I couldn't quite figure out what was going on. I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, so it took me a while - okay about 2 weeks. Things kept going bad - milk, meat, veggies... I just thought I wasn't looking that closely at the expiration dates... I started paying closer attention. When the meat spoiled in less then 12 hours, Dave stuck a thermometer in the fridge... It read 65º. Yep, our 24 year old fridge (17 cu. ft) bit the dust.
That began a 2 day frantic frenzy of shopping, comparing, more on-line comparing, and 2 trips to Lowes. We could have run all over town, making phone calls, but we were able to do comparision shoping online, and didn't want to waste the gas $$, plus we would have to pay for "out of town" delivery. By then I was down to fixing only stuff that we could put in the ice chest or freezer and I was telling the family "Cereal tonight. " We lost probably 3/4 of the stuff in our old fridge. What did we learn? To be more alert to the signs. Honestly, I wasn't sad to see it go, but it really didn't come at a great time.
The last time I went to Lowes to finalize my choice, I took Claire with me. She was like a girl in a clothing store!!! She sure helped make it more fun and I'm so glad I didn't miss out on the opportunity to share this with her. We found out we have many of the same ideas when it came to a fridge! I'm sure the guy thought we were nuts! They made us a priority and we had less than 2 hours to clean out the old one and make room for the new. Can you believe this is the first time I've had to buy or participate in buying a fridge? We had the same one the whole time I was growing up and mom just replaced it less than 10 years ago. It was fun, but I don't want to do it again anytime soon. I was so hoping the stove would go first! We're really just tickeled that things are cold, it's bigger (25.4 cu. ft) and it fit in the space, and we can get ice and water from the door!!! New kitchen toy! Guess I need to start cooking again!