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“It goes in threes.” We’ve all heard this. Do you think it’s true?

I’m inclined to think yes. Back in my nursing home days, it actually was a pattern that people passed in increments of three; usually around a week. (‘course, every year, the holidays would come and numbers would be higher) I think that was probably the first time I started paying attention.

Then I started noticing other things happening in threes, like bad news or car issues. One time (no, not at band camp 😉 ) I noticed a pregnancies happening at work (not the nursing homes) in clusters of three. We always laughed and said there was something in the water.  😆

My pain issues usually seem to flare in threes: my iliopsoas tendinitis, extensor tendinitis, and of course, the plantar fasciitis. (Heh. I’ll admit that during a flare, those are pain points among many, but who’s counting? 😀 )

My chickens came in three batches, all within a week. 😆 I had three chickens that figured out in the first three days how to get their peepers off.

And now I’m on appliance number two for the last 12 months. When it comes to appliances (and perhaps major auto issues), I give leeway of more than a year.  Given my lack of being a shopaholic, I would even extend this a bit longer, since the wounds of having to do it are still fresh and raw in my mind.

So, appliance number two is the fridge. Appliance shopping is pretty major, imo. The range was a total fluke, since the other one was not but a few years old. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this one lasts a lot longer.

But the fridge? We’ve had that for about 10 years, give or take. At the time, it was top of the line (Maytag) and we thought it would last forever. We thought it had better, for the amount of $$$ we dropped on it.  *sigh*

Unlike the washer and dryer (which I know will be appliance number three because it’s been limping along for the last several months as it is and I’m just trying to eek out some more time), we figured we’d have more time with the fridge. And we probably would, if there weren’t things about it that we didn’t deeply dislike since, oh, a few months into having it.

Now, in our daily lives, the fridge is a pretty important thing. When you live in the desert, having ice (even during the winter when it’s 75 degrees some days- really- we’ve already almost hit 80) is a big deal. More importantly for us, though, is capacity and configuration.

Particularly, I’m talking about milk storage. Yes, our refrigerator needs literally revolve around how many gallons of milk I can put in there. In my current fridge, I regularly have 12 gallons of milk in there. Each week, I buy at least 9 gallons of milk. The one shelf can fit 9 gallons; the others can go in the door if there are any left over.

I don’t remember the last time I didn’t have to ration milk as the end of the week neared. (Because I despise shopping, I am only willing to go shopping once a week unless there is a really compelling reason to do otherwise.) I think some of the difference is that the kids are home all the time, so they are drinking milk for lunch, instead of having that carton of milk at school.

Remember when we were kids and our parents nagged us at dinner to drink our milk? Ya, I don’t have that problem. My problem is nagging the kids NOT to drink milk in between meals just because. Drink water or tea, for goodness sakes!

So the hunt was on for a replacement. You’ll be glad to know that I accomplished finding the one I wanted in record time! Yay me! 😆

We basically have two choices here- Sears and Home Depot. I went online to the Sears website and actually USED the filter and compare selections. (yay me!)

For starters, I filtered by size- anything over 26 cu ft. That narrowed things down considerably. Then I went for finish (stainless). And then, the real hunt was on. After all, my primary criteria was milk storage, so that narrowed things down in a hurry. I came away with three models that I liked.

One day last week, I went to Home Depot for grins and giggles. Since I knew more or less what I was looking for, I was able to rule just about everything out- they simply weren’t big enough. And the ones that were bigger didn’t have enough room for milk without killing the rest of the interior space. My “comparison shopping” out of the way, I felt like we could proceed with a clean conscience. 😉

The final test came on Saturday, with a trip to Sears. There is something to be said for being able to “kick the tires,” you know? While we didn’t find the actual model we were looking at, we were able to see one that had a similar ice maker, which was/is the failing point on the one we have now.

All in all, while it wasn’t a pleasurable experience, it wasn’t completely painful, either. We’re gaining space (the new one is 30 cu ft compared to the 27 cu ft we have now) and should have a good ice maker for a change. And, it was on sale.

