Old-Post Resurrection Hop: Let There be No Light

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The refrigerator light was out for a good month.

It was a wonderful month! Since I couldn’t see a thing, I told myself I didn’t have to clean out the fridge. And the boys couldn’t so easily find those sugary Trix yogurts; they were forced to choose an apple  instead.

Here’s why it took a month to get it fixed: our electrician was recovering from a hernia surgery. Seems he’s always recovering from hernia surgeries.

“I can’t fix this,” he grumbled when he finally showed up, after giving me details about the size of his hernia, that of a golf ball, and how he had to pee all the time.

“The socket is shot.”

It was actually melted. He told me I needed to call an appliance repairman.

So I’d waited a month to find out I had to call someone else to fix the light. Someone who charged $75 to walk in the door. The old dryer was the first appliance we’d had to replace.  We’d regularly been calling the appliance repairman ever since.

They don’t make appliances like they used to. “They’re not as heavy duty,” he told me, the first time he came to fix the new dryer. And that he told me again, when our new washing machine stopped washing, and he accused me of doing too much laundry.

Since then, we’ve also had the dishwasher and stove replaced. All new appliances, that break more frequently than the old ones.

Except for our refrigerator. The old dog keeps on runnin.’ And it is dated, for sure – not stainless steel. No convenient double doors. No ice maker. No water filter.

“How old is it, you think?” I asked.

He shrugged. “About twelve years…”

I asked what its life expectancy was. In refrigerator years.

He told me a good twenty.  “If you were to buy a new one, it would be a lot less. More like ten years.”

Pretty much the life expectancy of every other new appliance in our house.

He extracted the socket, held up the melted mess to me. He was stymied. “Can’t remember the last time I’ve seen this happen.”  Then he looked at me with great suspicion. “Did you leave the door open all night?”

I did. It had been over a month ago , I’d forgotten that. But I remembered obsessing over whether all the food had gone bad. I wound up throwing away just about everything, deathly afraid of food poisoning.

He frowned. I was an idiot. “Well, that ‘ll do it.”

So I’d cost us $125.

We had to wait another few days for the order to come in for a new socket.

And then there was light – and mold growing on the bottom of the colanders. Spilt liquids  hardened on the shelves. Rotting leftovers of who-knew-whats pushed to the back of the refrigerator. Sour milk cartons.

I was faced, finally, with having to clean out the refrigerator. As I knew I would have to face cleaning out the hall closet  ­­– there too, if I didn’t turn on the light, I wouldn’t have to see the jumble of tossed sneakers and winter boots. Call me in denial. But it is that denial that allows me the time for this: blogging. Writing about refrigerators….

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8 Responses to Old-Post Resurrection Hop: Let There be No Light

  1. Ah, I’ve been waiting for a new Hop because this time I am actually going to extract an Old Post from termitespeaker, move it to the top of termitewriter, and post it! That will start me off on promoting my “Labors” series on the Remembrancer blog! The problem is, if I do that right now, then my morning’s plan to finish the new Prince of Annwn post this morning will be shot to hell! Sigh!
    I sympathize with refrigerator problems! My old fridge lasted 30 years, so don’t feel bad about not having a new one! When I finally got a new one, it was about the same as the old one anyway – no ice maker, etc. I just need something to keep frozen food frozen and other stuff cold! And I don’t have to clean it very often because I have no little boys (or girls) around to mess it up!

    • Sandra says:

      Oh, glad you’re still on board. If you can tweet or FB or google + the hop, that might help. And if I get a new fridge I’d probably not even get stainless steel. Shocking! But why would I want to have to keep that clean?

  2. *not* bloghopping, this time, just wanted to say, yep, enjoyed yet another one of your posts.

    Sometimes we do need to clean out the mold – just because we can’t see it in the dark, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

  3. Hi Sandra: I shared this blog at the Indie Authors & Publishers group at LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groupItem?view=&gid=4180273&type=member&item=213910075&commentID=120109138&report.success=8ULbKyXO6NDvmoK7o030UNOYGZKrvdhBhypZ_w8EpQrrQI-BBjkmxwkEOwBjLE28YyDIxcyEO7_TA_giuRN#commentID_120109138. Someone preparing to publish first book, and asked for advice on promoting it. I admire your blogging and shared what you do as an excellent example of good promotion.

    Have a great week,

    • Sandra says:

      Sandi, thank you. I’m always looking for new followers so hopefully you found some for me:) I think of my posts more as generating new material as I know many will make their way not my third book. If I want to sell my past novels I really should get them into ebook form but that seems such a tedious affair….:)

  4. Loy says:

    Very cute…I hope my fridge light goes out too!

  5. aunt mary says:

    How wonderfully you write ,it is always a treat for me to visit your blog .

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