Tuesday, February 2, 2010

So far so good.

Funny story….kind of.  After a month of looking, my husband found us a cute little house to rent until we find something more permanent.  So we got all moved in and realized…..NO DISHWASHER. 

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Don’t worry I’ve already thrown my whiny no-dishwasher self a pity party and I’m over it, but it still makes me cranky.  Please say at least one of you don’t have a dishwasher either.  Other than that all is good, we got here fine but don’t have internet until the 11th so things will remain slow on the blog.  Thanks for all your sweet comments and potty training advice…I need all I can get.   My house is a bomb and its freakin’ cold so I’m going to Target now. 

P.S.  I’d like to apologize to the forest for the truckload of paper plates I just bought at Costco. 

120 comments:

Libby said...

I don't have a dishwasher either...sigh
Libby

Soja said...

Nope, no dishwasher, never had one. :-)

Jeni said...

I have a dishwasher, but it only works about half the time if that makes you feel better!

Glad to hear your move was successful! It's been chilly here in Cleveland, stay warm!

RyanSarahN said...

No dishwasher either! Never had one. Someday we will but til then, we wash our dishes and when we get stressed or busy, we don't feel guilty about using paper plates. :0

mohundro mom said...

lol! I'm an Army wife and we do LOTS of moving around - as my hubby likes to explore different schools, etc. 2 houses ago, no dishwasher. It took a while, but I adjusted. You can however, purchase or rent (at least in Louisiana) a 'plug-in' dishwasher... also offers extra counter space. Just fyi for ya!

(Love the mismatched dishes! Great minds think alike!)

Meg said...

No dishwasher, and have never had one. Well, I had one for a summer, but I never actually used it (it was broken; I don't know how to use a working one, let alone one that is finicky)

Jan said...

I have one, but my daughter bought a brand new large house in North Carolina, she has a dishwasher, but no garbage disposal. Yuck.
See, things could be worse.

Blue Is Bleu said...

I was fine without one but 2 yrs ago we moved to this house and I think I'd cry if it was taken away now.

Heidi said...

Glad to have you back in our fair state :] and my 'dishwasher' is my husband - I'm the official dryer/putter awayer, but HATE to wash dishes - I'm a lucky duck. I have heard tell of these mechanical dishwashers but wouldn't want to give up my cupboard space!

Jessie Keating :: Tiny House said...

Nope, no dishwasher here either. *Sigh* And let me just say that morning sickness + sinkful of dirty dishes = no good. :O)

rachel griffith said...

no dishwasher here.
:(

but hey...i'm about 24ish miles outside of cleveland.
we could totally meet up one of these days.

Jamie said...

Nope, no dishwasher, at least not until my boys are a couple years older!

Jody said...

I don't have a dishwasher either.

Carol said...

I do have a dishwasher..but we have friends who also have one but the husband insists on hand washing all the dishes......now that is a strange bird. Cannot figure that one out!

seemommysew said...

I have a dishwasher, but it goes through spells where it decides that baking everything on is much better than cleaning. Those are the days I think I'd rather not have one!

A. said...

Same thing happened to me. I looked at this house and the kitchen was SO GORGEOUS. Ceramic floors, concrete counters and awesome butcher block....just SO GORGEOUS that I guess I was soaking in the lovliness and never realized that there was no dishwasher. I've also gotten over it, but paper has become more of a staple than I'd care to admit!

Chris said...

We spent the first five years of our marriage without a dishwasher. Then, when we moved into a rental before building our home, I had to go back. It's hard! Hang in there!

Cora said...

I do have a dishwasher but I spent over 5 years without a dryer if that makes you feel any better! We didn't buy a dryer until we had our first child! Funny now that I think about it!
Alls good!

Melissa said...

No dishwasher here either. Never had one and not sure what I would do if I did.

s as in tset said...

No dishwasher here either. AND I'M SICK OF IT! We've sold our current house and are looking for a new one. We claim we'll live in a shack, but it'll be a shack with a dishwasher. :)

Teryn said...

