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What “Girls Night” turned into

It took me a while to realize it (like “Hey, why the heck is this cream I just bought bad already?”) but it’s confirmed, my refrigerator has died. The freezer side is still working a bit but the refrigerator side is definitely dead. I think the freezer took longer because it was packed with solidly frozen meats and whatnot and it gets opened far less often than the fridge.

So instead of going out tonight with Kate to see the new Indiana Jones movie, I ran out to the 24-grocery and bought half a dozen bags of ice and a new 52-quart cooler to supplement the coolers we already have. Kate helped me take all the beverages out of the small fridge we keep stocked with drinks for game night and we put as much of the perishable stuff (meat, cheese, milk, juice, the fresh strawberries I just bought… the raspberries had already started to go bad. :( ) as we could and then rearranged things in the little freezer to accommodate as much of the meat and seafood from the big freezer as possible.

I’ve now got the big new cooler mostly full of ice to supplement my inferior old coolers. One small cooler is full of jars and tubes of things like anchovy paste, mustards, jams, and other condiments. The bigger cooler has more of the same plus things like unopened yogurt containers and other things that are sealed and water-repellent. I also have a large bin full of all the sodas, beer, water and other drinks that were in the little fridge. Those can get warm and be re-chilled later, they’ll be fine. I haven’t been able to figure out what to do about the fresh vegetables that won’t survive in ice water. For now I’ve got them in a smaller container with some ice packs but I think I’m going to be eating a whole mess of broccoli, spinach, asparagus, and other perishables this weekend.

Kate was a huge help in handling this mess. She was having a grand old time, in fact. “Now THIS is exciting!” she enthused. After all was said and done I collapsed into my computer chair with a drink and fired up my browser. “Going to Twitter?” she asked. “I already did,” I replied. “Writing the Mom’s List?” she guessed. “Already did,” I responded again. “Going to blog about it?” she tried again. “Yes!” I was laughing at this point. She knows her mom well. Then she cracked me up offering me suggested titles “You should call it ‘A fun start to a fun weekend.’” she offered. Then she launched into a story about how she was looking up a recipe at school on my recipe pages and how this led to her explaining to her classmates what blogs are and that I had one. I guess I may end up with a few new 12-year-old readers. Heh.

Not sure what tomorrow holds. Could be a repair place can work some magic on the machine, but the fridge is 8 years old and it might just be time for a new one. If I have to go fridge shopping this weekend I just hope I don’t have the problem I had with last year’s washing machine fiasco…and that they haven’t built new refrigerators so big that I can’t fit mine in the space allowed (like nearly happened with the new washer). Kate will be excited that more “fun” is on the horizon. She already said excitedly, “A new refrigerator means a refrigerator box, right?!” Oh dear.

36 comments to What “Girls Night” turned into

  • Oh, and I brought you more perishables. Oh dear. Sorry about that, hon. :)

  • Oh, and I brought you more perishables. Oh dear. Sorry about that, hon. :)

  • Oh, and I brought you more perishables. Oh dear. Sorry about that, hon. :)

  • Oh, and I brought you more perishables. Oh dear. Sorry about that, hon. :)

  • My lord; Kate is a cat!

  • My lord; Kate is a cat!

  • My lord; Kate is a cat!

  • My lord; Kate is a cat!

  • new refrigerator

    Well, at least you won’t have the problem we did!

    You may have heard that we had a tough winter, snow-wise. Our refrigerator was dying (so we didn’t have to use coolers – our enclosed porch worked well as a freezer, not as a refrigerator). The local repair guy had mistakenly put in a fan (didn’t charge us) and found it was the condenser. So, the day the new one was to arrive, I took out the new fan to give to him.

