supposed to be "stream of conciousness" but...this week has been appliance HELL so I think it'll be stream of various liquids running across the kitchen and bathroom floor. Sigh.
It started last weekend. Sunday we went to church, and from there, headed to our annual adoption picnic where we get to see new kids, old friends, and the staff that helped to bring two of our kids home to us. Had fun, but it was so HOT! Last year we froze, the wind was brisk and we left early because Lissa wasn't even a year yet, and was getting chilled. This year, we ran through the water spray cooling center, played at the playground, sandpiles, scooter cars, said hi to the goats and llama's, and left early because it was so hot! Headed off to get our CSA boxes. We finally get home at 4 pm. A long, tiring day, lots of veggies to put away and SPLASH! suddenly we are splooshing through this puddle in the kitchen. WTH? Where'd that come from. We look up at the ceiling...no dripping from the upstairs bathroom. Open the sidebyside fridge, thinking someone spilled something or one of the melons gave up and was dying...nope...it was the dang FRIDGE that was dead. OMH! It's 4 pm on a Sunday. Quick, run up and get the coolers from the attic, get some ice from the store, and get our essentials into the coolers. Move the freezer items to our other two freezers. Well, I've been meaning to organize our storage freezer down cellar for a few weeks...now that's done!
Go to Sears to pick out a new fridge. Hem and haw over two models, finally pick out the one I like (didn't LoVe any of them...didn't want another s/b/s). Picked out a double fridge door w/ice and water through the door (our old one had that feature) w/freezer drawer on the bottom. Wait! Can't deliver until October 6. Well, it's obvious we can't wait until Oct. 6, so check the other model ...okay that could come on Friday...not ideal but...we would try to live with it (not many appliance places around here). They ring up the sale for, gulp, $2116.00. OMG.
Lee goes to work Monday. She works at an apartment community. Tells the sad saga of our fridge to the boss. Hey, he says, the village has a used fridge, smaller than we're used to, but she can have it for free. Whoa! Okay, we agree to do this, and the guys at work deliver it that afternoon. I cancel Sears, we save $2116.00!
Now, I've been living with a very small washer in the cellar, have to go outside the house, downstairs. I have a stack washer/dryer up here on the first floor, but the washer died last year, after 2 repairs of over $400, I was done with that. So we got an inexpensive one and put it in the cellar. I do 2-3 loads of wash a day. On diaper days, 4 loads. On sheet washing day, 6 loads, egads! And we've had no dryer these last 7 months. That too had several expensive repairs. Made do with outside line, inside bars, inside lines...but we had a run of rainy weather three weeks ago and I had to go to the laundromat to dry the 4 loads I washed. Repeated that last week. If we get 2 or 3 days of rain or fog in a row, I've been screwed, laundry-wise. Most of us wear clothing more than one day, but we all started running out of undies, sox etc. So, with the money I saved from the non-purchase of the fridge, I bought a brand new stack washer and dryer, super capacity, with a sterilizing load for the diapers! Yahoo! I'll post pics of my beautiful pair, lol, in a later post, as Lee has my camera. Oh, they are gorgeous...and the set cost $54 less than one fridge, including take away of old appliances, and installation...that was also a nightmare, but another story for another day!