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PEGGY'S
LITTLE
CORNER
The Fridge
As we wind down the year towards the fall season, another repair presents itself, this time our refrigerator
September 30, 2019

It is so hot this week, and wouldn’t you know it, another repair presents itself, this time it’s the freezer. With so much heat, ice becomes an essential, especially as we are trying to bury a new spouting drain line to help with flooding around the house. The ground is so hard that Marty had to use the gas powered posthole auger to break the ground so we could bury the drain.
With the freezer on the brink, I now have the difficult decision of whether or not to replace the whole refrigerator, or simply repair the ice maker. With the company that made the refrigerator no longer in operation, parts are now becoming more expensive and difficult to buy, but I really don’t like any of the new units either. I finally decided on a newer model, one that was small, white, and simply made, no frills, no fuss, but because it wasn’t a popular model, it took ages to get here, and when it was finally delivered, it became clear it had been damaged in the transport. My sister, on hearing my problem, offered her old unit. I was thrilled, until I realized it too had suffered damage from being turned off for too long. Apparently, without the unit running, moisture rusts in the cooling pipes, and when it is turned back on, it makes the compressor very loud. So, in the space of one week, I had three partially working units, two loud and one broken. It looked like a showroom for refrigerators. Eventually, I decided to keep my old quiet unit and simply repair it. I hate it when appliances go bad.
The week has been so frustrating that all I want to do is go to my happy place in the garden, but even there it is too hot. I did manage to pick some more berries but the heat eventually drove me back indoors. On the way back, I stopped by the pool to look at the citrus plants. A few of the blossoms on the lime tree have started to turn into little green balls. Though the lemon and orange have produced before, this will be the first year I can actually expect to harvest my key limes. At least someone likes the heat!

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