27 January, 2016

Questions From The Kitchen

The noise wasn't one that I'm unfamiliar with; the sound of the washing machine going through its spin-cycle. That noise only becomes alarming when it's coming from the refrigerator! We've been in our home long enough now that the appliances have all decided to begin delivering their termination notices, in rapid-fire succession. First to go was the microwave; it died in stages. Initially the microwave needed a mica wave-shield and all was well... for about a month. Then it needed a new magnatron. I only know these things because I live with an engineer.  The second stage of the repair has set everything straight again... at least for now. It's nice to be able to warm items up within a few steps. Until the microwave was functional we were running up a flight of steps to our converted atttic space where we have a kitchenette equipped with a second microwave; the imposed cardio workout was a good one. Then, this morning, while I was in the kitchen baking, the refrigerator began belting out a new, loud, refrain; one that won't be ignored. Apparently it's the compressor. This repair is a costly one and requires some major decisions... is it worth the cost to replace one in a fifteen year old refrigerator? If not, can we replace our existing appliance with a matching one? If we can't, we may have to change styles and, ulitmately, finishes in our kitchen as nothing will match anymore. Groan. I don't like change; especially change that only brings about more. And so, the contents of our now unplugged refrigerator have been transferred down a flight of steps this time, to our back-up 'fridge in the basement. We're in workout mode once again! Some days, like it or not, we're simply left to play the cards we're dealt.
More questions, these prompted from the one on my apron. 
What do you think?  Does it count as a veggie? 
I hope so... I made two!
We're getting healthier by the minute.
Life is Good!

11 comments:

Paula, the quilter said...

Oh golly! I am so so sorry for you. I am waiting for 2 things to die: my stove and the water heater. The stove was a lemon from the minute it went out of warranty and the water heater is 11 years old (need I say more?). I have plans to replace that horrid ceramic top electric with a gas stove. Since my basement is unfinished it won't be hard to run a gas line to the kitchen (yay!) I am champing at the bit to get a good reliable stove again.

James Voigt said...

Are you 100% sure that your fridge isn't actually also a washing machine? It's a pretty nice fridge. You never know...

LizA. said...

And then we used to have an ancient, noisy dishwasher in our old house that just refused to die. DH doesn't believe in replacing things until they are good and dead and cannot be repaired......HATED that thing. Good luck.....

Quiltdivajulie said...

For us it was the dishwasher, then the built in oven, and then the gas dryer - all well beyond their normal life expectancies and all within weeks of Christmas . . . Repairs were attempted by my resident engineer but ultimately all 3 were replaced. Good luck with those cardio workouts while you ponder your options.

Shasta Matova said...

Aww - I hate that all the appliances have to die so close together. I think I am about due for another round. Enjoy the cardio!

NanaNor's said...

It always amazes me that when one thing breaks it is always followed by another-especially in appliances. I guess when it rains it pours. None of our appliances here are quite as old, but I do worry about them. Last spring we had to replace our air conditioner-ugh!
Hope your fridge is the last things that needs to be fixes/replaced.
Hugs,
Noreen

Jeanne said...

When it rains, it pours! Sorry to hear about the appliances! You sure have been getting a workout, both upstairs and downstairs. :-)

cityquilter grace said...

i share your pain mrs g. for me it's the vehicle, carmageddon....know all mechanics by their first name...LOL!

Janet O. said...

I guess you can be grateful that you have back-ups, albeit not convenient back-ups. And the imposed workout is a bonus. Between your workouts and the extra veggies on the menu, you two should be in great shape!! : )
Hope you can get the kitchen dilemma worked out soon. This limbo is so unsettling.

Gail said...

Boy that carrot cake looks good!

P.S. I'm on suicide watch with my fridge!

jude's page said...

I say you can eat that "vegetable" cake with no worries while you are getting all that working out on the stairs! Looks good. Hope the fridge dilemma gets sorted out without too many hassles.