Now the only thing I have to worry about during sleepless nights are the details of moving the food from one into the other……………… and waiting for the third appliance to fail so I can get these three out of the way…………….  😆

Threes. I’m pretty well convinced things happen in threes. What about you?

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Do you live to shop?  Do you get ansty when you haven’t shopped in a while?  Do you suffer withdrawals if you don’t get your shopping fix? Do you get an adrenaline high when you score a great sale?

Ya, *not* me!  😆  I despise shopping.  Really.  I particularly despise shopping when I’m in a pinch and have to get something fast – like a range.

If you have an above-average sized family, chances are you good that you rely on your oven for many meals during the week. One of the things I do is to cook a little bigger, which often leaves leftovers.  We are pretty good about eating leftovers most of the time, and it’s nice to have a hot lunch during the week.

Monday night, we discovered that the oven wasn’t working. This normally wouldn’t bother me too much, except that this particular range is only a few years old.  And we were hungry. 

In desperation, we used the oven in the RV, which is rarely used while on vacation. Why?  Because it’s too small! Well, it’s too small for a large-ish family, when it comes to baking dinner dishes that are required to feed everyone at one time. Regardless, since we were having meatloaf and baked potatoes and missing the oldest (who was eating at Bible study), we thought we could shove it all in the little oven, and we weren’t disappointed.

Tuesday, we took apart the range apart and got into the control panel.  (This is when having a husband who is an engineer and has all those electrical tools comes in handy.)  He tested everything, and determined that the problem was in the motherboard/brains and that it probably was not cost-effective to fix.

And you know what that means.  Shopping.  🙄   Shopping for something you really kind of have to have, and in a hurry.

Now, you might think that in a smaller town, it would be pretty easy.  Not so fast.  We have Sears and Home Depot and some other miscellaneous appliance sellers (who sell other things, too)……………….. and that’s it.  By default, this means comparison shopping online, at those company websites.

I used to not find that problematic.  Maybe it’s because we’re having solar flares, but my computer on high-speed cable internet has been running like a boat anchor (and I’m sure I need to defrag), and it takes a looooooooooonnnnnnggggggg time for pages to load. This means I now dread even shopping online.  Did I mention that I am not a patient person?  Particularly when it comes to waiting on websites?  😉

You get the point.  Click on something to see detail and wait wait wait. Click to go back and wait wait wait.   Click to try to filter by option and wait wait wait.  *sigh*

Once I found something, I decided it was a good idea to go to the store to see if it had an item in that finish.  I also went to the other store to see what they had in stock and on closeout, because sometimes you can find a steal.  Tuesday was not that day.

In the second store, I saw a dishwasher with the one finish and decided I hated it. I tell you, I spent another 2 hours in the store, using the computer to shop their site online.  How twisted is that?!  In the end, I was able to make a choice and decided to order in the store, so that the nice new, young salesboy could get a commission. (—–> sucker  :lol:)

Despite my rushing out and spending hours online and in-store shopping, when I ordered, of course, the item was backordered. That means that it’s not going to be here for another 3 weeks! And, even though it will be delivered to the store on a Friday, they want to charge me $10 to deliver it on a Saturday (which negates the “free delivery”, imo), which I am too cheap to do.

So, I wait until the following Monday.  At least they will haul the old one away for free. And we’re going back to gas.

Some people thrive on shopping.  Sometimes I wish I could enjoy it more. In many regards, it seems like a total waste and sending money up in smoke, since most things in my life are utilitarian and serve a purpose, before they wear out and have to be replaced. 

I’m fatigued from shopping. Tuesday it was the range; Wednesday and Thursday it was tv and internet shopping, and Thursday and Friday it’s been shopping for the next vacation site. *That,* however, is a whole ‘nother post, because vacation shopping (which for us includes parks/campgrounds) is incredibly labor intensive when going to a new destination.  Blerg.

I don’t have an inner shopaholic, no matter how much I try -except for maybe yarn and books.  Speaking of yarn, the yarn I ended up ordering online came yesterday, which I admit, does give me a thrill (you know, because of my yarn “sickness”).  😆  The store still hasn’t called, but I’m ok now that I can get my fix!

Huh.  Maybe I do have a little shopaholic in me after all!  😆

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