Ahhh....yes, I've been very very bad with posting. Work has been chaos and life in general has been the same.
First off - THE WINNER of the washing machines:
GE 4.0 capacity DOE. Yes, it has electronics and yes I highly debated between this and a GE old style with agitator and dials; but in the end this one won. It does have a dial along with some buttons and a very small agitator. So far, so good. So now I have this:
The funny thing is that with front loaders they sit low to the ground, which can cause a lot of back ache so they make pedestals for them (which are very very pricey). We never bought those but hubby built a stand for ours. The first time I do a load in the new washer...I can't get the washed clothes out; the basket is so deep and I'm so short that the stand put the clothes out of my reach...fortunately I still have those steps from "The Firm" workout tapes which give me the height I need (seriously, you don't really think I use those steps for exercise do you?).
We still have this: