Yippeeeeee! I got a call from the washing machine repair guy and it was just that the level switch (technical term - thingie that says when the water is high enough) fell off inside the machine. He put it back on, ran it (gosh he could have thrown some clothes in there couldn't he?) and it's fine! plus it's only about $50.
Whew! Now I am off to finish packing for this weekends camping in the wilds trip. Watch for pictures!