trouble, but that's a total of $600 we've spent in less than a week.
And we wonder why we can never seem to save money!
Yesterday wasn't all bad, though. For one thing, when I got home in the afternoon I found a bag by my back door that contained this:
Speaking of Marla...yesterday she finally let her husband announce the birth of baby Carsen on Facebook and post a few pictures. Since losing their first baby only a few days after she was born, they were very guarded about telling people they were expecting another. But now that she's here safely and doing well they're finally starting to relax....a little bit, anyway!