11 Jul

For the last few months, we’ve noticed that foods from the fridge didn’t seem as cold as they should be, and milk went south faster than we thought it should. I even moved it from the door to the back of the top shelf, but that didn’t help.

The Squire grabbed a safety thermometer on one of his trips to the store, and we discovered that even at its coldest setting, the refrigerator was just barely making 40 degrees. Not Good News.

We checked Consumer Reports, looked at prices on-line, and all that jazz. We purchased our wall oven at a scratch-and-dent place downtown for $150 – self-cleaning, convection, with a microwave above. It has a scratch across the top I sometimes can’t even find when I want to show my friends. We decided what fridge we wanted, and I “suggested” The Squire go down to Haven Street to see what they have in stock, as it is really hit and miss.  We need a small model, without an icemaker, as the sink is on the opposite wall. Believe me, finding something without a lot of bells and whistles is not easy.

He stopped at Lowe’s on the way into town, and went ahead and purchased the Frigidaire model we wanted. I was a little miffed, as it probably cost us twice what it should, but by this time the fridge was straining to hit 50, and we were purchasing groceries daily – every other day at most. Even the freezer wasn’t keeping things solid.  He said – and he’s right – that we simply couldn’t afford to wait any longer, no matter what it cost. Food poisoning is no joke. And besides, Lowe’s delivers and the Scratch and Dent place doesn’t.

Lowe’s called last night and said they’d be here today between 1:30 and 3:30, so I went off at 10:00 this morning and did Altar Guild stuff.  The Squire rang me at church and said they’d called and told him they would be here within a half an hour (this was 10:45) so I hustled on home and we started to transfer things from the fridge to the big freezer. One of the delivery men help him get the kitchen door off the hinges, while the other helped me pile stuff on counter tops and chair, and finally in the laundry basket, so they could remove the old unit and bring in the new one.

The only thing I don’t like about this fridge is that the crisper drawers slant sharply up from the bottom (__/ thus), so they only hold about half of what the old drawers held.  I had to fight to get a package of celery in there. Other than that, it is a gem. The “holders” on the door  snap off so you can wipe down the shelves, should you ever have that urge strike you, and it does seem to have more space inside than the old one.

And boy! Does it get things cold.

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