Yesterday, the kids asked me, "Mom, why is there water all over the freezer?"
Oh great. I can only imagine why there's water all over! What did you guys do now?
"Let me see," I grumbled expecting to see D.W.'s melting snowball.
I looked in the freezer and sure enough, water was dripping down the walls, off the shelves and onto the floor. It didn't feel quite as cold as it's supposed to feel. "Who was messing around with the freezer?" I demanded.
"Notme!" came the unanimous answer. I checked the dials to make sure the kids hadn't played with them, changing the temperature settings. Nope, the dials were still turned to the same place. I opened the refrigerator door and discovered that the fridge was warm as well. Wonderful. My fridge is broken and it's only a couple years old!
Thankfully, we have a freezer in our garage and we were able to salvage most of the freezer items by moving them to the garage. Even more thankfully, we have a small fridge we use when camping and we were able to move a lot of the food from the fridge into there.
I looked through my paperwork in search of the owner's manual and receipt. Unfortunately I couldn't find the receipt, but according to my manual, the fridge had a one year full warranty and a five year warranty on a few, specific parts. Amazingly, we remembered where we'd bought the refrigerator and called the store. They had a record of when we bought it. October 11, 2002. In just FOUR more days, the warranty would be void. FOUR days! This NEVER happens. Ever. I expected the customer service person on the other end of the phone to tell me that we'd bought the refrigerator on October 4, 2002 and had just missed the warranty by a couple days. That's the way things work for us. That's how they ALWAYS work. I understand this. I've come to accept Murphy's Law as a way of life. The fact that the fridge broke while it was (at least a few specific parts anyway) still under warranty has me lost and confused.
So anyway, the repairman is coming out on Wednesday some time between 6:00 a.m. and midnight, I think. As long as the broken part is one of five parts still under warranty, we'll get it fixed for no charge. If the part that's broken is not under warranty, we'll probably end up spending more to fix it than the price of a new fridge. Ahhh, that's where Murphy's Law will undoubtedly come into play and life will once again make sense.
But seriously, why would a refrigerator break after only five years? Five years! Our old refrigerator, which was a lovely "harvest gold", lasted for thirty years. I can handle having to replace an appliance every thirty years, but five is unacceptable. Are things just made very cheaply today? Is it a conspiracy to make the public go out and buy new items year after year? We're accused of being a "throw-away" society, but it's hard not to be when our major appliances break after only five years and it usually costs more to fix than to replace them.
We went to a Scarecrow Festival with some friends on Saturday. It was eighty-something degrees outside. In October. In Chicago. Again, it left me lost and confused. Vendors selling hot chocolate and hot roasted, spiced nuts, stood behind their empty booths looking bored. There was a line around the block for the lemonade stand, however. There's just something not quite right about picking out pumpkins while wearing shorts.
Pi CAW so
Yep, this should scare the crows away
Nothing scary about this one! Mmmmm pancakes!
Scary Potter and friends
The gang in front of Scary Potter
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