    I came home 15 minutes before our allotted time. They had already been there! They called to say they would come back an hour later. It had started snowing. They called back to say they weren’t delivering the refrigerator today (a Friday!). so, I gave them a hard time and they agreed to do it. But, they said I had to widen the pathway. The snow bank was about 3 feet then (it later reached 5 feet!). So, I shoveled the path wider (lucky I didn’t have a heart attack as I did have one several months later). They eventually carried it in. They were supposed to level it but were so ticked off that they just left. But, at least we have the refrigerator.

    Eight years looks like the limit as that was how old ours was!

  • new refrigerator

    Well, at least you won’t have the problem we did!

    You may have heard that we had a tough winter, snow-wise. Our refrigerator was dying (so we didn’t have to use coolers – our enclosed porch worked well as a freezer, not as a refrigerator). The local repair guy had mistakenly put in a fan (didn’t charge us) and found it was the condenser. So, the day the new one was to arrive, I took out the new fan to give to him.

    I came home 15 minutes before our allotted time. They had already been there! They called to say they would come back an hour later. It had started snowing. They called back to say they weren’t delivering the refrigerator today (a Friday!). so, I gave them a hard time and they agreed to do it. But, they said I had to widen the pathway. The snow bank was about 3 feet then (it later reached 5 feet!). So, I shoveled the path wider (lucky I didn’t have a heart attack as I did have one several months later). They eventually carried it in. They were supposed to level it but were so ticked off that they just left. But, at least we have the refrigerator.

    Eight years looks like the limit as that was how old ours was!

  • new refrigerator

    Well, at least you won’t have the problem we did!

    You may have heard that we had a tough winter, snow-wise. Our refrigerator was dying (so we didn’t have to use coolers – our enclosed porch worked well as a freezer, not as a refrigerator). The local repair guy had mistakenly put in a fan (didn’t charge us) and found it was the condenser. So, the day the new one was to arrive, I took out the new fan to give to him.

    I came home 15 minutes before our allotted time. They had already been there! They called to say they would come back an hour later. It had started snowing. They called back to say they weren’t delivering the refrigerator today (a Friday!). so, I gave them a hard time and they agreed to do it. But, they said I had to widen the pathway. The snow bank was about 3 feet then (it later reached 5 feet!). So, I shoveled the path wider (lucky I didn’t have a heart attack as I did have one several months later). They eventually carried it in. They were supposed to level it but were so ticked off that they just left. But, at least we have the refrigerator.

    Eight years looks like the limit as that was how old ours was!

  • new refrigerator

    Well, at least you won’t have the problem we did!

    You may have heard that we had a tough winter, snow-wise. Our refrigerator was dying (so we didn’t have to use coolers – our enclosed porch worked well as a freezer, not as a refrigerator). The local repair guy had mistakenly put in a fan (didn’t charge us) and found it was the condenser. So, the day the new one was to arrive, I took out the new fan to give to him.

    I came home 15 minutes before our allotted time. They had already been there! They called to say they would come back an hour later. It had started snowing. They called back to say they weren’t delivering the refrigerator today (a Friday!). so, I gave them a hard time and they agreed to do it. But, they said I had to widen the pathway. The snow bank was about 3 feet then (it later reached 5 feet!). So, I shoveled the path wider (lucky I didn’t have a heart attack as I did have one several months later). They eventually carried it in. They were supposed to level it but were so ticked off that they just left. But, at least we have the refrigerator.

    Eight years looks like the limit as that was how old ours was!

  • Kate knows you way too well!

    Sorry to hear about the fridge. Assuming all goes well with my new house, I get to buy a fridge as well, so if you get something nice or you do some interesting research, keep me in the loop.

  • Kate knows you way too well!

    Sorry to hear about the fridge. Assuming all goes well with my new house, I get to buy a fridge as well, so if you get something nice or you do some interesting research, keep me in the loop.

  • Kate knows you way too well!

    Sorry to hear about the fridge. Assuming all goes well with my new house, I get to buy a fridge as well, so if you get something nice or you do some interesting research, keep me in the loop.

  • Kate knows you way too well!

