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With a Bang *and* a Whimper

So this is how our (Memorial Day) holiday weekend ended:

1. We discovered that our refrigerator has died (just before I went off to go grocery shopping, which I suppose beats having it happen after I returned with the groceries) and

2. While I was ordering a new fridge online, we discovered that the attic exhaust fan had burned itself up.

The second event was definitely the more melodramatic. The Mr. called down from upstairs "I smell plastic burning!" The Young Lady (who was going to accompany me to the grocery store) and I called back "nothing is burning down here!" We all snooped around the upper floor and found nothing burning, but the smell was definitely stronger around the ceiling vents (where the house air conditioning comes out). The Mr. got a ladder from the basement, put on his headlamp (don't laugh - it's a very useful item in many circumstances), climbed up to the ceiling hatch for the attic, popped the hatch, and yelled "Get a fire extinguisher!" I fetched one from the kitchen, and he put out the (small but smelly) fire and disconnected the fan.

Meanwhile, we have hooked up the Young Lady's half-height fridge (just recently retrieved from her university dorm) and are trying to decide what is worthy of being moved into it. The volume is probably only a quarter of the larger unit's, and even less in the freezer compartment.

I guess something else could still happen - there's more than 3 hours of holiday weekend left!

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rachel_reicheru
May. 29th, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
*hugs* my god that sounds terrible to all happen at once :(

Glad the fire was found and put out before anything terrible happened!! (well more terrible than that.)
chomiji
May. 29th, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)

Yeah, we really relieved that the fan didn't catch fire in the middle of the night, or when we were out of the house!

*nestles*

lady_ganesh
May. 30th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you dodged a bullet. I hope the last hours of the weekend were uneventful!
lawless523
May. 29th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
Ugh! Wishes for quick fixes/replacements for both. Not fun, especially in this weather.
chomiji
May. 29th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)

Actually, it wasn't the AC fan, so we still have AC. But it may get very very hot up in the attic. NWS says it's going to be a touch cooler tomorrow, and then a front should come through and drop everything by about 10 degrees.

Sears can't deliver the new fridge for about 10 days (although they are very convenient for ordering, and we got decent service from them when we needed to replace the dryer and then the washer). We'll have to pretend we live in a less extravagant place for a while and go shopping more frequently and on a smaller scale.

indelicateink
May. 29th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
Holy crap, I'm so glad you guys found the fire when you did. Sorry about the piling-on of catastrophes!
chomiji
May. 29th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)

Ugh, I know! What if we had been asleep, or out of the house?

(Thanks!)

whymzycal
May. 29th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
Whoa! So glad you guys caught the fire before it got serious; that's scary. And that sucks about the fridge, too. Boo!
chomiji
May. 29th, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)

The fire thing was damn scary, in retrospect!

We have a lot of awkward things in the fridge and freezer, too - like some maple syrup in a pyrex measuring cup (so we can heat it up). A lot of the freezer stuff is likely trash at this point.

helliongoddess
May. 29th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
That's scary about that fan! Must have been the day for fridge troubles - ours died yesterday, too, and I spent most of the day trying to find someone to come out on Memorial Day and look at it. (I never did!) Fortunately, it turned out not to be as urgent as we thought (as in, our food isn't in imminent danger of spoiling) - but we still need someone to come fix the things that ARE wrong with it, and they are coming tomorrow. As Rosanne Rosannadanna says, it's always something.....
chomiji
May. 30th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)

This fridge is sufficiently old and crotchety (it's the last major inside appliance of those that came with the house, and it's had issues before) that it doesn't seem worth repairing. Stuff in the freezer was melted enough that I had to get rid of a lot of it.

helliongoddess
May. 30th, 2012 02:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, same here, we've already replaced the stove, dishwasher, and washer/dryer - but this is the fridge that came with the house. But I guess unless they give us some really bad news tomorrow, we are stuck with it until it really gives up the ghost. And it doesn't match my new stainless stuff, either - it's got this hideous black exterior that is impossible to keep clean! >_< The front is shiny and shows EVERYTHING, and the side is textured, and catches every speck of dust - which ALSO shows. The people that lived here before just didn't use their kitchen, so nothing was practical. The only reason we replaced the stove was that it was a jenn-air grill-top electric that only had two burners! But it was twenty years old, and it looked like it had never been used - the wife didn't even know anything about the damn thing. And they had kids, too! It's really puzzled us. Guess they microwaved A LOT, or ate out a lot, or both (but it's not like this little town is thick with restaurants, either.)

I've been hounding the hubs to get a chest freezer so I can freeze the excess veggies from the CSA and freeze some berries and such in season - also there is a bison ranch right down the road from us, so we could buy some of that in bulk. I just can't seem to get through to him that it needs to be a priority (and needn't be expensive - I'd happily settle for a used one.)
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