Allison Lacey

Allison Lacey

I don’t know if it is the same for everyone, but during the last few weeks, it seems that if something could go wrong, it did. What is that called? Murphy’s Law. “Whatever can go wrong will.”

I’m sure many of you can relate, but the last few weeks have definitely had a “Murphy’s Law” feel to them. The list of things that managed to break, die or otherwise cease to be useful is so extensive it is almost comical.

Am I being dramatic? Not really. Washing machine, air conditioner and lawn mower – all in about two days. Furthermore, I know that you are thinking that no air conditioning in June in Texas is the worst, but you would be wrong. It was the washing machine that had been repeatedly overloaded by a teenager who was certain her six months of laundry experience trumped my 20 years.

As Chief of Indoor Lacey House Responsibilities (Jeb is Chief of Outdoor Responsibilities), you would think I would be mentally prepared for how quickly laundry piles up. Nope. After two weeks, the pile was so large you could barely get to the shower. Not that I wanted to wait that long, but apparently, the part we needed to fix it wasn’t available on Amazon Prime. Remember the days when you ordered something on Amazon and it took 2 weeks to arrive? Yep, June was throwback to 2002. Anyway, thanks to my dedicated Deputy Chief of Indoor Responsibilities (also Jeb), the washer was finally fixed. Seventeen loads later, I was finished.

Next up was the lawn mower. Now, in its defense, I got that mower as a gift from my parents for my 30th birthday. #bestgiftever. It managed to make it a solid eight years before finally bidding us farewell, so I have no complaints. That being said, we have a ⅓ of an acre worth of yard, and it was growing fast. At one point, I thought Krista had somehow escaped the backyard. Nope. She was just wandering around hidden by jasmine and weeds. So, an early morning trip to Lowe’s it was. Upon arrival, we immediately found a return mower that had had its transmission replaced but was otherwise perfect for a fraction of the cost of a brand new one. Sold! We have a teenager. We will take any bargains we can get. I should mention, just in case you don’t already know, Lowe’s is a truly amazing company when it comes to veterans. They go above and beyond for the men and women who have served our country, including a 10% discount on all in-store purchases.

Finally, the air conditioner. Now, we live in an old house with an equally old air conditioner. OK, the unit may not actually be 140 years old, but sometimes it feels like it. It has had its fair share of issues, and there is only one company we will call, Armer Air. Ryan, Darren and the rest of their crew have saved us more times than I care to count.

This time, we called late on a Friday and a technician was at our house within the hour. After surveying the problem, he told us he would have to check to see if they had the part in stock and, hopefully, would have it fixed by the next morning. As promised, Matt showed up early Saturday morning and within 30 minutes had us up and running. If you are going to live in South Texas in the summer, air conditioning is essential and so is a dependable, reasonable, professional A/C repair company.

Like I said, Murphy’s Law. What can you do except pour another mimosa and roll with it?

Allison Lacey was born to shop. For more information on any of her fabulous finds, go to or email her at

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