I lived 7 years without a dishwasher until my hubby found one of those portable ones in perfect condition FOR FREE on craigslist! Until then though, Sam's club paper plates were a basic staple at our house. (especially when I was pregnant and had a hard time reaching the dishes let alone washing them)

Kate said...

how about a dog? everyone lets their dog lick their faces anyways, might as well let them lick the plates....

Gretchen said...

i've tried not having a dishwasher. it's not for me. i can do without other things. we got a portable dishwasher (on wheels and attaches to the sink) for our house we're renting now. i credit it for saving my marriage.

pklaw said...

20 years with no dishwasher. I wash as I cook and when we finish eating hubby washes and I dry. Just takes a few minutes!

Copper Patch said...

Me neither and I worked as a dishwasher to 4 years. I thought I'd done my lifetimes quota!
Happy scrubbing :o)
Abbe

Vanessa said...

I feel your pain. We recently found the "perfect" little townhouse in Australia. Rent is insane here so we felt pretty blessed to find what we did. The only problem - no dishwasher. I honestly thought it wouldn't be a big deal but it definitely is. I probably whine every day about the dirty dish situation going on. At least you know yours is just a temp place!

Bugalugs said...

We bought our house with no dishwasher - no biggie I thought, that is until we decided to have kids!!! 3 kids, 1 grubby hubby and no dishwasher! I feel for you. I know we own our home and can put 1 in if we choose but we never seem to have the time nor the money!

leigh said...

I didn't have a dishwasher for 10 years of marriage and until after I'd had 4 kids. I didn't really notice until after I had the 4th kid, when I felt like I was doing the dishes ALL DAY LONG. Hopefully you get one soon :)

Anne D said...

We have just moved too. Although we do have a dishwasher (not a very big one) we did not have the internet for about a month. It nearly killed me.

Carolin said...

I feel your pain, I moved out when I was 17 and lived in about 8 diffrent places until I got married at the age of 29 and that was the first home with a dishwasher!!

zees5 said...

After selling our house a few years ago, we decided to rent until the market corrected itself. We had a terrible time finding something to rent with our budget and finally found a really cute cottage home. My husband was out of town when I moved in with our 3 children. Not until that day did I realize there was not a dishwasher. I called my husband to tell him and he said, "Yeah, I noticed that, but I'll help you do the dishes". Uh huh. (:
Plus all 5 of us share one bathroom - eeeek! We have an offer on a short sale that has been approved by the first bank and the owner so hopefully the 2nd mortgage bank will also accept the offer and we will be moving - I hope (: God bless you, Page (:

Jaime Benavides said...

I feel ya! We just moved on Dec. 27from a house with a dishwasher into one that doesn't have one. Of course, we didn't realize that until after the fact(the holidays were a crazy time for our family - everyone got sick and on top of that trying to pack up and prepare for our move). As crazy as it sounds, I prefer washing my dishes by hand because I know that they're getting clean and no water spots! ;)

debra lynn said...

We were in an apt for about 6 months and although we had a dishwasher, it didn't work at all and had to wash them all by hand anyway. I understand! Apartment living can be an adjustment. We were on the 3rd floor and I had just had a c-section. We did NOT have an elevator either. UGH. At least you have a Target!

kwiltmakr said...

I have never had a dishwasher but now late in life I would love one but it isn't going to happen.

Jess said...

I haven't had a dishwasher since 2003. But we just bought a house with a brand new one!!

blue star stitcher said...

I think Mother Nature must understand that sometimes a mothers peace of mind/sanity needs paper plates and no dirty dishes!

wishes, true and kind said...

Look at it this way, your picture of dishes in the strainer is much prettier than any picture of my dishwasher would be!

Joyce said...

Welcome(back) to Cleveland. Truthfully, I'd sell my best cashmere sweater for a dishwasher. Can't live without it.

amy smart said...

Forests are very forgiving to women about to give birth. And so is the rest of the universe.

Michaela said...

No dishwasher here either. I never had one. Sometimes I wish I had it when my back hurts from washing and washing, but I like the dishes more washed by hand.
Enjoy setting up and getting used to the new.

Kellie said...

I have a dishwasher however I don't have those adorable bowls..... :P

Melissa said...

