I decided to do laundry last night. Big mistake. The electrical system of the house seems to have a big grudge against the washing machine, and the circuit-breaker kept breaking. Then it required a ten-minute rest before I could reset it. The next-door neighbor works for the Electric Company (and, according to unreliable nine-year-old gossip, gets unlimited free electricity as an employment benefit), but hasn't yet found time to stop by. Meanwhile, lurching through three loads of laundry has taken about 24 hours.
AND, something about the sink drain is very sick. The dishwasher is not hooked up, so I wash the dishes by hand (how primitive!) But the water goes down the drain and seems to flood under the sink.