It didn't. Figures. The machine was restarted as I got myself awake enough to shower. I will be eternally grateful the day we can leave it and its washing partner behind. While it has been infinitely convenient to have them in the apartment, the number of leaks and breakdowns and the general inability to do what they were built for has been a frustration of Faustian levels.
Monies were exchanged for furniture and a new appliance for our house. We got a bed frame, a four piece living room set and a vacuum cleaner. And we did not have to go into debt to do so, thankfully. The set was purchased at the Nebraska Furniture Mart which is going to be five minutes north of the new abode. It was sitting in their clearance area, either being a return or a floor model, not that we care a whole lot which case it is. Overstuffed, large and the perfect color (dark bluish-Gray) to hide the shedded pet fur. We took the time to think about it, talked it over, and finally decided to spend the money. Short of some disaster we should not have to get new living area furnishings for another decade.
Of all of the things about getting the house, the one thing the wife is most excited about is the dog. A cow-oker of hers helps the local Labrador rescue by taking in and rehabbing dog throughout the year. This last dog they got was very preggers and had a litter of 7 pups. My wife, upon hearing this, lept to help out and has since, due to the confluence of the universe's perverse idea of timing, gotten one to call her own. It is staying with another friend until we actually move into the house since the apartment doesn't let dogs in. I am concerned about how well our current pets will get along with the new one, it being a completely different species and all that. But mostly because we live with a cat that is a living incarnation of the word "Violence". It took her a couple months to get used to having the other cat around during which the second cat was beaten into the idea that the first one was in-charge of everything. I am hopeful that the same process will occur with the puppy but with less blood spilled and no additional trips to the vet for pet repairs.
I am less worried about the second cat adjusting to having a dog around. It behaves like a dog in many ways already. It wants to have dog-like fun in the bounding, chasing, and wrestling varieties. I would not be surprised to find out that that this cat was raised with puppies at some point early in its life.
The days after the National celebration of independence will be spent unpacking and adjusting to the idea of owning a home. And a mortgage. Especially the mortgage part. It looms large in my mind. Time will be spent with the pets getting them adjusted and assured that just because it is a new place they're in, doesn't mean that they can start using the carpet as their personal bathroom. Not to mention three days of being able to sleep in and get some much deserved rest.
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