We didn't have a dishwasher in Savannah - gotta love paper plates! I'm sure the cute house will almost make it worth it.

One Shabby Chick said...

No dishwasher - and 4 kids. We've tried to have them be the dishwasher but after a few broken dishes I'm still doing them. Been married almost 15 years and have never had one!

Christina said...

Lol - I love that you love Target so much. :) It always makes me laugh. You know, I think a dishwasher only makes dishes pile up in the sink. If you know it's there, you just keep telling yourself "I'll load it later". But, on the other hand, if I have the option to wash the dishes by hand...I just wash them as they come.

As for potty training - please pass on what works. I'm about ready to start Brice on that journey. :)

Jona said...

I don't have a dishwasher but that's ok. Just make a social event out of it, at night when everyone is home and can help. My family used to do it this way and it was fun!

Cherry Possum said...

No dishwasher here! They generally don't put them in houses in Singapore as most people have a maid! So maybe that's what you should ask for?!

Cherry Possum said...

No dishwasher here! They generally don't put them in houses in Singapore as most people have a maid! So maybe that's what you should ask for?!

JBmorristown said...

I like to coat my hands with Aveeno, put on the rubber gloves and tell myself it is a spa treatment for my hands while washing away.

Chris said...

We rented a house in England without one and we went ahead and paid to put one in. Increasing their house value and increasing our convenience! In hindsight we should have splurged and added a garbage disposal too. It's worth considering!

Rinachiyya said...

I have one and to tell the truth I could not do without it.
I cook from scratch so have lots of dishes.
My husband eats different from what I eat that brings even more dishes.
Feel real blessed to have a dishwasher.

Goog luck.

Yoka

Ivy Mae said...

The only dishwasher is I have is my husband! :) And I cook every meal from scratch pretty much. Poor guy.

ktquilts said...

lived in this house for almost 4 years without a dishwasher. But I have had one for almost 5 years now. I used to have some really good smelling lotion and rubber gloves at the sink. Slather on the lotion and put on the gloves. Washing dishes becomes a spa treatment....well...almost!;0)
Blessings,
KT

Mama Sews! said...

At my old house, the dishwasher was so bad that it didn't wash the dishes so I just stopped using it. It's amazing but,I promise, after a bit of time you will get used to it. :)

Holly said...

That stinks. When my husband and I first got married, we lived in a beautiful little cabin by a lake in central Alaska. Beautiful, but 30 min from the nearest town, where we had to haul water. It had no dishwasher but it did have an outhouse because for months out of the year the toilets would freeze solid LOL.

rlove said...

Hi I'm new to your blog and I must say I enjoy it immensely. I did have a question - where did you get the cute bowls in your dish drainer? Thanks,

RosaMarĂ­a said...

Nop no dishwasher either! actually doing dishes is my fav housework, especially in hot weather!

Tasha said...

I once did not have a dishwasher. Oh, it is not fun. And having to deal with everything else. I would definatly be buying paper plates too. Sigh. Good luck. Hope you had fun at Target.

slow panic said...

i do have a dishwasher, but it's a portable one -- rolls around my kitchen. i hate it. i just need to remember that i didn't have any dishwasher while my kids were babies -- handwashed and sanitized those dang bottle for four years......

Lisa M. said...

I am so glad to see so many others living without a dishwasher! I haven't had one since '92. Just learned to live with it. I wonder if I'd have more time to sew if I did have one? hmmm....

Cheryl Arkison said...

We JUST got a dishwasher, so I know your pain. Still happy that you got a place to live.

Amanda said...

I wish we had a dish washer, but we probably won't get one until my husband finishes Pharmacy school in like forever!!! Even if we did get one, it would have to be custom made to fit in the only available, very small spot, in the kitchen. I guess we could put it in the living room, but that is not very asthetically appealing:(

Kristin said...

no dishwasher, either. It's not so bad! hang in there! :)

Nicole G said...

We just bought a place and it has no dishwasher either! the kitchen is too small to even install one if we wanted to. And i really hate doing dishes.

Keriann said...

