What A Weekend!

Wow!  What a weekend.  If I didn’t know better, I’d have thought it was Friday the 13th!

Our unbelievable weekend began on Friday morning, when Ed took the day off to do some repairs on our bedroom door.  This particular door leads to a small terrace outside, and it had been damaged from exposure.  Ed was planning to repair the damage, then install a storm door over the door, to protect it from the weather.    You know, it’s never a good thing when an outside door needs repairing, but it’s even worse when the door is located in the bedroom!

Unfortunately, Friday was also the day we discovered that one of our freezers was on the fritz!  Keep in mind, we have two freezers sitting beside each other in the laundry room.  One is 38 years old, while the other is less than 5 years old, and both are full of food.  I constantly keep a watchful eye on the old freezer, but was caught totally off-guard when  the newest freezer went on the fritz, by refusing to cut off.  It ran non-stop for at least 3 days, before I actually noticed!

Ed suggested that I unload the freezer, let it thaw for a while, then reload it and see if it worked any better.  I did as he suggested, even though the freezer is a frost-free freezer.  It didn’t help!   It was about this time that I realized we had a serious problem.  This freezer was not going to cycle off!

Meanwhile, Ed had begun repairs on the bedroom door–by removing it from its hinges!  Nothing was separating my bedroom from the 90 degree weather outside except an old vinyl tablecloth!  No door and a freezer on the brink of disaster…  It was about this time that I developed a headache–that lasted through most of the weekend!

By Friday night, Ed had the door back on the hinges, but it was crooked, and had a huge crack at the top!  We also had a fan blowing cold air on our over-heating freezer!   I went to bed with a heavy heart and a headache!  We’d decided that we’d have to purchase another freezer first thing the next morning, or we’d end up losing our food.  The freezer temperature was only 22 degrees, and the motor just kept on running.  I didn’t get much sleep that night…

On Saturday morning we drove 30 miles (one way)  in Ed’s daddy’s old truck to search for a new freezer.  Grandpa’s truck is over twenty years old, and has no working air conditioner!  Did I mention that it was in the nineties all weekend???  The truck is old and has a few “quirks”.  I prayed that we’d make it there and back without any problems.  Ed and I both took our cell phones–just in case!

We quickly discovered that the cost of freezers has greatly increased in five years–along with everything else!  We also quickly discovered there weren’t going to be many freezers to choose from because we didn’t have much time to shop.  Time was of the essence!   We picked one out, and were told it was in stock–only to discover it had been damaged by a forklift!  We doubled back to the previous store we’d visited, where we purchased our second choice, which unfortunately cost us eighty dollars more.  The store personel loaded the freezer into the back of Grandpa’s old truck, and we headed home.  The Lord answered my prayers, and we made it home without incident!

By Saturday night, we had the old freezer unloaded (for the second time) and removed from the laundry room.  The new freezer was in its place, and the frozen food was transferred into it.  We were also several hundred dollars poorer…  In spite of the freezer fiasco, Ed managed to get the bedroom door repaired and re-hung, and it was actually straight this time!  Unfortunately, when he went to install the storm door, he discovered that the store had given him the wrong color hinges and handle–and the store was closed by then!

It was also very unfortunate that Ed’s mom’s birthday fell on Saturday.  We’d planned to take her out to eat, in celebration of her 90th birthday.  Those plans had to be post-poned while we were dealing with crooked doors and failing freezers.  Hopefully, we can take her out to lunch soon.

If all of this wasn’t enough to be dealing with, the temperature reached 95 degrees on Saturday–which happened to be a record-breaking high!  Sunday’s temperatures were more of the same!  The extreme heat took a heavy toll on our garden, and by Sunday evening many of our plants, especially the squash and cucumbers,  looked like I’m feeling–beaten!

Happy Monday, everybody!  I hope your weekend was less stressful than mine…

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  1. Wow what a weekend for sure. Yes freezers are to made to last 30 years anymore, if you get 3 or 4 out of them then you are in good shape, it also very discouraging. I sure hope you get to cool off, looks like you are in mid summer, not laste spring.

  2. Find a comfy seat, put your feet up and have a nice cold glass of iced tea. What a weekend. One day you’ll look back at it as a funny story. But it may take until you’re Ed’s mom age!

  3. What a stressful weekend. I’m glad everything worked out alright in the end. I hope the old freezer hangs in there for a few more years. It would be terrible to have to replace them both in a short period of time.

  4. I’m so sorry that all of this happened. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Hopefully you won’t have another weekend like that for quite some time…if ever. 😦

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