    Sorry to hear about the fridge. Assuming all goes well with my new house, I get to buy a fridge as well, so if you get something nice or you do some interesting research, keep me in the loop.

  • As before, if you need to buy one, you’re welcome to come in our “secret”. We just got one last year that way, and I’m very happy with it. Bottom freezer model.

  • As before, if you need to buy one, you’re welcome to come in our “secret”. We just got one last year that way, and I’m very happy with it. Bottom freezer model.

  • As before, if you need to buy one, you’re welcome to come in our “secret”. We just got one last year that way, and I’m very happy with it. Bottom freezer model.

  • As before, if you need to buy one, you’re welcome to come in our “secret”. We just got one last year that way, and I’m very happy with it. Bottom freezer model.

  • Sorry to hear about your fridge, but at least Kate is having fun. And I know what she means about a refigerator box. Man, when I was a kid we had some big fun with appliance boxes. Nothing like them for sliding down steep, dry grass covered mother heart attack inducing hills:)

  • Sorry to hear about your fridge, but at least Kate is having fun. And I know what she means about a refigerator box. Man, when I was a kid we had some big fun with appliance boxes. Nothing like them for sliding down steep, dry grass covered mother heart attack inducing hills:)

  • Sorry to hear about your fridge, but at least Kate is having fun. And I know what she means about a refigerator box. Man, when I was a kid we had some big fun with appliance boxes. Nothing like them for sliding down steep, dry grass covered mother heart attack inducing hills:)

  • Sorry to hear about your fridge, but at least Kate is having fun. And I know what she means about a refigerator box. Man, when I was a kid we had some big fun with appliance boxes. Nothing like them for sliding down steep, dry grass covered mother heart attack inducing hills:)

  • Tough beat … but a GREAT story!

    And it’s just making me even sadder that I don’t more frequently get to see what a cool young woman Kate is growing into. :^/

  • Tough beat … but a GREAT story!

    And it’s just making me even sadder that I don’t more frequently get to see what a cool young woman Kate is growing into. :^/

  • Tough beat … but a GREAT story!

    And it’s just making me even sadder that I don’t more frequently get to see what a cool young woman Kate is growing into. :^/

  • Tough beat … but a GREAT story!

    And it’s just making me even sadder that I don’t more frequently get to see what a cool young woman Kate is growing into. :^/

  • Does this mean your anti-technology aura has struck again? ;-)

  • Does this mean your anti-technology aura has struck again? ;-)

  • Does this mean your anti-technology aura has struck again? ;-)

  • Does this mean your anti-technology aura has struck again? ;-)

  • Sorry to hear about the fridge, but Kate’s right, the boxes are fun! Do you have a home warranty? it might be covered under that (my mom always forgets she has one, and pays for stuff she doesn’t have to).

    BTW, the new Indiana Jones movie is pretty entertaining. Some good fun, and it’s a decent sequel. She aged much more gracefully than he did, though.

  • Sorry to hear about the fridge, but Kate’s right, the boxes are fun! Do you have a home warranty? it might be covered under that (my mom always forgets she has one, and pays for stuff she doesn’t have to).

    BTW, the new Indiana Jones movie is pretty entertaining. Some good fun, and it’s a decent sequel. She aged much more gracefully than he did, though.

  • Sorry to hear about the fridge, but Kate’s right, the boxes are fun! Do you have a home warranty? it might be covered under that (my mom always forgets she has one, and pays for stuff she doesn’t have to).

    BTW, the new Indiana Jones movie is pretty entertaining. Some good fun, and it’s a decent sequel. She aged much more gracefully than he did, though.

  • Sorry to hear about the fridge, but Kate’s right, the boxes are fun! Do you have a home warranty? it might be covered under that (my mom always forgets she has one, and pays for stuff she doesn’t have to).

    BTW, the new Indiana Jones movie is pretty entertaining. Some good fun, and it’s a decent sequel. She aged much more gracefully than he did, though.