A dear friend of mine has eight children. Yes, I said eight. Laundry is a huge issue for her family of ten and this woman irons all of those clothes. I am every bit as shocked as you are! I did not know that irons worked on clothing; I thought they were only meant for use on quilts. I guess you learn something new every day, right?
It seems that every year or so my iron and I begin to have a disagreement. Usually the disagreement starts with my iron yelling, "My water reservoir has cracked because you dropped me on the hard floor one too many times so now I am going to squirt water everywhere." I'll usually shout back, "Dang! It's time to buy a new iron. Again." The current disagreement is somewhat different. For the past few weeks we've been playing the "If you want me to work, you have to jiggle the cord" game, progressing to the "You now have to jiggle the cord and wrap it around the handle twice and maybe I'll work" game, ending with the "I am going to pretend to work, but as soon as you pick me up I am going to flash an error message at you" game. Yes, really. An error message on my iron. C'mon Black & Decker, it's an iron for Pete's sake.
I was recently homebound for two weeks with whatever plague my teacher-son brought home this month and I could not get to the store. My husband tried to buy me an iron (I know, sweet, right? He must have been really tired of hearing me complain because trust me, I complained about this stupid iron), but he left the store in confusion. The first time I mustered enough energy to drive a car, I went to the WalMart* to look for an iron. I have spent well into four-figures on irons and the game is the same for me whether it's a $30 iron or a $200 iron. With a child in college I am choosing the $30 irons, hence the trip to the WalMart. I looked over each iron trying to make a decision, but my energy was quickly waning. In desperation I grabbed the cheapest iron that they had, under $7 I believe, and hoped that it would buy me a week or two until I was well enough to shop for a proper iron.
Today was new iron's maiden voyage and it's not bad! It is a little drippy, but the water is clear. I wonder how long it will be before this iron and I will start to have our disagreement. I will keep you posted.
*yes Kim, where I come from it's the WalMart