Caution: Nuns at Work

We are often asked: What do nuns do all day?

Our answer: Just about everything.

Especially now that we are on foundation, we really never know what new thing we’ll find ourselves doing. For example, one of our proudest accomplishments:

Repair nun at workThat’s right, we replaced the seal and bearings on our front loading washer. The repair man said it would cost $800 – $1200 to repair our washing machine, which was just out of warranty (of course). Some kind soul, (Jarrod, you have our undying gratitude and prayers forever!) had posted a video online showing how to repair this very thing, and he sold the replacement part, too – for only $40! He said a couple of hours is all the time it takes to replace the seal and bearings, after which you will have a washer that runs like new. How difficult could it be? The video looked like a breeze. Any moron with opposable thumbs could manage it, right? Luckily, we just happened to know two such morons.

Well, two hours if you’re an expert repair man who can leap tall buildings in a single bound and lift large appliances as though they were mere toys. And you have an enormous empty garage to work in.

Five days, and many nun-worthy swear words later (the list is quite short, creativity is required)…we turned the final screw on the back panel, plugged it in, pushed start, and waited nervously to see if anything would actually happen.

It did!

Water went in. The drum spun around. Water drained out. Yes, it was really working! And all of this, minus the loud jet engine sound which indicated the blasted thing was broken to begin with.

Woohoo! We were on top of the world! We were professional repair nuns! Dancing around, cheering, spontaneous songs with such clever lyrics as Thank you, Jesus! We don’t need no stinkin’ repairmen! (Barry Manilow would turn green with envy at our lyrical genius.) We were amazing and the manufacturer should pay us $1200 just for being so awesome! Actually, that $1200 would have been fair compensation for the psychological damage we sustained during this home repair.

Repair nun at work

We hope you never need to undertake this journey to hell and back. We recommend top loading washers. Or perhaps, a different brand than the one we bought, which shall remain nameless. But if you ever do need to replace the seal and bearings on your front loader and don’t have $800 to spare this is what you’ll need:

  1. Your tools
  2. A large swear jar*
  3. A larger jar of something to calm your nerves*
  4. This great repair video

Items denoted with an asterisk (*) are optional but recommended.

Our prayers are with you – you’re going to need them!

12 thoughts on “Caution: Nuns at Work

  1. Wonderful job, sisters! Your blog (repair) entry will do more to promote vocations to religious life than most “fancy” and sophisticated videos, pamphlets, etc. Fixing things
    (like that) yourself–with God’s help & mercy–makes for stronger, more confident re-
    sponses in the “bigger things” of life.

  2. Great job sisters! I recently was given advice on how to fix a broken dryer. I looked up on the net how to fix it with the given advice. Went and bought a fuse. Replaced the fuse but apparently that wasn’t the problem. We had to buy a brand new dryer. šŸ˜¦ Oh well. St. Clare provided after having prayed a novena for help. šŸ™‚ I am so proud of you all!!

  3. Being in the trades, we know this was no small task…and yet in your photos, you convey only serenity and confidence! The important thing at the end of the day is that all machine parts were accounted for, and fingers and toes were intact! Good job, well done!

  4. “We are women let us roar? Which I did when I read this. How you undertook this major machine. You came out swinging and you won!!! Next time something breaks here,Y’All come! Love Polly

  5. God bless you dear Nuns….. Gary can fix a lot of things. call us if you need Gary to help. Sue Piner

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    texasnuns posted: “We are often asked: What do nuns do all day?

    Our answer: Just about everything.

    Especially now that we are on foundation, we really never know what new thing we’ll find ourselves doing. For example, one of our proudest accomplishments: That’s ri”

  6. What a fabulous post! I laughed so hard I thought I might pee my pants. The adventures of life and the things we learn when living lean. So happy for your success and now I am off to make a swear jar…

    How, exactly, does that work?

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