Looks like being a perfect day……….. so what happened?

The day started off brilliantly.
Hubby had a good night’s sleep, his blood pressure has settled down, and he was experiencing no reflux.
In my corner, I’d slept pretty OK (after about 1.30 am), the dog had performed in the garden at 7am and both of us had gone back to bed for an extra 90 minutes.
At 8.35, the weather was chilly, but sunny and Maggie did a perfect poo out back.
Stew for dinner today, which I prepared after breakfast and our walk in the park whilst Hubby was cleaning the interior of the car.
Maggie has been good, though after our second walk on the beach this afternoon, she started to stiffen up, so a small dose of metacam and all was OK there.
I settled down to my blog and managed to get a few posts out.

It all started to fall apart this afternoon when Hubby reached for the yoghurt and thought ‘Hello? Not very cold…………’
Mine was OK, but the unit is over ten years old as it’s the original from when the property was built in 2007, and well, these things don’t last forever.
As I prepared a snack for our final meal today, he downloaded the manual, which suggested turning the thermostat up as this reduces the temperature inside.
Poached eggs on toast was simple enough and something his digestion could handle OK, but I had to go to the loo so took my eye off the pan, which then boiled dry in my absence, melting the poacher cups into the bottom and thus ruined the eggs in the process.
On to Plan B, scrambled eggs which turned out OK and at least I didn’t burn the toast.

Back to our fridge scenario.
It’s a built in unit, so we are restricted as to what we can buy to fit. Not necessarily a problem as most seem to be standard, but there is very little with similar capacities for fridge and freezer, let alone in our price range.

I am amazed that for today’s ‘family’ such appliances have such small freezers, and all of the space is in the fridge, which for the two of us would be totally wasted!
Our sizes are fridge 160L and freezer 113L. Most models today are around 50L – 80L for a freezer and 180- 200L for the fridge! I did find one, but the reviews were all negative, with an average opinion of just half out of 5, so I don’t think we’ll be risking that.
We’ve found one that may be suitable, but need to see it, so are going to visit the showroom where we bought our new cooker last year and see if they have one.

Worst case scenario will be to ditch the housing and buy a free-standing fridge freezer to suit us for the gap. As we have plans to update the kitchen, this may be the way to go anyway.
At the moment though, things are chilling away merrily, but better to make enquiries now rather than later when everything fails.
Best start saving more pennies I guess.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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26 Responses to Looks like being a perfect day……….. so what happened?

  1. colinandray says:

    It is interesting that in the 1960’s/1970’s, we considered a refrigerator to be a luxury item. The milk, eggs etc were stored on a “cold slab” (6″ thick concrete shelf). I guess it is progress … but some times I wonder whether the convenience of today’s technology and all the complications that come with it … is better than the relatively simplistic lifestyle of 50/60 years ago!

    • I remember those days too, and my mother’s friend having one of the first freezers, stocking it with ice cream as she didn’t know what else to put in it. We don’t need a big fridge, yet these days that seems to be the norm. We’ll see what happens anyway as if it’s on its way out, I’d rather it was practically empty.

  2. So far I have put a new fan in our fan oven and fixed the sensor in our fridge ice making machine, I’m a great believe in the old adage “make do and mend!” among other things around the house.

    • So are we normally. When we moved here, we had to replace the boiler as there was no hot water unless the heating was running (new parts were around £400 each and may not have resolved the problem though the gas guy was surprised when we opted for a new one!), then the cooker didn’t work properly so we had to replace that. We are inventive and good at recycling as we haven’t got a lot of money. We manage pretty well though.

      • Unfortunately modern things are not designed to be mended but it’s always nice if you can.

      • Sometimes it’s not practical either with the cost of spares. We’re a throw away society I’m afraid, but it is nice to be able to fix something and give it a few more years.

      • colinandray says:

        The problem, sadly, is that labour rates are getting higher over there (and here), while manufacturing costs in many countries are minimal (they pay much less/hr than us). The end result is basic economics. In so many situations, it is simply cheaper to replace the item than it is to have it fixed, and the manufacturers don’t help when they adopt the “planned obsolescence” philosophy of design and production!

      • It’s ridiculous isn’t it. The chances are if Hubby can get to the electrics, he can fix it. We had to replace the washing machine because he couldn’t get inside the casing as it was welded! He was selfemployed for a while, fixing the smaller appliances, but who’s going to pay £15 for labour when you can buy a new one for ten?

      • colinandray says:

        That’s it in a nutshell isn’t it! I have met a few automotive mechanics who were trained on the 1970s and later cars …… who won’t touch a modern car because they don’t understand the inherent computer programs. Appliances seem to have gone in the same direction.

      • There was a possibility work needed to be done on my peugoet so I got a quote for the job, which was over two hundred pounds. The four valves concerned were 36p each The rest was labour. WTH??? Luckily, it didn’t come about.

      • colinandray says:

        That’s the world we have created but, on a positive note, we do have a better standard of living than so many other countries. 🙂

      • We do pretty well considering our circumstances, but sometimes I wonder if we’re actually going backwards. If we go by the ‘official figures’, we’re on the poverty line!

      • colinandray says:

        As somebody once said “Statistics can say whatever you want them to say, depending on how you spin them.”

  3. fransiweinstein says:

    There’s always something, isn’t there? Hope you find what you’re looking for. If it’s any consolation, I’ve ruined several of my pots the same way.

    • My mother’s poacher had metal cups so it wouldn’t have been a problem. I had to look twice as I couldn’t initially see what the problem was, then saw all the little cups had collapsed under the support leaving black rims on top! What a gooey mess.

  4. My little apartment-sized fridge has a freezer which holds every bit as much as my old full-sized fridge did. The refrigerator part is smaller, but since there’s only the two of us, most of the space in the full-sized fridge was wasted anyway. I find we have no problems storing whatever we need – and the smaller fridge fits so much better into the tiny kitchen of my pre-war home. And of course, there was the price – the smaller the fridge, the smaller the price. Win-win.

  5. Ours is a built in one and Inwould love to change it but probably would mean a new kitchen. So it keeps getting repaired with tape and the switches keep being fiddled with. Yes why have such a small freezer space and a fresh veg box built into the bottom of the freezer which means to get at it you need to take all the food off the bottom shelf first. It looks alright when the door is shut though….

    • At the end of the day, it’s all money , but if we have to replace it, then best to do it now before we start messing about with new worktops etc in case, worse case scenario, the housing collpases when we take the current appliance out!

  6. Sadje says:

    It’s so true. These unexpected expenses pop up and nothing to do but to shell out the money.

    • We’ve had a positive enquiry with the showroom today. They can get the necessary model for us, fit it and dispose of the old one. Hubby is concerned about the actual housing as it’s been in place for over ten years and may well collapse! We shall see what happens in the next week or so.

  7. AtticSister says:

    Hope you’re saving more than just pennies…..you’ll need it.

    • Got a price today, including fitting and dispoal of the old one, not much change out of five hundred notes. GULP. Might be getting a free standing one afterall. So far though, the reversed temperature is working, but I won’t be stocking my freezer for the time being.

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