I went 7 years without a dishwasher! And I didn't even have children old enough to do the dishes or a husband! Ugh! It was not fun to say the least! About a year ago we (married now) finally got the land lord to hook up the old dishwasher that had been sitting in the house 6 months prior because no one would crawl under the house to hook it up....it has a been good but I still have to "rewash" things sometimes...

Good luck on your adventures! It's really not so bad, with paper goods and making sure to be in the middle of doing dishes when your parents, best friend or in laws come over seems to always get you a break! =) hehe Many thanks to my best friend who often got her hands wet in my sink!!

janalee said...

I've done both- washed by hand for the first 10 years of marriage, and had a dishwasher the last 4. Currently the automatic dishwasher is broken [yuck], but the kids are old enough to help out now [hooray], and I'm liking the time to talk with them as we wash and dry.

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

We haven't had a dishwasher for over 10 years. There are times that it would be nice to have but we survive. I buy paper plates too. I figure that we are saving on water and dish soap (which cuts back on the plastics). We recycle and reuse so I feel like it is a balancing act and it's OK.

yawkar618 said...

when I first moved in with my at-the-time boyfriend, we had a dishwasher. :) then we moved and had one again, but after a week it pooped on us and the landlord never fixed it. then boyfriend became fiance and we moved again... thinking the place had a dishwasher it didn't. then we had a baby and that's when i started to really really hate not having a dishwasher. fiance and daddy turned into husband and we bought our first house... with a dishwasher. a dishwasher that we found out was broken when we bought it. along with the microwave. we bought the house last august. i still don't have a working dishwasher.
i feel your pain.

alobsiger said...

Haven't had a dishwasher since I was living the life of luxury in college. We won't say how long that has been. My advice? Get some great hand lotion for all the dishpan hands. Best wishes!!

dogloverlaura said...

You are going to need one with the new baby and little one. I didn't have a dishwasher for 24 years and my husband just put one in for me and now I love it. But still use lots of paper plates.
If I lived closer than sunny California I would give you a hand. By the way I love your site!

Lisa said...

I have a dishwasher, but went several years without one. I feel your pain.

Levin said...

no dishwasher here. we actually wash in a bucket in the sink and then pour it all on the garden as we are very short of water here :(
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Jen said...

May God bless you in this terrible and difficult time. Our washer was out last fall, and it was just horrible. When we finally got a new one, my husband joked about my whining by saying, "This one is much quieter!"

Shelly said...

I have never had a dishwasher, I get every standard joke about it also.... what do you mean you have a dishwasher look at your hands hahahaha. Yikes I even think I have dreams of owning one, a real beauty super big and works all the time.

Paige said...

Nope. No dishwasher. They always smell bad and leave a white film on the glasses. I do hate having sinks full of dirty dishes. But they're no worse than a stinky, moist box of cloudy dishes. Persevere.

heddomarie said...

Just found your blog.. love your stuff! This photo seriously looks like it could have been taken in my kitchen.. everything about it.. except we don't have a metal sink. But we do have the same glasses, dish drainer, spout and a window right there.. lol

heddomarie said...

oh and we don't have a dishwasher either.

lifeinredshoes said...

I was in my mid 30's before I ever had a dishwasher. Now I just think of it as an extra cupboard.
Treat yourself to some very fancy dishsoap, I like Williams Sonoma lavendar myself, like aroma therapy.
Also pick up some luscious hand cream, and cute rubber gloves.
In the winter I like to do dishes by hand, it warms me up!

Jeni said...

That does stink. I do have a dishwasher and can't imagine life without it. But before this house we lived on base at Wiesbaden Army Air Field, Germany for 4 years with no disposal in the kitchen sink...why would they do that?!? Good luck settling in..at least you have a Target.

Hannah LaRue said...

We do have a dishwasher--for the first time in ten years. I feel your pain.

Wendy said...

Your not going to like this... I have a perfectly good dishwasher, and I use it for a cupboard.
Ouch! Sorry.
Strange, but true.

Elsa said...

I don't have a dishwasher ... sometimes it's a bit of a problem when I don't want to do them, especially since I'm the only one living here (other than my 3 kitties and they won't do them, no matter how nicely I ask) ...

Elsa said...

