I said I wouldn't write again until I had something good to say. Well, two nice things have happened - amazingly.
Our washing machine is quite a techie one - apparently I could even operate it via an app on my phone....not that I have, wouldn't know how (nor would I have any need to). All I'm interested in is 2 or 3 different wash cycles, including a short one, and the fact that it has a timer. I usually load the machine and set the timer for it to come on overnight, to utilise the cheap night rate electricity. Well, this week I'd loaded and set it twice, both times it didn't work...the first morning I just reset it manually and it was fine, the second time (yesterday morning) it wouldn't work, the electronic display just kept switching between programmes all the time and finally went dead. I switched it off and on again 2 or 3 times, but it was still dead.
Anyhow, to cut a long story short, this morning husband switched it on to test it and it seemed fine....so I put in the wet washing I did in the bath yesterday and spun it off - it worked perfectly. I'm doing another short wash now as a test and it still seems to be working fine. Hooray!
We often have power cuts here (one of the downsides to living in the country) and during the past week we've had several, at least half a dozen, caused no doubt by the gale force winds that have been a permanent feature recently. So we're wondering whether the power outages buggered up (oops, I used that word again!! 😂 ) the electronics, and leaving the machine unplugged from the mains for over 24 hours allowed it to reset itself. We had an engineer booked for Monday afternoon, provided the machine does this current wash ok then we'll cancel him. No point in paying a call out charge if we don't need to!
You may remember that towards the end of last year, our car broke down twice in the space of a month, costing us just over £1000 in repairs (and nearly bankrupting us in the process). We do have (pay for) a parts and labour warranty with one of the big two auto rescue companies, but they refused to pay out either claim, basically on stupid technicalities. Get out clauses, more like. Well, ever since then we've been battling with them, me via email, husband on the phone, to get them to change their mind. Our argument was what's the point of paying for a warranty if said warranty won't pay out in the event of a claim - any claim, it seems? (The garage where the car was taken....by the rescue firm....said they're so fed up with the rescue firm refusing to pay claims, and then the garage having to deal with disgruntled customers, that they are now refusing to take on any warranty work from them! That says it all doesn't it). We felt that the rescue firm are taking money under false pretences if they continue to refuse to pay out.
Finally, yesterday afternoon husband had a phone call from the rescue company...they've agreed to cover one of the claims and will transfer the money into our bank account on Monday. They still insist the other doesn't qualify under their Ts&Cs - I can sort of see their point, but they are being very petty and unreasonable about it. However, we're just very glad that slightly over half the amount we've paid out in repairs will be reimbursed, I can't tell you how relieved we are.
And I just want to say this - when you're having one problem after another, all of which are combining to make you very anxious, stressed and depressed, you do find out who your real friends are. Not that I had any doubts really. So to TA (you know who you are) I just want to say a huge thank you for your kindness, from both S and I (((hugs))).
And to all you lovely blog readers who have left such kind comments, and sent me such lovely emails....thank you all.