May 16, 2022

GREAT NEWS & NOT chillin' at the Hillbilly House

When I was a kid, my dad used to roll his eyes when we visited my cousins' house and my uncle had us sit and watch his movies from their most recent vacay. So, I'm giving you a break from tales from our Europe trip. Plus, I have more pressing things to share . . . 

Let's start with a video from the past . . . drumroll - as in, FROM THE VIDEO TAPES THAT I FEARED WERE LOST FOEVER. My day was MADE on Friday (really my remaining years on this earth were made) when the camera store called and said the guy she sent them to got them to work on his camera and he transferred all of them to digital. I will soon send him the remaining tapes. HOORAY!

This is Curly entertaining the rest of the kids with her funny faces during dinner. It's less than a minute even though I recorded this particular incident for like 10 minutes. Thus the 80 hours of video from the first 12 years of my motherhood. 

I honestly feel like a weight has been lifted. I can breathe again. Nothing else can ever possibly upset me. *feel free to remind me of this if I share an I'M SO UPSET post.  


It's official. We've turned a corner here at the house of Shenanigan and it ain't pretty. The specific corner I'm referring to is the corner of the dining room. Let me 'splain.

Remember the fridge that refused to chill? In November our turkey went bad because the fridge was only like 42 or 40 degrees. Gallons of milk had been spoiling for months, but since I'm not always a rocket scientist and I've got offspring to blame, I blamed the offspring. 



Then the stench of rotting turkey meat when I opened my bird on T-giving morning made reality as clear as the juice running from a properly prepared bird. 

Irritated by the fridge's short 6 yr (?) life span, Coach refused to replace it. So, we carried on. The freezer was still working. Two big boys were away at college, along with their appetites. Look at us, we're so fancy we have a whole fridge dedicated to storing vegetables and non-dairy beverages. I know you're jealous. 

In addition to our kitchen fridge and our basement 'non-functioning' fridge, we have fridge drawers built into our snack bar. This spot is a mini island with a built in bench and two stools. The kids love it for doing homework and hanging out with friends, or eating while watching sports on TV. Those fridge drawers are crazy pricey. They are also crazy unreliable. *cue me sobbing in the background*

They were new in Dec. '17. We probably had them serviced twelve times in the first 2 years. No exaggeration. They died a few more times after that initial WHAT IS GOING ON period. They've replace the entire unit. They've replaced the control board countless times. My take:  Thermador didn't have it ready to roll out, but they wanted to stay competitive, so they sold them anyway. 

In theory those hold kid snacks and beverages for when we entertain. If you are wondering when we entertain, I'm wondering right along with you. It's a rare thing. Who has time when we're always at basketball games? Graduation parties tend to be an annual event that we host. For those parties and others that crop up, we clear out all the yogurts and other stuff and load the drawers with drinks for our guests. 

Last week I ate a yogurt that was not as cold as usual. Then I lost my focus . . . until, the next day when I consumed another not chilled yogurt. Huh?

The drawers broke. Again. Service fee = $189. Control board is out. Again? Why? It's backordered and no one can tell us when it'll be available. There's no guarantee that it'll be chilling for our grad party on June 11th. 

A week before that happened, I told Coach IT'S TIME. With two college guys coming home, an upcoming grad party, and my frustration limit reached, I was ready to buy one. What's that U2 song? Oh yeah, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU.  

We ran to an outlet. I looked online. I ran to Best Buy. Best Buy has lost my business. Their hours are ridiculous (which the sales guy said they were changing), and I can no longer call the store to ask questions. My call is answered by a call center. The call center can't tell those of us shopping for a deal if they have any open box items. Very frustrating. 

Finally, I found another outlet store. They had a guy. Everyone needs a guy like this. I told him how narrow our basement door was, and that we embrace dents and deep discounts. He called me back with a great fridge complete with dings and a great price. Plus, they deliver. 

Delivery happened a few days after we had no functioning fridge drawers in the kitchen and no guarantee on a replacement part. 

