May 20, 2018:


Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...


Sunday, July 27, 2014

New House, New Fridge, LOVE!

Hola darlings!

As you can imagine, I've been uber-busy for the past several months, but never more so than the entire month of July. 

The move of the big stuff to my new digs was accomplished by Two Men and a Truck on July 7th; the rest was up to the help of a few friends (family was nowhere to be found, I WILL remember this).  After closing on June 30th, it was a steady stream of car-loads of things -- I am still shocked at just how much there was!  And more yet to haul -- the last dregs stashed in a corner of the garage which will, I hope, be packed up into a friend's van and hauled here after work one evening next week.  I NEED my ironing board, geez!

Anyway, here I am now, unpacking -- endlessly unpacking.  Easter Seals has been the beneficiary of two overflowing boxes of kitchen items I decided I did not need after all, as well as four large bags of clothing.  Just what the heck I'd been thinking holding on to some of those things -- oh well, they're gone now, and hopefully someone will get good use out of them:  three suits, several blazers (separates), some skirts, even a few dressy dresses, even lingerie, woo woo!  I'll never see size 10 again or 34B, geez!  Gad, those items look SO tiny!!!!!

One of the most important purchases for the new digs was a refrigerator that would fit the current space configuration of my kitchen and dinette which are, er, a little strange:

Looks pretty reasonable and nicely updated (for a 60 year old house) -- until you realize that - hey, where's the fridge?

That's right.  The fridge was nowhere to be seen in any of the listing photos of the kitchen!  With good reason.  It wasn't until I had an actual viewing of the place that I saw the ----

AWFUL FRANKENSTEIN TRANSFORMERESQUE REFRIGERATOR... Seriously, it was like The Refrigerator That Ate Chicago.

This fridge's image was borrowed from Best Buy.

Okay, perhaps the example fridge above is a little too monstrous.  Nah.  The thing was huge, absolutely ginormous.  It was at least 36" wide and stuck out from the wall at least as much, Holy Hathor!  I do understand that a young family with a firefighter husband and two growing boys (and a big dog) eat a lot of food, but honestly! 

Anyway, there was no way I needed and sure the heck did not WANT such a giant-sized space-sucking fridge.  So I specifically excluded it from my offer.  Sellers happily sold it on Craig's List when they relocated to their new home.  I didn't want the hassle.

I was not left refrigeratorless.  There is a fridge, a perfectly functional GE fridge, in the wreck room in the bar area of the basement.  So, from the time I moved in (July 7th) until Friday, July 25th, I was hiking up and down the basement stairs several times a day/night to get food to cook upstairs and refill my wine glass (a constant stream of wine, let me tell you!)

To make a long story short, at this point in my life I decided to just go for the gusto and get what I REALLY wanted, which was a Euro styled, cabinet-depth fridge.  I splurged, paying more for one refrigerator than I'd ever paid for an entire suite of appliances in my life!  Gulp!

I wanted something that would fit the space and not take up too much room.  While I briefly entertained possibly buying a black fridge to match the existing electric stove, microwave and dishwasher, in the end I opted for stainless steel.  Anyway, the size and style of fridge I wanted did not come in black, only white and stainless steel.

After a lot of research, started the same day I knew I had an accepted offer on this place, I finally placed an order at Home Depot on July 13th; the fridge shipped from New York on July 15th and was delivered on July 25th.  It was ready to be delivered a few days earlier, but they called Tuesday last at work and wanted to deliver the next day!  No way could I put in for a day off that quickly, so Friday the 25th was arranged.

I was shocked when the truck arrived early and with only one man!  How on earth, I thought, could one man possibly unload and get a fridge up the two steps of the porch from the driveway, plus the big step up to the landing at the side door, plus another step up into the kitchen.  But lo and behold, he did it.  I saw it with my own eyes and I still can't believe it happened, LOL! 

Without further ado, here is the fridge I bought:

Okay, just joking :)

Here she is, unboxed and set-up:

This is a Summit 9.85 cubic foot fridge with freezer on the bottom.  Love the sleek styling!  It has a footprint of 24" x 24" (not including the handles, which stick out a couple of inches).  The finish is "platinum"; it stainless on the front and a satin finished "grey" on the sides. 

Some particulars:

  • ENERGY STAR qualified for guaranteed savings
  • Bottom freezer adds convenience to any home kitchen
  • Large capacity in counter depth 24 in. footprint
  • Stainless steel door brings modern elegance to any room
  • Frost-free freezer and auto defrost refrigerator section provide energy efficient, user friendly cooling
  • Scalloped steel wine shelf included for storing bottles
  • Advanced sound absorbing construction for an ultra quiet performance
  • Unique freezer design with removable transparent pull-out drawers to keep the cold inside, even when the door is opened
  • Reversible doors allow flexible placement options
  • Adjustable glass shelves and two clear crisper drawers provide versatile storage solutions

  • I have since planted a pair of metal nesting tables next to the fridge to "hide" the plug and outlet. She runs very quietly, a lot quieter than the 2010 fridge I left behind at Maison Newton.

    As you can see, the fridge is located ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ENTRANCE to the kitchen.  The fridge the sellers had was located in this same spot, but was 1.5 times larger and ate into the dining space (not all that large to begin with!)  Can you imagine a family of four eating at a little square table on stools -- bar height -- that looks like something out of a pub?  I can't!  There were also two lower stools shoved underneath the overhand of the peninsula, and that was their dining space.

    I am making changes :)

    Eventually, a remodel will happen.  But until I save up the $$$$ for that, I am very happy with how my kitchen/dinette looks with my Euro-style Summit fridge.

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