Have you bought a new kitchen appliance recently?
Specifically a refrigerator.
Our house is a small cottage, 26 years old. Our magnificent, much-prized GE top freezer/frig also reached 26 years of age.......and then decided to give up the ghost and go into slow death throes last week.
Have you shopped for a replacement refrigerator for an older home lately? I'll tell you, it's not fun, especially trying to find one that fits your space. Be prepared for a tiring weekend strolling up and down rows of 'white goods', that's what they call kitchen appliances now, and battling with your better half as you go. However, a warning, they're not usually white, or hard to find bisque (new moniker for almond) - which was what we wanted - but, if you're into current trends, love a more trendy contemporary look, and don't mind cleaning off shiny surfaces daily, you'll have it made. There are a bazillion stainless steel refrigerators, most with fancy schmancy ice makers and water dispensers.................and some cost as much as our first car purchase in the mid-sixties! Of course that's when gas was only 29 cents a gallon too!
Now I know many of you have those fancy refrigerators and love them........perhaps I'd choose one myself if I had the right kitchen,
and a maid, but a small cottage style kitchen with all bisque colored appliances needed a matching, more traditional style.
How about what they call the French door style? I love armoires, so why not! Large refrigerator section at the top where it's easy to view what's lurking in the nether regions. Freezer at the bottom which doesn't hold as much food as the top freezer in the old one..........but will bring an end to storing endless plastic tubs filled with mystery meals and sauces. Heaven to Betsy, I unearthed a couple of tubs of homemade pesto dated 2006 - that was my best year growing basil, tons of it which I couldn't allow to go to seed - now that's scary. When removing all the food from the old 'frig I suddenly realized we were adequately prepared to survive a famine.......as long as the power grid continued to function.
Hopefully we'll get used to this armoire style 'frig. We didn't want ice and water in the door, and it is bisque colored, and has the textured finish as before so no scratches or fingerprints (and of course no maid). My favorite bit is a shallow pull-out drawer to store things like cheese and deli foods. Since delivery a few days ago it's been humming along quietly and happily. Our food shopping habits will change - no stockpiling, no frozen leftovers. Will it see birthday #26? I sincerely doubt that......they just don't make much that lasts that long anymore!