Today I am grateful that I was able to solve a problem on my own. As I was taking a load of laundry out of the dryer, I noticed a faint smokey smell, not really something you expect to find of your newly clean laundry. I knew it had been quite a while (if ever) that we cleaned out our dryer vent and lint area, so I set to work doing just that. Mollie helped me out a bit, though she was pretty worried it would fall on her, and in less than an hour I had it all put back together. Unfortunately, the next load of laundry came out warm but still quite damp, and I knew something was wrong. After a call to the Whirlpool hotline, I checked the outdoor vent only to find it completely clogged. Once that was cleaned out, with the kids' help of course, everything was back to working order.
For whatever reason, I like knowing that I can take care of things myself, and today it was extra special because I was able to show the kids that they too can learn to help themselves and fix problems that come along.
I'm also grateful that I caught the smokey smell before it became something much more serious. Hopefully future clean outs will be quicker and more frequent.
Have a wonderful night!