I don't have a dishwasher ... sometimes it's a bit of a problem when I don't want to do them, especially since I'm the only one living here (other than my 3 kitties and they won't do them, no matter how nicely I ask) ...

Danielle said...

Make sure you have some gloves to protect your hands ~ The hot water does a number on them!

Christy said...

I'd gladly trade my dishwasher to live in Ohio again! I was born and raised just southeast of Columbus and moved here when I was 16 ... hated it, but never had the opportunity to go back. I'm so jealous that you have seasons!! :oP

daffodilhilltoo said...

I have never NOT had a dishwasher. I feel very sorry for you! BTW I love the bowls. Where did you get them?

mabblab said...

When we moved into this apartment, I sweetly demanded that we buy a portable dishwasher -- it's wonderful! My neighbors have a smaller countertop version they got from Wal-Mart online. I got a big one, but I found it in the classifieds for $100. Worth every penny! It's my first dishwasher in 9 years and it's my best friend after my sewing machine.

Sharon said...

No dishwasher either. I've gotten a bit used to it but what irritates me more is no garbage disposal! Isn't this 2010?!?

Peggy said...

We just moved into the "new to us" house on Monday and it does have a dishwasher but I don't like it. So for now I'm washing dishes by hand which I normally love but our sink is so lame!! I have never seen a more shallow sink... Come this weekend you will find me at either Lowe's or Menard's getting a new sink/faucet and then ripping out the garbage disposal (having septic its a BAD thing..) But the good news only 3 more weeks and our household goods will be delivered.

Praying your pregnancy goes well!!

The Calico Cat said...

I have 2 dishwashers (The dish drawer that you may have seen on TV) one for my dairy dishes & one for my meat dishes.

Lisa said...

I lived without a dishwasher for many years. The trick, for me, was to have very few bowls and plates available. That way, even if EVERYTHING was dirty it wasn't too overwhelming. Maybe you could just unpack a few?

BTW, why, why, why would someone post about having two dishwashers? Rubbing it in eh?

girlskickass said...

as i live with 2 flatmates and we all are poor students, we don't have a dishwasher but tons of glasses and dishes andandand...so, you are not alone

Elisabeth said...

Oh my heavens, good luck with all of that!
Where did you move from?
I didn't have a dishwasher until I had almost 3 kids and it was one of the best life improving things we ever did! Right now with 5 kids I really don't think I could survive without one, or a garbage disposal. When we bought our first house those are the first two things we put in before we even moved in! With only 4 it's not too bad- but it would still drive me nuts and I'd be buying paper plates too! Esp being pregnant and postpartum. Take care,
Elisabeth

Elizabeth said...

We never used the dishwasher in the house I grew up in (my mom preferred us to hand wash so we could "bond") and when my parents built a new home they didn't even put one in. I think that is just nuts!

natalie. beyond the reef said...

No dishwasher - no microwave ( of course ) no gardner, let's see what else? Hmmmm. Blender, toaster oven...
There must be something you have traded in return for not having this dishwasher thingey.....savour THAT instead!! Smiling...in Cali. Natalie.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

No dishwasher in this home either! And no place to add one - tiny space.

Sally said...

I just moved into a rent house (Chicago to Amarillo, TX!) and although we have a dishwasher, it sucks. It's like a fancy rinse cycle, and...no garbage disposal. So I feel your pain... funky rent house, transition, excitement, grief, and good gracious... potty training... last night I found myself sitting on a restaurant floor trying to descretely clean poop our of my son's cowboy boots. Ugh! :)

Katie Jean said...

no dishwasher here... and my husband used to be the dishwasher, until he got sick, so now it's my responsibility, so we usually have a huge pile of dishes!

Laura said...

nope no dishwasher...for the last 5 years. before that i had one, but we moved into an older home and there's not space for one. it's given us ALL good practice learning teamwork --esp our older boys. they wash and dry dishes about 60% of the time now. YAY.

Rachel Carlson said...

we are renting a house that was built in 1910. no dishwasher here. AND it has the original gas stove from the 1900's. best wishes for settling in nicely.

Pumpkin Head Baby Co said...

I lived w/ out a dishwasher until my two boys were about 1&3. It wasn't too bad.