I woke up the day of delivery for our dinged up basement fridge with a moment of clarity. Instead of having them haul away my vegetable crisper/freezer from the basement, I'd ask them to reposition it . . . in the dining room. I'm pretty sure the delivery guys thought I was crazy, but they hauled the old fridge up from the basement and stuck it in the corner of the dining room. Genius, right? 

If you don't find what you're looking for in
the kitchen freezer or fridge, step into the
 dining room. Who needs formal
 when you have more space to chill?

I now have a basement fridge with dents. My tower fridge and freezer in the kitchen, and a freezer with fridge space to chill drinks for the grad party in the dining room. 

The question is, when the fridge drawers are fixed, will I be able to part with my additional dining room beverage cooler/freezer? I'm finding it very handy. Have I started a trend here? 

I feel like we now qualify as Hillbillies for housing a sort-of functioning fridge in the dining room. My next post will have a few more Hillbilly qualities to reveal, believe it or not. Feel free to take a stab at what those might be. Or let me know if you have a THEY DON'T MAKE 'EM LIKE THEY USED TO story. 


Nicole said...

NEW FRIDGE!!! Very exciting news! I don't know how you do it - we have two fridges and a freezer and I only have two kids!
Also, great news on the video front - what a relief! I know how sad you were, so that is amazing news.

Busy Bee Suz said...

"With or Without you." I'm dying!

OMG! Curly is the cutest darn toddler ever. THOSE FACES!!

I've never been a big fan of Best Buy.

We have those fridge drawers at our rental condo; they were scratch and dent! But since we were putting our own panels on them, we didn't care and they are six years old. KNOCK ON WOOD no issues. (I think ours are Sub Zero)

I think it's genius to keep the 'semi working' fridge out for your parties! But after that, I'm gonna have to ask you to remove them. 😳

Anonymous said...

You need ABT! Our microwave died, I saw online that one was available, and it showed up in LESS than an hour! I am really close to their store but it was amazing. They will also wheel and deal there on cost.

ccr in MA said...

Oh, what a relief about the videos! Phew. And I think keeping the semi-working fridge for the party is smart, but I bet you won't want to get rid of it after that...

Pat Birnie said...

I’m so happy that you got your video issues resolved!! yay! And I sympathize on the fridges. It’s so frustrating that expensive items like these only last a few years. So inconvenient, never mind the wasted food. Hmmm fridge in the dining room - just don’t put your old couch on the front lawn and you’ll be ok!

Jenny in WV said...

Great news about the videos! Baby Curly was too cute!

Do you have a plan to get rid of the extra fridge after the party? Will it be an honored guest at Thanksgiving Dinner?

Kari said...

I second ABT. We used to think they were too pricey, but we got our oven/stove, dishwasher, and microwave from them last year for cheaper than HOME DEPOT AND LOWES! And their customer service is outstanding. They also hand out cookies in the showroom. (I don't know for sure; my friend's son informed me.)

I am so excited that you get a new refrigerator!

Kara said...

Our garage fridge (almost 20 years old, can't cry about that) is starting to make terrible and scary noises. It's an old LG, that we got scratched and dented. We need a new one, just don't want to get one, because we know the new one won't last nearly as long as this one!

Charlie said...

Fabulous news about your videos. What a cutie, no wonder you were sad. We only have one fridge, but upgraded it a couple of years ago for a bigger one which is great, and for about a year I felt a bit of love for it every time I filled it up after a shopping trip. So I totally understand the fridge obsession!

Ernie said...

Nicole- Yes it is good to be back to having space to store food. But this pales in comparison with the video recovery/working.

Ernie said...

Suz- Easy for Coach to decide not to replace the fridge but one of us handles rearranging the fridge to make room.

She was cute, wasn't she. And funny. I wept Friday night when I picked up the videos and watched parts of them. Oh the memories.

I'm envious of the long life of your sub zero drawers. Maybe Thermador was trying to copy them and rushed their model. It is positively silly.

I'm hoping not to become too attached to my broken dining room fridge, because HANDY. If I let it stay put, I realize I will be forced to surrender my status as a genius. ;)

Ernie said...

