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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

A Cursed Load of Laundry

Day 71 - We didn't get home to Minuwangoda until nine o'clock last night. Even though we didn't completely get to do all that Jay had planned, it was an enjoyable road trip to eastern Sri Lanka. The variety of the geography, flora, fauna, and people on this relatively small island is amazing. 

After fun, there's often a bit of aftermath to take care of. One aspect of being away for three days away was having three days of dirty clothing. We started early to remedy that situation, before even having breakfast. 

However, the electricity gods decided that it wouldn't be an appropriate morning to do our super-large load of wash.   At first, we couldn't quite tell why the machine had stopped. None of the little LED indicators were on. The ceiling lights worked and the refrigerator bulb was on. In retrospect, the fridge probably was not cooling as there would've been too little juice to run the compressor. Eventually, we figured out our problem was due to a low amp situation from the grid. This wasn't before we wondered if the LG machine had died as one 'logic board' had already been replaced a while back. This also wasn't before we had sprung into action and emptied the machine and completed the entire load out back at the well in tubs. I have new respect for the work a washing machine does! 

If that wasn't enough of a problem for today's load, as soon as everything was strung up to dry in the scented breeze and antiseptic sunshine, dark clouds gathered. Damn it!  We've barely seen a drop of rain in the six weeks we've been in Sri Lanka. So, today, when big drops started falling and we panicked. 

We scurried to rehang some clothing in the open-air shed. We brought other clothes inside, some of which had somewhat dried due to the fantastic conditions early on, but still being too damp to fold.
  After a Tiny Road Trip

It was one of those tropical false alarms regarding rain with just enough to dot the rather parched soil. We then went through the procedure in reverse.  

Most of the travel clothing is now clean and has been put away.


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