As for potty training. Training boys early is rough. Unless they are super into it & are showing signs of being ready. We tried to train our oldest when he was about 2 1/2. It was torture for everyone. It took a good 9-10 months for him to be fully potty trained. For our 2nd son we waited till he was just over 3. It was SOOO much easier & only took about 3 weeks.

Carrie said...

No dishwasher either. We just remodeled our kitchen and I opted to have the cabinet space instead of putting one in, glad I did.

Beaz said...

I don´t have dishwasher and I don´t miss it. Maybe my dishes do.

Taiya said...

We do have a dishwasher, but we have a certain amount of dishes that don't go in the dishwasher(aluminum strainer, sharp knives, fiesta ware, etc...)

I would be very sad to move now and not have one, now that I DO have one, though... because I am kind of addicted!

Sorry to hear about that... and if the forest had to wash your dishes by hand it would volunteer to be made into paper plates... I think. :D

Melynna said...

I've found that a great way to keep on top of dishes without a dishwasher is to cut down on the number of dishes you use. Keep out one of everything per family member and put the rest away. It keeps things from piling up and becoming overwhelming.

winterpeachblog said...

Laughing out loud at your P.S. Sometimes paper plates are the best!

Cindy said...

I do have a dishwasher, 2 in fact...in the form of my husband and myself. I have a real one but very rarely use it. Will be getting rid of it when we redo our kitchen.

Strictly Sewing said...

Six years of marriage till I used I clean dishwasher. The first eights months we had a dishwasher in the apt. but it was so yucky we didn't use it. Then for two years we lived in apt. with no dishwasher. Then the next 4 years we lived in apts. with dishwashers but again, too yucky we never used them. Finally, we moved into a 5 year old home with clean dishwasher. Although, I still find myself washing by hand, ya know pots and pans.

johanna said...

We sold our dishwasher and now do all our dishes by hand and love it!

Lee Poston said...

Ha Ha that is funny. We moved to Cleveland and I don't have a dishwasher either. Well we do. It's in a box in the garage. My husband promised me one when we moved but hasn't had the time (due to school) to install it. So I am totally with you on the paper plates. Happy Washing :)

mary'smom said...

Welcome Back! I am so sorry you had to move back in February (Yuck!!!Cleveland is awful this time of year!!!)
I'm afraid I do love a good dishwasher. Didn't have one for many, many, many years. Now, if it breaks, so will I. But worse is the laundromat. I hate having to go to one of these awful places.

Sewing-Chick said...

I bet you're glad to be here in Ohio right in the midst of these snow storms, eh?! I don't know about in Cleveland, but down here in Columbus we're all having a snow day!

As for the dishwasher, we have one, but somehow my husband's parents and his grandparents manage without one their entire lives. I don't know how they do it!

Alice said...

I don't have a dishwasher. But I don't have a child with another on the way, either. Sometimes, though, doing dishes turns into a nice, quiet time. No one bothers you when you're doing dishes, and the running water has a soothing sound after awhile.... sometimes I pretend it's the ocean. HA.

Cottage Cozy said...

I didn't have a dishwasher for my first 13 years of married life and four out of 5 kids born! You can do it. I just got used to it...

Kimberly said...

Wowzers, lotsa comments! Good luck with that dishwasher... I went a little while with two babies and washing by hand but that got old real fast! Now since my hubby does renos, we have a dishwasher but it'e second hand...one of these years it'll be brand new and all mine!

I just wanted to let you know that I tried your scrap saver pillow tutorial this evening and I just loved it! Thanks a bunch, Kimberly

Emily said...

I also have no dishwasher and sometimes I have to do three loads of dishes because our sink is so small!

It is cold in Denmark, too. We have had snow for months.

M'Recia said...

I don't have a dishwasher, a washer/dryer, or a bathtub. I miss civilization!

Eileen said...

no dishwasher here and never had one.

Mrs. Katie Picciottoli said...

Love your blog - just found it. Never had a dishwasher either :( At least I only have one kid so far! I am definitely jonesing for a dw, but no internet? Now that's really rough!

Amanda said...

I dont either! :)

Amanda said...

I dont either! :)

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