Anonymous- lucky you. ABT is the place where we bought ALL of our kitchen appliances. Sadly we must try to get the manufacturer to admit fault here. I have filed a complaint.

Ernie said...

Ccr- I felt unstable when I was afraid the footage was lost.

I have the same fear. Images of me clinging to the broken fridge and being dragged to the curb along with it.

Suzanne said...

Listen, I have SERIOUS FRIDGE WOES so I empathize completely. And I am kind of warming to the idea of a dining room fridge...

But HOORAY!!!! They saved your photos and videos!!!! That is so amazing! That video of Curly is completely adorable -- her CHEEKS. I had a baby with hair like that... but it has since grown into darker blond waves rather than the light blond curls. Oh well.

joymariecooks said...

SO happy the videos were saved!

Colleen said...

Wow you fancy!! ;)

We only have one fridge but we have an extra chest freezer in the basement. I'm not sure how we survive!

Curly's video is so cute and funny and makes me so sad the toddler years are over. Can't wait for the grandkids!

Ernie said...

Pat- Making a note NOT to leave a couch on the lawn, but I admit I'm enjoying thinking of what Mary Ann would say.

So SO happy about the videos. I'm super busy at the moment going thru the clips to figure out what belongs in Mini's senior movie.

Yes, the fact that an appliance won't last long is mind blowing.

Ernie said...

Jenny - Thank you. Curly was a cutie. So often I feel families take less photos and videos of the youngest. Um. Not a problem here.

I hadn't thought about keeping it till Thanksgiving. I would consider keeping it as an honored guest. Ha.

Ernie said...

Kari- Yep, we use ABT but since the appliance is out of warranty, they are steering us towards the manufacturer. Ugh.

The beat up new fridge is a welcome addition to our collection of fridges.

Ernie said...

Kara- I have a newer dryer making awful noises. Why oh why can they not make something to last? Sorry about your 20 year old life partner in the form of a fridge.

Ernie said...

Charlie-I know I'm partial, but I agree Curly was a super cute tot. Watching the footage, which is so old and since my camera broke I wasn't able to watch it, literally made me weep. My great grandma's bday party with all the tiny cousins? So sweet.

My kitchen fridge is a tower, which sounds huge. But it is counter depth model, so it is a little on the shallow side. Holy crap have I missed my basement fridge for overflow.

Ernie said...

Suzanne - I love your use of the word 'warmth' when discussing fridges. ;) I'm telling you, trend setter that I am . . . dining room fridges might be the next big thing. How great to not run down a flight of stairs for stuff.

I cannot begin to tell you the relief I feel that the videos are alive and well, and I didn't have to devote months of my life to researching a place to do it. I had some boys with curls, but those faded away eventually. I figured Curly's curls wouldn't last, but alas.

Ernie said...

joymarie - Thanks, so amazing to have them up and running. So.Much.Footage.

Ernie said...

Colleen - Thanks for noticing, because I feel fancy. ;)

I could not get by on one fridge with the number of kids you have living at home. How many gallons of milk do you go through a week? The freezer chest would be so helpful.

I agree, toddlers were the cutest. They said the funniest things. I am thoroughly enjoying going through the three tapes I've had made digital. Oh my goodness, the things I didn't realize I had recorded. Very entertaining, but that means it is only taking me that much longer to get Mini's senior video completed. The HOURS I devote to this project. So worth it, but it is a time consuming endeavor.

Ally Bean said...

Curly the cute toddler. That's adorable footage that confirms she's curly. I know if takes work to deal with videos but they do seem worth it in the end.

Ernie said...

Ally - I have loads of Curly footage. She was an entertaining tot and knew how to work a room. Not sure why. ;)

I'm working on this video project for Mini. She helped me with the videos for the 3 older brothers, mostly with Tank's video just last year. It helps to have someone else say ENOUGH. SHUT IT DOWN. It is just SO hard to choose which clips to include and where to limit it. The newly 'recovered' footage hasn't been watched in decades, so I spent a good deal of time pouring over it. Enjoyable, but life doesn't stop long enough for me to make this thing.